There are a lot of cool things about blogging, but the very best is meeting people who share your passions.
I put out the word that I would be in Raleigh and wanted to go to the flea market and hit some antique stores and a few amazing women came to hang out with me (and each other.) It was a little crazy trying to meet up, but through the miracle of cell phones, we were able to gather.
I was joined by (from left to right) Tammy‘s mom (oh, I forgot your name!), Rie, me, Tammy, Fiquet (pronounced Fee-kay, but she won’t get mad at you if you mess it up), Kristen and Brittany, We also met Holly, Kim, Esther and Mekala (pictured at the bottom of the post), but they had to leave before this picture was taken.
Once we were all gathered, the shopping began…although, I was really too busy chatting to do any serious shopping.
Kristen and Esther were checking out this curvy chair…I think I heard the vendor telling them it was $10, but neither of them took it home.
Kristen was my shopping nemesis. She walked over to me with a big smile, carrying a black box. She didn’t even need to open the box. I knew she had scored a typewriter and within about 15 minutes of knowing her, I told her I hated her. Totally joking, of course. I beat her out on a $3.00 vintage alarm clock, so there. It was really pretty amazing how we would look at a booth and at the exact same time would point out the same thing. Spooky.
Rie and Fiquet were chatting quite a bit and then shared with us that Rie bought an old farm house that Fiquet looked at when she was buying a home. She ended up in another old farm house, so they had a lot to talk about with their common experience in renovation woes and rewards.
I purchased some vintage metal letters, a “ladies” sign, two metal file baskets, some votives, an alarm clock, a really old alligator skin medical bag and a few other things. It was a pretty successful shopping trip for all of the chatting I did. Rie found a great basket and some shutters, Fiquet bought some “push/pull” door hardware, Brittany found some great carved wood pieces that came from an organ, Tammy scored some silver and Mekala bought a stack of fabulous trunks.
We then headed out to SuzAnna’s and the surrounding shops and did some more browsing, chatting and shopping.
I bought a couple of scales and an ironstone pitcher from the wonderful ladies of Vignette. They had great taste and were so sweet to give me some pumpkins that another reader, Elizabeth, had dropped off for me. (Thanks to Esther and Tammy as well for bringing me some of the most beautiful heirloom pumpkins for my upcoming photo shoots.)
Mekala had to leave a bit early, but she was such a gorgeous girl that I had to get a quick picture with her before she left. I just love her hair. Not many people in this world can pull off that color, but she is one of the few.
The girls who remained went out to a little Mexican restaurant to chat some more and eat. As we sat around talking about blogs and businesses and food and kids and balance, I was so happy that these girls all lived near each other and could get together again. I was also sad I had to go back to PA after meeting all of these kindred spirits who I would hang out with any day of the week. It was an amazing time and I look forward to when I come to the area and we can get together again.
Thanks so much, ladies, for a wonderful time!