Last Friday, my Mom and I set out for the quaint little town of Mount Dora. If you’ve never been, honestly, it should be on the list of Florida’s hidden treasures. They have amazing restaurants, Lake Dora, lots of antique shops and Renninger’s. Renninger’s Antique Mall is famous for an outdoor event known as the Renninger’s Extravaganza. It’s only held three times a year (January, February and November) and it’s worth every bit of my almost three hour drive (yes, one way).
We left with plenty of time to spare. Way before the sun was even up over the island. It was a balmy 41 degrees according to my car dash. But the traffic on I-95 can be unpredictable and we sat in traffic an hour and a half due to a bad accident on the other side of Daytona.
It was lunch by the time we made it to Renninger’s. We quickly paid our entry fee of $10 (parking is free) and headed through the gates.
It was at the second vendor we stopped at that my heart skipped a beat when I saw this scale. I’ve been looking for a scale like this to display fruit in the kitchen. It would also make a great scale for the store too. The scale doesn’t work but it was a steal and I grabbed it up with excitement. The vendors let us leave it there so we didn’t have to lug it around while we were shopping. It really pays to be nice to vendors – fyi – they can be a great resource not to mention a back saver. PS sorry this picture is so weird. This beast weighs a ton and I couldn’t move it by myself to get the light right.
The fields of Renninger’s are covered with people passionate about their wares. It helps to being a cart along to hold your finds. I have a cart that’s collapsible and I bring it with me to outdoor events like this one. You never know what you’re going to find. A lot of shoppers bring their trailers and load up because there are so many great deals. We saw everything from a $5.00 basket to a $1900 printers cabinet. If you see something you like you should scoop it up immediately. I hesitated on something three years ago and I’m still thinking about it to this day.
Thankfully, a lot of the vendors are in the same place at each Extravaganza so it’s nice to visit their booth to see the new things they have to offer. Who is that pretty lady in the navy blazer, striped shirt, skinny jeans and Toms? My Mom swears that outfit and shoes are comfortable. If you go to any outdoor events like this comfortable shoes and clothes are a must. She bought some pillow covers for Loblolly and lavender. Love that girl.
There are various food vendors with everything from cider and donuts to barbeque so you won’t go hungry or thirsty. The lady that runs the sandwich shop inside Renninger’s makes an amazing chicken salad on a croissant. If you go there, you have to try it. If your feet get tired there are usually places to sit along the way.
We didn’t come home with a car full of treasures because we were so pressed for time. The gates open at 9 and last call was about 4:30. I picked up these burlap sacks for the store too.
I feel like I should have stayed at a local bed and breakfast so I could have shopped more. There is so much to see you really need more than one day. We had a great time though and it was nice to be together again like poopsies. There’s always February, right?
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ve been painting up a storm. Just wait until I tell you what else happened at The Pickers Market this past Sunday.