Bella Rustica Vintage Marketplace

Last year was the beginning for Bella Rustica, a vintage marketplace held in Pulaski, TN that is a benefit fund raiser for AGAPE Ministries.  I had no idea what to expect, but knew this fun market would be in a big barn.  I figured it was a fashionable barn, unlike any I had ever been to and that was a correct assumption.  I had the best time meeting up with several of my blog friends and we enjoyed a girl’s weekend, full of junking, eating, staying up too late, and all around girl time.

The best!  Girl time.

Milky Way Farm

I drove there from Atlanta, a little over 4 hours and drove way out in the countryside, thinking I’d never get there.  I finally found the main gate to the Milky Way Farms where the market would be held for 3 days.  This place is totally fascinating.  I found out a little history of Milky Way Farms and will show you the big house later.

at Bella Rustica

I followed all the cars and found a parking spot out in the fields where they were parking everyone and hurried inside to find my friends.

sponsors of Bella Rustia

Fun to see this sign out front, with my friend, Donna with Funky Junk Interiors all front and center. She was the headline of the show, doing what she does with her junk love, making signs and playing with power tools.  I ran into Donna right away and we gave each other a big hug and greeting. She came down all the way from Canada to be here.

We’re both ambassadors for Hometalk, who was a sponsor of the show, so that was fun too.

in the barn

The barn was HUGE, with this big vintage sign hung up.  And all the merchants had their booths all set up  looking cute.

horse stalls

The horse stalls were incredible, truly this is about the prettiest and biggest barn I’ve ever seen.


One of the vintage booths set up for sales.


There was so much burlap, stenciled cotton, painted furniture and all around shabby chicness that you’ve ever seen in one place.


Beautiful signs


Pumpkins and saddles just felt like Fall out here in the country.  That Friday was incredibly hot, so by the end of the day we were all sweating.  I wore boots and should not have.


More vintage goodness


Lots of handmade items for sale.


The shop owners set up inside the barn and outside.  It was one beautiful Fall weekend.

Myra Rhoda Kelly

I  met up with my sweet friends, Myra (My Blessed Life) and Kelly (Restore Interiors) from Birmingham.


See all the goodies out there, it was a treasure trove.

Miss Mustard Seed paint

I spotted my friend, Miss Mustard Seed’s new milk paint. Have you tried it yet?  So fun to see how Marian has grown during her blogging career and now has her own line of milk paint.


On Friday afternoon, Donna and I and some of the other blog friends had a blogger’s decorating challenge.  We split up into 2 groups, grabbed a couple of gals from the audience and we each put together a vignette by pulling vintage goodies from all the shop owners outside and inside.  It was hot, but fun!

Rhoda Sandra Lucy

Here’s my group, me, Sandra (Sawdust and Paperscraps), and Lucy (Lucy’s Inspired) from Birmingham.  Loved hanging out with these fun girls!

Junk vignette

We pulled that striped dining table out as our inspiration piece and all of us flew around finding things to fill in our vignette, starting with that folding rustic log screen we found as our backdrop.

Junk vignette centerpiece

A couple of funky lamps, a centerpiece of silver and those pretty green orbs, a vintage turquoise bench, along with a few other finds, completed our look.

our vignette

We were pretty happy with how it all turned out. Cute and vintagey!

Other team vignette

Donna’s team put together an equally pretty vintage scene indoors in a horse stall.  We both had Lucy’s on our team, Lucy on the left from the audience, Donna (Funky Junk Interiors), Angie (Country Chic Cottage) and Myra again.

Angie Polly Gina

Here’s Angie, Polly (Blackberry House), and Gina (Shabby Creek Cottage) had a booth all set up and had a fun weekend selling their beautiful wares.  We all got together Friday night for a blogger’s dinner and it was fun to catch up with them all.

Donna on stage

Donna was the headliner and did a fabulous job showing her slides and talking about working with junk and power tools.  Everyone loved her and it was fun to see her do her thing and be right at home here in TN all the way from Canada.

