I got on the road to Nashville on Wednesday for a long weekend full of work+fun. After two days of meetings and a volunteer opportunity, Friday morning I was more than ready to get up and in my truck and head out to The Strawberry Patch sale in Hartsville, Tenn. This was my second time at Christy Jo’s sale, but first time at the Starlite Farm location. I grew up in Robertson & Sumner County so I’ve been “way out” before but nothing prepared me for the beautiful peaceful drive out to the rolling hills of the farm.
It was a gorgeous setting for a barn sale! Christy Jo’s family land is serene and full of grazing pasture for cows. The barn is an open air venue with a comfy hay-dirt floor. She had a live music stage with a creative backdrop of knotted vintage bedsheets! Food trucks, ice cream (Meltdown homemade) and open air market vendors, vintage trucks and campers, rope swing and picnic tables surrounded the outside of the barn.
Inside the barn was it’s own treasure. I always love the feeling and vibe you get as soon as you into one of these barn sales. You smell the hay, dirt, fresh air, lightly scented candles or delicious food– my kinda livin’ :) Everyone is friendly and talkative, ready to help you find that perfect item for your home or style. All the vendors Christy Jo selected were perfection, from the jewelry to furniture vendors and rusty farm junk, it was all there!! I got to see some of my favorite vendors and meet tons of new ones! I’ll go through the ones that really stuck out to me, post booth photos and link their websites or social media below. Be sure to click and follow your favorites too and follow where they are going next!
Amy Boliba was my favorite booth of the barn sale. Not only did I really enjoy talking to Amy and getting to know her story, but I was shocked to find out this was her first sale. Her products were fabulous and so creative. Loved her rooster pillows the best, her use of color and textures made it unforgettable. Can’t wait to follow along with Amy and see where she goes!
Melissa & Whitney of Beautifully Anew were my next favorite vendors. Their booth was so beautifully styled and filled with amazing products. I loved chatting with Whitney and loved her style! I think we will see more of these girls and if you love bright colors and unique style for your home, seriously give them a try. You won’t be disappointed!
Another really fun person I got to finally meet is Laura from Turning Leaf Crafts. She actually lives close to me outside of Memphis, Tenn.! Laura has such a quirky style that I totally dig. She has even opened up a little barn shop to carry some paint and custom build furniture, refinish antiques and collectibles, and refurbished the items that you treasure but can not part with and it just needs a little extra LOVE!! I can’t wait to hang out with her and SHOP!
Barn Trash and Molly from Carlinville Illinois was a great booth too, she had some home decor items that were just awesome. I loved her rusty chippy style, like a whole pile of rusty random numbers and letters. We got to talk for a bit (midst holding down some of her displays in the wind!) and she was so cool, down to earth and you know she’d be a fun person to go junkin’ with. Check out their website for all the places she’s heading to next!
One person that I’ve been dying to meet in person is Gina Gann from Junk ‘N’ the Trunk located in Gallatin, Tenn. Unfortunately every time I’ve stopped the shop has been on their off days (Open Thursday-Saturday) but from reviews, blogs and social media I just KNEW she would be a person I’d totally love instantly. And boy was I right, from her gorgeous booth and pieces for sale it was Gina’s personality that really sold me. She’s friendly, full of laughter, spunk and smiles. I could have talked to her all day! I love what she’s doing and really support her business. Look at these pictures from her booth… and go visit her store at 402 Maple Street, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066.
Magsoul Shop is a new vendor I’ve just recently heard about via social media, and has made quite an impact. Mags is a rare gem ya’ll. She’s real, honest and unique. If you have a minute to stop in her booth you will leave with a smile. I was blown away by her handmade talent and designs. I wish I could pull off the “headband” look and long skirts like she can. I’m so excited to work with Magsoul in the near future and can’t wait to introduce you all to them as well!
I didn’t get to spend alot of time in these booths but that’s not a bad thing, that meant they were working and selling their goods! I did get to snap some pictures and be sure to follow all their Facebook pages to see more!
I loved the vintage, shabby chic look Three French Hens has mastered. My favorite items they had for sale were old metal mattress box springs and these funky metal lights with exposed bulbs. So cool!
The duo of Annie Loo Handmade & PlainPenny had a super cute and super popular booth, everytime I went in there was barely room to walk around! I did really love their charms and burlap twine pictures frames. Might have to snag me one of those soon ;)
Jenna Ebsen from La La Land is from Chaska, Minnesota… yes that’s right I said Minnesota. She had the best accent and her booth was impressive and to think she hauled it all that far in an enclosed trailer. Girl is legit and she had some wonderful items, click the link for her Facebook page and see more!
Another fabulous soul I saw at the barn sale was Jenna Jones from Jeorgie Miley (and YES I can only find her on Pinterest?! Anyone help!) But she had these handmade bags that were like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Not to mention Jenna herself was probably the cutest person I’ve ever seen in.my.life. super hip chic style and had a fabulous booth. Look at this booth… I mean really? Awesomeness.
Lindsay Boze from Van Loo’s Traveling Boutique was parked outside and it’s always so fun to go shop on this fashion truck. She always has such a great collection of clothes and accessories. Ladies were waiting outside the truck to in and look! I also love she has a fitting room in there. SO smart. I love the colors she used in the truck too.
I also got to talk to Lindsay and we discussed a feature on the blog soon, so be on the lookout for that!
I want to just take a minute to really talk about what makes barn sales different. When you go shop at say Nordstrom or West Elm, yes they have great stuff and selection for days, but do they take the time to ask your name, get to know your style, develop a relationship? That’s what you get when you shop local. When I say relationships I mean friendships– the people I’ve met thru this industry are like no other. Loyal, kind and caring, we all look out for one another, support and cheer eachother on. With so much talent it’s hard NOT to connect on some level because few know all the hard work, time, money and effort put into a handmade business. Those in the barn sale industry bond over these struggles and successes and that is what I believe makes the difference.
I was lucky enough to get to spend some extra time with a few of my favorites at this sale! Chelsea Farmer and her mom Tammy of Horsefeathers Gifts made the road trip down from Kentucky and we got to laugh, chat, scheme ALL while shopping and snapping Instagram (and Chelsea’s Instagram) photos. ;) Never a dull moment around these girls! We are planning a road trip to Texas soon, bringing along the renovated horse trailer Chelsea is working on right now! I also spent some time with my good friend Stacey Haynes from Anchored Soul Designs. We both love to talk to folks and shop so time well spent together. Even through all the busy chaos of her sale, Christy Jo took time out just to hang out and chat with me. She is a pretty great person with a wealth of useful knowledge on just about you want to talk about. She’s driven and hard working and I respect her tremendously for that. She has a successful business out her backyard and I can’t wait to see where she goes from here. Enjoyed every minute of your sale, again Christy Jo! Well done :)
Christy’s NEXT sale…
Summer Sale Date
June 27-28, 2014
Address 100 Taylor Street Nashville, TN 37208
Entrance Fees Friday Preview Night: $10 Saturday: $5