Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Judy Hill's Christmas Open House

Last Thursday I attended Judy Hill's annual Christmas Open House and I thought you'd enjoy seeing how beautiful her home was. 


She usually does several open houses a year.  For more info., check out her Facebook page, J Hill Designs, or her website at J Hill Designs.

On another note, we will not be at Fredericksburg Trade Days this month, but will start the new year with new shows.  Our first with be in Brenham Tx with Rural Texas Antique Shows and then we'll be back in Fredericksburg for Trade Days the very next weekend.  Check our show calendar on this blog for updates where we will be.

I wish you a very safe and happy Holiday Season.  Hope to see in down the junkin road in the new year!

Monday, November 24, 2014

So Much To Be Thankful For...

I know I don't seem to blog much these days, it's just so much easier to post on Facebook.  And to think I fought doing this forever!!

As I sit here and type I have so much to be thankful for as I'm sure you all do.  My family will hopefully be all together this week, eating and enjoying each others company.  It's so good to be able to sit and relax and just visit with loved ones, of course a piece of pecan pie or Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey cake doesn't hurt either, especially after a good turkey dinner.

What are you thankful for this year?  Maybe you aren't surrounded by family, but you have someone that loves you near you.  Or maybe not, but maybe you're just thankful to be alive and well.  Whatever it is that makes you most thankful for this year, I wish you many blessings this week and always, I truly do...

Monday, November 03, 2014

November Events

It's been a while since I've blogged, but I wanted to post where we are at this month.  Somehow it's ended up that I will have a show every weekend this entire month.  Here's our schedule:

The Rural Texas Antique Show is this weekend, November 8-9 in Bellville Texas.  It's been a while since I've done a show in this town so I'm excited about being back here.  Here's a picture of a previous booth we did with Rural Texas:

The show runs Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 10-4. The show is located at the Turnverin Hall at City Park, 988 East Main St. at FM 529 in Bellville.

The next weekend, November 14-16, we'll be back at Fredericksburg Trade Days in Fredericksburg Tx and then again on Thanksgiving weekend, November 28-30. Yes they have two shows this month only.  For more info., click HERE.

On November 22, I'll be setting up with several other vendors at Ann Perry's Open House at the Tin Rabbit in Melrose Texas (outside Nacogdoches Texas).  For more info. about her show, check out her Facebook page HERE.
Hope to see you at one of the shows.  

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Fall 2014 Show

The Texas Fall Antique Show came and went so fast that if I blinked I feel like I missed it.  The weather started out pleasant but quickly the humidity returned as did the fire ants.  However, since it was one of the best shows I've had tolerating both was worth it.

Being two weeks in a cow pasture is not for the weak.  You live in an RV, eat when you can, and somehow have the best time ever!  It truly is the best vacation, even though it's a working one, I've ever taken.  You see friends you only get to see twice a year.  People come in from all over the country, California, Arizona, Washington, Montana, New York, Georgia, Kentucky, just to name a few.

You see some of the best displays around.  No the things aren't just thrown on the ground, they are displayed in such a way you think why didn't I think of that.  You meet the best people that have become lifelong friends, friends share their life and what's been going on for the last six months.  They stop in not only to say hello but to give you a hug and a smile and sometimes to even ask you to pray for a fellow vendor that couldn't make the trip because of an illness or a situation that happened.  We are like family and you really cherish those moments.

It's also an annual treat to have a Blog Party in the cow pasture.  It was so great seeing those that turned out even though they'd worked hard all day, they still found time to come and enjoy each others company.  Hearing laughter reminds me why the party continues each season.  Here's the group that showed up this time:

I loved this pic of Tiffany and I

 I also had a contest to see who could make the best junk shirt/outfit from materials you had a the show.  This was Christie's idea and so glad she came up with it.  We were in competition with each other.  I'm wearing the Junk Shirt I made, that was fun.

There's always a party to attend at the shows.  Due to the traffic build up I wasn't able to attend the Leftover's Antique Show Party, but I heard it was a blast.  I did however attend the Country Living Party that was held at The Rendevouz at Gina's field.  Here we all are:

That was a lot of fun and her place was just decked out.

Finally, here are pics of my space at the show:

What a great time.  Can't wait for the Spring show.  I'm already planning for this show.

