Historic downtown Hillsboro, Texas is an inviting and picturesque small town to stop over for a day of antiques & collectibles shopping, as well as enjoyable dining. Five antiques shops and several restaurants are located in the quaint downtown area so shoppers can park and use the shaded sidewalks to stroll from shop to shop.
This small town is host to several annual events worth attending. Two events featuring antiques & collectibles shopping are the Bosque County Wide Garage Sale and Antique Alley Texas – which is a SCATTERED, loosely organized treasure hunting adventure spanning 40+ miles – TWICE per year, on the THIRD Friday, Saturday & Sunday of April and September and local families have yard sales.
The Elm Street Rod Run is an annual car show held each June.
Renell Moore August 19, 2018
Old-fashioned Soda Fountain, 21 Flavors of Ice Cream, Famous Barbecue
David listed off several things shoppers can enjoy in Hillsboro along with antiques & collectibles shopping
Roadside Car Club is owned by Carroll Estes, and is a type of personal museum that is located in an old car dealership at 212 E. Elm Street. “It’s a fun place,” David said.
Places to Eat Downtown:
‘A Tisket, A Tasket’ is an antiques & collectibles shop and lunch counter with homemade ice cream and an old time soda fountain.
Some may remember going to a lunch counter at a drug store such as Woolworth’s or a Kresge’s Drug Store? If you love homemade ice cream, then this old-fashioned diner is the place for you! The owner makes 21 different flavors of ice cream himself and all flavors can be used to make malts and milkshakes and soda floats. The banana split bowl comes with six different flavors (mini-scoops) – perfect for most people because there are so many awesome flavors to sample. You can also try out different flavored soda floats and watch a movie on the outside back wall of the building.
Main staples of this diner are hamburgers, cheese burgers, cheese, hot beef, chicken salad sandwiches and potato chips.
Cotton Exchange Restaurant is in a beautifully restored building and offers diners farm to table home-style cooking. It is open for breakfast and lunch.
Other places to eat in town:
Two Italian places, with one featuring a pizza buffet
Two Mexican Food restaurants
Two excellent barbecue restaurants are located outside of the downtown area:
Up In Smoke- 213 I-35 NW
Taylor’s Smokehouse located at 5626 TX-22
Flores Barbecue, located 12 miles west of Hillsboro in Whitney, Texas was featured in Texas Monthly for it’s famous homemade barbecue, smoked to perfection with flavor, tenderness and taste, homemade potato salad made with chunks of red potatoes, Jalapeno corn casserole topped with melted cheese and crumbled bacon bits, red beans and banana pudding.
Brazos Street Market Host to 45 Vendors Downtown Whitney, Texas
The Brazos Street Market, located at 207 N. Brazos Street in Whitney, Texas is an antiques & collectibles mall with 45 vendors. This mall has an unusual balance of items – antiques and collectibles, that interest both men and women. According to one of the vendors there, you can find an equal mix for men and for women. This shop carries both new and used items including repainted furniture with a mixture of antiques.
Hillsboro Antiques & Collectibles Mall: Vast Array of Fine Antiques
When we arrived in Hillsboro, we parked on Gould street, just a short turn off of Waco Street where The Hillsboro Antique Mall is located at 114 S. Waco Street. We started our antiques & collectibles journey into Historic Downtown Hillsboro at this mall which has a vast array of fine antiques and collectibles and is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Merchandise with prices included:
Broyhill pale wood Harvest dining room table with 2 leaves and a set of 8 chairs: $420 total or $195.00 for the table and $225 for the set of 8 chairs.
Pale Coral Silk Victorian Loveseat with almond stitch design: $395
Ornate brown pair of 1800’s Wicker Chairs on sale for $125
Red Roses afghan with black and teal: $55
Made in Italy, King On Horseback statue (repaired): $195
Goldfinger Antiques: European Antiques & Collectibles
With a short walk down the sidewalk and then across Waco to Elm Street, shoppers will find 4 more antiques & collectibles shops. Goldfinger Antiques, previously located in Abilene, Texas has just re-opened its doors in downtown Hillsboro at 124 E. Elm Street. This shop is bursting with fine quality antique pieces from all over the world.
