The people came from far and wide Sat. and Sunday, May 11 and 12, to visit the Summitt Farm in Vacaville, during the twice annual vintage fair held there. We were among the 40 something vendors displaying our wares, our French tablecloths, that seem to go so well with collectibles and the comfiness of Americana. Watching the crowd go by was almost as fun as meeting the many vendors who throng to backroad estate sales and auctions to curate the selections they then offer to the public. They exhibited upcycled items too, remanufacturing them from yesteryear's castoffs.
My daughter Morgana shared the two days with me. The weather was warm while we celebrated Mother's Day under the tent with our linens. We prowled the aisles adjoining to score our own finds. Our favorites were the old lace still on the spooling bobbins used when crafting this minor luxury by hand; the hand painted milk jugs, and the whirligigs made from tractor castoffs and recycled metal. Not to mention all of the thingamajigs that left us guessing as to the item's original purpose or the inventiveness of a crafter. A fair number of our Provençal tablecloths found their way into new homes where people live in this sunwashed country, amid the breezes wafting the scent of cows, horses, and green alfalfa grass ready to be harvested.
Morgana was born in Les Lilas, France, and recently finished her degree from UC San Diego . She and her mother live in San Rafael, CA.