Donna with Farmers market sign

She did some workshops and several girls got to make these vintage Farmers Market signs.  They were so cute and I wish I had made one.

Making signs

Here’s a group of ladies that Donna helped with making the signs.

old car

The whole scene of Bella Rustica was just a serene get-away, from this neat old car to the entire ambiance of the farm.

Fall vignette

I love getting out of the city and into the country and this was a perfect setting for a girl’s weekend.  So glad I got away and hung out with Donna and Sandra at a cute little old house.


There was a lot of pretty to see and just what I needed to get away from house renovations for a weekend.

Home pillow from Vonda

I only bought one thing the whole weekend.  Couldn’t resist this pretty pillow from Vonda at the The Brassy Begonia.  It will be such a nice addition to my new house and do you see the word on there??  HOME…..that word embodies the entire journey I’ve been on this year.  Ahhh, can’t wait to find the perfect spot for it.

house in Pulaski TN

Donna invited Sandra and me to stay in this cute little house in Pulaski with her and Linda (Bella Rustica organizer) for the weekend and it was so much fun.  We stayed up way too late talking and getting to know each other better, sharing our stories, eating junk food, laughing, crying, and just enjoying the moment.  There’s nothing like a girl’s weekend get-away from it all.  I think we all needed it, I know I did!  Donna and Sandra are both precious women and I’m so glad to call them friends.

I so enjoyed the get away and met new and old friends. To those of you who read my blog and came up and introduced yourselves…..thank you!  You have no idea how blessed it makes me feel when someone introduces themselves and tells me that they have been praying for me!  I’m so overwhelmed sometimes at the blessings I get from this blog.  I’ve made so many friends all over the world and this weekend was no exception.

Blessings are everywhere if we just look for them.

For those who wonder about my giveaways, I always go back and add the giveaway winner to the giveaway post after a winner has been chosen and emailed.  You can always click back in my posts and see who won after they are chosen and posted.  Giveaway winners have been posted for the following giveaways:

Creatively Made Home

Home Zada

Folk Art Giclee

- Rhoda


  1. Love, love, love these pics! And that little blue bench y’all used in the vignette- that would have found a way into my car trunk by the end of the day. Can’t wait to see where you place that cute “home” pillow. Thanks for sharing this fun weekend!

  2. What a great post and pictures too! 🙂 So nice to meet you Rhoda. It was a fabulous day and I had an amazing time meeting all of you! 🙂 It was a wonderful experience overall and frankly I am counting the days til next year…

  3. A good friend of mine grew up in Pulaski and is always telling me we need to visit Milky Way Farms. Hoping Bella Rustica becomes an annual event because I surely want to go next year!!

  4. What is that “milk paint” – it looks so cool. I am just stuck on the name!!


  5. You deserve every last blessing bestowed upon you! It totally sounds like a fabulous weekend. What could be better than hangin’ with the girls, beautiful vintage treasures, and staying up late?! Oh, and the junk food is a must have. Good for you Rhoda!

  6. Rhoda, thanks for taking us ( that had to stay home) on a Bella Rustica tour! We know you had great fun, hope to go next year!

  7. Looks like a great time, would love to go there some day. Come by Woodstock Mkt this weekend if you get a chance, and say hi! 🙂

  8. Looks like a fun time. I saw a few things I would have taken like that blue bench.


  9. Ive decided I could just spend my life going around the country, from one fair to another! Oh, the confines of reality! 🙂
    Looks like a fantastic time was had by all!

  10. Rhoda…what a wonderful event…I so love those type of shows. There certainly seemed to have way too much fun going on!!!…Thanks for sharing your weekend with us…just amazing!

  11. So lovely. Next year I’m going for sure…hoping it becomes an annual event. Miss those fall colors! It is still summer in Florida. Amazed at your shopping willpower. I would have wanted to load up my car and/or rent a u-haul. Lots of lovelies! Sounds like a great all girls weekend. Loved the cottage you stayed at too! Thanks for letting us tag along via blogland on your adventures. They are the best!

