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With a week and a half to go until THE OLDE FARMHOUSE IN THE SPRING, I thought it would be a good idea to let you know about some market tips and the fun things planned for you on market day.

The first 50 people in line are going to be receiving a giveaway bag!!  If you are an early bird, this may mean you will have a little longer to wait in line…but don’t worry!  The Z Crew from Z95.3 is going to be here bright and early playing some music for you, handing out some prizes and keeping you energized!!

Now…it has been known to rain on our market days, so you may want to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately!  Don’t forget that umbrella!!

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I am so excited to say that there will be 91 amazing vendors at the market!  There will be a whole lot of junking and treasure hunting going on!!  The last few markets have been so busy,  so I have spread things out this time and hopefully this will help make the shopping more comfortable.  The barns will be full of vendors as usual, but so will the grassy fields and the covered picnic area!!

I think that means you need to bring a big enough vehicle to haul away all your treasures!!

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Don’t forget to grab your market map, with all the vendors and booth locations.  It is handy to have on market day, as well as for reference when you are back at home.  These maps will be available at the admission desk, as well as cards for other local markets going on in the near future.

This brings me to my next thought….make sure you bring some re-usable shopping bags (right from the start you have some important paperwork to tuck away!! lol) or a handy junking cart so you can keep those hands free for shopping!

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Don’t forget to stop at the bank machine and grab some cash!!  Most vendors are cash sales, however some do have the ability to take credit cards.  But don’t worry, if you run out of cash, there will be an ATM in Barn 1.

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So we have your map of the market, shopping cart or bags, cash safely tucked away…you are ready to shop!!  I will admit that this whole junking thing can get very exhausting!  You will need food…caffeine…treats… so don’t worry, we have you covered!!  The Runway Café, Gypsy Trunk Gourmet Fare and Cravings Kettle Corn will all be on site to help you make it through the day!!  The Runway Café will be located in the covered picnic area, and Gypsy Trunk and Cravings Kettle Corn will be on the grassy field.  Picnic tables will be spread about on the grass, as well as in the covered area so you can take a load off and enjoy your delicious snacks and lunch!

So the fun thing about Vintage Markets is not only finding a treasure to take home, but also finding IDEAS!  Perhaps you want a DIY project or inspiration for a piece you have at home.  Finding junk and transforming it into something special is what I love about markets.  Vendors love to chat with you, not only about their items…but also about yours!  Brainstorming and coming up with ideas together, is what the Vintage community is all about.  And who better to help us out with inspiration…the QUEEN of JUNKING herself!!

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Donna from Funky Junk Interiors will be joining The Olde Farmhouse for the whole day!!  She is going to have a booth set up outside (right across from the entrance) and will be on hand to answer all your junking questions.  Not only that…she is bringing a collection of her finds, creations and her newly launched stencil line!  Yikes!!  You know where to find me on market day!  Donna is a master at taking rusted, old, broken items and turning them into functional, pretty pieces for your home.  And here is the best part…she is going to teach YOU how to do it!!  Donna will have a workspace set up in her booth, where you can come and play.  At 11am and 2pm she will be hosting demonstrations so you can see her new stencil line in action and also learn how to build something really cool!

(www.funkyjunkinteriors.net)

So does this sound like a fun day or what??!!  I don’t know about you, but I am soooo excited for May 30th to arrive!! Don’t forget the market is for one day only…Saturday, May 30th from 9am-4pm.  There is lots of free parking at the Fairgrounds, and an overflow lot at the corner of Lougheed Hwy and 105 ave.  Just watch for the parking signs!!

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The barns get pretty congested, so if you are bringing a little one along,  you may want to think twice about bringing a stroller or wagon.  Pack those babies on your back, and leave your hands free for grabbing those treasures!

Make sure to check out The Olde Farmhouse on Facebook and Instagram!  It is a great way to stay connected and to find out about upcoming events.

www.facebook.com/theoldefarmhouse.ca

www.instagram.com/theoldefarmhouse/

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I hope to see you at The Olde Farmhouse in the Spring!  It’s going to be a great day for JUNKING!!

xo Leah xo

 

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A Step Back In Time

August 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Road Trips | Summer Fun | Vintage Market - (14 Comments)

This week I stepped back in time and  went to Burnaby Heritage Village….in Burnaby, BC.  I have decided yet again, that I love the 1920’s!!  The houses are just my style….with running water and electricity of course!! LOL!!  If you have never been to the village before, I would highly recommend you go!!  They have it set up like a small town, and you go into homes, stores, a school house, movie theatre, real estate office, barber shop, ice cream parlor, post office, etc.  They also have a trolly to walk through and a carousal for the kids (and adults) to ride!!

Here are some pictures that I took along the way….

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Isn’t this the cutest house??  It was originally built on this site in the 1920’s and was deemed quite fancy as it had electricity and indoor plumbing.

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I love all the built in cabinets in the dining room and living room!  This was considered a formal dining room.  The men had to wear a suit and tie, dresses for the woman and  the children had to wear their best clothes to eat dinner in this room.

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What a bright and cheery bathroom!!

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Love it!!

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The wood table, chair and counter look so nice in this white kitchen.

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I love this butter churn too!!

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Here is the General Store….there are some wonderful items in here!!

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All the tins in different shapes and sizes look so cool lined up together!

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I am sure a young child had that rocking horse on their wish list!!

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Look at all those wooden cheese boxes!!!

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What would your favorite item be?? So many great things on these shelves!!

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Crocks, crocks and more crocks!!

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Here is the Newspaper print shop.

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What a beautiful desk!

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This classroom would have children from Kindergarten to Grade 7!

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Don’t forget to stop into The Ice Cream Parlor for a cool treat!!

