Abilene, Texas is a town often overlooked when it comes to choosing a destination for a vintage shopping trip. But, you will definitely want to include it! The first 9 shops, out of a total of 31 shops, to be showcased are located in close proximity to one another because we know you do not want to waste precious shopping time driving in all different directions! South 1st Street offers an opportunity to visit five interesting shops. Living Chic has 8,000 square feet of high quality, high-end European and American antiques as well as home decor. If you are looking for a specific vintage or antique furniture piece, you will find it here. They have a wide variety of items that will transform your home into a showplace. Right next door to Living Chic, you will find Vintage Marketplace. This antique mall is 13,000 square feet with a very large eclectic variety of retro, vintage and antique items. There are 67 vendors and they also carry local honey, Yoder’s Good Health Recipe as well as DIY paints for your own home projects.
Just a little further down the street, you will want to visit The Furniture Junk-It and Junker’s Alley. The Furniture Junk-It has been in business for several years and specializes in the custom painting of quality furniture pieces that they sell or you can bring in your own piece for them to transform according to your specifications. They have recently added Junker’s Alley which is a 10,000 square foot storefront where you can find interesting retro, vintage, and antique items. Further down South 1st Street is a vintage shopping adventure you will not want to miss! La Villa is a 16,000 square foot experience on 2.7 acres. You can find just about anything you are looking for plus some things you didn’t even know you needed! The variety is vast and encompasses new to used, to very old. They specialize in decorative ornamental iron and pottery and have a huge inventory. If you are in the market for yard art/decor, this store should definitely make the list.
Butternut Street in Abilene is the location of 3 shops you will want to add to your itinerary. Classic Collections has moved directly across from their previous location. When you visit Classic Collections, you will enjoy shopping in a charming 1917 house. This charming old home offers 2200 square feet of fresh, vintage/antique items ranging from romantic and unique home decor to man cave marvels as well as wearable clothing items. In the spring, you will find many yard art/yard decor treasures in the courtyard. Directly across from Classic Collections, you can shop at Rust and Roses. This antique mall has 6,500 square feet with 28 vendors offering a wide variety of retro, vintage and antique, as well as popular farmhouse decor, unique man cave items, and German antiques. A little further down Butternut Street, be sure to stop in to shop at Bunny Run Antiques This shop was newly opened in 2018. The folks at Bunny Run Antiques will help you find treasures that are sure to please in this 3,000 square foot shop. They specialize in vintage/antique furniture/decor, jewelry, collectibles, shabby chic and vintage clothing. Closer to downtown, you will want to visit Antique Station. This is an impressive, traditional antique store that has 4,000 square feet of American oak antique furniture, vintage advertising, glassware, and china as well as a large variety of authentic-time period collectibles.
Abilene, Texas Classic Collections 1917 Charming Old Home
All of this shopping will no doubt leave you famished. If so, you will want to dine at Cypress Street Station. This restaurant is located in a historic building in downtown Abilene. With a 4.4 star rating and a menu full of delicious choices, it will be the perfect ending to a day of vintage shopping.
What kind of emotion does the word Pyrex conjure up in your vintage heart? For me, it takes me back to a time when my grandmother used various Pyrex pieces as a vessel for serving or storing her amazing meals. Long ago, this special glass was called borosilicate and was used in science labs because it stood up nicely when intense heat was applied. In 1915 this unique glass was acquired by Corning Glassware and the name Pyrex was born. The use of borosilicate glass was used until 1998 until it was replaced with a less costly glass that was even better at performing under heat. Prior to 1947, Pyrex was basically clear. But, in 1947 colored Pyrex pieces were introduced and their popularity is still strong today!
Eventually, the Pyrex market expanded to include various shapes, sizes, and patterns. Many pieces are considered standard and are still very popular today, but the most sought- after pieces are the ones that are considered “promotional” ones that were in production for a short time. These promotional pieces are generally more costly to acquire. According to an article atwww.shared.com/pyrex-patterns-worth-money/ the following is a list of the top 8 collectible patterns that can be valuable to collectors:
“Lucky in Love” – (1959) A pink heart and shamrock pattern
“Butterprint” (1957) also known as “Amish Buttercup”, “Farmer’s Wife” and “Rooster & Corn” –
“Gooseberry” (1957) – A botanical pattern in pink/white, black/white, black/yellow
“New Dots” (1968) – orange, blue, yellow or green dotted pattern
“Rainbow Stripe (1965) – Striped set in pink, sandalwood and blue
“Snowflake” or “Garland” (1972) – Blue and white snowflake with pouring spouts
“Pink Daisy” (1956) – Pink floral pattern
Look for Pyrex at many of the Wonderful Texas Antique Shops
Luckily for collectors or for those that just enjoy adding some of these lovely Pyrex pieces to their own kitchens, they can be easily found. Look for Pyrex at many of the wonderful vintage shops found within TexasVintageShopper.com!
