Well here we are, back from the International Collectibles and Antiques Show in Charlotte, North Carolina. The weather was great, and we had a good crowd. By the reaction we had to our booth, we felt it was a big hit. We are already making plans for the next ICA Show in Charlotte. It will be held over Easter weekend and is often referred to as "The Extavaganza" or "The Classic". The Classic draws huge crowds and literally thousands of vendors. I will post more about this show in the future, but be sure to make plans to attend if at all possible.
I wanted to sahre with you a pic of the wonderful booth that was directly across from us. It featured reclaimed and vintage mirrors, furniture, and lamps, that had been nicely faux finished in old world styles. Kevin also features live plants in his booth, which I think is a terrific touch. Having such a nice booth across from us this trip was a real plus. It didn't hurt either that Kevin is such a nice guy. He does not yet have a blog, but he does Charlotte on a regular basis, as well as the Scott's Show in Atlanta. Say hello if you see him
Here is an item that caught my attention at the show. It was in the outdoor are of the Antique Village. It was a couple of feet tall and was apparently carved from an old tree stump.
I also liked this old railroad luggage cart. The chippy pink color was amazing and it didn't take long for this one to sell. These old carts are pretty hot items right now. People often use them for coffee tables and as accent pieces. You see them pretty frequently in some of the interior design blogs. What made this one so special was the incredible color and texture.
All in all, it was a pretty fun show. We even had some bloggers stop by and say hello from Grover Woodworks. http://groverwoodworks.blogspot.com/ Grover and his family are super nice, and his little boy Josh is about as cute and polite a little guy as a kid can get. Grover showed me one of his hand-turned pens he made on his lathe. Really impressive work. Be sure to visit his blog.
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