Some of us are old enough to remember a time when a house having “new” everything and anything was cause to flag down neighbors for show and tell. Grandma’s wavy windows, askew doors and dimple-y mantle were out-out-out, and if replaced they would end up forgotten in the town dump.
If you HAD to recycle materials like barn wood and architectural pieces from dismantled homes and industrial buildings, it was because you were thrifty and practical. There was a time you could conceivably build an entire “new-to-you” house from discarded materials. Remember, this was the time when formica, Naugahyde and linoleum were King.
Thankfully, as with all things “fashion”, old is new again and we’ve woken up to the fact that old doors, window frames, mantels, pillars or corbels are the one-of-a-kind touches that can infuse a home with character and a sense of history.
Corbels used as shelf brackets, a fireplace mantle added to a simple wall, old beams on a kitchen ceiling, window frames propped on a shelf, or simply replacing or propping up old doors on walls that need a bit of visual interest, all soften a home’s edges and up your cozy factor by 1000%.
So… Once you’ve decided to shop vintage salvage, your best tool is your phone (and a tape measure). Bring pictures of the rooms you are interested in enhancing and have measurements of the space you are working with handy. Nothing breaks a heart faster than realizing that what looked PERFECT in the shop, is either much too large or too small for the space available. Trust me, crying about it won’t help it fit any better. I have this on good authority.
Don’t be afraid of a little patina, worn and weathered can be a wonderful contrast; the texture that the many layers of paint can provide is something that is almost impossible to recreate without investing some serious time with how-to tutorials. However, do be mindful to hang anything that’s extra chippy away from any surfaces that come in contact with food. Paint chips are no one’s preferred dietary supplement.
To recap: Pull that car over when you see a chippy window, mantle, column or door. There may be no such thing as too much character in a home. Shop with pictures of the rooms and walls you want to enhance and keep those measurements handy. Curate a home with confidence and you’ll create history of your own.
We’re not the only cool thing in town!
One of the things that blew my mind when I was restoring the manor house, was the incredible views when I crested the mountain in Bluemont. Each time, I felt like I was going on vacation, and that was every day, so I was a lucky girl. I am happy to be able to share this beautiful view with everyone coming out to Spring Market from the east. Along with the incredible view, there are a few things along the way I think you would love to know.
First of all, before you actually crest the mountain and get a glimpse of the big view, you will pass Blueridge Mountain Road. This road rides the crest of the mountain and has many beautiful homes down long driveways behind mysterious gates….that makes me really really wanna get in and see whats in there! Many of the homes are historic and have views that will blow your mind, and generally cannot be seen unless you’re lucky enough to get an invite to a fancy party.
But….. fortunately on Saturday, May 20th , yep, the same day as our market, and on the way to our market, there will be a homes tour to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, which is also on the mountain. Boulder Crest Retreat is a nonprofit rural retreat and support services for Americas seriously wounded warriors and their families to reconnect and recover. It is an honor for Lucketts Spring Market to be a sponsor for this charitable event.
The Blue Ridge Mountain Home Tour encompasses a remarkable collection of sophisticated homes, never before open to the public. This is an amazing opportunity to see these properties, for a very worthy cause and its on your way to Spring Market! How can this weekend get any better???
It’s always exciting to see how the Design House is going to evolve, what new inventory will be here, and how exactly are we going to pull it off….. but this time …ohhhhh this time…. Oh My lordy lord lord…
We can’t even believe it….the boys can’t believe it, Henry can’t believe it….. it is by far the biggest transformation yet….after about a hundred makeovers, this is by far the most different the house has ever looked!
And…it’s SPECTACULAR and quite possibly my favorite design house ever….
Ok everybody, here’s the scoop on our Spring Market VIP Early Buying Ticket.
This year, VIP early buyers will be able to shop from 8:30 am until 12 noon on Friday, May 19th before we open the market to general admission tickets at 12 noon. The VIP Early Buying Tickets will be good for all three days, and will include the always popular super cute Lucketts tote bag. VIP tickets are $40, available online only at luckettstore.com (go to the spring market button located on our website) and will be mailed out the first week in May.
