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September 23, 2013

Highlights from the Midland Antiques Festival Fall 2013

By RetroRuth

This past weekend was the huge local antiques festival in my town, the Midland Antiques and Collectibles Festival. I am sort of embarrassed to say that I almost completely forgot that it was going on, and I am sorry I didn’t have time to pull together a meet-up! I literally remembered that it was going on at 9 in the morning on Saturday, so all I was able to do was push the baby into Tom’s arms, call my friend Deb and stop at the ATM on the way to the fairgrounds. We only had two or three hours so I could get back home to the baby, but we managed to power through by not stopping to chitchat with sellers, eating our lunch while we were digging through boxes of cookbooks and actually going home when I ran out of money!

So, here are some of the more expensive and awesome sightings from the festival.


Hello, Heywood! This adorable Hey-Wake tiki bar was in great shape, and was $330. If only I hadn’t JUST bought Tom a tiki bar, this would have come home with me!


Isn’t this a gorgeous dining set? It is by Richardson Nemschoff and was seriously flawless.  I was floored by how lovely the chairs were. If I had a dining room I would have been all over this set!


One of the prettiest tension pole lamps I have ever seen! It matched the lovely dining room set, so I wonder if they were meant to be together?



Sadly, I was out of money when I came across this bad boy, otherwise he would have come home with me!


Another day, another awesome wall sculpture! I tried to make the case to Tom when I got home that we needed to go back and buy this to hang in our bedroom above our bed, but he said that the prospect of this eventually falling off the wall and imbedding itself in his forehead was not appealing to him. Also, he wasn’t too keen on dragging the very crabby baby anywhere for the rest of the day.


Eight yards (Eight!) of uncut barkcloth! This made my mouth water, and the worst part was that the dealer at this booth kept lowering the price for me to try to tempt me into buying it! So, so hard to walk away from.

Those were the very fun things I saw, and while there were a lot of things at the festival, there wasn’t a lot of mid-century stuff. There was a surprising amount of cheaply priced figurines, hardly any cookbooks if you can believe that, high-priced Pyrex and lots and lots of smelly old books. For some reason there were a lot of “shabby chic” things, which meant perfectly good mid-century furniture painted lime green, white and other bright colors. Blech. But other than that not that much fun stuff…other than what I bought! Stay tuned to see the fun (and sort of off-beat) things I bought at the festival!

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8 Responses to Highlights from the Midland Antiques Festival Fall 2013

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    September 23, 2013 at 9:44 am

    So cool….it looks like you had a blast, can’t wait to see what you found!

    Super curious, what was the price on that barkcloth???

  2. Silvercat Reply

    September 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Oh, I so so want a panther tv lamp. Even though I have no place to put it.

    That festival must have been so fun!

  3. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    September 24, 2013 at 12:01 am

    That looks like so much fun! I love your picks and I am intrigued by that pug painting behind the pole lamp shot. 🙂 I’m like Tom in that metal things over the bed scare me. But with just enough anchors, I bet all would be fine!

  4. Andrea Reply

    September 24, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Ohhhhh that barkcloth! How much was the vendor asking? I am curious!

  5. RetroRuth Reply

    September 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Hey guys!
    The price on the barkcloth was $165 to start with, but by the time I walked away it was $120, and I am pretty sure I could have gotten it lower if I would have stuck around and haggled. Not super cheap, but it was in excellent shape and if it would have had an atomic print it would have been mine!

  6. 60's Sal Reply

    September 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I was so, so sad not to be able to go! That table and lamp are truly spectacular! Glad you gave us a peak!

  7. Sara T. Reply

    September 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I love going to that show every year. My Mom, me, sister, Aunt and cousin make a girls weekend out of it in September. I didn’t walk away with as much this year as in the past but it was still awesome. My big purchases this year was an old glass water cooler jug to hold my husbands pennies and a bag of mis. jewelry. Hope to run into you there one of these days. 🙂

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