Merchandise with prices included:
Elegant, lavish and ornamental Teakwood root and glass coffee table: $1,599
Hand-carved Chinese camphor wood trunk:$799
Vintage hand-blown large blue glass bottle: $69
Hand-carved mahogany king’s chair: $1,200
Queen-sized rustic bed: $749
Decades Antiques & More Features Variety of Merchandise
Decades Antiques & More features a variety of merchandise and is located two doors down from Goldfinger Antiques at 128 E. Elm Street. Decades has the feel of an old-time merchandise store with a huge variety of vintage such as mirrors, lamps, books, furniture and linens.
Merchandise with prices included:
Gold 2 ft. tall Venetian glass mirror: $78
Lace doilies: Average price $10.50
Vintage white curio cabinet: $325
1800s Hand-colored portrait of young girl: $275
Vintage brown shelf with antique ceiling tin backing: $95
The Goodie Mill Lives Up to Name
The Goodie Mill lives up to its name with 7,000 square feet of shopping on two floors, and the unique selection of merchandise and prices was a pleasant surprise. The owners live in a loft on the third floor. Merchandise consisted of a wide unique variety of quality vintage items:
1970s newly upholstered white turn and swivel chairs: $450/pair
1980s Carved Glass Screen with swans: $2,750
1990s white Chaise/bench: $400
Arched Ornate glass decorative piece: $375
The Lone Star brewery acquired WWI Army surplus propellers from Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. These were repurposed and distributed by the brewery from 1941-1942 with a clock or shield. The porcelain shield was produced in 2 sizes. There were a few variations with neon or painted letters on the blades. The propellers were originally used on the Army Air Corp. training plane Curtiss JN4-H and later JN4-J (Jenny). Over the years peopled removed the signs and kept the props.
According to a letter written to all Lone Star Distributors by Harry Jersig, Vice-President In Charge of Sales on March 19, 1941, these signs were 23 years old (at that time) and originally cost the United States government $125.00 each. They were in the shape of a propeller and measured eight feet, three inches long and made of wood with an enamel sign and a special type of electric globe with flasher attached.
Charlie Staats August 12, 2018
Lone Star Beer Propeller Signs Installed in Retail Outlets
These Lone Star Beer propeller signs were highly finished in oak or mahogany and were in absolutely new condition. These propeller signs were installed in the retail outlets by means of a chain hanging from each end of the blade and attached to the ceiling or wall.
According to the letter, these propeller signs were limited to a small number of outlets and only in outlets opposed to putting up any other Lone Star point of purchase material and had stucco or a similar type of finished walls.
The propeller signs were sold to the outlets for $35 with a deposit of $3 required to be paid by the outlet to the distributor before shipment was made. These propeller signs were considered to be the property of the brewery at all times and were subject to being returned to the distributor on demand. The $3 deposit was refunded if the propeller sign was returned to the brewery for any reason.
How to Spot a Lone Star Beer Propeller without Sign
Look for the hanging screw holes on the edge of the blades. The holes will be about half way between the hub and the bottom of the prop.
For more Texas Brewery history see https://texasvintageshopper.com/blog/2018/05/22/shinerbeershow/
Yet another stop on my Midland day shopping trip for high-end antiques and vintage items in Midland, Texas was Sunflowers Showcase Antiques, located at 3416 Thomason Drive. Be sure to check out the other Midland shops.
Sunflowers Showcase is located at the corner of Wall Street and Thomason Drive. This seemingly one antique shop is actually 5 stores in a row that create their own strip mall and make for a special stop in any Midland Day shopping trip for antiques and vintage.
