The Chapel Market

What a great weekend I had y’all!  October is full of so many fun activities: the fair, festivals, and markets.  This past weekend my sweetie and I took a road trip over to Alabama to The Chapel Market.

You may be asking, what is The Chapel Market?  It’s a vintage marketplace conceived by the lovely Layla at The Lettered Cottage.  It was held in Pike Road, Alabama in the most charming little lakeside, Americana style, neighborhood.  In this neighborhood there is a lovely chapel.  This past Saturday the chapel was filled to the brim with wonderful vintage goods brought by bloggers and artisans from all over.  I want to share some of the beautiful eye candy with you today.  :)

This gorgeousness was on the door as we walked in.  Can you stand it?!  I LOVE the blue ribbon and the sprigs of cotton mixed with the white pumpkins.

A little vase of cotton welcomed us into the vestibule.

There were even pretty fresh flowers for sale.  I WOULD have jumped on those if I didn’t have a 3 hour drive to get back home.

I love every. single. thing. about these goodies below.

The carved books made of heart pine really caught my eye.

My favorite part of the event was getting to meet up with some of  my “imaginary blog friends” that have become my friends in real life.  These uber-talented ladies are just as sweet in person as they are on their blogs.

Susie from Susie Harris Blog:

And Rhoda from Southern Hospitality:

Though I didn’t get a picture I got a sweet hug from the awesome KariAnn of Thistlewood Farms.

The inside of the chapel was wall to wall people, but all of the vendors were so nice.  I probably spent 5 minutes talking to Mary Kay Andrews about Tybee Island.  I’m so tacky, and star struck, I didn’t even mention her fabulous books (that she was there to sell and autograph).  Insert foot in mouth.  None the less, she couldn’t have been more gracious.

There was so much to see, enjoy, and absorb in this little vintage wonderland.  I think the word got out in blog-land about The Chapel Market, because it was PACKED!!  We got there about 30 minutes after it opened and the line was wrapped around the block.  Even though the wait was about 45 minutes to get in, the line went fast.  The folks around us were friendly (we chatted, of course) and the line moved well.

I DO hope The Chapel Market will become an annual event.  Kudos and congratulations to all of the participants, organizers, and vendors.  Well done y’all!!

Here are two of my favorite houses from the neighborhood surrounding the chapel.

Loved this potato cart filled with seasonal splendor.

It was SO. MUCH. FUN. and my sweetie was such a good sport about going with me.  He was slightly flummoxed about “who are these people?”, “how do you know them?”, “how do they know YOU?”, and all that; but it didn’t take him long to get into the groove and join in the festivities.  I’m so glad we went!

Sunday was great too.  Right near me there is fun fall event called The Mossy Creek Festival.  They have old timey artisans making & selling everything from handcrafted dulcimers to mulberry honey.  There are quilts, hand made furniture, paintings, photography,  iron works, and more.  It’s held in a wooded area, so the scenery is beautiful especially on a nice fall day.  There is bluegrass music floating through the air, and local civic groups have food booths set up throughout to fund-raise.  It’s a wonderful family event, but let’s be serious y’all…really.  They had me at fried pies.  Unfortunately, I haven’t got a single picture.  I left my camera at home, and my phone was d.e.a.d. – dead.

Next weekend I’m headed up to Stone Mountain, Georgia for the Country Living Fair.  I’m planning to go on Friday, so if you’re there too I’d love to meet you!  Promise, I’ll try to take some pictures.  If you haven’t been, it’s a fabulous event.

Along with cooler temps, and beautiful leaves, fall festivals are highlights of autumn for me.  Do you have any fall events that are “don’t miss” in your neck of the woods?  I’d love to hear about them.