Just a reminder that the Fredericksburg Trade Days show is this coming Friday to Sunday.  Here's a small preview of what I'm taking.  Hope you're making plans to be there:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Marburger Farm Fall 2014 Show

The semi-annual Texas Antique Show seemed to fly by as they always do.  There's so much to see, so many friends to catch up with (since we only get to see each other twice a year) and so many antique shows to visit. 

Each year, there seem to be more and more antique shows being added that it's almost impossible to see all there is.  However, each year I do look forward to visiting the Marburger Farm Antique show to see my friend's displays.

Here are just a small portion of the displays that caught my eye this year:

Donald Sparks' Antiques and Interiors booth in Tent B. I really liked all the Fall displays.

Nancy and Mike of House Wren's booth.  Loved the truck and all the Fall plants, they are in Tent A.

Judy and Billy Hill of JHill Designs, Tent A.  I love all that Judy does. 

Janet Romaine of Rubbish brought back lots of fun treasures from England, Tent A.

And last but not least was Shelley and Rex of Sweet Pea Home, also Tent A.  The industrial/farmhouse feel to her booth makes you want to stay awhile.

There were so many more booths that caught my eye.  Next Spring if you've not been to the Marburger Farm Antique show you should plan to go.  You'll be in awe at all you see.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall Antique Show

I’ve always considered the Round Top/Warrenton Antique Show as my “soul vacation”.  I first heard this term used by the Junk Gypsies and for many years when I worked full-time this was my only vacation.  While it may have been a working vacation, I really didn’t mind the fact that I worked harder at this job than I did my full-time job.   

Now that I’ve retired, it still rings true.  I still work harder at this than any 9-5 job I could have.  

(one of my fav booth sets ups during a previous show at Zapp Hall)

I usually set out early carrying down one of many loads to get ready for the show.  Sometimes I feel like my truck looks like this:

I love the drive that I make to Warrenton.  Once I hit Highway 237 I know I’m almost home free.  It’s always such a beautiful drive there.  Once I see this sign I know I've made it:

Normally I’m making the drive from my home but this year, I’ll be coming in from a different direction, since I'll be at the Fredericksburg Trade Days the weekend before and then will head down on Sunday once the show ends.

Setting up in a cow pasture/field for two weeks is indescribable.  I have friends that have never been and they ask me to explain what it’s like to be there.  It’s hard to do this, you’ll actually have to come and experience it for yourself but I’ll try to give you a taste of what it’s like here.

This is a small idea of what you'll see in any direction.  (Pic: All things Beautiful)

You can find me and my wares at the Renck Hall field in the heart of Warrenton.  It’s located between Bar W and Zapp Hall shows.  Just look for this sign:

When you arrive, you will see treasures in every direction.    You might even see a boat:
The show covers miles and miles and this will cover many towns so be prepared to be in awe from all that you see and maybe an occasional traffic jam:

Take your time and enjoy all that catches your eye.   You might see a lot of legs:

 Get there early and be prepared to walk and then drive some.

Since I stay fairly close to where I'm selling, I usually wake up early, coffee is already brewing or bacon frying and people are stirring getting ready for the day.  Sometimes I'll get a quiet hello, or just a nod.  Something always catches my eye and then I'll notice dew is still on the treasures.   

There’s just a peacefulness and calmness here that can’t be reproduced in any part of the world.  You won’t find big box stores here, but if you are looking for one of a kind treasure, great stories to be told, peaceful mornings, a small piece of Heaven, hanging out with friends and laughing until your sides hurt, and just an indescribable experience then come to this small Texas town.  We’ll leave the light on for ya!!

Oh and don't forget your boots and prom dress because there is always a party to go to and especially the Prom held by the Junk Gypsies at Zapp Hall.

See you at Renck Hall field starting on Sept. 21 and I'll be there until Oct. 4!!  And yes there will be a Blog Party, Sept. 26 @ 6pm, my booth.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

25 Days Until Round Top/Warrenton Starts

Can you believe we are 25 days away from the Round Top/Warrenton Antique Shows starting.  Actually, since each show starts on a different day it's actually less than 25 days for some of you.  For me, it's exactly 25 days until I'll be in beautiful Warrenton Texas unloading.  I'll be at Renck Hall starting on September 21-Oct 4, on the outside field, alley way as it's called before you enter into Zapp Hall.

It will be such a super busy time for me this weekend since I'll be at Fredericksburg Trade Days the few days prior to leaving for Warrenton, from September 19-20.  So if you won't be able to come to the "big shows" and you are near Fredericksburg Tx please stop by.

