It’s Day 285 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and after church and teaching an Irish jig at Zumba, one of my Soul Sisters and I spent the afternoon shopping the Ruffles and Rust Traveling Boutique Show. This year marks the twenty year anniversary of Terry and I meeting as teachers at a small Christian school. We got on like a house on fire from day one, and though life means we only see each other a few times a year, we’re as close as when our classrooms were next door. She and I, along with the other teacher in our 3Gs – for Generations (we met in our 20s, 30s, and 40s) Teacher Trio – are partners in flea market crime of the good kind. Add to that the fact that Terry is a St. Patty’s Day baby, and shopping the Ruffles and Rust Expo together was the perfect way to celebrate her birthday.
The expo is a two day indoor shopping event that provides upscale boutique shopping with a vintage flair. There are also outdoor stalls and all kinds of vendors with vintage campers, trucks and tractor trailers converted to boutiques, shops, and showrooms. Given my entrepreneurial interests and love of all things Shabby Chic, inspiration abounded! I’ve been interested in converting a shed or tiny house into office space, and had considered a vintage camper. Now I’m more intriqued than ever…You can check out the website here: https://www.rufflesandrustexpo.com.
Tempting as the food truck offerings were, Terry and I resisted and held out for the delicious dinner we planned to have at North Star, a restaurant that serves scrumptious healthy options. But while food didn’t play a factor in our expo experience, we did try a lavendar honey latte that was simply divine! After shopping we enjoyed a long, leisurely meal -mine a root beet, butter squash and goat cheese salad washed down with sweet carrot juice. Refreshing as that was, catching up and reminiscing was even more so. Though we talked for hours there, like so many times before, the coversation continued for another couple of hours – in the Y parking lot where she’d picked me up after I taught Zumba.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan Sister, this day full of faith, friendship, fun, and food will go down as one of my favorites. Especially since a diverticulitis diagnosis kept me from going to the show with Terry last fall as planned. Going this year for her birthday made up for that a bit…In addition to the Shamrock earrings, I gave Terry a signed copy of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, and thanked her for being there through so many of mine. You see, we met at that little school, Fellowship, and have been doing so – through all of life’s ups and downs – ever since. Shopping at the Ruffles and Rust Traveling Boutique Show was really just an excuse to do more of the same.
How are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about maintaining lifelong friendships? Whether it’s shopping, eating a meal together or whatever you enjoy – I hope you take advantage of every excuse too.
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach