Well, it takes place in a conservation area (kind of appropriate, right?), in a giant field, limited only by a lake (Christie Lake, to be precise). That’s a lot of antiques, people.
In fact, after a while, everything kind of starts to look the same. Your eyes glaze over with endless stalls of 12-seater farm tables, Depression glass, vintage linens and other unidentifiable objects. And yet it’s hard to know when to say when, to stop looking for treasures you don’t know you need until you uncover them in the back corner of a vendor’s tent.
There were a few highly styled tents that really stood out; they were not only organized but carefully curated with an eye for (mostly) cottage chic. One in particular was an ode to ultra feminine details, like this Victorian-era wire bustle. Can you even imagine wearing that all day?
Having just completed this round-up of vintage picnic baskets over on At Home with Kim Vallée, I couldn’t help but spot them everywhere I looked. These were just two that caught my eye (though it looks like they’ve had their fair share of rained out picnics).
There was so much I coulda, shoulda, woulda brought home – a pair of Paris park chairs, countless embroidered tablecloths, any number of pretty little tschotskes.
Like blue apothecary bottles just asking to be filled with single stems…
Amazing hand-sewn quilts…
And stacks of worn leather suitcases labelled with their travels.
In the end, I brought home an 1890s milk glass bowl and a stack of handmade doilies that will be put to use as part of my sister’s wedding decor later this fall. Oh, and mini pies from The Tiny Shop Bakery – which we hit up on the way out of the conservation area (you can’t miss the cute little red cottage right across the road from the entrance).
There’s some debate amongst antiquers over whether it’s best to bring a list or not, but I think next time I’ll at least try to take an inventory of what we could use for our apartment so as not be quite so overwhelmed by the wares. Jen from Rambling Renovators has a great list of tips which are worth reading if you plan to hit up any other antique sales this season.
The next Christie Antique Show is in September, so you have lots of time to prepare. See you there!