Friday, June 22, 2012

Road Trip: Jackson, MS

A couple weeks ago C and I were lucky to get away and attend the Mississippi Market, a wholesale show that exclusively shows State made products.  We like it; it's close, always has something unique and fits in well with our regionally-made philosophy for the shop.  This show didn't disappoint; we snapped up some fun things for the holidays, a new candle line and our favorite...yard art!

It was an order only show, which means you can't take it with you.  This wasn't our first rodeo though, so we knew we could "help" vendors tear down after the show closed and have this precious little guy in the shop stat.  With time to kill until the show ended, I googled thrift shops in Jackson, MS.  Links kept popping up about if you tell anyone in Louisiana you went "Nuts in Jackson" it means something TOTALLY different.  In Mississippi, it's actually a pretty awesome thrift shop that goes on for days!

I scored a bunch of vintage fabric and notions, including this cute guy for 5 cents:

And back at the Trade Mart, we found the most unusual plant just growing alone in an abandoned flower bed.

I texted my mom a picture - she's a master gardener and had no idea.  I left it alone and googled it later that night when we got home...I think I use "plant with prickly puffy pods".  Turns out its a Swan Plant, native to Africa...a member of the milkweed family and delicious to butterfly caterpillars.  I was so bummed I didn't grab a seed pod!  I guess there is always next year!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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