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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Johnny Appleseed

We have the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne every year, and honestly I think it is the best one we have. It is certainly the only one I care to go to each year.

Everything there is supposed to be from the time that Johnny Appleseed was alive (I don't think they pull that off entirely, but it is still really enjoyable).

They have farmers market booths, crafts, antiques, and tons of food. I haven't ever cared for the antique section of it because I think it's stupid to spend money on old stuff, but (and Ingrid is the one who pointed it out) because of Pinterest I now find them fascinating. I've always been into history, and this is kind of an expensive offshoot of it. Right?

I've been wanting to get a map to hang in the gallery (our hallway) to put on a bulletin board and put pushpins in each location we've been to. I looked on eBay and didn't have much luck but found this 1907 US Map today for $7. Score.

The food is fab. I got this pumpkin whoopie pie, German Roasted Almonds and Cashews, and my favorite the loaded baked potato (see what I'm saying about they don't get everything exactly on with Johnny Appleseed? I'm sure he enjoyed sour cream and such). 
 Also in the antique area I got a glimpse of this Fiesta Carafe and snatched it. The price tag said $28 and Ingrid suggested (told me to) that I talk the lady down to $20. I chickened out and Ingrid did it for me, so I now am the proud owner of this Fiesta Carafe. I did some digging on it to try to learn a little and I found that these were only made from 1935 to 1946. Given the color, it can be narrowed down to 1935 to 1944. See below.
I also found though that they are to come with a lid, which this one does not have. No big deal though. I searched them on eBay and one of the cheaper ones are going for $280. I'd say not a bad deal at all. I'm really excited about it. I don't have plans to try to sell it or anything, I just want to put it up in my cabinet with my other Fiesta collectables. I told Ingrid that it never occurred to me to look in antique shops for Fiesta, but it is as good a place as any. (Omg, listen to me).

Another fun note...this color is called red, but looks more orange because that's the color that the uranium oxide in the glaze turns it. Fiesta stopped making all red items in 1944 because the US government took control of all uranium for production of the atom bomb. Bam. History lesson.

 They had these beautiful sunflowers. All of the flowers were beautiful, but I think these by far are the best.

 This was also in the antique section. I asked Joshua if he could think of anywhere it would go well in the house, but he said no.
 This isn't from Johnny Appleseed, it's just from work, but it makes me laugh every time I see it. The one on the far right is my favorite.
So that is my Saturday. Have you ever been to Johnny Appleseed? Is this something that people outside of Fort Wayne even know about? You all know the story, right?

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  1. That whoopie pie needs to find its way into my mouth. I heard about PE.TA trying to force a change in the food for the festival this year...ridiculous.

  2. What awesome finds you got. Sounds like a great day!!

  3. Those goodies sound AMAZING. I want a baked potato now. And that Fiestaware is quite a find! I saw them find some on Storage Wars and it was almost 1k worth I think?



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