Just a few weeks ago, Rodney & I ventured out and for the 3rd year in a row drove the hour and a half to get to The annual Madison-Bouckville Outdoor Antique Show. Held every year the third weekend in August, this year being the 39th, the antiques show stretches across 90 acres of farmland in soughter Madison County. You can't do the whole thing in one day but we do as much of it as we can!
Last year it was so hot and humid that we only lasted about a few hours before calling it quits and heading back to the inn totally empty handed! So disappointing because the previous year, the first one we attended right before closing on our purchase of 10 Fitch, it rained and was muddy and dreary but we found a lot of great stuff including a fantastic mahogany high boy for English Suite, a set of antique books for the library, some wonderful water color and oil paintings, a silver tea set, and majolica pottery.
So I had high hopes for this year. The days leading up to the antiques show were very hot and humid so I was thrilled that the weather was about as perfect as it could be on Saturday when we headed out. It was overcast, so the sun was not beating down on us mercilessly, and the humidity was lower as was the temperature. It was very comfortable.
My plan was to take all kinds of photos with my iphone documenting the days treasure hunting and post them to the blog. I was so excited about all the things we were seeing... and buying that it wasn't until we were heading back to the inn several hours later I realized I had only taken one photo! I took this right after we parked the car after first arriving, it shows the sea of cars parked in one of the fields.
But even though I forgot to document the day with photos I did take some pictures of our treasure once I got it home and cleaned it all up. I was so excited to find a sterling service for 12 that didn't include any serving pieces and it was in excellent condition! Very hard to find. Yes, we will use forks, spoons and knives every day but really don't need anything else. These were exactly what I'd been looking for the previous 2 years at the show. Not too ornate or plain... just right!
And I'm always on the lookout for flow blue to add to my grandmothers pieces that I have and use at the inn. Found 6 bowls and a plate in the Touraine pattern.
And finally I hit the jackpot on teacups! I found some of the most beautiful teacups! The colors are what caught my eye. It just makes me happy to look at these delicate little beauties!
And finally here is a photo showing all our treasure for the day :)
Next years show is scheduled for August 19th-21st and I can't wait! Hope to see you there! If you would like to get a little taste before then and are going to be in the area at the end of October you can attend the 2010 Salt City Autumn Antiques Show which will take place inside the spacious Americraft Center of Progress Building on the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York, October 23-24. Over 250 selected dealers cover thousands of square feet of floor space.