Bella Rustica in all of it’s chippy, rusty, old and worn, vintage glory was an afternoon of visual therapy as my husband, daughter and I wandered from booth to booth in the old barn on the Milky Way Farm in Pulaski, Tennessee. And I must apologize that I did not bring my camera and only took a couple of pictures with my iphone of my daughter, Olivia, when we first arrived. But what a fabulous flea market!! Only the best of vintage, rustic, and industrial type items with beautiful patina are sold at this flea market, as well as handcrafted items, such as jewelry, clothing, purses, and DIY items. The creativity of all the vendors was quite evident. It was inspiring to say the least. I came away with some new ideas and was encouraged by seeing some of my own ideas that other designers have created so beautifully. Donna of Funky Junk interiors, all the way from Canada was a featured guest and held workshops, one of which included making vintage looking signs using decals; much more simple and less time consuming than hand painting, which is how I mostly make mine. However, you do have to have sign making equipment to create computer cut decals to use as stencils for making signs the way she does it, which Donna says you can purchase lesser expensive ones than hers. It might be worth researching, if I plan to make more signs, at some point. The highlight for me was meeting and chatting with people who share my love for old stuff and especially getting to meet the authors of some of the blogs that I follow from the wonderful world of blog land. Tomorrow is the last day from noon til six and it is for a good cause as proceeds from the event go to AGAPE Nashville, which is an organization for middle Tennessee that serves the needs of families and children through adoption, foster care, unplanned pregnancy support, and faith based counseling and psychological services with an unconditional, agape love. We will definitely be back next year!
|Olivia posing on this interesting dual bicycle.|
|Olivia actually enjoyed herself and wasn’t too terribly bored and she met a lot of really kind and generous people.|