I got there early. The crowds hadn't come yet. I walked up one side of the long row of tents and down the other. There were some incredible gem stones for sale, jewelry, fossils, dinosaur bones, amber, rocks mined locally, artifacts from Morocco and China and Africa. I bought this mica, a strand of garnets to be used to make other things. A strand of glass beads, ditto. Little pieces of tourmaline. A fern fossil. And also these other fossils that I love. I used the ones I bought last year on two wax collages.
Also these Chinese coins.
In one tent, I ran into two women I knew on Cape Cod!!!! They own the Stone Store. A darling little shop crammed full of gemstones and fairies and handmade papers and crystals and tons of incredible things. We chatted only briefly though I could have wished they'd wanted to linger (with me). Do note that my photos are not of specific booths. After my experience last year with an irate woman who HAD given me permission to take photos but then seemed to forget, I am shy of taking specific photos.
But miracle on miracle I ran into someone else I knew from up here. A woman who had given me a massage. I met her husband too. Meanwhile up and down the rows. My head got dizzy. I went into the food pavilion and ate pancakes and maple syrup. Then I headed off for the town library book sale where I bought a stack of books. Some for Mom. Many for me, as they had really good books such as The Zen of Creativity. I also got Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America. I own it, but it's down in my storage unit. And Italo Calvino's Italian Folktales which I also own but ditto. I'd just been thinking about some of the folktales too. There were a few yards sales to stop at too. I had a totally fun morning.