Today, we’re sharing our trip to the Fall in the Field event at Renningers in Mount Dora!
If there’s one thing I appreciate about my family, it’s that we’re (almost) all planners. We know from the beginning of the year what events or special occasions we’re expected to attend.
That’s not to say things don’t come up or the schedule doesn’t get changed throughout the year. For the most part though, we can pencil in seasonal adventures months in advance which makes dealing with our busy calendars so much easier.
As we always say, “If you don’t control your calendar, your calendar is going to control you.”
Over the summer, my Mom and I attended several yard sales events at Renningers in Mount Dora. We brought back lots of goodies for several of the room makeovers we’ve been working on at my parent’s primary home, Bliss Barracks.
At each summer event, the vendors kept asking us if we had ever been to the Fall in the Field. And each time, we told them we had not.
Then one of the media managers for Renninger’s contacted us about a completely different event and she too, asked about Fall in the Field.
Finally, I told my Mom Fall in the Field must be something special, and we needed to put it on our calendars immediately.
Pumpkins, Gourds, & Vintage Goodies
I’m excited to say the annual Fall in the Field event was held the first Saturday and Sunday in October and while it was ridiculously hot, we had a great time.
It was fun to see all the different Fall displays set up by the vendors. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many heirloom pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks outside of the farmer’s market before.
In addition to vintage and primitive shopping, there was also several areas set up for make and take crafts at the Pavilion.
My Mom and I had a pretty specific list of things we needed to pick up. She needs 2 desks to finish up two different rooms at Bliss Barracks.
I swear, good furniture at reasonable prices is getting harder and harder to find these days.
While we didn’t find the furniture we needed, we didn’t come home empty handed.
Fall in the Field: What We Brought Home
Here’s a look at the smalls we brought home….
Blue and White Ironstone Platter
Vintage Brushes (they’re great for adding texture to displays and vignettes, most are from $2-$10 depending on size and age)
This photo was not in good shape at all. But it was only $1 so I’m going to try and see if I can save it for my gallery wall, I mean for $1, it was worth taking the chance.
Liquor Decanter Labels
Vintage Post Cards
We plan to use these for gift tags but they would also be cute ornaments for your tree too
Bed Quilt and Sham Set
Fall in the Field: What We Left Behind
Of course, there are always things we fall in love with that we can’t bring home….
This chippy cabinet would have been so fabulous in our breakfast nook.
I wanted this table apron SO BAD for my new workshop. Ultimately though, I was too scared to bring it home because it looked like the apron had been sitting out a while.
The same vendor had these patinaed table legs,
and this headboard.
One of the vendors had this gorgeous antique desk but it was too wide for the space we needed to use it in.
The inkwell on the desk was just a beautiful.
As always, we look for French linen sheets. We found this set which was not antique at all. It was for a twin bed so we didn’t get it (which I’m still kind of grieving). The embroidery details were perfection!
All in all, we had a great time and we’re glad we went. Seeing all the Fall displays and the pumpkins just made me long for sweater weather and campfires that much more.
Tips for Shopping Outdoor Events
If you plan to attend an outdoor event or a Fall festival with vendors, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Check the weather before you go and be sure to stay well hydrated while you’re shopping.
- Pack healthy snacks as you never know what food options will be available.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you’ll likely be walking a lot.
- Sun protection is key so don’t forget to apply sunscreen.
- Remember to pack tissues, hand sanitizer, flushable wipes and moist towelettes as sometimes portable potties are your only bathroom option.
- Make sure you travel with a market tote, bag or wagon that will be comfortable yet sturdy enough to hold your treasures.
- Be sure to pack newspaper, tissues paper and bubble wrap for small items and blankets to protect larger items.
- Keep in mind, cash is king! While there might be several vendors that accept credit cards, for the most part, they still prefer cash.
This time of year is such a busy one for us and we know is for so many of you too!
I know it can feel like there are a hundred different things competing for our attention at any given time. It’s why planning for seasonal festivals, and outdoor events like Fall in the Field in advance is so important.
Don’t miss all the fun Fall has to offer because you’re too busy to pencil in your favorite activities from apple picking to watching the leaves change to attending craft festivals.