Walking through all the shops and homes in Burnaby Village has gotten me so excited for The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market!!!  I can not wait to see what wonderful treasures all the vendors are bringing with them!!  I know for sure that I will be doing some shopping myself, to add to my favorite collections at home.  Do you have a collection of something at home?  What will you be shopping for on September 28th??

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The Farm Chicks!!

June 8th, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Junking Journey - (18 Comments)

The first weekend in June is the annual Farm Chicks Antique Show.  What a great weekend!!  My husband Tom and I hit the road early Friday morning with our friends Barb, Michael, Marcelle and Blair.  We planned to meet my sister Tanya (from The Vintage Verandah) in Spokane, as she was travelling from Cochrane Alberta.  We were all so excited for a weekend away and were anticipating what treasures we would find!!

The drive to Spokane is a little long but definitely a pretty one.  The day started out cloudy, but the closer we got the brighter the sky got…sunshine to match our happy moods!!

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We could tell we were getting close….I mean where else would a pink vintage camper be heading!!!

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Yah!!  My sister made it to Spokane too!! Safe travels for us all.

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After checking into the hotels we found a family run Mexican restaurant to have dinner at.  Over some delicious  food and some margaritas, we planned out our morning strategy!  For those of you who have never been to a market like The Farm Chicks, I must tell you that the junking world is a crazy one!! LOL! But in a good way!  Everyone is happy and eager to get their hands on that treasure they have been wishing to find!!  But with that excitement also comes a line up!!  And we figured that if we have travelled 8 hours to get here, we are going to be at the front of the line!!

So here was the game plan….Tom and Barb were willing to take the early shift, so they headed down there at 4:30am!!  Tanya and I followed at 5:45…with the mandatory stop at Starbucks of course!!  Michael, Marcelle and Blair followed at 7am, with a second round of Starbucks shortly after!!  What you have to do to keep yourself going!! LOL!!  Our plan worked!! We were first in line !!

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Ok…so now you think we are a little crazy for being there so early…but check out the line up!!  If you look really closely in the second picture you can see on the left side (through the chain fence) the line up wraps around the corner!!

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First through the doors!!!  Do we look like we are on a mission or what?!

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But the early morning was worth it, we had a fantastic first day of shopping.  We met some wonderful vendors and had so much fun looking through all the booths.

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Here are Billy and Pat, my favorite vendors!!  I visit them every year…how can you not love these ladies!!

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Day 2….We didn’t have to line up as early, and we were happy about that because it was a cool, rainy morning.  Inside many vendors re-stocked their booths, so it was just as much fun to shop on Sunday!!  After spending a couple hours shopping, it was time to load the uhaul.  SAM_0416

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Back at home Tom and I spent the day organizing the garage so we could load in all the finds!!  The garage is full and I am so excited to get started on my projects!!!  Thanks honey for giving up your garage for me!!!

Did you go to Farm Chicks this year, or in previous years??  Did you love it??  What did you find??  Maybe you have found a market that you love to go to…I would love to hear all about it!!

HAPPY JUNKING!!

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Red Door Farms

May 15th, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Uncategorized - (5 Comments)

I had the pleasure of visiting Red Door Farms in Langley, BC this past weekend.  My daughter Allison and I attended Cheryl’s “Fancy a Cuppa?” open house where she had all your essentials for a vintage Tea Party (and so much more!!)  The rain held off and we had a wonderful time strolling through her yard, admiring all her displays and picking up some cute items along the way!!  It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning with Allison.

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First stop…beautiful linens!!  The only trouble was we didn’t know which one to pick!!  We wanted them all!!  In the end, I chose a cream Irish linen cloth that will look absolutely gorgeous on my dining table!!

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 Being in the gardens, surrounded by all these pretty plants makes me want to start gardening!!

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 I love this door!!

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 Allison and her doll were having so much fun looking at all the displays Cheryl had set up.  A few of the treasures had to come home with us!!

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I LOVE this!!! And it smells so beautiful!!!

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 And nestled in the trees is the most beautiful little cottage!!

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 The windows are just stunning!!  I just wanted to curl up with a cup of tea and a book inside this little cozy cottage!

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Allison’s doll, Bree, had to take a moment and put her feet up for a little rest!

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Something to remember…Red Door Farms is also a Christmas Tree Farm!!  I can just picture coming here at Christmas with the family to choose a tree!!

Thank you Cheryl for a wonderful morning!!  Allison and I really enjoyed being at Red Door Farms!!

 

 

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Market Day

July 4th, 2012 | Posted by Leah in Vintage Market - (7 Comments)

There are so many things to be said… it is hard to type the right words to express what we truly felt. The amount of excitement that was at the barn started during the setup and continued through to the take down!!

 

Our first “early bird” that came fully prepared to enjoy a full day of fun and shopping!!

 

It was amazing to have so many “junkers” all in one place!!!

 

All of the displays and items in each booth were beautiful!! We are in awe of each and every one of our vendors!! They all have a love for what they do and it showed!! Stephanie of Retrospect Photography did a beautiful job of capturing the entire day and you can see it all here!!

 

We wanted the market to be a fun filled day of “junking” with family and friends. Where you could find that special item you were looking, as well as the other 5 that you weren’t!!

 

A shout out to Renata, from Grow & Gather (Trice Farms).  She graciously lent us baskets of flowers to decorate around the outside of the buildings.  What a sweet and helpful lady!!  If you are in need of some flowers, she is the one to visit!! Thank you so much!!

 

 

 We want to say thank you to everyone for making our first market so AMAZING!!! We felt so blessed by all of our family and friends who helped out in everyway possible. We had wonderful, fun and friendly vendors that brought  the market all together. And THANK YOU to all the wonderful “junkers” that made the entire day what it was!!

Happy Junking

Leah & Barb

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