A barn market is a gathering.
A gathering of makers, gatherers, crafters, salvagers.
A gathering of people who love old things.
(And people who love new things that look old, and new things that compliment their old things!)
A gathering of people who cherish the past, and decorate their homes with things that remind them of their parents and their grandparents. Things that remind them of childhood -- school, camping, play, or farm life. Things that make them happy and bring comfort and peace home.
The growing popularity of barn markets probably began in the South -- if I would guess, I might say Tennessee, for the number of markets held in that state each year (click here for a listing of upcoming markets.) There are many in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, as well, and an incredibly popular market is held several times a year in Danville, Illinois -- the Hob Nob Market. (We're going in May -- come with us!)
We were inspired to bring a market to Jackson County after visiting The Chandelier Barn Market in Montgomery, Indiana last fall. They did everything just right, from the vendors, parking, location, and entertainment right down to the beautiful autumn day! Lisa has given us all kinds of good advice, and we are thankful for her help.
Follow this blog to learn more about our journey toward making the Hen and Chicks Barn Market a wonderful gathering.