Vintage Treasures and DIY Ideas from the Country Living Fair

by Dagmar Bleasdale on June 14, 2015

Vintage Treasures and DIY Ideas from the Country Living Fair,

As promised, here are all the pictures I took at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY, last Friday!

Well, just a few of them, because I took about 150 pictures.

The drive up on the Taconic was beautiful again, and after an hour, I reached the fair at 11am.


And thanks to Don, who picked up Landon from the bus, I didn’t have to rush back and instead stayed until the fair closed at 5pm. Six solid hours of bliss!

Vintage Treasures and DIY Ideas from the Country Living Fair,

Vintage Treasures and DIY Ideas from the Country Living Fair,

Vintage Treasures and DIY Ideas from the Country Living Fair, DagmarBleasdale.comMy first stop every year: Cari Cucksey‘s booth. You might know her from Cash and Cari. I met her three years ago, and again last year. We always tweet a bit before the fair, so she knew I was coming.

Vintage Treasures and DIY Ideas from the Country Living Fair, DagmarBleasdale.comThis year she greeting me with “Hey, Dagmar!” and gave me a big hug. So sweet. Here we are on Instagram.

Carie Cucksey

We talked about her new paint and stain line, and I ended up buying a can of her white RePurpose CromaColor paint. I’m finally going to tackle our four living room chairs. Cari gave me a lot of painting tips, and offered to help if I have other questions.

Incidentally, the Newburg Vintage Emporium where I had my booth is the only store in the area that carries Cari’s whole line. And she sells it online and ships all over the country.


129aCari also brought all kind of vintage treasures aside from furniture pieces painted with her paint, and I looked around her booth, of course.


I looked through this box of postcards and found this one! If you read my “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” link party post, you’ll know what’s so special about it.

126aI also bought this set of 5 silver spoons for $3.


Then it was time to walk around some more. This booth was full of fun items.


I like this simple idea of using a pie tin, a tin pot, and a cloche. Since I can make that myself, I didn’t buy it.


071aAll of those garden signs were adorable.


085aI was tempted to buy this sign for our garden full of weeds :)

084aI did buy one of these white shredded paper nests for $3.

083aAcross from that booth was the airstream from the ladies from 2 Chix and a Barn.

074aThey also had a lot of lovely items I liked, especially these hardware bins. They are so expensive, though.



088aIsn’t this the cutest silverware idea for weddings?

089aWhat a pretty vintage scale. It sold a few minutes later. I bought those two little silver spoons.

100aAnd three sets of these vintage letters are now mine. Some of them are 100 years old! You can get a better look at them in this post.


110aI should’ve picked up two of these windows for our porch. I want to hang two on the sides of the porch.



130aThis is another cute idea using a cloche, with an enamel cup.



131aThere were succulents and green plants everywhere at the fair.


135aCute idea, right?

139a142aThis was one of my favorite DIY ideas from the Country Living Fair: a “chandelier” with vintage forks!


147a176a160a162a167a169a173a178aAs you can probably imagine, it was really hard to not want half of what the vendors offered at the fair.

I left with dozens of DIY ideas I want to recreate in our house.


152aI’ll be on the lookout for enamel cups at tag sales from now on to make this “candle stick cup.”

155aThis booth was my latest stop while the fair was closing, and I bought these “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs that are not hanging in our bathroom.

186aHave you ever visited a Country Living Fair? What treasure would you have brought home?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jane Gordon June 17, 2015 at 11:09 AM

So many unique treasures! :) Thanks for sharing!


Lauren English June 15, 2015 at 9:19 AM

Um this looks AMAZING. I would take home just about everything in that very first picture! Wish I lived closer so I could stop by and do some major shopping!


Cindy Nehlsen June 15, 2015 at 8:49 AM

Wow, you got some great photos! Lots of good ideas that I want to try.

We went on Sunday, the final day, and I can see from visiting some of the same booths that I missed a lot of the good stuff.

Cari was a sweetheart. Got to talk to her and loved her.

Thanks for sharing this great post.


Linda @ A La Carte June 14, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Love the photos. I might go to the one near me when it comes in the Fall!



Tania June 14, 2015 at 9:56 AM

Looks like a lot of fun, wish I could go!



Donna Wilkes June 14, 2015 at 9:16 AM

I have never visited a CL fair, though it is on my bucket list. So many treasures!


AnnMarie June 14, 2015 at 8:05 AM

Although I live in Upstate NY, I have not visited any of the Fair’s yet. There are similar shows close by. I usually want everything. Lots of good picking where you were!


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