Another find I love were these darling chalkware dogs.
The gentleman had bought them a long time ago from a carnival.
"Long before the modern-day amusement park, the carnival was summer’s go-to place for a good time.
Carnivals had a single goal: Get customers inside the tent. The games of “skill” that lined the midway did their best to entice passersby. Barkers shouted out challenges—“Step right up and win a prize!” More often than not, the prizes were chalkware figures—dogs were particularly popular. Lads eager to impress their gals or to one-up the competition stepped up to the counter to test their skills and win one of the molded
plaster of Paris figures. The better the performance, the bigger the prize.
Once won, the coveted prizes often met ignominious ends. Not only were they easily broken, many became targets for slingshot practice, and young girls used the broken pieces to make sidewalk hopscotch games. By the 1960s, chalkware had been replaced by stuffed animals, which were less expensive and didn’t break."
We started as sisters from Ohio who got "bit" by the antiquing bug thanks to our parents. Then, when we bought a farm in rural Ohio, the whole family got involved.
French Hen Farm is the big, red barn surrounded by perennial and vegetable gardens, an old willow tree, and 100 acres of farmed land. We have semi-annual barn sales featuring everything from antiques, homemade baked goods, recycled, repurposed vintage jewelry, fresh produce, flowers,herbs and pumpkins...the list goes on and on!
This blog is about the many things that inspire us here on the farm. From everyday life to the events that we have here on the farm. We would love to see you at our next sale!