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...



We're Ready!


It was a long, cold, frustrating winter,
but spring has officially arrived 
at The Barn! 
We are ready to slide open the barn doors 
and present our latest fresh collection of antiques, home decor, new and vintage furniture, garden elements, jewelry, architectural salvage 
and so much more! 

If you have any questions, need directions,
or just want to tell us how happy you are
we're open this weekend, call us, we'd 
love to hear from you!


Friday, April 4th - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 5th - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 6th - 9a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Barn Show
3250 Bottner Road
Gambrills, MD  21054
(Anne Arundel County) 


If you missed our last post and 
would like some more information
on the show, i.e., policies,
payment and delivery options, etc.
click here

Thank you!

(Your exhausted, but excited)
Barn Crew

Maria, Gail, Pam, Kari
Calvin, Gregg and Kenny


Tent Up Emotion

Oh, my gosh, where to begin!?
Do I first tell you about the two
enormous tents that were
put up today to provide
protection against the 
forecasted rain at the
end of the week, or just 
jump right in to the nitty gritty
and give you all the information
you need to come to the 
show prepared and ready to shop?
Hmm, what to do...  

You know what,
I think I'll talk about what it's like
to put on a barn show because
right now, as I type, completely
winging this post, I just 
imagine my fellow crew members
are at their respective houses
feeling exactly like I am; 
(everything looks incredible!)
(we're working long days!)
(sometimes a vignette vision doesn't come
together as planned)
(we've been moving furniture for weeks!)
(we're doing what we love)
(will it pour?, will you like it?, will my body 
hold up?, when will I find time to finish a 
million more projects?)

Putting on a Barn Show is hard work!
But it's also a lot of fun and we're lucky 
because we're friends and we 
laugh at ourselves, make fun
of each other's craziness,
(we all have our "moments")
support one another, 
encourage creativity 
and just genuinely love the
experience, each and every show,
the good, the bad and the ugly.

It's what we do.  

And I'd like to think it's what
makes The Barn Show
so special, and so different from
any other similar event.
You have no idea how much we 
fuss over room ideas, tweak tablescapes 
relentlessly, completely redo rooms
days before our show because
something seems "off", obsess
over the details, just to make sure
everything is perfect.
It's just who we are. 
When you come to our show we want you 
to be inspired, to find something
perfect for your home, something
that "speaks to you" and worthy to
put in your home, your sanctuary.
And so that's why we're working
so hard to put together our
show - we want you to love it!!

 Okay, so now I'm rambling 
and you're probably thinking,
"What's her point?"

And I guess the point is this;
we're all just so stinkin' excited
about what we've put together
and truly just can't wait for
you to see it all this weekend!

That's the bottom line!

But, hey, speaking of lines,
(now there's a segue)
 as you know, The Barn
can get a little crowded
on opening day and
sometimes the line to get into
the parking lot or to check out
can be a little long,
so while we've implemented some
(like more cashiers and a new check out que)
we ask for your help.
A little kindness and patience 
go a long way!
The reality is there are parking
limitations and we haven't been
able to solve that problem because
we just don't have room to expand
our parking lot, so we ask for
patience and kindness.
Please respect our neighbors,
who so kindly put up with our 
shows, by not parking on their
lawns or in their driveways.
Let's make it an enjoyable
experience for everyone.
Things to consider:
1.  Carpool with your friends
(just bring the big SUV - we 
want you to be able to fit a lot into it!)
2.  Plan to shop after the Friday
morning rush, which usually
occurs from when we open at 9
until noon or so.  
The mini-barn and the upstairs
of the main barn are absolutely
packed with stock and as we
sell down we re-stock.  
 So, the folks who are there 
first thing Friday
morning won't get to see
any of the fabulous pieces we bring 
down as the day/weekend goes on,
but you, our smart friend, will, 
because you shopped later in the day or
came on Saturday or Sunday.
3.  If you do find something you love,
please remember,
all sales are final.   
We only have three days to sell
a barn full of furniture/accessories and
 so our prices are fantastic!
Everything is priced to sell.
4.   We accept cash, checks with
proper identification and Visa/MasterCard.
5.  If you fall in love with a farm 
table and you're only driving a 
Smart Car, don't worry, we offer
delivery services 
(after the show ends)
at reasonable rates. 
6.  All purchases must be picked up
no later than two weeks after the show
ends unless otherwise agreed upon.
Items not picked up 30 days after 
the show will be returned to stock. 
No refund will be given.
7.  And the absolute most 
important rule is to have fun!  
Enjoy the show - introduce yourself,
tell us what you're looking for,
give us your feedback - we want your
visit to the 
The Barn to be delightful,
and we can't wait to see you!

The long winded Gail
and the rest of the 
Barn Crew
- Maria, Pam, Kari, Calvin, Gregg & Kenny -
 Friday, April 4th - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 5th - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 6th - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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

Now that I got all the fine print
out of the way, how about a few
pictures of what went on today
at the barn!?

More pics tomorrow....
this barn girl is tired!