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October 1, 2012

Midland Antiques Festival and a Meet-Up With 60’s Sal!

By RetroRuth

Well, I have to say Tom and I had a great time at the recent Midland Antiques Festival!  We normally don’t go to the Antiques festival more than once a year (it’s held three times a year) but this year we made an exception and went in July and in the most recent show, which was last weekend. We got suckered into going again by our friends Dan and Deb AND because we got to meet up with Sally, aka “60’s Sal”.

It was really interesting seeing the differences in the two weekends.  I have to say there was definitely more to dig through in September.  When we went in July and met up with Betty Crafter we were easily able to see the whole show by lunchtime. This time 1:00 p.m. rolled around and we still had about a third of the way to go!

But one thing was the same in both shows. Gredesign had the best mod/retro booth at the show!!


Stefanie was a total sweetheart, and it was a blast to get a tour through her both and to see some of her new finds.



Swank!! This is a headboard with an 8-track player in it!


And, we even got to see some old finds that got some new life.

Remember the violated Witco map from July???


Well, Stefanie took about a thousand Q-tips and some remover to that horrible orange paint, and then touched up the blue underneath and…



Restoration, people. It does a body good.

Then we met up with Sally, and some crazy shopping commenced!


It was very fun. We got some great deals and spent a lot of time digging through boxes, and we didn’t fight over any finds. But it was a close one. Sally, if you don’t use that chintz fabric, you are gonna answer to me!!

We also saw some wacky kitsch (not at the Gredesign booth) that was just too good not to take a pic.


This deer would have come home with me if I could have convinced Tom to get it. But the googly eye jammed in the center of the deer’s eye was really too much for him.

But this teal sombrero wasn’t too much for Sally!


Well, actually it was because she didn’t buy it. Even though it was only like $17 and I totally wanted her to.

Do you see all of those packages in Sally’s arms? Yeah…most of those purchases were my fault.


Check. This. OUT! It is an inflatable terrarium footstool. Wild, huh? I was really excited to see it, since I have only ever seen them on Etsy.  It was way, way too beat up to come home with me (plus Tom would have never agreed), but Sally and I got a good kick out of it.

Wait, you want to know what I got?  We made out pretty good, but you are going to have to come back next week to see all the scores!!!

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8 Responses to Midland Antiques Festival and a Meet-Up With 60’s Sal!

  1. 60's Sal Reply

    October 1, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I’m really wishing I hadn’t left that sombrero there! It was an even better deal at $12! What was I not thinking?? And, Ruth, you are super spectacular enabler! I loved every minute of it 🙂

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    October 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

    We have GOT to get Tom over his fear of kitsch.

  3. Betty Crafter Reply

    October 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I’m so jealous! Looks like a great time. And I TOTALLY would have bought that deer painting, googly eye or no. I’m so happy to see the Witco restored! Maybe we influenced her?

  4. Sara In AZ Reply

    October 1, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Looks like y’all had a blast!

    And that is too funny about that terrarium footstool……….I actually bought one recently for $8. The one I got looks to be in better condition though. Do you recall how much this one was???

    And yes, I agree with Eartha – we HAVE to get Tom over his fear of kitsch!!!

  5. Andrea Reply

    October 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Looks like you guys had a blast! I can’t wait to see what you got!

  6. 60's Sal Reply

    October 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I have it on good authority that you all were definitely the inspiration for the Witco cleanup!!

  7. Joyce Wagner Reply

    October 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I had a great time there too and met 60’s Sal at Stefanie’s booth!! It was my first, but not my last, time at that venue. We had a great day and found some great treasures. I have one of those inflatable footstools in my basement in pristine condition! I had to find one because my grandma had one when I was growing up. Wish I had met you too! Maybe next year!

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