Vintage Fair and 5th Wheel Project: New Valence and Shade for the Door
Berlin, OH - Events of Saturday, June 27, 2015
Saturday, June 27th, was the Walnut Creek Vintage Fair. The Vintage Fair is held every year in late June in a field adjacent to Walnut Creek Furniture on State Route 39. The slogan of the Vintage Fair is "Reclaim, repurpose, reuse - turning rubbish into riches." That slogan intrigued us because of the HGTV show we like to watch called "Flea Market Flip." In the TV show, teams of flea marketers attempt to turn ragged flea market finds into attractive decorative pieces and resell them at maximum profit in order to win a cash prize. We like to see the creativity and ingenuity some of the teams exhibit.
Unfortunately, when we awoke Saturday morning, it was raining fairly hard. When we checked the weather radar, it looked like the rain may be ending soon so we persevered with our plans to go the the Vintage Fair. Fortunately, we took along our raincoats because by the time we got there, more showers had popped up and it was still raining.
In spite of the rain, there were already a good many cars there. We had to park our big truck down over the hill because the few spaces that were available close to the vendors were way too tight. We walked up the wet, slippery grass and checked out the first couple of booths.
We continued on to the top of the hill where there were more vendors. The area at the top of the hill was level and covered with gravel, so it was easier to navigate. The puddles in the foreground of the photo below will give you some idea of how much it had rained already that morning.
There were lots of good raw materials for flea market projects like pieces of barn wood, old galvanized buckets, window sashes, old doors, buggy wheels, vintage furniture, pieces of wrought iron fence, milk cans and more. There were also some items for sale that had already been created from old materials like wind chimes made from old silverware, a bench made from the headboard of a bed, and the large bird houses in the next photo made from old wood.
We have written a couple of times before about the number of miniature gardens we have seen in this area. There were some at the Vintage Fair, too. These were planted in several different kinds of old containers like the galvanized tub and watering can in the next photo.
By the time we finished at the Vintage Fair it had finally stopped raining. However, the damage was already done because the nice, grassy field was already starting to turn to mud. We could only imagine how much muddier it would get as the day wore on as hundreds of additional people slogged around.
A few weeks ago, Paul completed a project to install a new window in our entry door. The new window needed a shade for privacy at night and to block the sun on hot days. We ordered a new shade from MCD Innovations to match the other shades we have in the 5th wheel. Since every MCD shade is custom made to the customers' specific dimensions, it took a couple of weeks for the shade to arrive. In the meantime, Paul built a new valence from cherry to match the woodwork in our fiver.
The shade had come in a few days prior, so Paul decided to install the shade and valence after we returned from the Vintage Fair because it was a good indoor project to do on a day when rain was still threatening. He started by installing the mounting brackets in the valence and then snapping the shade in place.
Next, it was time to mount the shade and valence over the door.
Several weeks ago we wrote about going to Quailcrest Farm to get some flowers (calibrachoa) to plant in a container to enjoy while we are here in Ohio for the summer. We'll take cuttings before we leave in the fall to start new plants for the garden at our site in Florida so we can continue to enjoy them while we're there for the winter. We promised a photo of the flowers once they had a chance to recover from the shock of transplanting and had started to bloom again. Well, on one of our few sunny mornings, Paul happened to notice the calibrachoa were starting to look pretty nice, so he snapped a photo.
We spent most of the week following the Vintage Fair grocery shopping, running errands and getting various chores out of the way in preparation for the arrival of Lora, J. Michael and Lydia for the 4th of July weekend. Stay tuned.