Spread the News!

Our fall show is fast approaching,
and you're invited!

Invite everyone you know,
this is going to be our biggest, best
Barn Show ever!

And we can't wait to see you!
(and all of your friends!)



The Waning Days

One week from today, summer 
will be officially over for The Barn crew.

There will be no more trips to the beach, 
days lounging at the pool, picking trips 
or backyard barbecues.

We'll be back together, meeting bright 
and early next Tuesday morning 
to start working on 
our fall show - and we can't wait!  

And don't let the whole summer 
vacation thing fool you.  

While we did enjoy the summer,
we also found time between trips, swims
and watermelon seed spitting to
search old barns, 
sweat our butts off at country auctions
(Oh, it's a glamorous gig barn friends!)
and meet with our
favorite pickers to gather
an absolute barn full of 
vintage finds.

It's what we do.

Even in the summer! 

So, this is where you come in.

We want you to enjoy the waning days
of summer; hit a few ballgames, splash
with the kids in the pool before the 
temperature dips, enjoy your garden,
and adjust to the back-to-school routine.

And about that time you're really ready
to sink yourself into autumn, 
by cozying up your home 
for the long cold months ahead,
we'll be ready for our fall show.

Where you'll find the area's most unique,
curated collection of vintage goods, 
seasonal decor, furniture,
antiques and everything in
between - just what you'll need to
welcome fall with open arms!

And just as a reminder, because we'll be 
working hard on designing rooms, 
 moving furniture, and setting vignettes, 
private appointments will not be available
until after our fall show.  

The Barn Show
Friday, October 3rd
Saturday, October 4th
Sunday, October 5th

3250 Bottner Road
Gambrills, MD  21054
(Anne Arundel County)


Thank you!

- The Barn Crew -


Show News!

One of the things I love about the Barn is 
that we're all really good friends,
we support each other and recognize
that we're a united team, and that all of us
are an equal part of what makes 
The Barn, 
the area's best vintage show. 

So, when I realized a couple of days
ago that I would be moving my
son, Shane, into his college
dorm room at the 
University of Oregon,
(to start his freshman year),
the week of our fall show,
(September 26th - 28th)
I freaked out a little.

Lots of things ran through my head:

Maybe my husband can just take him.
Maybe I can fly back in time for the 
last day of the show.
Maybe we can arrange an early
move-in date with the university.
Maybe he won't mind if his
mama is not there.
Maybe this way I won't sob
like a baby when I leave
my son at a college
all the way across the country.

But then, I came to my senses.

As much as I don't want to 
miss a barn show, I don't
want to miss a single minute of being
with my son as he starts his
college years.   

I want to to be there to do 
as much as I can

I want to set up his dorm room,
I want to convince him
to go to some vintage shops for
dorm decor
(which I know won't happen),
I want to go to the bookstore
and load him up with t-shirts and
sweatshirts with the Duck logo
(and maybe a few for myself),
I want to meet his roommate,
I want to mingle with the other parents,
I want to finagle a meeting with the
university president
(it won't hurt to ask him to keep an eye on my baby!)
and to offer Shane more words of advice.
(Make a difference. Work hard. Be kind. Enjoy! 
I better start a list...I know I'll forget something!)

I want to be present as much as I can
before I proudly leave my oldest child and
cry myself a river at 36,000 feet
all the way back home to Maryland.

So, you know what 
The Barn crew said when
I told them all of that?

They said,
"Let's move our show to the
following weekend"!

Yep, it was

Because we're a team and
we're not a whole when
one of us is missing.

Don't you just love it?

So, thank you,
Maria, Pam, Kari
Kenny, Gregg and Calvin

Thank you for changing
everything for me so I can
be with my son and not miss
a single moment of this
milestone event in his life
and not miss our fall show!

Not a single moment!   

How great is that?

So, whew, that was a looonnnngg
intro to our BIG NEWS!

Our fall show dates 
have changed.

We'll be open:

Friday, October 3rd
Saturday, October 4th
Sunday, October 5th

Please join us.

- Gail -
You'll recognize me. I'll be the one
with the puffy red eyes!

Go Ducks!

The Barn Show
3250 Bottner Road
Gambrills, MD  21054
(Anne Arundel County)



The New Beige?

Have you noticed gray is everywhere these days? 

Pick up any design magazine and you'll find beautifully painted rooms, accessories 
and furniture in an array of gray tones 
because it's 
 the perfect neutral! 

The Barn is right on trend with 
Maria's latest find:

This beautifully made gray side chair 
with upholstery nail trim. 

Available now for $259 - 
coordinating pillows only $20 each. 

Message us if you're interested in it!


And please don't forget to mark
your calendars for our fall show:

Friday, September 26 th
Saturday, September 27th
Sunday, September 28th 

3250 Bottner Road
Gambrills, Maryland  21054

(Anne Arundel County)


Truckin' Tales

Before I got in to the vintage gig,
 I never thought it would happen to me.

