Field of dreams

We’re heading south this weekend to central Florida.  The main event will be celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday with my husband’s siblings and their respective families.  The cousins will be together and will make doughnuts one morning, a longstanding and delicious tradition.  Some of us will shoot.  And some of us, including me, will spend at least one day antiquing at the Renninger’s Extravaganza in Mount Dora, Florida.   It’s a tradition for my sisters-in-law and me to attend each winter.  I am beside myself with excitement.

The Extrav consists of acres and acres of dealers and wares, ranging from items euphemistically dubbed “collectibles” to the sublime—Tennessee sugar chest, anyone?  Some booths are elegantly staged; others are, well, honestly, they are simply random items displayed on the grass or a piece of tarp.  Most dealers opt for a few folding tables to showcase the “smalls,” placing furniture and larger pieces around the perimeter of their spaces.fair_oct_scape-314x228 In the past, I’ve found furniture, paintings, lithographs, etchings, rugs, lamps, and well, I could go on and on.  For years, each of us girls (another euphemism) had a long list of specific items she hoped to find.  Now, we’re all in the “upgrade” phase of antiquing, which means we’re really only interested in furniture if the piece is a much better replacement for something we already have.  (The replaced piece may either be sold, or more likely, stored for one of our children’s first apartment.)  This year, specifically,  I’m looking for:

old leather books in English,


rose medallion porcelain,


and American coin silver.


So, my “hit list” is rather short, which means the possibility of finding some unexpected wonderful “gets” is deliciously unlimited.

I’m feeling rather giddy.


  1. What a great adventure! I have always wanted to attend a show like this or Brimfield. Have a wonderful time. You should feel giddy! I would! :) xoxo

  2. Wish that I could join you at the Extrav!

  3. Right now I am looking for oil paintings or just art that I can frame. My entrance hall and dining room walls are just too bare for my taste.

    Have fun in sunny Florida!

  4. Have a wonderful weekend ~ I can't wait to see what treasures you bring home.


  5. those beautiful old books were calling my name.

    we are building a second home in colorado and
    i keep thinking if all we decorated with were old
    books, it would be so beautiful.


    ps. have fun with the girls

  6. Can't wait to hear more about the blue/white.

  7. I haven't been to Renninger's in years ... and it's only a half hour drive from me. Need to go next time, for sure!


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