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Last month I got to experience The Tarheel Antiques Festival and Christmas Craft Show and find out what this inaugural event had to offer.
One of the best parts of living in the NC Triangle is that there is always something going on! Festivals are held almost every weekend throughout the year here but things really kick up a notch once the holiday season comes around!
A couple of weeks ago I headed to The Tarheel Antiques Festival and Christmas Craft Show with my parents. They enjoy antiques, especially my mom, and this sounded like something that was right up her alley. It was a wonderful way to begin their annual fall visit.
The event took place at The Barn at Lloyd’s Dairy in Efland which is right next to Hillsborough and just under a half-hour drive from me in Durham. It’s easy to get to and close to I-40. The event took place both Saturday and Sunday, admission was $5 per person and covered both days of the event.
We only attended Sunday because my parents didn’t arrive until Saturday evening. I was kind of glad it ended up that way because the weather was horrible that Saturday. It was cold, rainy, and windy. The kind of day you want to spend inside, in your PJs and with a nice, hot cup of tea. We did end up missing the auctions and some of the vendors were only there the first day. So that was a bit disappointing.
There was still plenty to see and the Barn was an ideal location for such an event. It was a bit dark since the lighting was mostly string lights but I quite enjoyed the setting. I can definitely see how it would be a great venue for a big party or wedding which they do rent it out for.
There were some wonderful antiques, crafts, and handmade items to peruse. Appraisals were available for anyone wanting to know the value of some of their prized possessions. I particularly enjoyed the handmade items like furniture, soap, and even dream catchers. There were also a couple of spots to get refreshments. Hot cocoa and warm apple cider were perfect options for that cool fall day and kettle corn, too!
My mom managed to find a great deal on some old Fiesta dinnerware. She loves the stuff and my dad and I are always teasing her about having too much of it already!
There were a couple more antique vendors outside that we checked out before we left. All in all, it was a great activity for the fall season and I wouldn’t hesitate to go again. I was quite impressed by it since this was their inaugural event. I can definitely see The Tarheel Antiques Festival and Christmas Craft Show becoming a well-visited annual event!
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