Sunday, October 25, 2015

Vintage Market Days, Our Next Show

We had a great show at The Gypsy Market in Spring these past few days.  Sold lots of things and was really happy with how the show was going, but sadly I'm not sure if I'll be setting up here again.  The show promoters have decided to double the rent, good for them, but bad for us a show dealers.  I know the economy is sometimes tough in this biz and the more rent we have to pay the more we have to increase our prices to the public.  While I had a great experience here and they were very good promoters I just have to consider shows that are within my budget.  Here is a picture of my booth the first day of set up. 

Our next show is in Hempstead Texas at the NW Houston Vintage Market Days.  I'm pretty excited about being a vendor for this show.  They have shows all over Texas and beyond and I've always heard the huge crowds they draw in are amazing.  They are advertising it as "Dreaming of a White Christmas" and ideas are spinning in my head.  Can't wait to begin pre-setting up my booth (I always try to pre-set up in my yard so I'll know exactly what to take).

The very next weekend, we'll be back in Fredericksburg for Trade Days.  My December show schedule is still pending...

I'm also in Uptown Vintage in Huntsville.  Hope to see you soon at one of the shows.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Gypsy Market

I know I haven't kept up with my blog, but wanted to let y'all know we are going to be setting up at the Gypsy Market in Spring Tx this Thursday through Saturday.  Here's a picture of one of the vendors during this past Spring Show.  Hope you make plans to come and see us:

We're working on another show for November and will let you know the details once I know and we're heading back to Fredericksburg for the first November show.  We will not be there for their Thanksgiving Show.  I'll be spending some much needed time with my family.  Hope to see you down the junkin road!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall Antique Show Season is Here!!

********I've posted this before, but decided to revise it****************

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:

I'll be making the drive from my home this year, but during past seasons we've been coming from a different direction.  This month I will NOT be at Fredericksburg Trade Days.  I'll be back in October.

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)

This year I'm coming back home to Zapp Hall in the heart of Warrenton.  It’s located off the main Highway of 237, just look for the Zapp Hall sign, you can't miss it:

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 Zapp Hall field starting on Sept. 25 and I'll be there until October 3!!  And yes there will be a Blog Party, it's on Friday Sept. 25 at my booth, I'll post more details soon.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

August Antique Shows

We are headed to the Hill Country twice this month, back to back weekends.  This weekend we'll be in Austin Tx for the City Wide Garage Sale and then the next weekend we'll be in Fredericksburg Tx for Trade Days weekend.  Hope to see you at one of the shows:

Aug 8-9: City Wide Garage Sale, Austin Tx 
Aug 14-16: Fredericksburg Tx Trade Days

But before then, we are headed to J Hill Designs "Destination Garden" Open House tomorrow morning.  You know we gotta go junkin before we go selling!

Pic: J Hill Designs Christmas Open House

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last Trade Days

Happy Monday everyone.  I had someone ask to please post more pics of Fredricksburg Trade Days.  Since I do so much more posting now on my Facebook page, I thought I would do a post in case there are some of you that possibly aren't on Facebook.  Yes I know hard to believe but I do have friends that aren't on Facebook. 

These pics were taken during this month's Trade Days.  These are pics of my space:

Here is Lori Allen Designs, House Wren, and Farm Haus.  Be sure and click on their names and follow them on Facebook.

The next Fredericksburg Trade Days is August 14-16.  Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July Fredericksburg Trade Days

Fredericksburg Trade Days in Fredericksburg Texas is this Friday to Sunday.  Hope you are making plans to shop here.  I'm located beside Barn 1 in a tent and I'm bringing a new load of things.  There are over 7 barns, tons of separate cottages, and many vendors that set up outside in tents, including myself, and several food vendors.  There's plenty to see and find.

Here are a few things I'm taking:

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Round Top Show

We were at Brandi and Kevin's field, The Show, this past weekend and had a blast.  It was nice seeing everyone.  We had never been to the 4th of July Parade that Round Top Tx puts on each year and I had always wanted to go.  It was a great turn out for the parade.  Thanks for the customers that came out and bought and support what we love.

Now it's time to get ready for the Fredericksburg Texas Trade Days.  It's a week from Friday and runs through Sunday.  Hope you make plans to come out and shop.  We have a new load we're bringing.

Here was my booth at this past weekend:

Here are a few things I found this weekend that might be going to Fredericksburg, if not you can definately find them in Warrenton in the Fall:

Did I tell you that we are going to Zapp Hall?  Well if not we are and I'm really excited...

Hope to see you down the junkin road!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June Fredericksburg Trade Days

Hello, I just wanted to send out a reminder that it's time for another Fredericksburg Trade Days.  We've found another load of things we are taking.  Hope to see you there.  It starts on Friday, Jun 19-21

For more info. visit: Fredericksburg Tx Trade Days

Monday, June 01, 2015

Hello June!!

Can you believe it's already June 1st.  Oh my, where has the time gone.  Well for many of us in Texas the time has gone to dealing with lots and lots of rain and wind.  I pray that those in towns affected by weather can rebuild soon and of course for those that have lost loved ones, there's no replacing them of course, I just hope with time they are healed.

Since today is my husband's birthday I thought this pic was appropriate since it has a cake.

Pic: Pinterest

Here are a few shows we'll be at this month and then further down you can see other Texas shows as well:

Jun 13: Junke & Disorderly Sale @ Sweet Pea Collection, Athens Tx
Jun 19-21: Fredericksburg Tx Trade Days

*************More June Shows***************

Jun 5-7: Vintage Market Days, Dripping Spring Tx
Jun 12-13: The Old Red Lumber Yard Market, McKinney Tx
Jun 19-20: Gypsy Tramps Junk Revival Sale, Granbury Tx
Jun 20-21: City Wide Garage Sale, Austin Tx

**Note** Remember you can always click on the TEXAS ANTIQUE SHOW tab above to see more shows posted each month!

Happy June 1st!!

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.

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