Honestly, what’s with me and going to markets in the rain? Am I a die hard hunter? Nope, it’s just a coincidence I guess. Considering how busy my family life has been, I am now just getting back into the swing of things and trying to visit some of the sales I have been missing. Which, honestly my last commitment was the end of July and it’s now half way through September. I can’t really use that as an excuse anymore, can I? What do you think?
I recently picked the Geneva Market, Hampton, IA. There was no way I was going to miss this market. I was determined! I gathered up the umbrellas, my rain boots, collected my husband and off we went. It’s an hour and a half drive for us to get there but nice and quick since we take the interstate. The Market is in a really cute park and adds a nice comfy and relaxing environment. Since it had been raining we were lucky enough to get to park close and off the paved drive. Turning around is a bit tricky so next time I will probably just park far away and pull the truck up if I have something large to load.
The ladies were polite at the gate and explained everything to us and happily collected our $3.00 per person admission. (If I remember that right) The rain did have an effect on a few vendors but most acted as if they didn’t give a hoot about the weather, greeted us with smiles, were happy to visit with us and sell sell sell!
The market really had a nice blend of vintage, rustic, primitive, handcrafted, and not over board on distributor types. A lot of vendors really put a lot of effort into what they brought and it would have been really neat to see some of their displays if the weather had allowed. It was also kind of neat for some of the vendors to put their “hard stuff” out and create a cute little shop in their trailers that we could walk through. That was kind of fun.
My favorite vintage/junk vendor of the market was Country Boy Salvage. They had some really fun items, had a trailer to walk through, were super friendly and gained my following. You should check them out here.
Crossgrain Woodworking was my favorite handcrafted vendor. The work he does with reclaimed wood is amazing and will get my following for sure. He’ll be sitting right there in my memory when I want something custom built. Visit their Facebook page for some great pictures and more information.
During this time of year I really gravitate toward Primitive finds to accent my Fall decorating. Let me tell you Primitive Sisters know how to bring it. They really had some amazing things, their booth smelled amazing with all the cinnamon accenting they do. I cannot even begin to imagine all the time they put into creating and preparing their items. Their booth was literally filled to the rim. I can even bet they had some amazing displays in mind. (I cannot find their link but I will definately update it as soon as I find them again, guh.)
There was a concession building serving food and drink. The promoters had a scarecrow contest and we were asked to vote for our favorite. Ooops, I forgot to vote.
On our first visit to the Geneva Market we came home with some fun finds, a good feeling overall about the market, and I look forward to returning in the Spring.