Pickin’ on the Prairie Antique Show was a Big Success!!

  • By Brenda Buckingham
  • 26 Aug, 2012
This was the poster I made for our show.Full color posters are still available for $5 plus$4 shipping.  Black on Cream posters are $2plus $4 shipping. All posters are 11″ x 17″.To order, contact me at pastblessings@gmail.com Life has been so wonderfully busy here on Past Blessings Farm, but I need to stop to tell you all […]
I have to admit, I was sooooo nervous about getting the vendors in their spots without being in each others way.  And my sweet husband, whom I dubbed the “Grass Nazi” during the set up, was determined not to have them drive on the grass.  He spends many hours getting the grass green and weed free and was also afraid of having them hit the sprinkler system.  We had the back half of the vendors come in through the pasture and the front half from the driveway.  I was amazed at how well it worked and how patient and helpful all the vendors were.  In my mind I had played through all sorts of terrible scenerios that always ended with me being yelled at by vendors.  But nothing was close to that.  They were all kind and accomodating and no one drove on the grass!  Probably the only “yelling” we had was one poor vendor, Denny, who unfortunately encountered a red ants nest!  The week before, we had pulled out a large bush in order to make his space work better.  Unknowingly, we unearthed this ant colony.  They were making their presence known to poor Denny in a not so gentle way.  Thankfully, my husband Ron was able to play exterminator and the problem was soon fixed.  Denny was a trooper and laughed off his painful experience.  We have promised that area will be planted with grass by next year’s show!
The vendors came from all over . . . from California, Oregon, Idaho and various towns and cities throughout washington state.  From horse trailers to vans, they pulled up stuffed with amazing treasures.  We laughed, we hugged and we all became family almost at once.  I was truly honored to have such an amazing group of vendors on our property.
On opening morning, we were so pleased to see a huge line and cars all over the prairie.  Normally, Orchard Prairie is a very quiet community, with only an occasional car and lots of older people quietly walking their dogs.  I am thankful that most of the neighbors were very patient. Many of the neighbors attended the show and we received lots of compliments from them.  I would love to see this little rural neighborhood embrace the show and participate themselves by having garage sales, etc. that day.  One neighbor did just that and had a very successful little sale.
We sold T-shirts at the show.  I designed them both and they
seemed to be very well received.  They are still available for $15,
plus $4 shipping.  We have adult sizes small through 2X.
To order, contact me at  pastblessings@gmail.com  
My brother Jason, his wife Jenifer and their little dog, Stewie, greated
guests at the entrance.
Deborah, Jason and Jen working the entrance.

My brother Jason and his wife Jenifer were kind enough to help us at the entrance both days.  My best friend, Deborah, also helped all day Saturday.  I am so grateful to all those who helped.  There is no way I could have done this show without them!  To open our show, we had my son Connor and his buddy Joey, run down the driveway ringing cowbells.  On Sunday, they were both gone, so Ron and I had to be the cowbell ringers.  It was a fun, festive way to start the day.



Here come the shoppers!
The shoppers were so complimentary of the wide variety of vendors!
Everyone loved “Prophet Bros. Antiques”
A peek at the show from a distance . . . with our old 1898
farmhouse in the background.

I was busy running my own space filled with tons of antique furniture, primitives and more.  Because of this, I didn’t get much of a chance to “shop” like I would have liked.  There were so many great finds!  I did manage to sneak over to “Barn Marche”s booth (isn’t that the cutest name ever!!!) and buy a few little treasures though.

Penny and Pancho Simonson, of Barn Marche, had some great finds!
Ruth’s Catering was a great food vendor and their line was
always full of people getting cool drinks and ice cream!

The weather was unbelievably hot over the weekend, with temps of 100 degrees.   I think it affected the afternoon crowds a bit, but the hard core junkers still found their way to the show.  I was told the average temperature for the third weekend in August in Spokane is 83 degrees.  I am praying that next year our show will be blessed with temps like that!  Our food vendors were hopping to make ice cream cones, iced coffee drinks and lots of cold pops and water.  The couple that ran the food booth attend our church and are so sweet.  Tom and Ruth Sawyer (yes, that’s right . . .  his name is Tom Sawyer!) do an amazing job . . . they are so organized and offer a great variety.  I had a hamburger on Saturday that had a 1/3 pound ground sirloin patty and a wonderful thick slice of tomato.  It tasted like a good old fashioned barbequed burger.  And she had the best huckleberry ice cream ever!!

Our rooster was certain that the crowds had all come to hear him crow, so he kept up his cockadoodling all day long.  Kids and adults loved going to the chicken coop to take a peek at him and all our “girls”.
Nothing better than a line of customers waiting to buy my treasures!
Contemplating a purchase . . .
Everyone loved these amazing dresses made from antique lace and linens.

Throughout the show, we had music playing.  From bluegrass to country to southern gospel.  It was a great mix of music and we had a lot of compliments.  On Saturday, our 17 year old son Connor, and his best buddy Joey, sang and played the guitar for us.  This Mama couldn’t help but be proud.  

When the show ended, it was sort of bittersweet.  We were tired and ready for quiet.  But we were also happy and hated to say goodbye to these amazing vendors.  As the show came to an end, once again fear and panic threatened to set in.  How would we get all these vendors off the property smoothly when they were all taking down at once.  Again, I foresaw anger and frustration.  Once again, I was happily mistaken by these kind and patient vendors.  I went around and asked each vendor to not pull their vehicle up until all of their things were packed up, so they could load quickly and move out of the way.  Again, I saw patience, helpfulness and kindness.  Vendors helping other vendors.  No one putting themselves before others.  Just a spirit of working together.  It was wonderful.

At 8:15 we waved good bye to the last of our vendors.  Tired, but happy we went inside and enjoyed the solitude of our sweet home sweet home . . . Past Blessings Farm, but remembered with fondness the amazing weekend and the many friends we had made.
While I am writing this, we are now on the Oregon Coast vacationing.  Our boys are getting older and we wonder if it will be the last time we can get all three of them together again.  With two graduated, two working and the third one interviewing for a job the day after we return, we are entering a new season of life.  One is in his second year of college and another will soon be starting college.  Our youngest is starting his senior year of high school.  Just writing this makes my eyes fill with tears.  The years have gone so quickly.  I have loved being a wife and Mama more than anything else in my life.  While the antique show was a milestone for me and something I am very proud of, nothing is more important than my family and the boys are the legacy I will always be most proud of.  I am so very blessed and I pray I will never take that for granted.
I will blog again soon about our little Oregon Coast adventure.  In the meantime, give each of your loved ones a hug and count your blessings.  There is nothing more important than the love of a family.
With Farm Fresh Blessings,

Brenda

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