Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May Fredericksburg Trade Days

The May Fredericksburg Trade Days starts this Friday to Sunday.  We've found some really great things for this show.  Hope you make plans to join us.

Here's a pic of last May's booth:




Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Montgomery Texas Antique Show

The Montgomery Texas Antique Show was a great show this past weekend.  We couldn't have asked for better weather and the customer turnout was awesome.  We sold lots and lots of things and winded up bringing in three loads of merchandise.  Thanks for all the customers that came out and supported what we love doing.

I too have to brag on the ladies that put on this show.  Their hospitality is to be commended.  Not only did they individually come around and check on us all but they also made sure we had water, drinks and snacks all throughout the show.  It seemed liked every hour someone was coming around.  This really means a lot.  They took the time to sit and visit with us and asked our feedback and if we needed anything.  It's the little things that really mean a lot in this business.

Here are pics of my booth at the show:






We definitely will be signing back up for this show.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Not Every Show Will Be Your Kind Of Show

I have been in the Antique Show Biz for over 17 years and I've learned a lot along the way.  I also feel that I still have much to learn but this post I want to share my thoughts why every show may not always be your kind of show.

We all hope that when we set up at shows that they are all successful and maybe for each of you they are.  But I look at how much I've spent just to be there before I've made any money and considered it to be a successful show.  In the past few years I've had some really great shows and not so great shows.  Maybe that's my fault and the type of merchandise I bring or maybe there are just so many factors that I can't control, like things are now getting more expensive and harder to find among other things, weather, location, etc.

I do believe that not every show may always draw the type of customers that want to buy from me like they do in Warrenton or Fredericksburg Tx.  I buy vintage things, furniture and accessories and try not to paint any of it because I love the worn and original paint that the item has.  Now occasionally I come across a really great piece of furniture but I also know it won't sell in the condition it's in unless it's painted, but for me this is rare.

When I set out to set up at the Sweet T Vintage Market a few weeks ago, I really didn't know what to expect since it was my first time.  I did go in with the thought that this town might be hard to sell to, from what I had heard from other friends that had tried to sell to customers in this town.  Bryan/College Station is a mainly a college town and the customers here seemed to be mainly looking for jewelry, clothes, or painted furniture.  None of which I carry. 


I had prayed about this show and God had whispered "he would provide my needs."  But when so many things happened like dealing with the weather and rain, then the heat and humidity was bad along with fire ants, the tent leaked and I thought maybe I had somehow missed it.  He did however provide customers almost the last hour of the show which made me so thankful and I realized that he never fails us.

Due to these things, this doesn't discourage me it just makes me thankful for each time I do make a sale and to continue to listen to his still small voice.

I do want to offer suggestions to the owners of this market.  First let me say I know it's a lot of hard work to get a new show going and I know this was only your second show so I hope you'll listen to each vendor that may offer suggestions.  I'm not trying to be critical but this is a business for all of us and we work extremely hard at what we do.  We've all learned a lot along the way at what works for us and what doesn't.

1.  When you rent a tent, check to make sure it's from a reputable tent company, that there are not holes in the top so that if it rains it doesn't leak and ruin your vendors merchandise.

2.  Tents can be dark, especially if it's raining and dark outside.  Either provide lights or ask the tent company if they are going to provide lights or ask your vendors to bring lights.

3.  If you are going to block off all exits, as was done in this case, keep in mind that vendors need to be able to have easy access to their space not only for possibly unloading more merchandise that morning or to be able to unload heavy merchandise once it's sells.  I understand you want to prevent customers from sneaking in and not paying but there are other ways to prevent this like charging as they pull into the grounds or having someone check for wrist bands.


4.  Providing Porters is very helpful to vendors and customers and many shows that have porters have the vendor pay them for their assistance.


5.Check on your vendors during the show, ask them how it's going, do they need anything...this goes a long way.  Please listen to your vendors for any suggestions they may offer, we all can learn from each other in this business.

I do want to thank Tammy F. for checking on us and providing us with water.  And also for allowing her husband to help us load heavy merchandise.  I wish you both many great shows in the future.


It was a learning experience but I met some really great vendors and customers.  Hope to see you at one of my next shows.

