Today, I’m finally excited to share with you our latest finds from the treasure trail!
Last month, my mom and I had a chance to celebrate our birthdays with a girls trip to the Renningers Extravaganza in Mount Dora, Florida. If you’ve never been to an event like this it’s basically rows and rows of vendors in a gigantic field flanked by the prettiest oak trees. Vendors from around the US come to sell all sorts of wares from vintage china to wrought iron gates to furniture and everything in between. They only have this even three times a year (January, February and November) and we couldn’t imagine celebrating our birthdays anywhere else, it’s that much fun.
The thing about an outdoor extravaganza like Renningers is that most of the time, these vendors are not bringing things to sell that you would be able to find in a thrift store. I mean, not always, occasionally we do see ironstone creamers or sugar bowls things like that in a thrift store. For the most part though, you have to be able make quick decisions and know what you’re looking for in advance and to grab it when you see it because you may not have the chance to come back after looking through everything first. We’ve learned the hard way many times the minute we walk away, that item is all but gone home with someone else. If you’re headed to an outdoor event like this, you can read our best tips and tricks here
If you had a chance to read yesterday’s post, you know we’re working on my parent’s part-time home, Loblolly Manor so we went to Renningers, “open minded” about what we needed but we were also armed with a list of things we were hoping to find. Most of the time the prices are most expensive on opening day which is usually Friday. On Saturday they get a bit better and by Sunday most of the dealers and vendors don’t want to have to haul the items home so they’re wheeling and dealing. The only drawback is that a lot of the items are picked over.
This time though, things were totally different. We did not pay full asking price for one single item and I think it’s because we mostly bought in bundles (several items from the same vendor). We found so many great items we literally had to haul things back to the car three times! Here are a few things we picked up and are planning to use at Loblolly…
Vintage linens (bakery towels, tea towels, sheets, and pillowcases)
On a side note, several of the vendors told us vintage pillowcases are starting to be really hard to find so if you’re looking for something like this grab it when you see it. They even said finding a pair of matching pillowcases has been next to impossible even at estate sales which I would have never guessed!
Architectural Salvage (these pieces came out of an old bank)
We found an awesome headboard for $5 while I was visiting Loblolly a few weeks ago so we’re hoping we’ll be able to use this wood applique we picked up at Renningers on the headboard too. Fingers crossed!
Vintage & French Breadboards (we have these in the kitchen already and they look great)
Smalls (we plan to use these items on the new bookshelves in the master bedroom)
French Books (this came from one of our favorite vendors who was able to shop a private sale after they gave the inside of the castle from Beauty and the Beast a makeover)
Monogrammed Items (of course, we couldn’t come home without some monogrammed items)
If you had a chance to follow along on our trip, you likely saw this wooden pedestal base in a big stack. It was obviously new but created to look like an antique. My mom loved everything about it except for the yellow. I brought it home, gave it a quick makeover and we created a kitchen vignette on the island at Loblolly the last time I was home.