Whether you’re planning a summer party with friends or a casual country wedding, it’s the extra little details that can make all the difference.  Don’t hesitate to pull out your favorite furniture pieces to use as clean-up stations, and to use fine linen napkins for your meal.  Mix casual and elegant, junky and fancy – but most of all, just have fun!


Wild rosehips fill a vintage dairy cooler atop atop an old dough table.  A funky enamelware tub will hold used silverware, the wired wheeled market basket a gathering spot for used linen napkins, and a chippity old wood box serves as a recycling receptacle:

An old washer is used as the gathering place for plates on one side and canning jar “glasses” on the other:

Chicken feeders make perfect vases:

Vintage silverware is placed atop linen napkins and tied off with strips of cheery calico:


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!