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Dirt Road Adventures – Carolina Picker’s Festival

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures – Carolina PIcker’s Festival. Each Sunday, we review all the exciting events behind the scenes, on the website, and the sources of inspiration I discovered online during the past week. This weekly recap ensures you don’t miss any of our adventures.

The temperatures finally started to drop this week, just in time for our visit to the Carolina Picker’s Festival.

Brad and I took off early this year to get ahead of the crowd and see the best selections.

We arrived just after the gates opened and immediately began seeing treasures that we wanted to bring home.

But wait until you see the real prize of our adventure. And you will not believe what happened! It was meant to be.

Vintage Basket and vintage dresser at antique festival.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

Carolina Picker’s Festival

This was our second trip to the Carolina Picker’s Festival held at The Denton Farm Park.

Last Spring, we went on the second day and didn’t know what to expect. To say we were a little overwhelmed would be putting it mildly.

Although we were slightly better prepared with comfortable walking shoes and cash on hand, it was still a confusing maze.

The show is a randomly laid cross between a yard sale and a campground. Many vendors had their RV campers pulled right up to their spaces and had grills that cranked up around lunchtime.

There was no rhyme or reason to the traffic flow and there was no map to guild you.

However, we had the best time and barely made it into the gate before carrying items back to the car. Note to self: bring a rolling shopping cart next time.

Vintage basket collection from antique festival.

The selection of rustic and primitive collectibles was terrific. There were so many things that I would have loved to bring home, but Brad was with me. LOL

However, there were several things that even Brad agreed should make the trip home with us.

Thrifted Haul From Carolina Picker’s Festival

My first purchase at the Carolina Picker’s Festival was a great vintage gathering basket, which I immediately added to my porch for fall. You can see more of the porch decorated for fall on Tuesday!

Vintage hutch with vintage cooper, clay planters.

Y’all know how much I love copper and milk glass so my radar was on high alert, and I managed to convince Brad that I needed these Copper Charger Plates and another milk glass vase.

The vase was a great deal, and you can never have too much milk glass, am I right? You can see more ideas on 15 Stunning Ways To Use Milk Glass in your home.

The charger plates are from Pottery Barn and weigh a ton. I can’t wait to set a fall tablescape with them.

Vintage table with copper plater chargers.

The Hunt Is Over

I’ve been looking for the perfect vintage table for at least three years. I have used the table we have had since we were first married but never felt it was perfect for the farmhouse.

Each time we ventured out, I’ve been looking for the perfect farmhouse table, but functional antique tables are hard to find.

They are either too short, too small, too long, too expensive, or too rickety. Or, worst of all, “NOT FOR SALE.”

So, when we saw this solid walnut pegged table, we began measuring and examining it for flaws. Then, we noticed the price tag. The table was about double the amount of cash we had with us.

But before we could even begin to negotiate the price, the gentleman offered it to us for less than 1/2 of the cost—the exact amount of money we had in our pockets. What are the odds of that happening?

As you can see, it was immediately loaded into our truck, and we were doing a happy dance all the way home.

Vintage dining table cleaned and polished.

After doing some minor cleaning, I added a coat of Citrus Shield Wax, and the table was placed inside.

It was meant to be ours because it’s very sturdy and a perfect fit. The timeworn dents and scratches only enhance the beauty of the table. Its imperfections are what make it interesting and unique. It will be treasured in our home for years to come.

Vintage dining table with copper plate chargers and vintage brown bottles.

In Case You Missed It

DIY Fall Leaf Garland setting on vintage ice box. vintage wooden container.

How to make a fall leaf garland

There’s just something about leaves in the Fall. This inexpensive DIY Fall Leaf Garland is quick and easy to make. Plus, the autumn leaves garland is made with kraft paper for a cheap DIY Autumn garland Idea.


Upcycled Drop Cloth Table Runner. Hand Painted Table Runner.

