Outdoor Country Craft Festival


First and foremost, let it be known that I am a first class A1 rummager. I love flea markets, yard sales, antique shops, auctions, old attics, and craft festivals. There’s just something so inspiring and authentic about sifting through someone’s handmade or has-been treasures, on their approval of course {my “Harriet the Spy” days are retired}. I’m not the only one in my family who shares the love for junkin’; my mom, grammy and aunts are all drawn to it. Like fireflies to shiny bright bug zappers, we float willingly to these places, especially one’s as primitive as Shaker Woods Festival in Colombiana County, Ohio. Like the pack of gypsies we are, my mom, Grammy, Aunt Mickey, my son Tino and I all hit the road to join the fuss. It was my first time going so I was excited to experience everything, even if I didn’t want to buy anything, I was smitten with the fact that I would be moseying through the woods, homemade candles burning, with the sun barely peaking through the tall trees above me. The festival hosts over 200 vendors, along with live musical entertainment throughout the day. All of the workers are dressed in period clothing, which adds to the magic of the overall environment. Here are some of the shots I got throughout the day:




I came home with some pottery, a lace scarf, homemade blueberry candles and a vintage tin cup for root beer {it’s the little things}. It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday, for me, with some of the most special people in my life. My advice to anyone is go out and do the things that inspire you and make you feel alive and whole, and if possible, enjoy them with people who matter to you. It’s those moments that stick with us, no matter how small.


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