Owners, Jim and Michele Olsen said they are very particular about their merchandise and only showcase true antiques on their show floors. They are currently preparing to open their 5th shop and merchandise included a large mid 1800s harvest, rustic hand-made table that is assembled with wooden pegs and dowel rods rather than traditional hardware. This dining room table, which easily seats 8 to 10 people, literally comes apart in large wooden planks that fit together like puzzle pieces to create the whole product. For more information, see Sunflower’s shop finder listing.
Renell Moore, July 22, 2018
Midland Day Shopping: Sunflowers Showcase Antiques
Other antique pieces included an 1830s to 1940s large Victorian arched stained-glass window for $1,299 firm. Michele said the information she received from the previous owner of the piece was that it was removed from the landing of a staircase in Manchester or London England. There were several of these Victorian-era stained glass windows for sale. A blue vintage 1950’s hand-made flat bottom wooden row boat, oars, anchor, vest, weight and lines was marked $1200 and a bright red top-of-the-line in its day, Chambers stove had just arrived and had not been marked for sale yet. For more information, see Wall Street’s shop finder listing.
Midland Day Shopping: Wall Street Antiques
Wall Street Antiques and Collectibles Mall is a short stroll around the corner of the Sunflowers Showcase Antiques strip mall, and offers yet another special stop in a Midland day shopping trip because this mall has more than 19,000 square feet of shopping and 120 vendors.
Items for sale:
Spaque & Carleton Buffet – gray with three smaller drawers, one large drawer and 2 lower cabinet doors – $385
Antique Bread Kneader that can be used in any room for storage – $150.00
French style Walnut Wardrobe – $175 cash or $185 with card
White 6 ft. tall Dollhouse bookshelf – $100.00
Pale teal distressed wood, octagon-shaped bedside table – $75
There are lots of items for men that included knives, axes and tools
Bob’s Better Burger Midland Favorite Drive-in Diner for 50 Years
A special place to stop for lunch is always a treat during a Midland day shopping trip. Located just across the street from Sunflower Showcase Antiques, Bob’s Better Burger, located at 3417 Thomason Drive, has been a Midland favorite hamburger drive in for more than 50 years and according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram’s Top 100 contest, voters selected it as the best. Bob’s is a Midland must have featuring chocolate, vanilla and strawberry malts and milkshakes.
Bob’s has been at this same location on Thomason Drive for more than 50 years. The original sign is still out front and the outside of Bob’s Better burger is not inspiring… but go ahead, take a chance. This is a drive up, get out and order, then take it with you or eat in the car. Delicious burgers and crispy crinkle-cut french fries, onion rings and tater tots cooked whenever you order, not ahead of time!
Chili, cheese or bacon can be added to the burgers for an additional charge. You can also order a double-meat burger, a large jalapeno burger and a super jalapeno burger. The bread is toasted, the cheese is melted, and the food is piping hot, fresh and made to order. Corndogs are made with homemade batter.
Two more stops on my Midland day shopping for high-quality antiques, artwork and ethnic diverse items included Packrat Antiques and Motif Antiques Etc. Be sure to check out the other Midland shops, where you will be able to find more beautiful antiques and artwork
Looking for high-quality western artwork and collectibles? Be sure to stop by Pack Rat Antiques, located at 307 Dodson street in the Village Shopping Center strip mall during your Midland, Texas day shopping trip.
Owner Mary Snoddy is selling an original set of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad china from Shenango, China. Mary said nobody loves the railroad more than she does, and this delicate china with the blue and white artwork pattern was used on the fancy dining cars in the 1930s and 1940s.
Renell Moore August 5, 2018
Packrat Antiques Offers Railroad China, Western Artwork, Collectibles
Some of the items, especially, artwork you’ll find at Packrat’s Antiques on a Midland day shopping trip are:
A complete set of ca. 1930-40s Railroad China
Chinese Oriental Rugs featuring exquisite detail
George Kovach framed western paintings
Dustin Lyons western painting titled “The Palo Dura”
Motif Antiques Etc: Artwork, Varied and Diverse Collection of Objects
Motif Antiques Etc. is another must-stop on your Midland day shopping trip. Motif is located 1 mile northwest of Packrat Antiques at 1024C Andrews Highway (in the Albertson’s shopping center). This antiques shop has offered quality, one-of-a-kind merchandise for more than 20 years. A majority of Motif’s merchandise and artwork has been purchased from other countries – they have ethnic handiwork, craftsmanship and vintage items from Africa as well as from Afghan, Indian, Chinese and German cultures.