How To Upcycle A Drop Cloth Into A DIY Tablecloth Runner

Have you ever tried to find tablecloth runners in various lengths? Well, it’s almost impossible, so I’m sharing how to upcycle a drop cloth into a painted tablecloth runner that can be customized for each table length. Now, I have DIY Tablecloth Runners for each of our outdoor kitchen tables. Yay!


Reclaimed wood DIY Pinecone centerpiece with candles.

Easy DIY Sunflower Centerpiece With Pinecones And Reclaimed Wood

Are you a fan of sunflowers? Wait until you see this unique sunflower centerpiece crafted from pinecones and reclaimed wood. The rustic pinecone flowers are perfect for fall decorating but will work with your kitchen decor year-round.


Living room photo from above.Living room with fall decorations.Fall decorations. Fall home tour.

Fall Home Tour: Inspiring Budget-Friendly Decorating Ideas

Welcome to my Fall Home Tour. I’m so excited to share all the budget-friendly decor ideas and tips to help you decorate your home for fall. Learn how creative DIY and craft projects, along with vintage and thrift store finds, can fill a house with a unique, eclectic, industrial farmhouse style.


Gathering-Corn-Stalks-Hauling In John Deere Gator.

8 Corn Husk Craft and Cheap Corn Stalk Fall Decor Ideas

Are you looking for eco-friendly and inexpensive ways to decorate for fall? Corn husks and corn stalk decorations are a natural way to celebrate the fall season. They’re also a great way to get creative and make your own unique decorations. You will love these 8 corn husk crafts and cheap corn stalk fall decor ideas that are perfect for any skill level.


Adventures Off The Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

There are so many wonderful blog posts each week, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

Would you like to grow your own pumpkins? Check out Stacy’s Beginner’s Guide To Growing Pumpkin Plants.

Have you ever heard of wood slice branches? Well, now I want to make some, so check out KariAnne’s clever idea.

I love this cute no-sew pumpkin pillow Chas created.

Kelly shared some great tips for a Cozy Bedroom on her tour.

I can’t wait to try Renae’s Cranberry Bread Recipe. It looks so delicious.

Y’all know how much I loved foraged fall decorating so you have to see Wendy’s Foraged Fall Wreath.

Looking for new book club recommendations, check out Kristin’s latest Fireside Book Club recommendations.

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Coming Soon…

Don’t miss these coming soon new posts and adventures.

  • A Fall Magnolia Wreath Tutorial
  • My latest Fall Porch Ideas and a Look Back at Previous Porch Inspiration
  • Great Thrifted Flips for a Pottery Barn Look – Thrifting with the Gals Series
  • How To Set A Halloween Table for Cheap
  • And More!

Wendy McMonigle

Monday 18th of September 2023

Wow! you hit the jackpot Rachel. I love the table, it is the perfect fit for your home. And the copper chargers are going to look just perfect on your new table. Thanks for sharing my wreath.


Monday 18th of September 2023

Wendy, You are welcome. I'm glad you like the table. We are excited to have something with so much history in our home.


Sunday 17th of September 2023

Thank you so much for the kind words and feature. You are too sweet! Loved you’re adventures as always!


Sunday 17th of September 2023

Chas, Thank you so much for stopping by.

Laura Ingalls Gunn

Sunday 17th of September 2023

Hi Rachel, I love that table you found! The sweet drawer on the side...swoon. I sent you an email on Thursday. It may have gotten lost in spam. Happy Sunday!


Tuesday 19th of September 2023

Laura, Thank you so much. I wish I could participate but hopefully next. time.

Lynn Frazier

Sunday 17th of September 2023

Love the vintage baskets, as I am a weaver and always interested in new patterns. But the table…..what can I say is amazing! Guess it was meant to be your, it looks wonderful, enjoy.


Sunday 17th of September 2023

Lynn, Thank you for stopping by. I'm so glad you like the table and the baskets were amazing too.


Sunday 17th of September 2023

Such a great find! Your new table reminds me so much of the Library Table we had upstairs in my bedroom growing up. It was dark walnut and had very similar lines!


Sunday 17th of September 2023

Marianne, It may have been a library table because so many of the antique tables were short in comparison. Thanks for stopping by.