I’m so happy to announce that I’ve been invited to give a live demo at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. (ET)

If you’re not familiar with the fair, I want you to be! It’s a wonderful 3-day event featuring great shopping, live entertainment, demonstrations, crazy good food and a chance to meet the talented editors and contributors of Country Living magazine. It’s everything you love from the pages but totally interactive!

I have two pairs of weekend passes to the Country Living Fair that I’d like to give away, and I’m going to make it very easy for you to enter:

Via the Comments / Leave a Reply section of this blog post, tell me a about a favorite find/score. The one that you HAD to have, could not walk away from and it still brings a smile to your face.

One comment/entry per person please, left only on this Connecticut Country House blog post.

All entries need to be submitted before Sunday, May 29, 2016, 11:59 p.m. (ET)

Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced here on the blog, Monday, May 30, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (ET)

I’m very excited about hearing about your treasures and wish you the best of luck!

Love, Nora


  1. Ellen Huemmer on May 28, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I scored two hand stitched quilts at a local church auction for fifty dollars. They were/are gorgeous. Very little wear as well!

  2. Mary C Yulo on May 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Oh…one of my favorite recent “scores” was a gold mark, Belleek fish BOX with a perfect little fish handle on the lid! I’d never seen one before! I found it at the Elephant’s Trunk…my weekly, Sunday morning field trip! This was a coup for an Irish Belleek collector!

  3. Roberta on May 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I found metal sap buckets in a Small, very quaint treasure shop I have always wanted one and they were only 5 dollars.

  4. Joanne on May 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I found a cherry red metal kitchen cart and stool that I HAD to have. They are perfect with my yellow vintage step stool/chair that I snagged for $10 at a tag sale.

  5. Shari on May 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I’m an equestrian and I found two beautiful vintage fox hunting whips for practically nothing that I have hanging on my wall.

  6. Doreen on May 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Since I love to hunt for pottery I would have to say that my best find was a piece of Rookwood pottery signed by Sara Sax and cost under $1.00. At the time I made the purchase, I was not familiar with the pottery marks, so I bought it to research.

  7. Trish on May 28, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I saw a machinist sign last year at the country living fair, but it was a little over my price range. Imagine my surprise when I found the same sign at the elephant’s trunk in the spring for a fraction of the price. My partner is a machinist and he has it hanging as you walk into his shop. Makes us both smile

  8. Sherry on May 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I scored a set of vintage nesting Pyrex mixing bowls for $5. I had to have them because they were exactly like the ones my sweet grandmother had when I was a little girl.

  9. Jan G. on May 28, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I found an old Buddy L red trick in very good condition and he sits on top of my kitch cabinet and makes me smile

  10. Kim Sgro on May 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I found the most gorgeous antique English ironstone pitcher decorated with bird and vines. I probably paid too much for it, but I fell in love with it and couldn’t leave it behind. It had a place in my bedroom where It is the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see in the evening as I fall asleep.

  11. Heather Johnson on May 28, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Hello! What a fabulous giveaway! My best find still fills me with joy ! In the beautiful town of Ashfield, MA there is a yearly (huge) tag sale during the fall festival. I found a horse and sulky weathervane topper. It has the most beautiful patina and is totally authentic. I paid $60 for it. I have seen them priced upwards of $4000—but I love it too much to part with it. It sits on our fireplace mantle in our 1762 colonial in Whately, MA. I would love to soend our 10th anniversary at the country Living Fair !

  12. Maureen Wheeler on May 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I have never been but planning on taking a ride with my son and his girlfriend ! I would be over the moon to win tickets ! Love your home

  13. Rebecca on May 28, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    A score for myself-While driving to my favorite coffee place for an innocent cup of late afternoon joe, i reached the stop sign at the end of my street. BAAM! Flourescent sign “ESTATE SALE 9-3 today only” Hmmm, 2:30 pm probably overpicked besides the Hubbs will kill me-you cant slip a piece of paper in our 3 car garage. But probably overpicked -just smalls left – so what could it hurt…
    WRONG -giant sofa size venician mirrior got packed into my old Volvo suv. Went right up on my bedroom wall-right above the make up vanity i built for myself 3 days later. “True story”

  14. Sandi on May 29, 2016 at 6:47 am

    my most special find was years ago when we took a day trip to Sag Harbor. While checking out an antique shop, we spotted and old child’s sewing machine {which I collected} but what made it even more special is that it was the ever elusive child’s treadle sewing machine….and the fact that we did not pay much money for it was even better! It still sits proudly in my living room, so many years later!

  15. Anne Vradenburgh on May 29, 2016 at 8:38 am

    At the 2012 Country Living Fair, I found two packets of letters, tied with pink ribbons. They were from a sailor in World War II to his wife. It was obvious that they were newly married and their plans and dreams were laid out in the letters, along with practical day-to-day accounts of life. The letters are prominently displayed for Memorial Day and add a very personal comment to this most sentimental of holidays.

  16. Kathy Trabucco on May 29, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    We found, totally by chance, a beautiful antique red wicker set that after twenty years it stills brings joy to us everytime we sit on our screen porch.

  17. Karen on May 30, 2016 at 7:01 am

    My favorite score was an early homespun blanket that I found at the Arundel Flea Market in Maine one very hot summer day. ONly $5.00 !!! It was grungy and unloved on a dealers table with only a few other things but I could see the possibilities. After it was cleaned it now one of my prize possessions

  18. Elaine Curley on May 28, 2017 at 8:02 am

    on my neighborhood round trip for milk, I got pulled into my neighbors tag sale. At the top of the stairs stood a shiny enamel white bachelors chest. Negotiating $20, it came home with me to find new life. Within the next month, my uncovering of a near perfect flame mahogany tickled me! Just a thrill to peel off the layers and consider the story!

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