Here was my booth at this show:







I'll be posting later this week about my show in Montgomery Texas.  Have a great week.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Montgomery Antique Show

The Montgomery Antique Show is this Friday to Sunday and we'll be setting up here.  I'm bringing fresh finds, architectural items, a great bed, garden items and several things.  I hope you make plans to come to the show.  Here's the details:



I'll be posting about the Sweet T Vintage Market once I return and I promise to show pics of my RV recently published in the Flea Market Decor.  Have a great week.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April Shows

Instead of April Showers (yes we experienced these too), I thought I'd tell you about the April Shows.  We were in Fredericksburg Texas for the monthly Trade Days this past weekend. It rained and hailed a few days but that didn't stop customers from coming out and shopping.  Here was my booth there this past month:


I know I have a passion for chairs, I'm always drawn to them.  This one was covered in vintage linens and I just loved the look of it.  You could sink in it.  It's so comfy and still available.

Our next show will take us this week to College Station Texas.  Starting Friday and Saturday, we'll be at the Sweet T Vintage Market:

Hope you make plans to come out.  It's filled with tons of great vendors.

I find myself blogging less and adding more posts on Facebook.  I still have news to share with you about an article done on my RV and my goodness I've yet to share Round Top/Warrenton pics.  I've been so busy but promise to share more about these soon.  Hope you are having a great week!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Marburger Farm Antique Show~Spring Show

Each antique season I can't wait to attend the Marburger Farm Antique Show and this year will be no different.  Several of my friends have booths here and they never disappoint with their displays.  Take a look at what has caught my eye each season:





These pics don't even scratch the surface at what all is here.  I'll be waiting early in line, coffee in hand and conversation is usually about what all we'll see in each space.  It opens on Tuesday morning March 31 at 10am.  See ya there.

The Junkin Road...

We will literally hit the Junkin Road from one show to another.  This weekend we'll be in Fredericksburg Tx for Fredericksburg Trade Days.


Then, we are loading up and heading to Renck Hall and Field to spend almost two weeks at Texas Antique Week.  Can't wait to see what all will be here.  If you come out to the shows I'll hope you'll stop by and see us.  We are located down the alley way in the Renck Field before you cross into Zapp Hall.  It's going to be a fun time.






Monday, March 09, 2015

Huntsville Antique Show This Week!

The Huntsville Antique Show in Huntsville Texas is this weekend.  It's located at the Fairgrounds off of Highway 30 West.  It's supposed to be beautiful weather and the show is full of great vendors.  I hope you mark your calendars to come out shopping.


Be sure to check out the show on their blog:  Huntsville Antique Show or
or their Facebook Page: Here for more info.

Don't forget Fredericksburg Trade Days is March 20-22 and then we'll pack up and head to Warrenton Tx to set up at Renck Hall and field.  It's going to be a busy and fun time.  Hope to see you down the junkin road.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Spring Antique Show

****** REPOSTED FROM September 13, 2014 ******


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 March 23 and I'll be there until April 4!!  And yes there will be a Blog Party, but this year Tiffany with Flown The Coop in Burton Tx will host the party.  Please click on her Facebook page HERE for details.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February Fredericksburg Trade Days

Just a reminder that the Fredericksburg Trade Days is this Friday to Sunday.  I've gathered a load of great things.  Here's a teaser of an awesome double-sided locker that will be there.  The good thing is I think it's already SOLD.  Hope to see you there.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Winter Antique Show

This past Friday and Saturday we were at the Winter Antique Show @ The Big Red Barn in Round Top Texas.  To say I was blown away not only by the crowds shopping there but by the sales would be an understatement.  I've never seen so much buying going on in one place.  Yes the crowds do come out to this show, but I think this is the biggest crowd that has been there in January that I've seen in a long time.  For the most part, I think the majority of us had a great show.  I know I was super pleased.  I had SOLD signs every where and you know that's a good thing.



I'm just so thankful that the three past shows I've had for the last three weeks have been great.  I am so grateful to keep doing what I love. 

Thanks to all the customers that came out in the cold and rain and the friends that stopped by too.  Our next show will be in February at Fredericksburg Trade Days.  Hope you mark your calendars for this.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fredericksburg Trade Days & Winter Show @ Red Barn

This past weekend was the Fredericksburg Trade Days show.  I'm always so happy to be able to head back to the Hill Country.  It was a great show and nice start to the new year being back here.  Here's a picture of space there:


I happy to say sold several big items and will be bringing a new load for the February show.

