Pettengill Farm’s Vintage Bazaar

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I am always on the hunt for something to finish up a room or reinvent a space.  It drives my husband nuts, and me sometimes too, but when I find the right piece, I can move on to the next room—until I find another piece that completely derails my “finished” space. And truthfully, old vintage items are so interesting to find, even the hunt itself carries its own appeal.  I love imagining the history tied to an object; who owned it before, its past life, what stories it could tell.

The Vintage Bazaar's signature truck at Pettengill Farm in Salisbury, Massachusetts (just 40 miles north of Boston).

The Vintage Bazaar’s signature truck at Pettengill Farm in Salisbury, Massachusetts (just 40 miles north of Boston).

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Pettingill Farm's chalkboard sign offering eggs and chicken.

Pettingill Farm’s chalkboard sign offering eggs and chicken.

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Vintage dresses fill a rack.

Vintage dresses fill a rack.

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Model sailboat.

Model sailboat.

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Antique typewriters abound.

Antique typewriters abound.

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Inside the official Vintage Bazaar booth.

Inside the official Vintage Bazaar booth.

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One of our contributing home stylists, Bette Troy, mentioned Pettengill Farm’s Vintage Bazaar in Salisbury, Massachusetts, to me when we were talking about antique shops this year and I knew it would be a worthwhile visit.  Established in 2011 by Devon Allen, a “self-proclaimed 4th generation junker”, the Vintage Bazaar is full of curated vendors including both antique and contemporary crafts and art, delicious foods, and live music with a lovely historic flower farm in the center of it all.

Vintage Redemption's display.

Vintage Redemption’s display.

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Children's illustrated music book at Vintage Redemption.

Children’s illustrated music book at Vintage Redemption.

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Another lovely display at Vintage Redemption including the same vintage brownie reflex camera I purchased on ebay years ago.

Another lovely display at Vintage Redemption including the same vintage brownie reflex camera I purchased on ebay years ago.

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Offerings from BS Designs.

Offerings from BS Designs.

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I dragged our former communications manager, Heather Atwell, along with me for the adventure in June.  First, because she has a bigger vehicle than I do (in case I found that perfect piece) and second, because she is always entertaining—or maybe I should reverse those.  But Heather may have a run for her money.  Enter Marie, officially known as the “coordinator of fun” for the vintage bazaar.  She is spunky, a great lover of vintage boots, and full of more enthusiasm than I can muster on most mornings.

She introduced us to her talented brother and vendor, Frank Amarosa, via a short golf cart ride from the VIP tent where we met two frequent Yankee contributors, photographer Kindra Clineff and garden writer Tovah Martin.  Frank’s business, Swampscott River Antique and Salvage, is based in Newfields.  His display at the Bazaar is a veritable collection of interesting wooden boxes, tools, antique tennis rackets—you name it.  Just a feast for the eyes set under a small bit of tented square footage.  I was tempted by some vintage doorknobs, but I had dreams of finding an old filing cabinet so I vowed to save my pennies just in case.

Marie and her brother, Frank, inside his booth.

Marie and her brother, Frank, inside his booth.

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Stacks of boxes at Swampscott River Antiques and Salvage.

Stacks of boxes at Swampscott River Antiques and Salvage.

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Heather Atwell contemplates whether or not to take home some new friends.

Heather Atwell contemplates whether or not to take home some new friends.

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Dish Sisters creative booth sign.

Dish Sisters creative booth sign.

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Vintage glassware and bowls at Dish Sisters' booth.

Vintage glassware and bowls at Dish Sisters‘ booth.

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Barware aka "guy stuff" at Dish Sisters.

Barware aka “guy stuff” at Dish Sisters.

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Vintage bakelite at Scout Vintage Finds.

Vintage bakelite at Scout Vintage Finds.

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Vintage photo and red sneakers displayed at Cozy Nook's booth.

Vintage photo and red sneakers displayed at Cozy Nook’s booth.

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Rhode Island College Summer Theatre sign and beachy things displayed at Cozy Nook's booth.

Rhode Island College Summer Theatre sign and beachy things displayed at Cozy Nook’s booth.

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In the end, no luck for me this visit. Still, the farm is such a beautiful spot to spend your day or even just a couple of hours.  The live music, flower farm, and the landscape itself are photo worthy and, along with the curated vendors, make for a good day in Salisbury.  I plan to make a return visit in September and hopefully, then, I will find that perfect piece.

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Shows run every summer for one weekend in June and one weekend in September, with what looks like a bonus event this year in November. Remaining dates this year are September 20-21 and November 7-9.  Early access tickets available online.

Comments
  • Heather M.

    Thanks for joining me, Heather. It was. I also forgot to mention your “royal wave” to the amused crowds from the golf cart so I’m adding that now.

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  • Thank you for stopping by our Dish Sisters booth! Your photos are wonderful! We hope you’ll stop in and say hello in person in September.

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  • Heather!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! WHAT a fabulous read, you captured the VB in a nutshell perfectly! And I am so glad you and Heather both enjoyed your time and adventure at the June bazaar! Any time you or Heather need a VIP golf cart ride by yours truly, look for the bright colored and fun outfit and I would be happy to zip you around 😉 Such a pleasure meeting you and Heather. And I am so glad you loved my brother and his passion as much as I do! See you in September!!

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  • Heather M.

    thanks, Ilona. definitely hope i make the trip back in september. you had such a fun booth.

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  • Heather M.

    thanks so much, Maria. so nice meeting you as well. you really know how to put on such a fun event. I’m excited for a return visit.

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  • Scout K.

    Hi Heather,

    So glad to see The Vintage Bazaar featured in Yankee Magazine! Devon Allen & her gang know how to put on a show! And thanks for stopping by Scout’s booth – it was fun being at the party!

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  • Hi Heather,

    Great to see something written about such a fantastic show! Thanks for stopping by our booth and hanging with Jake & Elwood! They were great company to have with us and gave everyone who knows the Blues Brothers a smile. Hope to see you again in September!

    ~ Amy, Sage & Twine

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  • Karen W.

    Lovely article! I always have a GREAT time at VB and shoot there as well. You can find 2013 and 2014 events on my facebook link provided. I hope you will comment and share… and if you are in need of a photographer, please keep me in mind!

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