Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Midland Preview and Come-As-You-Are-Country Explained

Just a quick peek at some of our Extravaganza purchases, most of which are headed to Midland this weekend, after cleaning, of course. But I must warn you, the photos contain unaltered glimpses of our storage area and are for mature viewers only:

Lovely Victorian (?) portraits of Jesus and Mary -- great tone-on-tone;

A hoop-skirt to go with the bust I bought at Grayslake -- will be adding a stand and finial;

Fabulous Viennese playing cards -- amazing graphics;


Yummy yellow birdcage with stand -- original paint;


Crusty metal cabinet; we ordered new glass today for the doors; I think it will make a super showcase. See something you like? The Midland staff will be happy to assist. Merchandise will be in place by the end of the day Saturday.

A couple of people asked about our comment on the last post regarding "Come-as-You-Are-Country." Joe and I made the term up this weekend to describe the look that seemed to really be working for several key dealers. Picture this: the booth looks as though the dealers just happened upon a great farm sale or country auction on the way to the show. They stuffed their trailer, but didn't have time to work on anything. They display in vignettes, but none of it looks overly curated. Hip and sophisticated. Think Anthropologie. Very authentic.


And I just realized that I said our neighbor's name was Pam; it's Kim. Sorry about that! xo




7 comments:

Gracie's Cottage said...

Thanks for explaining; we'll probably see your term appear in print before long!
Love that bust you found at Grayslake...and the bird cage - I sold one just like it, (only black), at Elkhorn last weekend. The buyer had recently purchased a Pottery Barn cage but liked the authentic one better.

Sea Witch said...

Love the prints of Jesus and his mother but am crazy over the yellow birdcage. I just sold mine at the shop. You should do well with yours. Sea witch

Vickie said...

HI GUYS...WE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME AT SPRINGFIELD.

IT WAS GREAT BEING BESIDE YOU.

LOVED ALL YOUR GREAT STUFF,IT WAS SUCH A GOOD SHOW.

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON AT BURLINGTON.

TERRY,VICKIE,AND KIM

AKA 2 CHICKS AND A TRUCK ;)

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Hey Vickie -- It was great being your neighbor, too! Send me your e-mail and get that site set up. xo

cityfarmer said...

wish wish wish ...

have a great show, Sandy

hope you can link over to recap the nada farm sale

ann at greenoak said...

this come as you are sounds good.... the guy i saw at springfield who sold out and had to get another load sells like that....just the right stuff at the right price and out there as is.....maybe go half and half....
wish i had you and joe to brainstorm with!!!

GINA's BLOGGATORIUM........... said...

Hi, do you still have the playing cards or body form??? if so how much????
thanks