My Day at Nest Fest Near Charlotte, NC

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This past weekend I put down my paint brush to go on a creative excursion up to Charlotte, NC to attend Nest Fest 2016. Notice I put 2016 after Nest Fest. This was the first time for the event and I am sure that it will not be the last.

It was a two hour trip to get there, but well worth it. I am so glad I went.

Nest Fest 2016 vendors

I thought I would share some of the photos I snapped while there.

Nest Fest

If you read affordable DIY blogs, then you probably read The Nesting Place or The Nester as blogger, Myquillyn has become fondly known.


She and her husband bought a rural house with lots of acreage a few years ago with the plans to host events on the property such as Nest Fest that was a cross between a vintage flea market and a crafts fair.


They renovated a dilapidated out-building on the property and turned it into a meeting place called, The White Barn. 


It is a cavernous space that is white and bright and perfect to host a small gathering or a larger event.


It was only one area where Nest Fest was held, most of the vendors were outside.


The decor was all done in Myquillyn’s distinctive style.

Nest Fest 2016

I arrived right at 10:00 when Nest Fest opened to find a crowd was already there.

Vintage table setting at Nest Fest

There was decorating inspiration at every vendor’s booth…


…which were set up all over the property.


From vintage decor…


…to French-milled soaps…


…and more.


There was even music and food trucks so you could simply hang out at one of the many picnic tables set up…


…all around to enjoy the gorgeous fall day.


When I go to craft fairs and flea markets, I always like to scout out all the vendors first and then if I see anything that I love, I go back and buy it.

This was not the case when I came up to this area.  Way back in the far corner, I saw this….


…and my heart went pitter-patter.  I knew if I wanted it, I would have to act quickly since it was so unique. Knowing exactly where I would put it and how I was going to use it. I bought it, not even 15 minutes after arriving at the event.

Nest fest purchase

Its new home in my studioffice. 


I am not sure what I will do to it yet. I want to take my time and think about how to make it perfect for me.

One of my favorite pieces of furniture I have is this library file. In my previous house, it was in my studioffice. Now it is in Ed’s office area. I miss it and am so happy to now have a unique piece like it once again to use in my space.

At another booth I bought the OFFICE sign. I have always wanted one, the price was right, so now I have one. :-)


After paying and getting my metal chest of little drawers tagged with my name, I continued to visit every vendor.


…and got many decorating ideas.


I loved the way this glass canister was filled with shreds of book pages. So easy and affordable to do.


I simply adored this…. a skirt for a dress form made using Kraft paper. I use to work in retail display and have a dress form that I covered with Kraft paper many years ago.

When I first started blogging, I had two dress forms and gave one away in a blog reader giveaway. Mine is in the attic now, but I think I will be dusting her off and fashioning a skirt like this for her.

I had a wonderful time. This was the first Nest Fest, but gauging from the crowd, I am sure it will not be the last.


It was a huge success that I look forward to attending again, but will be bringing friends and family along with me so we can all enjoy the day together.

Do you like to attend craft fairs and vintage flea markets? Are there any that you love to attend in your area of the country?

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  1. There is a similar event out here on the central coast of California called Goat Hill Fair. It started about five or six years ago at a lovely old estate in the hills with land and a big white barn—and goats. Over the years it has definitely been ‘discovered’ and the small, charming event is now held twice a year at the county fairgrounds. I didn’t notice if there was an admission fee at the Nest Fest. For $20.00, The Goat Hill Fair offers ‘early goats’ an extra hour and a half purchasing time before the general admittance from 10:00 – 4:00 at $5.00. The pictures you posted could have been taken at the Goat Hill Fair, the setting, displays and merchandise look so similar. I hope the Nest Fest becomes a regular event back there, too.

  2. In my area, the central coast of California, we have a bi-annual show put on by the Three Speckled Hens. It is like this NestFest, but it has grown to huge proportions, by our small town measure! I look forward to it every May and October. The May show is usually my birthday weekend, so I get to buy myself a birthday treat!!

  3. Hi Diane, yes I love to attend craft fairs.. My sister and I went to a church craft fair this past weekend.. Thanks for sharing your pics..looks like a great fair!!
    Have a great day ?