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July 30, 2012

The Midland Antiques Festival and A Meet-Up With Betty Crafter

By RetroRuth

So, if you haven’t already seen me in the post on Betty Crafter’s blog, Betty and I had a fantastic meet-up a few weekends ago at the Midland Antiques Festival in Michigan. We had an excellent time, except for the horrible, horrible heat (it was so hot!!!)

I am not sure if I’ve ever mentioned the Antiques Festival on here before. I am sure every Michigan reader knows about it, but for you non-Michiganders, the Midland Antiques Festival is the largest Michigan antiques festival and it is held three times a year.  I have to say that I never really go more than once a year, because there is always really great finds every time we go and if Tom and I went every time we would be completely broke. In any case, it was an excellent bit of luck that Betty decided to visit Michigan while the festival was going on, because not only did she get to experience the fun, but she also gave an excuse for me to drag Tom there!

We planned to meet up early in the morning to try to beat the heat (Which didn’t end up working. In the end, we managed to beat the heat the old-fashioned way. With ice cream.) and to get a jump on all the good stuff before it was gone. I found Betty easily in the crowd. She was the one in the vintage crewelwork skirt buying an enormous blow mold santa lawn ornament. And she easily spotted me as well. I was the one dragging a crabby Tom with one hand and holding a sandal that decided to break three steps into the grounds in the other hand. Just another typical morning for me. (See? That is why you always need to buy vintage! New stuff just can’t cut it.)


After repairing my sandal and introducing Tom to Little Betty to reduce his early-morning crabbiness, we were off into the maze of tables and the hot, hot sun. And, we were also off into the mode where we are so busy gabbing with each other and buying things that we almost completely forget to take pictures. I managed to remind Tom to snap the one above early in the day.


The next time we remembered to take pictures was when we stopped by the excellent Gredesign booth, which you can see in the picture above. We didn’t actually take that photo, I borrowed it from their Facebook page. They had some really cool stuff, but the two pictures we did manage to take were of two of the more crazy finds there.


One is this Witco World Map which had us all howling in agony. Someone painted it!!  You can kind of see in the picture how streaky it was. Horrible.


And the other was this crazy shadowbox, which mostly just had me howling in agony. Tom and I have been looking for a shadowbox like this one for a long time.  I say like this one, because this one was almost completely unlike the one we are looking for.  I have seen these a few times with gold wire and mirrored boxes on them, but this is the first time I ever saw one that was in a weird orange and green camo with gold plastic inserts that had fake Greek statues on them. Say what??


Did I mention we had ice cream?  I think it was more than once, actually. Here Little Betty is enjoying her mammoth ice cream cone before it melts in the hot sun. I don’t know how, but somehow she managed to get the largest ice cream cone out of all of us. You can see the rest of the cone melting in the bowl that is sitting on top of Bunny and her other “darlings”. She was just too cute!!

Afterwards, we headed back to our place so I could show off my awesome kitchen and Tom could show off his sofa, which was immediately claimed by Little Betty for her play house.  It was pretty the perfect day! We also had a mini photo shoot, which I didn’t do too well in because I was wilted, hot and sticky. But I just had to share this one, even though we all have our eyes closed. I just thought it was hilarious.


Oh, and what did I get on this almost-perfect day?  Well, some pretty perfect stuff!


Another panther lamp!!! I am serious, it is getting a little crazy with cat lamps over at our house.  But we couldn’t leave this one, he was only $20 and he has green jewel eyes!


Look at that. Pretty fierce, huh?


Also, I can never pass up orphaned Harlequin. Tom doesn’t even argue anymore, he just hands over money.


I controlled myself and only bought one cookbook! It’s a miracle! I have been searching for this one for a long, long time and I am happy to finally get it.

So, despite a broken sandal and some wacky vintage stuff, it was a really fun day. Thanks for stopping by, Betty!

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17 Responses to The Midland Antiques Festival and A Meet-Up With Betty Crafter

  1. Stefanie Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Aw!! Thanks for the mention! Sorry my Witco didn’t hack it for you! Beleive me you would not have hesitated to buy it for what I payed;)

    • RetroRuth Reply

      July 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Hey Stefanie! Your booth was top-notch. Can’t wait to see what other stuff you come up with on your FB page! So far your finds are all pretty wild. 🙂

  2. 60's Sal Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Ruth, could this be the year you make an exception and go twice? 😉

    • RetroRuth Reply

      July 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

      I will totally make an exception for you, Sally! 🙂 Let me know what the plan is and I will be there.

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t know……I don’t think it’s possible for Michigan to be HOTTER than Texas was about a year and a half ago! 😉 Remember ALL those lemonade slushes!!! hee!

    It looks like y’all had a blast – esp. Little Betty with her ice cream! And I just love your finds, that Panther Lamp is awesome!!!

    That Witco…that is SO sad. uggghhhh.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      July 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

      It was about 6 degrees cooler than TX was, but the sun was just as bad!! I missed the slushes, so we had to make do with the ice cream. 🙂 The true Michigan way…

      Little Betty was just a doll! We are totally going to have to plan another TX meet-up!

  4. Andrea Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    That panther lamp is sooooooooo fantastic!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      July 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Thanks, Andrea!! I just about died when I saw it!

  5. 60's Sal Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I will definitely keep you informed!! Hopefully, it will be cooler. I also hope Gredesign will be back, as well!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      July 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Yes!! Cool weather and more great furniture! Sounds like a win to me. 🙂

  6. Laura Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    The picture of you and Miz Crafter is too cute. I love her owl pendant, and the fact it looks like she has an aurora coming out of her head. The patron saint of vintage perhaps? 🙂 Your skirt and blouse are adorable. I love them! Looks like you had an amazing time!

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      July 31, 2012 at 1:27 am

      Laura, that pendant was one of my finds for the day! It’s my new favorite. I won’t disclose how many owl pendants this makes for me now because then I would sound crazy.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      July 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Awww…thanks, Laura! Isn’t she a doll? Both her and Little Betty were just too cute! I think that is her secret to getting all of the great deals, being the adorable Patron Saint of Vintage!

  7. Betty Crafter Reply

    July 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I had so much fun Ruth! I can’t wait for you to come to Texas for our antique festival!!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      July 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Eeee! I had a blast, too! Yes, Texas is going to be a must! 🙂

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