We’re just home and winding down from our first full weekend of Fall vending. Today was Clover Market and it was pretty perfect. The only thing wrong was my forgetting to bring my camera so you can’t see our family’s stripey ensembles! Things couldn’t have been much better from the lovely weather, our upbeat attitudes even without coffee at first, and a really terrific shady spot. It was busy without being hectic and along with lots of happy customers we got to give out so many cards for GO WEST! to people who didn’t know about it, and then were excited and planned to go! Toward the end I got a great chance to walk around and chat with some other vendors. I somehow managed to not buy anything, but want to share some of my favorite vendors from this particular market. Janet Long does a great job at coordinating this event and always has new and interesting vendors to showcase. My hat’s off to her as I know what an enormous undertaking it must be!
Photo by Black Heart Letterpress
Black Heart Letterpress were our neighbors and have great letterpress cards, postcards and coasters with a decidedly Philly bent. They’ll also be vending at GO WEST! Craft Fest.
Photo by Regina Joans
On the other side of us was Regina Jonesa lovely area photographer who was sweet and cheerful despite the fact she had a head cold and stand troubles. The photograph I love the most I couldn’t figure out how to show but it’s the moon at night here. I really like her perspective on this one one too.
Photo by Hinterland Vintage
Hinterland Vintage has a wonderful boho esthetic and is brimming with beautiful women’s clothing from the 1950s, 60s & 70s shoe’s and hats too! Her stand is full and spacious all at once and has a little dressing room, so you can really know what you’re buying without having to struggle trying things on over your clothes..
Photo by Saffron Creations
Saffron Creations makes beautiful jewelry from tin boxes and cans, often with beveled stones and beads. I have an unfortunate nickle allergy which makes me unable to wear this kind of jewelry, you’d be surprised the amount of people who do! I really love this kind of thing though and really enjoy seeing it on others. (I happily can wear Mike’s jewelry, the little bit of silver solder around the pendant doesn’t affect me). Her jewelry is so unique and wonderful. It’s funny that she and Mike do a similar thing, cutting away to find a tiny beauty within a larger image
Photo by Tadpole Creations
Another GO WEST! vendor at Clover Market was Tadpole Creations. I first saw her and her super sweet daughter/assistant at the Waldorf Fair last winter (which we both hope we will be in this year too). I bought a mermaid doll for L’s stocking and was so charmed by her fresh, bright and colorful looking stand. We were so excited when she applied to GO WEST! She has lots of very sweet dolls, new baby gear and glitter hair pins. I’m sure there are many happy babies in Ardmore tonight!
Photo by Janzibar
Janzibar had the coziest upcycled felted sweater mittens. I always tell myself that I will make something like that, after all, I do sew. Or perhaps knit them? I am knitting pant’s for L and knit alot…. But, inevitably when winter hits, I just buy some cheapo’s from H&M and have cold hands. Perhaps this winter I should just invest in someone who actually has them made!
photo by Nannygoat Antiques
Nannygoat Antiques always has interesting, reasonably priced gems. While this scale wasn’t at Clover Market this time there were some great pieces including some huge maps and vintage children’s books. Last time I got L “A Child’s Life Second Reader” from 1900 with nursery stories including the three bears and little red riding hood and the billy goats gruff. It’s in very good condition and has a face plate sticker with a child’s name and 1905 written next to it. I just love the history in that image…. a child from 1905 sitting down to this “reader”. It make’s me feel what a wonder life is! Did I mention that I bought it for $6?
photo by Terri Palmer Signs
On our first Clover Market we vended next to Terri Palmer Signs. She’s a very nice lady with beautiful farmhouse style hand painted signs that are retro and fresh all at once, sometimes a little tongue-in-cheek. Do you see the one that says As the Crow Flies Inn…! Well I guess it is a common expression…My favorite is on the bottom, The Fox and Hare Tavern.
There were many more interesting vendors today than just this, but I’m a little sleepy at this point and can’t quite keep the steam up to write about them all. You’ll just have to come to the next market and see for yourself! We were so glad to be able to participate along with all of these talented artists and inspired antique sellers and really look forward to our next Market on Nov 3rd. We have many weekends of fairs until then and much jewelry to make and things to sew (and photograph).
As a little end piece, L was vending with us and was a joy to be around all day. While we were packing up she helped in a real way by putting Mike’s jewelry back in the boxes. It’s amazing what a little trust will do. Every day I’m reminded how capable L is and when she has real “work” to do how happy and content she is. She hummed a little tune to herself while carefully putting all the jewelry in the proper boxes and out of the corner of my eye it melted my heart just a little. Growing up vending isn’t so bad maybe…