It seems to me that Springfield, Missouri is one of those communities that you love the more you get into it. My sister is queen of local events and networking, so I've been trying to up my game and learn more about my hometown.
They oftentimes mix other events with the farmer's market, like the Car Show for the Kilties I attended recently or, in today's case, a dog adoption event! There were lots of cute dogs around, and that made it a lot better, in my opinion.
I've been saving this 1930s crocheted dress for the summer when it would really fit the season. I got it a few months ago in a FB group for vintage clothing that needs TLC. It was stained a bit under the arms and here and there, but a dip in retro clean and a wash has made it look like new!
It's made of cotton yarn and breathes beautifully with all the holes in the pattern and light color. Topped with my giant sun hat Tanith Rowan custom-made for me, I had the best summer outfit ever! I perused the vegetables and local crafts while feeling cool and put together. Giant sun hats and lipstick do that.
I also loved getting to know some of the vendors at the market. I met Denise of Afromationpottery, a lady that makes pottery goods and also spins her own yarn. I also got to meet the Sunflower Gardens crew that owns a family farm in the area. I bought a cilantro/coriander plant and some gorgeous flowers from them that are now cheering up my front porch.
Springfield, it's often said, is a mid-sized city with a small-town feel, and I'm learning to love it more and more!
dress: 1930s vintage
hat: Tanith Rowan Designs, custom-made (read about it in this post)
Have you rocked a giant sunhat yet this summer? Do you have local farmer's markets you attend?