8.5.19 ROUND TOP, TEXAS – If an antique show had secrets, what would they be? The October 1- 5 Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas spills some secrets here. For instance, did you know that shoppers can actually enter the show early on Tuesday October 1 at 8 a.m.? And did you know that those very early birds will find a complimentary continental breakfast, coffee and shopping in the early Texas buildings at the show’s Tuesday Tailgate Breakfast? Not to mention early parking and an opportunity to swap tales with top interior designers who are part of the Designer Dream Spree tour.
What other secrets? Marburger exhibitor Susan Wheeler from Susan Wheeler Home in Seattle shares this surprising secret: “Never shop with a plan. Be open to what you find.” Where has that led Wheeler for the fall show in Round Top? To pink! Pink? Yes, amid the pearl gray and black upholstered French and Italian furniture for which she is known, look for Wheeler’s pink in Mid-Century Modern art, in antique dishes, in pillows made from vintage Indian saris with gold thread, and for the first time, in a selection of 1960s-80s designer clothing by Lanvin, Pucci and all their friends.
More secrets? “If an antique speaks to you, don’t stress over whether it will work in your house. If you love something, it will work with all the other things that you love because of you,” says North Carolina exhibitor Joanne La Poma. Exhibiting in Marburger’s air-conditioned General Store building, La Poma deals in the secrets that emerge from the earth. In addition to collections of Victorian jewelry and sterling baby gifts, her inventory includes fossils and mineral specimens, most about 150 million years old. “When they dig a vein, you never know what they will find.” La Poma will offer copper specimens from old Michigan mines, as well as ammonite fossils that display well in many settings, from homes to offices to commercial spaces.
A few more secrets about Marburger Farm: on Tuesday, October 1, look for book signings by Annie Sloan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ and by Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Finishes, as well as visits with one of the show’s sponsor, Chairish, and the folks from Schumacher with their exquisite magazine. Of course, you definitely want to look for the new Bingo Hall Biergarten by Back Porch BBQ and the new cocktails bar by Ellis Motel Emporium and Lounge.
Along those lines, on Wednesday, October 2, from 3 to 5 p.m., enjoy Whiskey Wednesday, the annual Marburger whiskey tasting bash by guest bartender Tara Suel, Marburger’s Chief Connections Officer. All donations will go to the Brookwood Community and Dwell with Dignity.
More dealer secrets? Getting a trade secret from Bob Bixby of Farm & Factory Interiors in Missouri is a big deal. Bixby and his wife Becky run one of the largest UL Certified repurposed lighting companies in the United States, serving interior designers, homeowners, commercial and restaurant customers with large scale industrial chandeliers, sconces and other lighting. “My secret is simple,” says Bob Bixby. “Offer unusual pieces and great design at a fair price.” How will that translate in the fall show? New designs are coming in response to shopper requests for sconces and other wall lighting, such as industrial vanity and porch lights. Plus, massive steel chandeliers will be displayed in a context of antique furniture, old advertising signs and a huge Iowa step back glass-front cupboard. Throw in some fall garden furnishings and you have antique-industrial paradise.
Another version of paradise will arrive with Charleston, South Carolina exhibitor Letha Polk of Le Petite Tresor. “Everywhere I go, I’m always searching for vintage rattan and a funky mix —everything from unusual old-school pieces to Mid-Century Modern.” That’s her secret: “It’s the mix that makes a home work. Buy across different styles and eras.” This show’s mix will include a pair of six foot tall rattan chairs with backs that curve high up over the sitter, plus a metal Chinese Chippendale fretwork coffee table turned into an ottoman, a sleek Danish Modern sofa and a pair of Milo Baughman metal chairs with cane backs that Polk describes as “killer crazy good” —antiques dealer secret language for the best of the best.
The final and best secret comes from Texas dealer Rodney Cooley of Urban Habitat. Along with his wife Shonte, Cooley will offer a 15 foot farmhouse table from Pennsylvania, an industrial table/kitchen island with metal locker topped by a huge chopping block and a collection of Victorian cast iron outdoor furniture (porch season starts in Texas around October 1). His secret? “Those of us who buy and sell and live with antiques love what we do. We all really love this. We could shop seven days a week and never complain.”
Never complain? Now that’s a secret worth knowing! Come shop with the 350 exhibitors at Marburger Farm on 43 acres of fun. Look for every style, era and price point, from antiquities to Mid-Century Modern to the select artisans with original arts. One admission is good all week and includes your parking and WIFI. The show opens Tuesday, October 1, with Early Buying at 10 a.m. for $25 admission —or Tailgate Tuesday Breakfast at 8 a.m. Regular $10 admission begins from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. that day and continues on Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 and Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On-site shipping is offered by Distinguished Transport and UPS. Advance tickets and group tickets are available. See information on travel, maps, vendors, prizes, special events, lodging, on-site shipping and the Marburger Cafe at www.roundtop-marburger.com or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799. Follow show news on Facebook and Instagram @marburgerfarm.
