Shipshewana Flea Market

It's been awhile, huh?! Don't worry, I didn't go anywhere, I was just enjoying the long holiday weekend. I hope you all had an enjoyable Fourth of July weekend; we sure did! We entertained a group of friends up at our lake house and had a weekend full of laughter, grilling out, water sports, and naps on the hammock. It doesn't get much better than that! It was also a great way to unwind from the whirlwind the weekend before at Randolph Street Market. Not to go into too much detail, but it ended up being a fantastic weekend. Despite the 4:30 am alarms and setting up the tent in the middle of a downpour, I really enjoyed the weekend, so much so that I'm doing it again this month! With that being decided, it means the next three weeks are crunch time to get ready for Round 2!

I'm sure everyone handles 'crunch time' and deals with stress in different ways. For me, it meant I spent the better part of this week 'restocking'. Some may call it shopping...I prefer to call it restocking...it's just one of shopping's many aliases I like to use. 

"I'm running errands" ---> "I'm shopping"

"I'm refreshing the house" ---> "I'm shopping for the home"

"I'm cleaning out the closets and taking stuff to Salvation Army" ---> "I'm preparing to go shopping...watch out!"

"I'm hanging out with my sister" ---> "I'm shopping with someone who will most definitely push me over the edge if I'm on the fence about a purchase"

You get my drift...

So, when I told Kyle that I needed to go to a flea market in Indiana with my sister for the day to restock inventory, I saw that skeptical look come over his face as he read between the lines and translated what I was saying. Before he could argue back, I threw out a couple half-baked arguments, promised it was a novel idea, hopped into my SUV and headed to Amish Country!

Photo courtesy of sunshineluxurytours.com

Photo courtesy of sunshineluxurytours.com

 

For those of you who aren't familiar with Shipshewana, (and seeing as it has a population of 658 people, that may be quite a few of you) it is a small town in Northeastern Indiana known for their predominantly Amish population. Besides having a couple Amish markets, restaurants and gift shops, they also have a flea market which is held two days per week. Truthfully, I haven't spent much time at flea markets and really had no idea what I was going to find, but I went in full of excitement and expectations held high! It was going to be great! We were going to uncover vintage finds and come home with a car packed full of goods.

Well, as it turns out, we walked through a lot of booths filled with trinkets and saw a lot of "Made in China" labels. Don't get me wrong, there were some worthwhile booths, but they were few and far between. My excitement quickly went from soaring to "Hmmm...there's still hope, we're only halfway through" to "I just drove SIX HOURS for this?!"  So, that, coupled with a major tummy ache from eating a whole bag of kettle corn, was my flea market experience. I haven't decided yet, but it may also be my last.

However, there was a diamond in the rough. One of the booths was an Amish lady who was selling outdoor furniture, specifically adirondack chairs. Let me just say that we have been in the market for adirondack chairs for the past two years, but have yet to find ones that fit both our style and price point. The lady gave us directions to their store (aka their home) where they had a larger selection. With that, we were out! 

Let's call this the pivotal point in the afternoon. Not only did BOTH of us find the perfect adirondack chairs, they also had a huge garage full of furniture for sale. 

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Check out some of these great pieces I snagged. 

As you know, I've been really into French Provincial lately (you can get details here and here), and since some of those pieces have sold, I was excited to find more.

I also found this amazing dresser. It's really solid and well made, however I was bummed to see that it was missing one of the pulls. I will most likely switch out the hardware and save these pulls for another project.

The last piece I picked up was this round side table. I think it's so elegant and can be used in so many different settings. My head is already spinning trying to decide how I want to refinish it.

All of the sudden we went from both going home empty handed to arguing who was going to be able to make their purchases that would fit into the SUV. Ultimately the furniture won out (the main purpose of this trip was to restock after all) and the adirondack chairs were put on hold.

Although it was disappointing that we couldn't buy the adirondack chairs on this trip, I guess it just means that I'll have to plan another trip soon to "refresh the house" while "hanging out with my sister"!