The goal of Motif Antiques Etc. is to offer varied and diverse objects for shoppers to enjoy integrating into their living spaces.
Motif Features 18th -19th to Mid-century Artwork, Furnishings
Antique items featured on their show floor include 18th to 19th to mid-century furnishings and objects of interest – formal and casual, as well as country.
Some of the items you will find on your Midland day shopping trip are:
Jewelry: Gem-quality hard-stone jewelry, including one-of-a-kind bracelets and some rings
English Oak Hall Tree with seat from the 19th century
4-Panel Doors – Guatamala – very old, hand carved with detailed artwork
Pine Draw Leaf Table – Germany ca. 1810-1830
Malachite Elephant figurine – Africa
English Hall Tree with original shipping rope with seaman’s knot – ca. 1800s
Oriental fern stand
English mahogany buffet with ornate carving: ca. 1800s
Three remaining stops on my Midland day shopping for antiques, collectibles, repurposed and repainted furniture included Found Furnishings, Old Town Tiques and Antiques by Joseph. Be sure to check out the other Midland shops.
Found Furnishings is located at 428 Andrews Highway – a short walk and a few doors north of The Cat’s Meow in a strip mall on Andrews Highway. Found is a bit different than the other antiques shops in Midland because Found carries quirky, unusual, repurposed and painted furniture.
“We are always, always on the hunt for more dressers because we can’t keep them in.” Owner Jeannie Eads said. “Most of the time these dressers are repurposed for changing tables and television entertainment centers.” The 20 to 40 year old age shoppers like the quality of the vintage and antique furniture, but prefer repainted furniture that has been upcycled for a modern twist.
Renell Moore August 5, 2018
Found Furnishings: Eclectic mix of Repainted Furniture, Repurposed
“We don’t have a lot of shops like this in Midland.” Jeannie said they try to set themselves apart at Found Furnishings and offer fun and quirky items for sale. The store is stocked with a lot of mid century modern furniture and quirky items.
Found Furnishings is an eclectic mix of custom, upcycled, repainted furniture and repurposed pieces. They offer industrial and architechural, mid-century modern, upcycled, re-loved and vintage furniture.
A similar shop, The Mercantile can be found in El Campo, Texas. Former School Administrator turned Entrepreneur Finds Lucrative Avenue Upcycling Antiques.
Old Town Tiques: Repainted Furniture, Old and New, Boutique Items
The next stop for Midland day shopping was Old Town Tiques and this quaint little shop is located one block over and across the street from Found Furnishings at 306 Secor Street. Sabrina Edwards owns Old Town Tiques and she has 35 vendors who keep their booths stocked so the merchandise changes on a daily basis with a lot of repainted furniture that has been upcycled.
This shop has a little bit of everything – old and new, repurposed and repainted furniture. Items include antiques, new items, refurbished items, crosses, repainted furniture, chairs, repainted old shutters, doors, corbels, old truck door, jewelry, tables, repainted desks, essential oils. For more information visit Old Town Tiques shop listing at https://shops.texasvintage.wpapps.host/shops/united-states/texas/midland/old-town-tiques-mall-2/?doing_wp_cron=1565808500.0985300540924072265625
Antiques By Joseph: Fine Antique, Not Repainted Furniture
Don’t forget to check out Antiques by Joseph on your Midland day shopping excursion. Shoppers will not find repainted furniture here. This shop is well-known for fine antiques in Midland, Texas and surrounding areas. This shop is located in north Midland in the Imperial Shopping Center at 3206 N. Midkiff Road, and has fine antique and vintage furniture, collectibles, jewelry and home décor items. Joseph also conducts estate sales, does appraisals and ebay services.