So, our trip to Madison Bouckville's Antique Week got off to a bit of a rocky start...
First, we were met with an hour long wait at the border to cross into the US. This gave us time to realize all of the important things we'd left at home, like our boots, backpacks, & most importantly, the foam bags we use to transport lamps. Oops!
Once across the border, it was nothing but open road, good music, bad coffee & junk food. Things were looking up...
Until we arrived at the motel we'd booked online (because there were no decent hotels nearby with vacancy).
We were horrified.
We're talking a scary looking building, one dirty bathroom & all kinds of food under the bed. Yeah, you read that right!
We quickly high-tailed it outta there and found more suitable accommodations nearby.
It was finally time to settle in and get a good night's sleep in order to get early start in the morning.
We left our motel around 7:00 the next morning, and arrived at the show fields at about 8:00. What we didn't realize is that most of the vendors don't open their tents until after 9:30.
But, we weren't discouraged... This gave us time to chat with the few vendors that were open for business.
By early afternoon we had scoured a few hundred booths, and still not spotted any lamps we were interested in buying.
Now, I was discouraged.
Just as I started planning the blog post in my mind, "Bouckville Was A Bust!", we spotted the first find of the day. Once we found that first lamp, more & more began to follow.
After a long day of trekking through muddy fields, with the sun beating down on us, we had armfuls of gorgeous lamps!
Since we were on a mission for lamps, specifically, we were able to whip through the 1500+ vendors in one day.
Day two was smooth sailing... We knew that the main show field would finally open it's gate to the public at noon sharp. That meant we could sleep in without fear of missing out on the best of the best.
This field was worth the wait because we were able to score these beauties...
While this trip wasn't relaxing, glamorous, or problem-free, it was totally worth it!
The sellers of these two blue ceramic lamps were an absolute pleasure to chat with. They were able to give me some background on these pieces that I'll be sharing with you later.
We exchanged info and I hope to see them again at future shows!
These are just a few of the beautifully glazed lamps we purchased for the store. Keep an eye on the Lamp Orphanage to check out all of our finds.
I've held back a few goodies that need some work before their big reveal, but believe me, they'll be worth the wait too!
These three may appear to be ugly ducklings right now, but just you wait until I work my magic! It's amazing what a fresh coat of high-gloss enamel can do for a tired pottery base!
Pair a freshened up base with a fun, printed shade, and you've got a crush-worthy lamp!