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What to Expect at a Life’s Patina Barn Sale

 

They certainly don’t make ’em like this anymore! Even if they did, they most likely would not be constructed to house a herd of dairy cows and the accoutrements it takes to care for them and farm the surrounding land. The construction of this late 1700’s stone bank barn is a work of art. Each stone was placed by hand, fitted together to create these walls that support massive hand hewn beams which criss cross across the barn to hold up the roof.

 What is one to do with this jaw-dropping structure that is no longer used to house cows nor farm equipment? Open it up to the public four times a year for seasonally-inspired Barn Sales, of course! These stunning stone walls and weathered, worn wood are the perfect backdrop to show off our highly curated collection of vintage finds paired with our favorite new decor items in artful displays that evoke beauty and inspiration for our customers.

Each Barn Sale has a particular feel and design aesthetic based on the season and the treasures we have found on our picking trips. The vignettes we style are not only designed to attract you to the merchandise we have in the barn but also to draw you in, make you feel something and inspire you to think outside the box in your own home decor.

We love to pair the expected with the unexpected, highlighting the beauty of each item whether old or new.

We style each “room” in the barn based around a color palette. We pride ourselves on creating unique, seasonal displays and vignettes using colors and items that you might not typically think of. For example, for our Fall Barn Sale, we paired beautiful, natural-colored feathered nests with white pumpkins, birch and various hues of grey to create the perfect neutral tablescape that subtly evokes fall.

We like to pair colors that play off each other, mixing new with old, unique items in our tablescapes, such as this beautifully wrapped vintage bar of soap nestled in a circle of feathers to top each place setting. It is little elements such as these and the attention to detail in our vignettes that we hope inspire you in thinking about the little things which can have a big impact in your own home.

We like to show our guests how to pop a room with a statement piece that can house beautiful collections of  vintage china, artwork, and books to be used daily.

We like to create scenes of beauty by using architectural salvage items that we construct into backdrops. These backdrops create an atmosphere in which to show off the beauty of our curated vintage objects. These backdrops are also just as functional in decorating a home. Everything that you see is for sale!

We also integrate new items from our favorite artists and home decor/accessories companies.

Did I tell you that we LOVE vintage china and silver and you will often find the most beautiful and unique pieces at our Barn Sales?

From cowboy bath tubs…

to gorgeous upholstered chairs…

to decorative glassware, containers and display items…

to gorgeous displays of colorful accent pieces, you’ll never find a shortage of beautiful, unique items for your home.

Under our tent, you will find more furniture and decorative items that can easily be integrated into your own home decor. Items that, again, we have artistically displayed to give you ideas on how to adapt them to use when developing your own unique style.

From vintage ladders…

to adorable bedrooms…

to heavily-laden dining tables full of goodies…

we like to try and cover a plethora of design ideas utilizing the merchandise we have lovingly sourced.

Each sale also gives you a unique perspective on how you might be able to utilize vintage items that you may have sitting in your own closet or storage room, awaiting a trip to Goodwill. We like to inspire!!!

You’ll find more than just our curated merchandise for sale as well. We’re passionate about supporting local small businesses and love bringing in local artisans who complement our aesthetic, mission and values to showcase their incredible goods. Some of our favorite artisans include ZOET Bathlatier, Blake’s Mother’s Cookies, Mojo’s Popcorn and Whiskey Hollow Maple.

This past sale, we also invited Wildflower Farm to bring Lilly, their adorable flower truck filled with their homegrown, local wildflowers. Our guests assembled their own artfully-created bouquets to bring home.

We hope you enjoyed this visual peek into what visiting us at Willowbrook Farm is like, especially if you are not local to our area and have not been able to stop by in person! We also hope you’ll make arrangements to come see us one day…your next chance is at our Holiday Barn Sale! We promise that we’ll make it worth your while with artisan food and beverage samplings along with the barn that will be magically decked out in Thanksgiving and Christmas finery. It truly is a feast for the senses!

 

Preview Party
Wednesday, November 10 (rain date of Thursday, November 11)
 
Barn Sale
Friday, November 12, 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, November 13, 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, November 14, 10AM – 4 PM

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