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Two hundred and ninety photos later, I’m back from Marburger Farm and relishing all of the good things I saw. Though I didn’t spend a dime this time around due to a spending freeze in hopes of a home purchase (it was more painful than I can say!) — I do have a mental checklist of things I’d like to purchase once we’re moved in and decorating.

I did have to abandon the MF uniform in favor of something warmer – despite an 80*F week, the last two days were in the low 50*s and stormy! But, running shoes gave me a leg up on all the boot draggers – I made it across all 43 acres and past each dealer! From boxes with $1 items to a $35,000 (you read that right) clock, $10 upcycled lamps to $17,000 chandeliers, and everything in between — there’s a little something for every shopper. I know I missed a LOT, favoring empty alleys over crowded booths – but I did my best, and I’ll just have to do it again!

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One of the things I was most looking forward to at Marburger this year was trendspot for home decor. As you can imagine, all of the greats send “their people” to scout for good finds and trends – people like Martha, Country Living, Southern Living, Oprah, House Beautiful, Ralph Lauren…you get the drift. Celebrity is a common thing at Marburger – dealers hardly bat an eye when someone like John Malkovich walks through their booth. That being said, those who shop Marburger are not only on the cusp of trends — they are the trendsetters themselves!

The biggest trends I saw were Americana, non-animated animal heads, tartanware, horns & taxidermy, and horses. I’ll be highlighting each of these trends in this Marburger series. I fell in love with some modern folk art – and will be spending some time taking a look at three artists who have really cool perspective. I also learned about Staffordshire from a specialty dealer from across the pond – though I just got the basics. Overall, there was just some really cool things to see! I look forward to sharing more pictures and hearing your reactions!

I want to note how impressed I was with the show staff and dealers. Ashley and Tara made me feel like the VIB (very important blogger) my name badge declared – and I’m incredibly thankful to them for the opportunity. I wasn’t turned away from a single booth – every dealer happy for me to take pictures and share them with our blog world. I believe I thanked you all in person – but in case I missed an opportunity, I say it again: THANK YOU! (dealers listed below)

Marburger Farm Spring 2014 (272)Speaking of dealers, I’m always impressed by how dealers can transform a space — in this case, starting with grass, tent panels, and old buildings, and turning it into lush, tablescaped spaces that provide warmth and temptation for all who pass. I was particularly impressed by dealers in Tent C, who utilized the massive headspace by mounting tapestries and curtains, drawing the eye up. My mouth was literally agape when I approached, and remained that way as I gazed up the long, velvet panels to admire the valance high above.

Oh! And one final thank you to the Righteous Bros Coffee Roasters – they made a delicious cup of joe that perked me up and kept me going all day. Thanks, y’all!

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In photo order, many thanks to these dealers: Commandant’s Cottage Antiques & Books, Michael’s Antique Clocks, Alan Hoops & Steve Thompson, Lynn’s Unique & Antique, Maison de France Antiques, The Cat’s Meow, A Wilder Place in Time, Evelyn Jones Antiques, Pat White Antiques, Pijnapples, D Redington Design, Dolan Geiman, Vintage Sculpture, Tracy Collins Decorative Antiques & Tusk Old World Sporting Life Antiques, Robert Perry & Nancy Fishelson Design, Suzanne Fox Antiques, Madelena, Sebasky & Hildreth, Sheffield Antiques, The Silk Purse, The Side Door Antiques, Old & Proud, Caroline Faison Antiques, Morning Glory Antiques, Susan Wheeler Home, Yesterday’s Treasures, French Touch, CH Brown Silver & Antiques


Disclosure: Tickets were provided by Marburger Farm. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.