I'm not that kind of girl!
I don't live on a farm!
I drive a minivan in real life!
I don't even wear camouflage!

But, it did happen to me, and I am that
kind of girl now. 

I drive a truck,
and this is my story.

Well, actually, more like
this is my truck's story.

(Because I know you didn't stop by to read
The Life and Times of a Barn Girl -  
that's another story for another blog post!)

The thing is, when you first get into the
barn show business, you tend to 
think your family ride will be
sufficient to haul home the treasures
you pick up, clean up and haul back
to The Barn to sell at the next show.

And then, somewhere along the way,
your husband starts complaining about
the mileage you're racking up on the mini-van. 
The kids' lax sticks, friends and backpacks
won't fit in the back because it's usually
loaded with pallets you're going to turn into
(yeah, I've spent a little too much time on Pinterest),
or a huge dresser you're going to drop off
on the way to Scouts.

That's when you start thinking about the
All-American vehicle of choice.
The whole baseball,
apple pie and Chevrolet thing.

You start to notice
the guys at the auctions tying down
their purchases on the back of pickups not
shoving them in the back of an Odyssey
hoping the door will close just this one time!

And the next thing you know,
you're laying out your case for an 
addition to the family fleet, and it's
not a cute little two-seater convertible,
that you'd look absolutely adorable in
cruising down the highway, sipping
a Starbucks.

No, in my world, my vehicle of choice looks like this:

It's my gray Silverado
(I think)
8 foot bed
(of that I am sure)
4 x 4
(Yeah, I've used it.   Plenty of times)

It's the one my husband's friends call and ask
 him if they can borrow - which
he always answers:
 "You'll have to ask Gail - it's her truck!"
(The answer is always yes!)

It's the one that gets me safely
to and from whatever auction,
antique fair, salvage yard,
junk heap or picking spot
that's calling my name on any
particular day.
Whether it's in Florida
(the Mt. Dora Extravaganza)
(the Brimfield antique show)
(the Country Living Fair)
North Carolina,
New Jersey,
(you get the drift)
the entire lower 48 states
(my secret sources)
(I'll go anywhere for great finds!)
I make my way there in my Silverado

It's the one that on any
given day looks 
like I just stepped out of a
Sanford and Sons episode.

It's the one that 
I racked up 30,000 miles
last year alone, driving
the highways sourcing
the unique finds I bring
to The Barn for
three shows a year.

"If it's only three shows a year, why is
our garage jam packed 12 months a year?" 
- asks my husband, way too often,
but that's another story.
(Probably part of the ..Barn Girl story!) 

This is about my truck,
the one with the personalized license

Kramer ANGLE
(my view on vintage)
and also the name of my completely
neglected blog,
although people often confuse me 
with an Angel - alot
(okay, maybe that's a stretch),
but people do think the plates mean
Kramer Angel.

They don't.

It's the vehicle I choose
over my mini-van any day
of the week.

It makes me feel 

And let's face it friends, when you're a 
Honda Odyssey driving, middle-age,
seasonal sweater wearing mom,
chilling in a suburban
Mayberry-ish town,
sipping copious amounts of Diet Coke 
out of a ridiculously large barrel

as you're ferrying
your kids to lacrosse and football practice, 
I'm not going to lie,
sometimes feeling a little 
just feels good.
(Pathetic, I know, but I'm just keeping it real!)

It's the one all of my latest
scores arrived in at The Barn
and are now there waiting
for our fall show:





It's the truck I'll be spending
my summer in searching for
the most unique pieces I can find
to add to the fall collection the rest of 
the crew is also bringing to The Barn!

And it's the truck I'd be happy 
to deliver the pieces you'll
fall in love with at our next show,
September 26th - September 28th!

Until then,
Keep on Trucking!
(I can't believe I just said that!)


- Gail Kramer -
or you can call me

which calls for a double

:)      :)

Oh yeah, that picture at the top of this post?
An actual shot of what's in the back of my truck
at this very moment!  

A kid's size red bench that would look
super cute hanging on the wall as a shelf,
and then you could load it up with books,
a plant, cameras, etc., or just use it 
for your kids, which is kind of a novel 
idea too...

The drawer piece?
It's a hardware store cubby direct
from an old New Jersey Mom & Pop
hardware store
(I guess  Mom & Pop moved to Florida and
don't need a hardware store cubby in Boca..),
and an industrial cart with the most
fabulous blue/green original paint that would
make an awesome kitchen island, or maybe
a rolling mini-bar on your patio
(without the hotel room prices) 
or if you added
a couple of stools it would be super cute
for the kids to do their homework at.
(have I mentioned my oldest just graduated from high school?)

Wow, I'm so chatty today - I feel like I've had too much caffeine...maybe it's time to lay off 
the Big Gulps...