The Strange Exchange

Ok, this fun-ness was back at the end of March, but I’m just getting to my post about it now!  And since I’m  working from my phone, I will have to go back and add in some links for the very cool,  very friendly vendors we met. Creative stuff.  Super fun day. I will definitely be back!

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The Weird NJ guys were there!

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And it was a beautiful day...

The Strange Exchange is part freak-show, part flea market and all authentic Jersey, my much maligned but beloved home state.

Before we even walked in, I knew it would be good,  silly fun… like a classic issue of Weird NJ

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Oh, hai!

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Oh... hai!!

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I love this guy...

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The greeter scary clown scared my cute mom!

The theatre was all vendors, selling items that ranged from hand-knit scarves to lovingly taxidermied mice. And, of course… pork roll.

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A view of the space

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These two are AWESOME!

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They make stuff like this...

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And this!

It was really hard to not purchase the snake in a jar. But it did inspire me to get the apothecary bathroom started!!

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My fabulous husband bought me this fabulous necklace. I love it! I’m going to put it together with my Parkway Token necklace from my sister’s wedding and knock the socks off the rockin’ Jersey charms.

Bathroom Cabinet

Designed by Chris and me, executed beautifully by Chris!

The doors are shutters we bought at an antique fair for $20.  The knobs are from Anthropologie.  (Like, who knew I could love a selection of knobs so much!!?  haha, knobs…)

The wood for the cabinet is recycled from the old bathroom cabinet

Et viola!  What do you think?

 

Saturday silhouettes

Spending a quiet Saturday on a long Labor Day weekend cleaning, crafting, cooking and taking it easy ahead of what is sure to be a superfuntimes night tomorrow — my boss’ wedding! I love any excuse for a party, and I especially love weddings. But, I digress ….

A couple weekends ago when we were out visiting my in-laws in eastern PA, we spent Saturday at the Warren County Antique Fair  — it was a great fair with lots of vendors.  I wouldn’t say there were tons of bargains, but there was a lot of variety and I would definitely recommend it as a worthwhile stop.

Chris spotted a small pair of silhouettes for $6, which we of course purchased for my burgeoning collection.  I found some miniature scenes on eBay last week, and we finally got everybody hung up last night!

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This, in turn, inspired me to paint one of my $1 AC Moore wood frames with metallic paint and add a cut-out from some scrapbooking paper that I’ve been hoarding…

 

 

As I type, I’m still letting that one dry.  But once it’s set, it will join my wall!  A forthcoming project is to try to create my own silhouettes using photographs.  Stay tuned …

 

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(also, that’s my new chair).

Hudson Valley Saturday

Today we ventured north to Rhinebeck, to check out the Country Living Fair , held on the Duchess County Fairgrounds.  It was a gorgeous day and we had a great time!  There were tons of vendors with a good mix of antiques, salvage items, new crafts, jewelry and food.  There were events going on throughout the day, as well.

The fairgrounds were very nice — I mean, it’s no Great Minnesota Get Together, but really, now, what is? Mmmm… cheese curds. But I digress.  One thing I especially liked was the simplicity of the decorations.  There were multi-colored bandanas hanging everywhere, and they added a kind of elegant, casual, country-ish looking pop to things.  There was also so much oilcloth!  It really inspired me to find some online and cover my picnic table and make some outdoor pillows and placemats.  All over the front area of the fair were little oilcloth flags —

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The landscape design of the fairgrounds was also really nice– lots of flowering shrubs everywhere, and one area where some roses were going crazy.

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Here’s a couple things we super-liked….

we LOVE these chairs for our dining room, but since we are no where near getting the dining room done AND I'm not in a position to go buying chairs for a room that's not ready for them, we passed them by.  But I superlove them,

we LOVE these chairs for our dining room, but since we are no where near getting the dining room done AND I’m not in a position to go buying chairs for a room that’s not ready for them, we passed them by. But I superlove them.

I think this is a planter at the bottom with chicken wire up the board to allow climbing plants to grow right up the piece.  Thought this was overpriced, and Chris can make one for me instead!  Maybe for our garden, summer 2014....

I think this is a planter at the bottom with chicken wire up the board to allow climbing plants to grow right up the piece. Thought this was overpriced, and Chris can make one for me instead! Maybe for our garden, summer 2014….

I used to work with The Milk Can Theatre Company, and this made me think of my dear friends there, as well as the divine Julie Balzer!

I used to work with The Milk Can Theatre Company, and this made me think of my dear friends there, as well as the divine Julie Balzer!

So, besides a mild sunburn, what did I got home with?

How was your Saturday?  Happy summer!!

Estate sale haul

We found a fun multi estate tag sale held in a storage unit facility a couple towns over. Grand total? $52.

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Here are a couple close-ups ….

To recap …  a dresser, two lamps, a plant stand, bunch o’ records, weird peacock things and a painting for $52.

Here is a photo showing the globe in its new home, and the dresser off to the right — it will be a front door/ key drop-off/ junk drawer/ plant stand …  And our little living room is coming together, too!  Next up, shades for the front windows.

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