Sunday, September 30, 2012

Our Rainy Canton Adventure

Wow. Where to begin. 

After a blissful nights sleep (which included a pretty bizarre dream) I awoke to the sound of rain hitting the rooftop.  You see, this is a big deal. I live in Texas, which provided the last 2 months with a drought and consisted of 2 months straight of 90-100 degree temperatures.  Needless to say, the sight of rain was very welcome. Anyway, after basking out my window, staring at raindrops, I quickly dressed to get ready for the day. If you read my post on saturday, then you already know that my mom, brother, dog and I were headed out to east Texas for First Monday Trade days!
I was beyond excited!
We rushed to the car and set off on our hour and a half drive to Canton. 
(which by the way, driving on the highway in the pouring rain is quite scary!)

 We arrived, and jumped out as fast as we could to scour the shops. 
Believe me, I **wish** I had an unlimited budget to just buy wanted....Hey! a girl can dream!

So basically, Canton is just a bunch of "trade" centers that rent out booths to different vendors. There is also a "yard sale" section, which we didnt venture to because, well, it was pouring rain!
So here are some pictures of the different booths we saw:

This booth was Ah-mazing. Simply gorgeous! They had lots of vintage pieces that they had re-done. They gave me so many ideas!
Do you see that table with the bench in the back? The grey one? I so wanted to take it home with me. 

SOO many amazing things! I wanted that blue suitcase! or even those milk bottles!

There was also some serious fashion going on! I got so much inspiration for What I wore wednesday! I loved that cream and black ensemble on the right. 

Then, we stopped at this cute little paper company that made amazing postcards, tags and wall art. I wish I wrote down the name, because they have an etsy shop, but I didn't, and forgot the name (even though I swore I wouldn't)
I ended up buying something from here, But I'll show you that later.

Do you see those circles hanging from the wood? Get this, those are bicycle wheels refashioned as outdoor art! They were so cool! I want to make my own, though. 

I also want to make a pillow like this, but out of an old grain sack I found at a yard sale. 

We also got some serious halloween inspiration. There were so many booths that were decked out! I loved this sign!

ok, so I loved their whole booth!

I also loved this owl, but he was a bit overpriced. 
and guess what? I also plan on making blocks similar to these too!
Surprised no?

 The prettiest fall mantle, which gets cut off in this picture, but believe me, it was beautiful!

Surprisingly, there was also a lot of Christmas Decor! My mom wanted this banner, but decided against purchasing. 

Do you see me? Do ya??
I dont know why I have such a scowl on my face.... ok yes I do. 
So we thought that since it was raining buckets, that it would be less crowded.
There were SO SO SO many people. more than usual. It was crazy town. Add on the fact that I was pushing a cart, walking a dog (who was seriously freaked out with all the people, But by this point, it was too late), and trying to find my mom who was lost in the crowd,
I totally get the look on my face. 
but It was a great day nevertheless.

ooh, I almost forgot, see that booth behind me? I LOVED all their jewelry, but It was once again, more than I wanted to spend. 

Oh goodness. You don't know how badly I wanted this picture. It was so beautiful.
again, I wish I was a millionaire.

So, I think these are extremely tacky, but my mom and brother loved them! I couldn't believe it.
What this picture doesn't show is how they are bigger than life size.
yup. Tacky. 

Wondering how the pooch did?
She was great, seeing the circumstances. There were a few moments (one of which she got scared of a lady's hat (she hates hats for some reason) and pulled herself out of her collar, so I went chasing after, through hundreds of laughing people (none of which offered to help) ). (wow that was a lot of parenthesis!)
She was rewarded with a bag of homemade treats!

and we rewarded ourselves with dairy queen. You see, this is a tradition. Every time we head east, we go to the exact same dairy queen for a chocolate dipped cone. Can you believe that the closest dairy queen to us is 50 miles away! I know! We don't even live in the boondocks! 

After shopping till we almost literally dropped, we headed back home. and sat for like, ever. and it was amazing. 

oh and if you're wondering what we we found and purchased, you will have to wait until later!

but we got some seriously awesome stuff!
and we got soaked (which was completely free, and completely worth it!)

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