Why the change? It is always a delicate balance between making sure everyone is happy while also building a big event. We need happy vendors who do well at our market. Our Vendors are the core of what makes for a wonderful experience for our customers. Then we need to be sure our customers love the vendors we curated for them, and have a super fun day to boot. In previous years, once the early birds were done with their shopping, the vendors were left the remainder of the day without new customers being allowed to come in and shop. We had many vendors approach us and ask us to consider structuring early buying the way many other shows do…. for just a few hours in the morning. That leaves plenty of time for first dibs on the great stuff, and happy vendors who get to sell all day. YAY! So that’s what is happening.
SOME OTHER EXCITING NEWS! Amy and Diana spent this past Sunday at the Fairgrounds mapping out spaces….let’s just say, they were so happy and excited when they got back, they could hardly contain themselves. It’s only February, and already the grounds are already full of exciting, cool vendors. IT IS GOING TO BE AWESOME!
Go to luckettstore.com to purchase your VIP Early Buying Ticket today!
What’s this I hear Spring Market is Moving?
Yep, it’s happening. Cue the questions! Here’s a little more about our decision to move and why it’s setting us up for the best spring market ever.
Well, truth be told, we’ve been thinking about a new location for a while.
The fair has been such a phenomenal success year after year because of our amazing vendors. Unfortunately with our limited space, we have to turn away many great vendors every year.
The other critical element is parking. We have been operating for the last 18 years using approximately 20 acres of fields for parking, ten of which were generously provided by our neighbor across the street. That land has since been sold to the county for a new firehouse, so we will be losing more than half of our parking…uh-oh.
Why not ask another neighbor you say?
Great Idea! After asking every neighboring farmer in a four mile radius, we realized duh! These people are farmers that are actually farming their land and the month of May is primetime for hay and other crops. Asking them if we could park 5,000 cars on top of those crops is just straight up silly.
So while it seems like there would be loads of alternatives for parking, there just isn’t.
Why not use a shuttle?
We thought the same thing, however, finding parking further away did not change the fact that we would need around 20 acres of available space that wouldn’t become equally mucky in the event of inclement weather. And how does that work when customers buy furniture? This solution quickly became a different version of the same problem.
Ok, enough dogging on Mother Nature, she’s doing her best. The insurmountable issue is the loss of half of our parking, rain or shine, that’s a big one. So we have two options left, move the fair or swallow our pride, and end it. I couldn’t even toy with the idea of ending it. The Spring Market is just too good. It just doesn’t make sense to give up now. So, I did the only thing I could do and loaded my 93-year-old dad into the car the Monday right after this past years muddy Sunday and started looking for new digs.
What’s wrong with Loudoun County?
Another great question!
The answer is nothing. As I mentioned before we started considering the possibility of relocating a few years ago and looked extensively at Loudoun County’s options.
If we were going to consider moving, the very first criteria was character. We are the Lucketts Store for crying out loud and we won’t settle for any old generic package. We needed it to be charming and cool. We needed it to be us. Also, let’s not forget why we’re moving in the first place, we needed a minimum of 18-20 acres to park cars. Next, since we truly wanted this move to improve the quality of the event, we need some areas to be under a roof, that way, if the weather wasn’t so…dry, it wouldn’t put a damper on the entire event.
We looked at Loudoun County Fairgrounds and we loved it. It was perfect in every way and we knew we could host a killer fair there. It was about this time we learned that the fields they use for parking are privately owned by a farmer who only allows traffic for the County Fair to park there. He understandably did not want to put added stress on the fields, cause we all know what happens when you do that…back to the drawing board!
My dad and I then headed up to Frederick Fairgrounds in Frederick MD, it was nice, definitely had plenty of parking and covered areas but it just wasn’t screaming Lucketts, so the search continued.
Where else is there? Well, thanks to the historic manor house I restored a few years ago, I spent a bit of time in Clarke County. I love Clarke County because it reminds me of Loudoun County when my family first moved here 27 years ago. Its very beautiful, charming, and is just a little “old school”. So my dad and I headed out to the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville. The minute we arrived I knew I was in exactly the right place. I felt like if Lucketts were a fairground, this would be it. I’m talking loads of parking, towering oak trees, charming buildings, and easy access off of Route 7.
It’s owned by the Clarke County Ruritans, some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Each time I go there, whether I’m showing it off to new vendors or ironing out details of the upcoming Spring Market, I feel right at home. Once we get over the scary aspects of planning an event in a new place, I don’t think we’ll ever look back. I truly feel like we have made the best decision for us, our vendors, and our customers, and I’m beyond excited to show you all what amazing potential this new venue has. Soon enough we’re going to be wondering why we didn’t do this a long time ago…