Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Trade Days - Fredericksburg, TX

It has been about a year since my friend and I made a quick trip up to Fredericksburg for Trade Days. We are about 38 miles from the Trade Days grounds and it started raining a hour before we left. Being troopers, we were not going to allow a little weather change stop us. It turned out to be one of our best trips; the weather was wet but cool. It was wonderful!

On the way we reminisced about some of our previous trips. One January, ice was on the ground and highway but I kept saying don't worry, the vendors will all have heaters. Let me just say that it was miserable; I've never been so cold. On a couple of other trips, it was unbearably hot. We would spend an inordinate amount of time in one of the "food courts," I use the term loosely, because it had misting machines. We'd sit in front of the misting machines for a time drinking sodas or lemonade, shop, then return to the misting machine to ingest more fluids, shop, misting machine, shop, etc. lol

I really enjoy Trade Days, street fairs, and community craft events because there is no place better to find out just how creative, artistic, and imaginative people are from your child's teacher, your neighbor down the street, your pastor, the retired couple on the next block, or someone you don't know. Their handcrafted wares just blow you away.

Here are a couple of photos of this and that at Fredericksburg this weekend.One of these days I'm going to breakdown and bring one of these home. :D They are so funky.I want one of these for somewhere; perhaps in the little hallway between the master bedroom and the master bath. I've been watching too much HGTV. Thinking about getting this Hoosier kitchen table for my hobby room if it is still there next month. Trade Days are on the third weekend of each month.

Can someone give me a clue as to what one would do with a fuchsia, polka dot washing machine?
I haven't the foggiest idea what this is unless it is an upmarket outhouse. I should have opened the door. If you look close on the right, you see part of a bathtub and beyond that was an iron stove. So.............if you have a sense of humor and want to spend $500, one might buy it for a deer lease. lol

I love cactus -- we have plenty of prickly pear cactus growing all around us but these are so neat.Turkey feeder planter. The Trade Days grounds were once a turkey farm and the vendors had little booths in the old barns. The Days have become so popular that small one or two-story buildings are springing up all over the place.

I couldn't make up my mind: jalapeno cheese bread or 3-cheese bread so I bought an apricot oatmeal cookie.

As we were returning to our car, I discovered these two cool, restored cars in the parking lot.

We had one small hitch on this trip, nothing that couldn't be fixed, and it was. My friend forgot to turn off her lights when we arrived. And though we were only gone for two or three hours, the battery died. But as luck would have it, we discovered her battery was in the trunk. We stood in the drizzle a while until we'd see someone, ask if they had jumper cables, and finally found someone who did. He jumped us off and we were on our way to one of our favorite cafes in Johnson City, TX for a late lunch. All is well that ends well.

Until next time, God bless.


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SquirrelQueen said...

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The Trade Days looks like so much fun, I love all the goodies, and those cars are to die for.


Lynn said...

Thanks, SQ and Rae, I'm coming over to pick 'em up. Hmm, do I do 8 or 16, maybe I'll split the difference? lol

The cars were a nice treat to run across.

Donna said...

Never been down for Trade Days! Sounds fun...Love the washing machine though!hahaaa...I'd be grabbing some of that bread too!!
Happy night sweetie!hughugs

Lynn said...

You are not too far away...made it an overnight. Fredericksburg is fun and has wonderful food and shopping.

Lynn said...

hmm....make it an overnight... instead of. . .

...made it..

One of these days I'm going to reread what I type before sending..lol

chicamom85 said...

What a nice story and great pictures. You should have gone with the 3 cheese bread lol, you can't loose with that.

Take care

Lynn said...

Anne, I'm usually a sucker for anything that lists cheese as one of its ingredients. :D However, I made the fatal mistake of stepping on the scale that morning. . .