For years I have been making the five hour drive from Seattle to The Farm Chicks Show in Spokane, Washington. As soon as I would leave the show on Sunday, I was planning my trip for the next year. There was something about going there that had me on a Farm Chicks high for weeks afterwards. I was inspired to try something new, anxious to see my new friends that I had met there, and jonesing for more blog updates. It was crazy! My husband would be so sick of listening to me go on and on about The Farm Chicks show that eventually he was happy to see me leave on some other junkin adventure… for as long as I wanted to be gone.
Last summer, after attending The Farm Chicks show, I was having cocktails with friends and spreading the Farm Chicks word. When all at once my friends started saying “I want to go” “let me know and I’ll go with.” Then I started talking with more people about Farm Chicks and everyone wanted to go. So I thought “what if we take a bus full of new Farm Chick followers?” So Come Junk With Us was born!
This year’s show was the first time I had organized that many people for 3 days. I was responsible for them having a good time, making sure they had everything they needed and getting all their treasures home safely. This was a different show for me now. I didn’t leave with the same Farm Chicks high as I usually did. This year it was more like a Farm Chicks hangover.
It’s been a couple weeks now, and I’m starting to get my Farm Chicks high. I know you’re sitting there thinking “why now?”
I have figured out what it is about the Farm Chicks that gets me all “preachin the word” afterwards………..
It’s not the fabulous displays of goods by some of the most talented vendors that travel from all over, and it’s not buying a “one of a kind” item. It’s the friendships that are made. It’s seeing my friends become friends with people they just met. It’s seeing what evolves from those meetings. Art retreats are formed, smaller shows are put together, business partners are made and the bringing together of people who have the same passion, love and artistic sole for junkin. This is what I love about Farm Chicks!
Cindy and Ginny
Cindy and Ginny ended up introducing me to a few ladies that I soon will be working with on a little project. I’m so excited about this project.
Donna and Shanon sharing a dessert.
Kay and Julie chatting. They knew each other from years ago, but had lost touch with each other and just happen to meet up again on the bus.
New friends Jill and Stephanie from Canada.
Even my Dad got sucked in to the whole experience of Farm Chicks. He’s still talking about what a neat lady Antonya was.
This was T R O U B L E! These three clicked as friends before we even left the parking lot in Seattle. On the way home I heard them making plans to get their families together and spend a weekend at Coastal Nest in Pacific Beach, Washington.
More friends pictures
Two of my very favorite ladies Michele and Charity………. Are now friends.
Elaine of Tinker Verve and I have really only talked on the phone and through email. It was fun to spend some time with this very special talented woman. She and I will be attending The Creative Connection Event together in September along with Amber from Tres Birds Photography.
Me with Gladys and Celia of June Bug. I met these
ladies last year and when I decided to plan a trip to Farm Chicks for 30 of my
new friends I knew immediately these ladies where who I needed to get to help
in planning my trip to Farm Chicks. I
was soooooooooo right!
One of my most very favorite ladies. We met at Farm Chicks 3 years ago. Joy is someone who inspired me, always told me to be me, and to do what I love.
If you have never met Joy of Auntie Joy , you need to make sure you do next time you have the opportunity.
Deb of Retreat Design is another talented woman who I met through Farm Chicks and blogging. She has been a source of encouragement, help, and just giving me an ear when I need one.
There is a reason Cindy of The Queen of Tarte and I live 5 hours away from each other. We knew when we met that The Junkin Gods would prefer to keep us separated. We don’t get to see each other very often but when we do we have a lot of fun.
This is Kal of Keeping it Bella. She and I became very good friends 3 years ago at Farm Chicks over the purchase of a shopping cart from Lisa at A Thing For Roses. I bought it, she wanted it, I let her admire it. We ended keeping in touch from that day on and have become very good friends. I also became very good friends with Lisa who sold me that shopping cart.
These were all my peeps!
It’s been fun for me over the last couple weeks to see them become friends on Facebook, asking me for contact information for one another, contacting me about projects, and of course, just seeing this group of strangers now great friends.
Here ‘s to you Farm Chicks Show!
The lines were long, it was crowded, you may have not got what you wanted as far as fabulous junk, BUT……… we left with something more valuable than you can put a price on……. Friendship!
Thank you to Tres Birds Photography for the great pictures