It was still dark when we left, but by the time we hit the Berkshires, the fog was lifting and the sun was coming up at our backs.
A new destination and we were psyched to get there! Friends had been encouraging us to experience the Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week held the 3rd week in August in Madison and Bouckville, New York… right on Route 20!
But first, a 4 1/2 hour drive.
Along the way, we decided to try and keep track of all the antiques shops… a little game to liven our trip! We weren’t disappointed… many, many shops for future antiquing dot the roads through southeastern New York state.
Loved this little hardware store on our detour (GPS malfunction???)… so quaint!
Once back on I-90, we passed by Albany…
and shortly thereafter, we left the highway and headed for the beautiful, rural Route 20, with antiques shop….
Beautiful farms abound… such a sweet ride! Neither of us had been to this area of New York in many years and had forgotten just how pastoral it is!
We stopped at a Hannaford’s to get some fruit for a snack… couldn’t believe this place, all energy efficient utilizing natural light via light tubes and other energy features… so neat, wish they would do that to the Hannaford’s near us!
Along Route 20 in Richfield Springs, we saw a little blue sign with an arrow… Butternut Barn! These ladies come by Walker Homestead when they are in Massachusetts and we’ve made a few custom pieces for their shop… we had no idea we would be traveling near them. A quick U-turn and we took Allen’s Lake Road… much to our surprise, they were a short distance up the road!
The sign said closed, but it was only 10 minutes before opening… we decided to wait and were delighted with their grounds and beautiful displays.
Judie Stone, our gracious hostess… in her element! Stop by and visit Butternut Barn at 427 Butternut Road, Richfield Springs, NY 13439 the next time you are in the area… you’ll be glad you did!
So, back to our travels… so many neat houses, the architecture is sooooo NEW YORK! We love it!
Since it was close to noon (opening time) for “The Big Field”, we decided that would be the place to go. A warning for newbies like us, that there is an admission charge of $29 for early buying on Thursday… free from Friday on! We were told that you could buy discount tickets at Price Chopper up to Wednesday… too late for us!
… where we ran into our friends, Cindy & Joe Shepard (Joe’s in the background in orange… can’t keep that guy in one place for more than a minute!) of Hometown Antiques – the instigators in our adventure!
We found sweet Jane Desjardins… an antiques dealer from Ware, MA who does our Simple Treasures from the Past – Antiques & Primitive Goods Show!
As luck would have it, we ran into Martin Webster (West Branch Antiques) who gave us directions to the booth he shared with Rick Fuller (Richard Fuller Antiques)… not sure we would have found our buddy, Rick, otherwise! The new show promoters moved the booth numbers around and they ended up in an odd spot in amongst a sea of vehicles!!!
Rick showed up his copy of A Simple Life magazine that Jill Peterson dropped off for him! Little did he know that his former ram lamb, Amos (who now lives at Walker Homestead), was featured in one of the articles~
They even had a W H (Walker Homestead) basket in their booth!
we ran into Joe “he picks things up and puts them down” Shepard of Hometown Antiques…
We took a break with David and Becky Straight (David Straight Auctions) and Joe & Cindy Shepard…
We found these lovely ladies from Ohio in one of the big tents and ended up raiding their booth… came home with an apothecary in blue paint, a mortar & pestle, an awesome rectangular trencher, a side table and a fantastic 6 board chest! We were so excited, we forgot to take photos of them but will be sure to visit them on our next trip to Ohio!
We passed Jack & Dirinda Houghton’s shop, Turnpike Antiques, on our way through Madison and heading for our hotel. Jack & Dirinda have great country antiques and also do our show!
We checked into the hotel, had dinner and a good night’s sleep, breakfast and we were headed back to the SHOW!
STILL want it!
we had a LONGGGGGGG RIDE ahead!
grinding noises, burning rubber…
we had to stop at the next mechanic.
The good soul he was, he played around with it, took it for a couple of spins and we were back in business, 2 wheel drive engaged!