Shop Local: 3 Fall Vintage and Barn Sales happening in middle Tennessee

Several years ago, I made the decision to shop local for the holiday season. Whenever I can, I buy things made in Tennessee from local people. This includes, of course, buying from locally owned boutiques and specialty shops, but I also enjoy the vintage and barn sales that pop up across the rolling hills of Tennessee as the leaves start to fall. I almost always find that one-of-a-kind, just perfect item for just about everyone on my list (except for my nephew, who always seems to want electronics instead of charming repurposed furniture …sigh.)

Here’s a rundown of some of the best sales happening in the next month or so. Most of them are at least and hour’s drive away but all offer a very unique shopping experience that’s well worth the drive.

{Art courtesy of the Hayloft at Port Royal}

The Hayloft at Port Royal Barn SaleSeptember 28-29-30 • Clarksville

This fall barn sale features 50 plus juried vendors handpicked by Hayloft staff from across the South including Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, as well as numerous vendors from right here in Tennessee. They’ll offer handmade and vintage items plus antiques, jewelry, repurposed items, and more in charmingly decorated booths nestled inside a historic Tennessee Amish dairy barn. Shoppers can also enjoy live music and food vendors serving everything from fried green tomatoes to cupcakes. The event will take place on Friday and Saturday. There’s a $3 admission charge per day. There’s also a Pickin’ Party on Thursday where advanced shoppers can get a first-look (and chance to buy) for a $10 admission price. For more detailed information, visit their website or the event’s Facebook page.

Vintage costume jewelry and cool retro-inspired hats are just one of the many one-of-a-kind creations you’ll find at Vintage Market Days. {Photo courtesy of Vintage Market Days}

Vintage Market Days September 29 – October 1 • Nashville

This traveling vintage franchise launched in Tulsa in 2011. Since then, founders Steve and Rena Ezell have scheduled pop up, outdoor vintage markets from Colorado to Georgia and parts in between. The show returns to Nashville on September 29 for a three-day weekend event featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade items, architectural salvage, repurposed items, outdoor furnishing, seasonal plantings, and lot of unique items that you just won’t find elsewhere. It’s a unique shopping experience that also features live music and local food vendors. The event takes place at 945 Baddour Parkway in Lebanon and they charge a small general admission fee. For more detailed information, visit their website or the event’s Facebook page.

This year’s City Farmhouse Pop Up Fair will celebrate the publishing of their new book.

City Farmhouse Pop Up Fair •  October 20-21 • Franklin

As featured in Southern Living, Garden & Gun, and Flea Market Style, the City Farmhouse Fall Pop Up Fair is a two-day vintage and antiquing extravaganza. This falls’ event in Franklin promises to be one of the largest yet as they celebrate the release of their upcoming book, City Farmhouse Style. It’s one of the first design books “to focus entirely of transforming urban interiors into modern country style.”

They’ll feature over 70 vendors from all over Tennessee and throughout the South. It’s also a unique event in that most vintage sales take place in rural settings but the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair takes place in the heart of historic, downtown Franklin at The Factory, which is also home to dozens of shops, restaurants, and more. There’s bound to be a celebrity guest or two on site. In previous years, Sheryl Crow “popped in” as a guest vendor. To learn more about the book, click here. For more detailed information, visit their website or the event’s Facebook page.

Stay tuned to Mason Jar Magazine for other fall vintage and barn sale info.•

Written by: Tabitha D. Moore, Mason Jar Magazine, Editor

{Mason Jar Magazine covers food, dining, arts, culture, events, attractions, music, books, film, and recreation in a cluster of 18 small towns in southern, middle Tennessee including Bell Buckle, Belvidere, Cowan, Decherd, Estill Springs, Fayetteville, Huntland, Kelso, Lynchburg, Manchester, Monteagle, Mulberry, Normandy, Tullahoma, Sewanee, Shelbyville, Wartrace, and Winchester plus the best of what’s happening in Huntsville, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, and Nashville.}



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