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To really get my local on, I drove all the way through Boston up to the North Shore, stopping in Salisbury. Last weekend the Vintage Baazar hosted a lovely brunch (with even lovelier booze and food) to kick off their weekend of great finds and rare commodities. More than 140 vendors gathered at the the flower and landscape-centered Pettengill Farm to trade and sell wares. It would have super easy to outfit my entire home just this weekend – so many incredible handmade furniture pieces, decorative accouterments, clothes, children’s items, and even a chicken or two laying fresh eggs. It was beautifully organized by a stellar crew; I only wish I could have returned the next day, but that would have completely emptied my wallet.

Bellini Man! - Crooked Flight

I did not put myself out of house and home, but I definitely grabbed some swag for my first Vintage Bazaar weekend. The all-natural soaps from Magic Moon Soapworks are so wonderful-smelling I couldn’t resist, as were the manly and intoxicating aromas of candles by Bottles and Bonfires (Clove & Ginger for the win!)

Vintage shop swag bags - CrookedFlight

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Cozy Nook - CrookedFlight

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Julia, the woman behind Absolutely Creations insisted I’d be daft to kill off one of her cute air plants no matter how brown my green thumb was, so I took pick up one of them too. The ladies of Sage & Twine were kind enough to chat for a while, then let me take home some strong peppermint soap and the coolest thing I’ve ever owned. I now have a five-tiered bright blue candelabra just begging to be the centerpiece of something. Can’t wait to show it off.

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A highlight was seeing my girl in action at the Pop & Circumstance booth – this was Becky (and her roadies) first bazaar. It looked like they killed it – she did a wonderful job curating an easy, breezy collection that would fit perfectly into anyone’s loft, home, barn or castle. I can’t wait to take something home from her pop-up appearance in South Boston next month.

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I’ll feature some of the more kid-centric finds over at Pure Wander, so check that as well if you have little ones in tow. The event was great for them too!

Will I now always shop vintage and stick to bazaars? I’m not sure, but it definitely beat mall crowds and online – such a fun and unique experience to try while soaking up the last of the New England sun this season.


Author EileenCotterWright

Eileen Cotter Wright is a Boston, MA expat living in London, UK. She is a freelance writer and owner of group travel site Despite losing her passport the first day she left her home country, she's continued to roam the earth with gusto for about a decade. You can keep up with her hot mess adventures on Twitter @Crooked_Flight.

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