  12. That was one great read! I’m still coming down from Cloud 9 but I’m taking my dear sweet time. 🙂 I had such a fab time with you and am so grateful you drove those 4 very long hours to hang out with us!

    Thank-you Rhoda, for being there and being YOU!

  13. looks like ya’ll had way too much fun! Lovely pictures!

  14. Hey Rhoda! Thanks for the glowing review! It was great to get to know you and we appreciate your participation in our event- the blogger community is an amazing force! So many incredible folks and so much talent! Just think, if it weren’t for bloggers, Bella would not even exist and I wouldn’t have met such fine ladies!

  15. Rhond,
    I love your blog, you, and our parents. But I have a huge pet peeve. “Me” is not a dirty word, as most people seem to think. It should have been “Donna and me to spend the night” (or whatever her name was!), not “Donna and I to spend the night”. This is just a peeve of mine, and everyone does it, so don’t feel bad, but it makes me want to scream!

  16. It was great spending time with you again Rhoda! Great picture of Vonda. You made her day!

  17. Can’t wait to see where that pretty pillow lands! Sounds like a wonderful event to put on the calendar for next year!

  18. Ah, sweet memories! I’m still catching up on my missed sleep. (Thank you so much for not mentioning my snoring!) LOL

  19. Thanks for sharing your pictures of Bella Rustica. It was so nice to meet you (we chatted briefly during Donna’s 11a workshop on Saturday.) Your house is coming together beautifully. I’ve mentioned and linked to your renovations in my blog (hope that’s okay.) Looking forward to your move in day post soon! God bless! Angie

  20. Umm, not trying to be picky here but shouldn’t the title of this post be
    “HEAVEN” 🙂

    I adore that pillow, but would have had less self control than you and walked home with more than one pillow and a very depressed wallet. 😉 Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing, and tempting,


  21. My friend and I were in the “Early Bird” bunch. We were sad that you had not arrived yet. On our way out we were slowly driving by each car looking for you! lol I am sure you are glad that we didn’t spot you arriving. We would have had to get out just to say hey! Glad you enjoyed your trip to our neck of the woods!

  22. Looks like a great time! BTW, those “green orbs” are the fruits of the Osage Orange tree. They’re in fruit about now and if you look you’ll find them by farmers’ fields. Sometimes they’re amazing colours of green and at this time of year I like to put them in an amethyst Blenko bowl. I think some would look really pretty in your new green study and they’re meant to keep away the mice! I’m sure you’ll feel refreshed working on your house this week after such a nice getaway.


  23. It was so nice meeting you at Bella Rustica.
    Thanks so much for using my table and bench for your vignette. I loved it so much that I brought both home and have re created the look in my kitchen. As soon as I get the lamp painted and the shade on I will post pics on my blog.
    Thanks again,

  24. Thanks for sharing about the event. I enjoyed reading your take on it and feeling a bit like I got to experience the ambiance via images, since I couldn’t be there in person. Fun!

  25. Rhoda, thank you so much for the Bella tour. I had been looking for any updates since the show. We live less than an hour from the show, but we had to work (ironically) in Atlanta that weekend, and I had to miss it. I was so bummed. The green seed fruit of the Osage Orange tree is also called a Bodock tree, and is filled with huge thorns. If you took some home, be sure to watch them for fruit flies, as they go bad just like any fruit. Love your “home” pillow…and your home.

  26. What fun that was, seeing all of your pictures! So thankful for your blog to bring this wonderful world to all of us 🙂 And, I do love that pillow!

  27. I loved reading this post and looking at your photos. Bella Rustica was the first barn sale I have ever been to and it was so much fun!

  28. Pam Schultz says:

    Hi Rhoda!!!!

    Wish I could have been there with you!! What fun you get to have!! I love all the pics and your new pillow!! I have to find out if we here in the West have events like this. I would love to spend a day looking around at all these treasures!!

    Take care and have a great week!!

  29. One of my best friends who lives in Franklin, TN told me about this event! I would absolutely love to go sometime! Thanks for sharing the experience!

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