Our next show for January will be this next FRIDAY and SATURDAY only at the Big Red Barn in Round Top Tx.  They no longer have a Sunday show. 


Hope you make plans to come out and shop.  There's about 20 other venues that will also be open this weekend.  It's like a mini Round Top/Warrenton Antique Show.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rural Texas Antique Show

The first show of the year was at the Rural Texas Antique Show this past weekend in Brenham Tx.  While the weather was cold and rainy and not the best, die hard shoppers still came out and shopped.  So thankful for all that did stop in and find a treasure or two.  Here are pics of my booth at this show:

 











I still have two more shows this month.

This week I'll be in Fredericksburg Tx for the Fredericksburg Trade Days.  Come and shop here Friday to Sunday, Jan. 16-18.

Then the Winter Antique Show at the Big Red Barn in Round Top Texas is the following Friday and Saturday only.

Hope to see you at one of the shows.

Monday, January 05, 2015

January Antique Shows

January is going to start out as a busy month.  This weekend is the Rural Texas Antique Show in Brenham Tx at the fairgrounds.  Here's new items that will be at this show:




Click on this link for more info:  Rural Texas Antique Show

The next weekend, January 16-18 is the Fredericksburg Trade Days in Fredericksburg Tx.

January 23-24 is the Winter Antiques Show at the Big Red Barn in Round Top Tx.

Hope to see you at one of the shows.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Year's End~2014

Each year I like to look over my blog posts to see what you all have been interested in viewing most.  It was no surprise that the most hits were either about Fredericksburg Trade Days, the Junk Hippy Roadshow, Round Top/Warrenton Antique Show and Inspiration from Judy Hill's booth and home shows were the top blog posts viewed this past year.

Here's a breakdown of what was viewed most:

1.  The Fall Antique Show had the most views with 1374.  Here's the post: http://gardenantqs.blogspot.com/2014/09/fall-antique-show.html


2.  The second post that received the most views was the one done on Judy Hill's booth at Marburger Farm Antique Show, Inspiration from Judy: http://gardenantqs.blogspot.com/2014/04/inspiration-from-judy-hill.html


3.  Third on the list was the countdown to the Round Top/Warrenton Antique Show, http://gardenantqs.blogspot.com/2014/08/25-days-until-round-topwarrenton-starts.html


4.  Number four post most viewed was the Junk Hippy Roadshow, http://gardenantqs.blogspot.com/2014/02/great-junk-hippy-roadshow.html


5.  The next post that came in at number 5, was my new space at Fredericksburg Trade Days with almost a thousand views: http://gardenantqs.blogspot.com/2014/01/fredericksburg-trade-days-new-space.html


6.  Fredericksburg's April Show came in next, http://gardenantqs.blogspot.com/2014/04/april-fredericksburg-trade-days.html

Of course this cute pink/white awning now permanently resides in a beautiful home in Fredericksburg Texas!

7.  Number seven most viewed went to this post, January Fredericksburg Trade Days:  http://gardenantqs.blogspot.com/2014/01/january-fredericksburg.html



My space inside Barn One only lasted one month.  I quickly realized I was much more comfortable being outside and that's where you can find my booth each month at Fredericksburg Trade Days.

8.  The July Show had almost as many views as the previous one:  http://gardenantqs.blogspot.com/2014/07/july-show.html



9.  The Marburger Farm Antique Show Roll Call came in as number nine: http://gardenantqs.blogspot.com/2014/03/marburger-farm-roll-call.html




10.  Finally, the last one most viewed went to March Antique Events: http://gardenantqs.blogspot.com/2014/02/march-antique-events.html


Thanks so much for still reading my blog.  While I don't seem to blog as much as I used to, I mainly post now on Facebook or Pinterest, I always enjoy seeing what posts have interested you the most.  

I have several new things planned for the new year for my shows and I hope you'll continue to follow me.  I will start out the year with my first show of 2015 being in Brenham Texas for the Rural Texas Antique Show and then I'll be back in Fredericksburg the next weekend for Trade Days.

Hope to see you in the New Year.  May you have a wonderful New Year and hopefully will see you down the junkin road.  

To see more antique shows where we'll be at, click on the side bar or tab that shows Texas Antique Shows.  There are other shows around Texas also listed on this link.

Thank you so much for following: