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Learning How to Shop Vintage on the North Shore

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.

EileenCotterWright

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 PureWander.com. 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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