'Tique Talk ~ About Antique Collecting ~ by Marianne Dow

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Fall 2008 Country Living Fair Columbus Ohio Photos



I went to the Country Living Fair in Columbus last Friday. Despite the rain, they had a huge crowd. "The Economy" didn't keep anyone home.



I saw so many great vintage-look treasures, some old, some new that look old, some new incorporating vintage bits and pieces.
My inner "Artsy-Craftsy-Girl" is so inspired. I could spend months making the goodies that I have ideas for now.

But my real life persona, "Ms. Dow, Antiques Dealer", saw all kinds of "stuff" that I have in inventory and need to sell (shhh...don't tell Artsy-Craftsy-Girl).
Everything from old photos, buttons, "cutter" textiles, broken figurines & dolls, to ... well .. these artisans and craftspeople use a little of everything.



These 2 pix are of one of my favorite artist, Debbee Thibault's sculptures that look like antique candy containers. I love her Boy King, below. I have a few of her pieces, which I picked up at a local auction for a bargain price.



Below is a pic of some redware pieces. I fell in love with the Giant Rabbit, on the left.



Below is a display of new-look-old Frakturs. The colors were so vivid, and the artist, Susan Daul, style is wonderful. The pix don't do them justice. Check out her website, http://www.susandaulfolkart.com/about.htm



I love the collage-diorama-mixed-media pieces below. Now I wish I hadn't sold my empty clock case...




There were a few dealers who made super-fun colorful pottery pieces.
So many country crafts that were represented at this fair are dark and (to me) drab. I just love to see all the colors.



Colorful paintings... on trays, boxes...



On pillows, and of course framed.



This is a group of adorable colorful toys -- too cute.



If you want to see lots more pix, and hear other stories from folks who attended, check out these blogs:

I hope they have it at the Ohio State Fairgrounds again next year.
This Country Living Fair was fun, and got everyone's creative juices going. I do wish they had more actual vintage/antiques dealers, instead of mostly crafts and food.

If they could combine this fair with the Scott Antiques Show (which is held across the street, but only in the winter, so...), then they'd really have something!

I think that is what Country Home magazine is trying to do at the Springfield Extravaganza (which is this weekend, Sept. 19-21).

But I don't think they are succeeding... yet... I sure do hope some of the Ctry.Home organisers attended this Country Living Fair, and got some ideas, and vendors. Guess I'll see on Friday.

[Published 9/15/08]
[Note: see my posts on the 2013 and 2012 Springfield Antique Show Extravaganzas. Country Home magazine may have gone out of business, and done a bad job with their presence at the show, but the Vintage Marketplace folks have hit a home run with their tents and dealers and activities.]

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