Earlier this year, I was contacted by the Vintage Market Days event for the Columbus area. This is an awesome pop-up market event that started in Oklahoma in 2011, but has since branched out to 26 states. The Columbus event planners wanted me to attend as a blogger/writer and bring some friends to check it out, so I planned a little girls’ trip with my sister and one of our best friends, Ellie, who lives in Athens. They also sent me two tickets to giveaway, which was part of my fall giveaway on Instagram and Facebook this month! It was a really fun little getaway trip.
The event is basically heaven for those who love rustic or farmhouse style decor. It is set up in a giant warehouse that is also used during the Ohio State Fair — so you can imagine the size of the grounds — and this place was totally filled to the brim with vendors. We saw everything from handprinted signs, to beeswax cosmetics, to antique ladders used as a bookshelf, to soy candles that smelled like cornbread and honey (which I immediately purchased).
We loved looking around at everything, and once we’d made our first round, I knew the stops I wanted to revisit. We saw some really creative ways to repurpose or display items, even old hand-written recipes or Bible verses. I also met and chatted with some amazing vendors, which was really fun. It’s always inspiring hearing other people talk about what makes their hearts beat.
I particularly loved the story behind Jennings Java, a coffee roasting company that started out of a dorm room at Muskingum University. Their mission is about educating people about coffee as well as providing freshly roasted beans. If you know me on any level, you know I drink a lot of coffee. I was seriously impressed with this coffee. Not only was it smooth and delicious, it was roasted that morning. I loved the story of this business and actually want to do a more in-depth post about them soon, but in the meantime, check them out!
There were so many places to look at, that it got a little overwhelming. But there isn’t really anything that a pumpkin cookie and hot apple cider can’t cure, right? We stopped at this adorable little food truck that was serving donuts, cookies, and cider out of a tiny little Airstream.
Another favorite stop was a little shop that was set up in a tiny house on wheels. This definitely spoke to me, because I am dying to do something similar with Mountain Gypsy one day. The owners were super nice, and I bought a set of natural wax burners that were called “Coffeehouse.” Yes, please.
There were plenty of home decor items I liked, but didn’t really have a way to haul home a giant vintage cabinet or table, so I stuck with small shopping items. Even though I didn’t bring home anything big, it was an awesome place to get inspired. My home style is more mid-century modern than farmhouse, but I absolutely LOVE Joanna Gaines just like the rest of the world. Finding that mixture is key for me, so I was able to look around at this event and get ideas for how to combine the two styles I love. It was also just really cool to see all the different pieces that people create, and it was a fun outing for my sister and our friend (missed you, Sammi Jo!).
The next event for the Columbus location is in April, so definitely add it to your spring plans!