Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Barn Sale

I hope you have had a nice weekend!  With all that we have had going on lately, I realized this week that I forgot to post pictures from my first barn sale experience.  

Last month I saw an ad in a magazine for the Bella Rustica barn sale at a farm fairly close to us.  My mom and I made plans to go, marked it on our calendars and that very night Donna from Funky Junk Interiors wrote a post that she would be there as their guest.  After that I started hearing about Bella Rustica all over the web, so we were really looking forward to it.

 The farm was beautiful and it was a gorgeous day out.  The minute we drove up and saw the entrance, we knew it was going to be a blast.  (I will say that the entrance did not look like this when we arrived though... it was a traffic jam on an old country road!)

Vendors selling all kinds of fabulous goods filled up the inside of the barn.  There was so much to look at even beyond everything that was for sale... this is just a little picture of how creative some of the displays were.

 There were also booths outside the barn on the grass and under a tent.  It was a warm day so it felt good to be outside of the dusty, hot barn, especially with two little girls along (smile). 

Everywhere I looked I saw awesome fall displays...  I think this one was my favorite. 

 My highlight of the day though?  Getting to meet Donna from Funky Junk.  I have read her blog for a long time, so it was a lot of fun to meet her in person.  We knew she would be there but weren't sure if we would have the opportunity to meet her.  But we saw her within the first 15 minutes of being there, and fortunately I did not inherit my shyness from my mom... she had no problem introducing us right away, whereas it would have taken me much longer to work up my nerve. 

(I didn't notice until I downloaded these photos that there was a little hand reaching for her phone... phew, was I relieved that she didn't actually pick it up!)

 Not only did we have a chance to meet, but Donna also sat with us during lunch.  It was so neat to visit under a huge old shady tree eating barbecue.  I always knew Donna was talented and creative, but I also found out that she's incredibly sweet, warm and friendly too. 

 And I hope she doesn't mind that I'm borrowing a photo she took of us all on her phone. Not the best photo, but I'll never forget laughing as we all tried to cram in together.  

I've only had the chance to meet two bloggers in person, but what I've noticed is that their posts become extra special to read because you feel like you're visiting an old friend. 

 While I could have brought home just about everything I saw, I only came home with one treasure (yes, sadly, I went with a budget and actually stuck to it).  I asked my mom to be my model so you could see just how huge this basket is. I knew the minute I saw it that it would be a perfect laundry basket.

 Hopefully I'll see you next year, Bella Rustica!


  1. It looks like you had the perfect day! Spending time with your mom and daughters AND having lunch with the famous Funky Junk Donna!! A day to remember.

    Love the chubby little fingers reaching for Donna's phone. :@

  2. It looks like a great day and even more special to meet Donna! I love her blog too and am not surprised that you found her sweet. She exudes that in her writing.

    What a fun day for all of you!


  3. What a wonderful way to spend your day!

    So happy for you!

    That basket is AWESOME too!

  4. So glad to hear that you had a great time. Perhaps I will hit it next year. I am thinking about going to the Country Living Fair in a few weeks since it's just down the road in atlanta.

  5. What could be more fun than a barn sale on a gorgeous day! I am a bit envious. Even though you only bought one thing, you made an excellent choice. Your basket is fabulous!
    Mary Alice

  6. I know what you mean about meeting a blogger in person. I'm just a little jealous of Donna. :-) Love that basket, too. I've been on the lookout for something to hold firewood, and that would be perfect for it. Guess I need to find a barn sale!

  7. So happy that you had great time and was able to meet Donna...I am sure it was a thrill to meet her!...Rhoda at Southern Hospitality was telling us at the Southern Bloggers Conference how wonderful that event was...would love to go next year..Love your "laundry basket"!!!...Have a wonderful week!!

  8. that little hand is soooooooo sweet!

  9. I love fun outings like that - lucky you! Looks like you had a great time, and how cool that you got to meet Donna from Funky Junk!

  10. What a lovely post! You've captured everything so well and you were so right about the traffic jam. WOW. The flow of traffic in was outstanding.

    And you are so sweet with your kind words. It was MY pleasure to meet YOU guys! That was a wonderful lunch and I'm so glad I crashed your party. :)

    Thanks for being part of a most wonderful day and coming out!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your day. I have followed Donna too and was so curious what brought her all the way from Canada. I wasn't sure what Bella Rustica even was. What a beautiful day too. I love your basket. It's perfectly you!

  12. A fun story to read! Nice that you got to meet each other and that's a nice basket...

  13. What a thrill and fun outing for you and your mom, along with bringing your girls with too. Love Funky Junk Interiors. Donna is amazing. She is the Princess of Pallet wood! Fell in love with her pallet sofa sometime ago. She has simplistic style like you as well. What a fun day! I dont blog, but my girls and I are heading out this Friday night to Nada Farm Barn Sale. So many local bloggers and talented gals like you will be there. We went last October. It was a fun Saturday outing. This year we want to experience the farm at night. Can't wait.

  14. How lucky that you were able to go and meet a great blogger. I would love to have the chance to go to one of these big shows. Great basket too.

  15. Thanks for sharing your visit there, I'd love to check it out someday! You and you daughter's and mom are adorable. How fun that you met Donna and had lunch!!

  16. Wow...what a great sale! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    Glad you had fun and got to meet a fellow blogger!

  17. I am so enjoying your blog now that I've found it.

    What a great day with your mom and girls at the Barn Sale. Donna seems like a warm, friendly person who is a lot of fun to meet.

    I am now following your blog.



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