Downtown Franklin’s City Farmhouse announces Summer Pop-Up Fair

Staff Reports • Apr 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Earlier this month, Kim and David Leggett—owners of the popular downtown Franklin shop from where the event derives its name—announced that due to mounting popularity, a second pop-up fair has been added June 19-20.  

The Leggetts, who are nationally recognized “pickers,” say the second show was due to both attendance popularity and their fans’ requests: the pair manage the City Farmhouse Facebook page, which boasts more than 100,000 followers—many of whom lobbied for an additional show. 

“We had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback after the last show,” said Kim Leggett. “It’s a great opportunity for people who love vintage and antiques to come together to collaborate and share that passion.

“The idea of hosting a second show wasn’t ours—local show-goers kept coming into the shop encouraging us to have more than one event. At first we thought it was crazy to try and put on another show, but the more we talk about it with our fans, the more encouraged we are that this one’s going to be even bigger and better than the last one.”

The host said the theme of this season’s City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair is focused on the creativity and styling ability of the vendors, all of whom search for months to find the most unusual vintage and antique “picks” for the show. Currently, vendors from 13 states are slated to exhibit their unique wares. 

The design and shopping show will once again take place at the stunning “lost-in-time” gardens and mansion of the late music publisher Buddy Killen, off Old Hillsboro Road.

Similar to last year, those who shop the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair will find the most unusual in handpicked selections spanning all eras and styles: farmhouse, French, architectural, garden, lighting, industrial, Americana and much more. Plus, there will be live performances, food trucks, how-tos, special guest appearances and more.

New to this year’s event is an interactive design showcase, intended to inspire fair-goers on what to look for amongst the uniquely offered wares of the vendors. The showcase will feature “room-like” setting ideas for using vintage and antique pieces, and displaying collections.

Fair-goers will also have the chance to meet and interact with professional designers within the exhibit and discover unique ways to use their finds. Presenters at the showcase will include the likes of Kim Leggett, Beth Lewis of Olde Tyme Marketplace, Jason Counce with Dirt Home & Garden, and other industry leaders.

Kim Leggett said the interactive exhibition will be helpful for showcasing items that aren’t commonly used in interior design.

“Farmhouse style is one of the fastest growing trends in interior design today. More than ever, homeowners are looking for vintage and repurposed goods to decorate their homes,” she said. “The show gives them an opportunity to pick through finds from all across the country, and the interactive showcase will inspire show-goers on how to creatively style their finds in their own homes.”

The Leggetts will continue to reveal guest appearances, performances and schedules of events in the upcoming weeks on the City Farmhouse website at cityfarmhousefranklin.com.

The City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair kicks off June 19 from 9 a.m. until noon, with first- chance buying, a champagne toast and a burlap carpet walk. Admission to early buying is $25.

General admission June 19 is from noon until 5 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 20. General admission for both days is $10.

The Leggetts have also announced the dates of the annual fall Pop-up Fair, scheduled for Oct. 16-17 More details about guest appearances, vendors and more will be announced on the website closer to the event. 

Those interested in staying current with the latest at City Farmhouse can visit their website at cityfarmhousefranklin.com to sign up for the City Farmhouse newsletter, view the blog, www.cityfarmhousefranklin.blogsp... or access the Facebook page. 

City Farmhouse is a popular antiques and vintage shop located on Bridge Street in historic downtown Franklin that offers modern farmhouse style for urban and rural living. 

Owners Kim and David Leggett have been “pickers” for more than 20 years, and their trained eye and vivacious personalities have earned them national acclaim, from individuals interested in following popular vintage trends to interior designers. 

In addition to curating the store, the monthly pop-up store, The Fling, and the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fairs, the Leggetts exhibit at major vintage and antique events throughout the U.S. Kim is a sought-after expert for guest appearances and as a host of guided tours at fairs around the country, appearing in shows the likes of Marburger Farms, the Country Living Fair, The Nashville Shows and more.

As a freelance interior stylist, Kim’s projects have been featured in a host of major publications, from Elle Décor and Architectural Digest to Gatherings Magazine. She also sells her finds to museums, private collectors and celebrity clientele like Ralph Lauren, Meg Ryan, Tommy Hilfiger, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and more.

The Leggetts’ recently crossed a social media milestone, amassing more than 100,000 Facebook fans. Follow them at facebook.com/cityfarmhousetn.com.

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