Brandon Shinholser, 2009. Vintage Pyrex 101: A Guide to Pyrex, Estatesales.org
Vintage shoppers love the idea of finding the unexpected, the unknown when they head to an open-air vintage market, venue or antique shop because they just might discover an item they fall in love with and can’t live without!
Vintage merchandise often sells at affordable prices for quality brand merchandise. In the past, the antique market was inaccessible due to high prices. Today’s market is much more accessible, especially for younger people purchasing items for their first home or for seasoned collectors looking for that special item.
Bob Ferris, an avid vintage scale collector, from Crowley, Texas recently embarked on an antique shopping trip to Austin, Texas. He planned his trip in advance and targeted 2 shops he thought were good prospects for finding scales. While disappointed that these shops did not have what he was looking for, he decided to stop and visit a third shop, not on his list, before he left the Austin area. He was excited when he landed a unique find along with its original parts, some of which were being sold separately because the shop owners were not aware that the scale and the parts went together.
Plate Scale Market 2 Kilo Force 1900 Patina Iron Cast Metal Beam Kitchen Shabby Vintage Brocante Antique France
Recreate, Embrace Memories Past While Vintage Shopping
So what is Vintage? Items 20 to 100 years old originating from a previous era have that romantic aura about them because they have a past and a story behind the story. Antiques are items 100 years old or older. Owning these items can make buyers feel nostalgic as they recreate and embrace distinct memories of places and things from their past. The term “retro” means “relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past: fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned,” according to Merriam Webster Dictionary.
Vintage decor and accessories can be surprisingly modern. A popular trend is mixing vintage with new, as well as creating a unique mix of various styles and eras. The photo of the dining room below is my own dining room, unintentionally put together without any specific planning after Randy and I moved into our new home in Crowley, Texas in May of 2019. The items below were items Randy had in his own collection. It was amazingly fun to decorate our retro dining area with this Coca Cola collection. As you can see, the grandkids love the Coca-Cola booth. We just need one of those table-top junk boxes to put at the end of it!
Retro-Modern Dining Room Decor with 1950’s Coca Cola button and 1941 white tin framed Coca-Cola bottle sign
Antique, Vintage and Retro items also make for a great way to create an individual look with the new upcycling, recycling, repurposing, refurbishing and repainting quality antique furniture trends. Steam Punk, Architectural Salvage and Farmhouse have also become popular for their individuality.
Kitchen Hutch Farmhouse Painted Maroon Mint Vintage
Vintage Shopping Offers Personalized Look
There are lots of reasons that vintage has become popular. One of them is that shoppers believe that mainstream items have become less unique and that mass-produced furniture and accessories are routine copy-cat items that anyone can buy.
There is a quality to vintage that makes it transcend newer items because they are chosen for uniqueness, quality, and design value.
Designers are integrating old looks that were once popular into modern décor for a unique, eclectic mix. A popular trend is “if you love it and it speaks to you, it works! Don’t stress over what somebody else thinks.
It’s never been so easy to look modern and current while reusing the old.
Vintage Shopping Offers Unchanging styles
There are always going to be people who prefer individual and interesting pieces and buy them as investments or one-offs. Shoppers are waking up to the fact that vintage can be adaptable to the latest trends, and that they are also timeless classics that can become a staple of their lifestyle. They will always be in style in their own way. You can pick up the latest trend and have something that’s only good for a few weeks, or you can buy something vintage you can enjoy for years.
Originality and Style Comes With Vintage Shopping
One of the most important aspects of a stylish home is being original. It tells a lot about a person and his or her personality. Vintage upcycling, re-purposing, repainting, industrial and architectural creations allow people to express themselves while creating their own original lifestyle, to fit in, yet stand out. It’s hard to do that, but anything is possible with creativity and skills to see the vision and bring it to reality.
Heart and Story: Part of Vintage Shopping
Vintage has a heart to it – there’s a story behind the story. There’s much more to vintage than just being old and used. There is a history and art to vintage because these items are filled with the stories and memories of the people that came before us and owned them. Owning vintage keeps those people and their history and artistry alive.
When it’s all said done, owning vintage means being packaged in a unique way.
It’s matchless, it’s distinct, it’s rare and many times, it’s just plain extraordinary.