A Vintage Market and Breathing Room

Wow!  What a weekend!  Two nights and a full day of treasure hunting all by me, myself and I!  It was really nice to get away, but I already missed my family within two hours of leaving home.  That’s how it goes, I guess.

I traveled up to breathtakingly beautiful Door County this past weekend for Viva La Cottage‘s Vintage Market.  My husband and I have traveled to Door County once a year since we were married, but this trip was mine, all mine.  I stayed at the most adorable bed and breakfast, Inn on Maple, in Sister Bay.  I HIGHLY recommend it if you ever travel to Door County.  The hosts, Bill and Louise, were warm and welcoming and it felt like I had known them for years; their food was to die for; they have chocolate chip cookies available around the clock (and who wouldn’t love that?); and their Inn was immaculate.  I mean, I can’t stress enough just how clean it was.  You know how some bed and breakfasts can smell old and feel sort of, well, dingy?  Not the Inn on Maple.  It’s a historical building with a lot of character and antiques throughout, but it still manages to feel very fresh, new and clean.  Bill and Louise were even nice enough to make breakfast early for me on Sunday because I had to leave early to get back home.  I really look forward to staying there again!

The sale was Saturday, and after having a scrumptious breakfast out on Bill and Louise’s gorgeous back deck, I checked my phone (does anyone even wear a watch anymore?) and it was 9:06 a.m..  I had to get going!  The market was set to open at 10:00 a.m.  Maybe they’d let people in early?  Maybe I’d be the first in line?

First in line?  Yes.  Letting people in early?  No.  Darnit.

I watched as the vendors put the finishing touches on their areas, and shopped each other’s shops.

It broke my heart, but I patiently waited behind the rope.  Well, I lie.  I actually snuck in for a moment with one of the vendors and got a quick glimpse of everyone’s area and then quietly went back behind the rope and waited.  I met some great people while waiting in line.  And then the moment of truth arrived, the rope was removed and the mayhem began.  It was a serious rush.  It was crowded, people were bumping into each other and vendors were calling out for “sold” signs left and right.  It was awesome.  If you love that stuff.  And I do!

Here’s a glimpse of some of the incredible treasures at this sale (to view more pictures, visit B&B’s Nest Facebook page):

The tiniest little Ball jar I ever did see:

I wanted the “F” for the alphabet wall in Operation Infinite Giggles, but I couldn’t stomach the price tag ($50!!!):

After the market, I went on an antique store tour around Door County well into the afternoon.  I made sure to take my time and take it easy.  I took time to stop and smell the roses (figuratively and literally):

To top it all off, I got to end the day with one of these:

Needless to say, when all was said and done, my car was full of treasures and my soul was happy!

Later this week I’ll share some photos with you of what came home with me from Door County!  It was a great weekend for me and I sincerely hope it was for you, too.

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  1. It looks like you had a great time!

  2. What a fun time! Love the displays created by the vendors! Can’t wait to see your treasures!!

  3. Oh my gosh! What treasures! I’m drooling. You were so smart to get a sneak peak before they let customers in. I would’ve done the same thing.

  4. Hi Laura, thanks so much for taking us along, the sale looked wonderful. I would have had a carfull!! thanks for sharing the fun at VIF! xo Debra

  5. OH WHAT FUN!! I just love B&B’s AND Door County! We try to get up there every few years — such a relaxing place! I’m going to book mark the inn because it sure sounds like a lovely place to stay! Can’t believe all of the treasures at the market — glad you had such fun!

  6. You got some fabulous photos of the neat stuff there. I loved that sweet little ball jar with the vintage wired flowers. So cute!

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