There is a show every weekend that you can attend in Texas in September, including Canton Flea Market starting this Thursday.

Here are the September Shows:

Sep 6-7: City Wide Garage Sale, Austin Tx
Sep 13-14:  Cat Spring Tx Garden Antique Show by Rural Texas

Sep 20-21: Huntsville Tx Antique Show
Sep 20-Oct 4: Round Top/Warrenton Texas Antique Week

Hope to see you down one of the junkin roads!

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Son's Birthday & Other Things

Where does the time go?  It's been over a month since I blogged.  I seem to be Facebooking more these days because it's so quick.

August 20th was my son's birthday and because life just keeps us all so busy I'm several days late in showing you some of my fav pics of him:

He always had a binky.  It's still one of my fav pics of him.

Last week we were in beautiful Fredericksburg Texas for Trade Days and here are pics of my space:

I change up my space each month.

I had the best time going to new places in Fredericksburg and laughing and hanging out with my friends.  Thanks for the customers that came out to trade days.

It won't be long before it's time for the Round Top/Warrenton Antique Show but before then we do have one more Fredericksburg Trade Days to do.

I hope you are staying cool from the heat.  I'll try to be a better blogger.  Hope you have a great weekend

Thursday, July 03, 2014

July Show

Hello all.  Hope you are having a great week.  Can you believe we are already into July, where has the year gone.  It's already so hot in Texas and we haven't really gotten to the good part of the heat yet.

I wanted to wish you a Happy July 4th weekend!  Here is one display in my home.  I love flags, trophy's, platform mirrors, and so much more:

Don't forget we'll be back at Fredericksburg Trade Days on July 18-20.  I'm so excited to announce that within the next upcoming months I'm going to be building a permanent shop there.  Stay tuned as I share more about this with you.

I've been gathering all kinds of ideas how to build the shop, using vintage wood and thankfully due to a great friend I've come across all that I'll need to do this.  Here's an idea of what I have in mind:

Images via: Tiny Texas Houses

Be safe this weekend.

Monday, June 16, 2014

This Month's Fredericksburg Trade Days

I am so excited to be hitting the road soon because it's time for another Fredericksburg Trade Days. Here are my finds from the past few weeks that I'm bringing to trade days, plus a lot more.

I normally don't do a lot of color, like the pink or red chairs, but these chairs were too cute to pass up.  I hope you're making plans to be there.  There's just so much to do in Fredericksburg Tx that you'd have a great time.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Red Potato Market

For those that may not have heard of this market, I wanted to introduce to you the Red Potato Market.  They are a fairly new vintage/re-purposed/handmade artisan market that is held in Simonton Texas.  This will be their second market, the first being held in March.  Market Days will feature Antiques, Vintage, Handcrafted and Farmer’s Market with vendors that will have a variety of items to sell.  They are still looking for vendors, so if you are interested, please contact them directly via their website: RED POTATO MARKET.

This years market will be held on Friday June 13 and Saturday June 14 in an outdoor covered arena.  Vendors and dealers, artists and artisans will come from all over, including several local area artists and crafters.   Items in the 63 booths will include architectural salvage, vintage, garden, Re-purposed items, French Country, Rustic Farmhouse, Shabby Furniture, Vintage Garden, Decor, and vintage jewelry, handmade soap, bath goods and some crafts will be offered among the many items available.

Their vision is to have a mini-Round Top and Canton, Pinterest, Instagram and other flea market finds all rolled up into one event in Simonton Texas!!!

Mark your calendars for their next event and again if you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact them directly.  They are also on Facebook, click HERE for more info.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This Last Weekend's Show in Fredericksburg

We had a great time this past weekend at the Fredericksburg Trade Days.  It turned out to be almost one of the best shows we've had there.  Lots of customers were there, I had a birthday to celebrate my upcoming birthday and Trade Days celebrated their Anniversary.  It was all around good time with friends and customers.

Here's a pic of my booth during one of the late nights I was working on my space.

I had been inspired by Ralph Lauren and used lots of flags and blue colors.

Here's more pics:

The last pic showed a stool I made using vintage fabrics.  I included a bible verse on love and the funny thing was when I was looking back at the vintage papers I used on the white piece of paper it had "infidelity" penciled very lightly on it and I thought how appropriate with the bible verse.

 It did find a new home as did several other things in these pics.  I so appreciate everyone that came out and supported us.  See you in June.

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