For the Love of All Things Vintage

Welcome back for another manic monday!  Last weekend I went out in the scorching sun to do a little outdoor vintage shopping!  I guess this may be a symptom of a full blown DIY addict…

I have to give mad props to Big Daddy who walked around looking at all things shabby chic in temps no human should be allowed out in. Seriously, this is the HOTTEST temperature Atlanta has ever seen!  Now, we OWN the name HOTlanta!

I know you might assume I’m out of my mind but honestly it didn’t bother me very much.  I mean, sure, I was sweating like I’ve never sweat before. As in the kind of sweating that had me always looking up expecting to see someone pouring water out of a bucket and onto my forehead…

I’d been waiting for months to go to “The Goat Farm” for this vintage market where people both locally and nationally were going to knock my little DIY sandals off. And they did not disappoint!

First let me get you “in-the-know” on what The Goat Farm is and was.

What it was…

It was built during the 1880s, opened in 1889, and expanded in various phases through the early 1930s. It was Edward Van Winkle’s third complex in Atlanta – a previous one was located in today’s Luckie Marietta district. By 1898, the site specialized in cotton-related machinery, and won awards at international expositions and state fairs. In 1912, the Murray Company of Texas bought out Van Winkle and the site became known as Murray’s Mill. During World War II, the complex produced ammunition and mortars.

In the early 1970s Robert Haywood bought the site and sculptors, musicians, painters and photographers set up studios there. For a time in the early 2000s space was rented to antique dealers as “The Shops at Murray Mill”, but the antique mall never took off. The site remained unused for many years.

On July 15, 2010, the property was sold for a reported $7 million to Hallister Development, specialists in renovating historic properties.

The Farm, June 30, 2012 source: Christine Leahy

What it is now...

The expansion of a cafe/library, an on-site organic farm, a 5000 square foot sprung floor for contemporary dance, newly built creative studios now occupied by more than 350 artists and an education center that provides programs through resident organizations One Love Generation, C4 Atlanta and The Creatives Project. The Goat Farm is also home to resident performance companies gloATL, Saiah Arts International and The Collective Project Inc.

The Center houses two artist in residency programs through affiliate organizations The Creatives Project and Mint Gallery. Recently added are professional ballet and contemporary dance classes through its award winning resident dance troupe gloATL.

The Arts Center’s vision is “to push culture forward through comprehensive support of the arts”. Primarily exploring experimental and innovative works the Goat Farm is a laboratory where creative risk is nurtured & celebrated.

The Farm, June 30, 2012 source: Christine Leahy


Here are a few quick snaps of the vintage marketplace.


The Farm Coffee House source: Christine Leahy

The Farm Coffee House source: Christine Leahy


I was completely in my element! I saw many wonderful vintage treasures that I would’ve LOVED to take home with me but the prices were out of reach for lil’ old thrifty me. In fact, I was completely taken with a yellow do-dad vase and when the owner saw me eyeballing it he came down in price from $65 to $50! It was very kind of him but I just looked at him and said, “you’ll have to do waaaaayyyy better then that for someone like me”.  He looked at me a little strange and then I said, “I’m a thrift store girl”.  He covered his mouth and with a small sigh just let out an, “oooooooohhhh”.

Ain’t no shame! 🙂

Among the amazing finds of days gone bye were these incredible lamps!

If you’re jaw hasn’t dropped out of sheer awe of how beautiful these are then we just can’t be friends.  Just kidding.

I met designer and DIY-er, Dina Perea of Paula Grace, and just fell in love with her spirit and her lamps. First of all, this lady has been whipping up these beauties for only about 6 months! I love it when women find that thing that is their distinct thing!

We started chatting about how she comes up with her designs using thrifty finds and family heirlooms. I loved hearing her passion for taking family dishes, tea cups, and well just about anything that would normally be stuffed into some dusty china cabinet and place it into a beautifully configured sculpture…I mean lamp.  I just love it!

Unfortunately for me, these beauties are out of my budget.  BUT, when my budget does allow for one of Dina’s creations I will surely take a million pictures of it for you all to see!

I did implore her to begin teaching classes on how she does create her lamps and if/when she does start offering these classes I’m all in! In the meantime, visit Dina at her Etsy shop, follow her, and spread the word about her “unique lighting made with beautiful things”.

So, how hot was it where you are?

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