Antiques & Vintage shopping in Grapevine, Texas – What’s in store for the day ahead? A visit to an old restored 2-story Victorian home turned antique shop, a 2-story antique mall with 150 dealers and a cozy and inviting atmosphere, a high-end European antique shop with an all-in-one Italian winery and café, and a quaint neighborhood home with a separate red shed full of European antiques.
Even the rain didn’t stop shoppers from parking their vehicles behind and adjacent to the downtown area, popping up their umbrellas and strolling through the downtown shopping area to find that special item.
Vintage Market Days®, an upscale, vintage-inspired event comes to the Ellis County Expo Center in Waxahachie, Texas the first weekend of each March. The events are 3-day events, providing amazing vintage shopping, live music, and incredible food.
“The Ellis County Expo Center has incredible character and charm, and really helps set the tone for what our event is about – a Vintage ‘experience’ – not just another sale,” says Stacey. “It has incredible vintage potential to provide a get-away for customers to leave the stress behind, and just enjoy being in a fun environment with some of the most creative people around. We work hard to create an atmosphere that allows our customers to walk away feeling like they were a part of something special.” The 110+ Vintage Market Days vendors are some of the best in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, and New Mexico, and they have been working hard to collect unique items specifically for this event.
Get-away for Customers – Leave Stress Behind, just enjoy Fun Environment
Vintage Market Days is a unique combination of an upscale, vintage-inspired, indoor/outdoor, open-air market along with an event “feel” featuring music, original art, antiques, clothing, handmade treasures, jewelry and home decor, along with demonstrations on anything from painting furniture with chalk paint to repurposing vintage items for another use. Vintage Market Days also has the opportunity to give back at each event. This years’ events are no different. “We are excited to support local non-profit organizations and the work they do in the area and around the world. For more information, please visit http://vintagemarketdays.com/market/so-central-texas/index.php or https://www.facebook.com/events/298868750839417/?ti=icl
The 30 plus mile flea market, now called the Antique Alley Texas, began as a weekend sidewalk sale 19 years ago soon blossomed into a windfall sales event – an event that benefited Grandview, Texas as well as the small surrounding towns – the restaurants had to hire extra help and stay open extra long hours, the town ATMs ran out of money and Grandview’s gas stations ran out of gas.
Renell Moore September 17, 2018
How 30 Plus Mile Flea Market, known as Antique Alley Texas Began
Lisa Hill and Nita Redmon bought Pop & Grans located at 300 E. Criner in downtown Grandview, Texas in 1999. As the days ticked by, the would ask themselves, “What can we do to boost the economy of this sleepy little town?”
The people and merchants in a small town are often like family, sharing the good days and shouldering the bad days of small town economics together. Lisa and Nita struck up a conversation with neighbor merchants, Bob and Patricia Dawkins, who owned the 10,000 square foot antique mall across the street at that time. They reflected and brainstormed – what could they do to boost the economy of Grandview? They decided to have a weekend sidewalk sale. Bob & Patricia had 53 vendors who set up booths on the north sidewalk of Crier street and Nita and Lisa set up booths on the south sidewalk of Crier street.
Sidewalk Sale Becomes a Hit, Evolves Into 30 Plus Mile Flea Market
The vendors set up and the people came out in droves to buy their merchandise. The sidewalk sale was a hit, the people loved it and everyone began asking when they were going to do it again.
After that first sidewalk sale in 1999, a couple of farms on Highway 4 said they were going to have yard sales at the same time as the sidewalk sale, then other area residents decided to join in and benefit from the sale’s popularity. The event soon evolved into a 30 plus mile flea market.
Nita and Lisa decided to advertise the sale to be held twice a year in April and September.
Cleburne, Maypearl, Alvarado, Venus and Waxahachie Join Festivities
Cleburne, Maypearl, Alvarado, then Venus and now Waxahachie joined in the festivities that have now become a 30 plus mile flea market – each town works their own festival and schedules times for their own individual entertainment venues or car shows. Waxahachie joined in 2018. Waxahachie has 15 antiques shops and is a nice bonus to the Antique Alley Texas organization.
“We drew up a legal charter and our goal was to benefit every town possible – in these little towns we struggle to survive,” Nita said.
The Antique Alley Texas Association keeps the whole 30 plus miles flea market machine working. This organization is made up of independent business people, not only trying to boost their own business, but boost the economy of the entire community.
Antique Alley Texas Awarded Number 1 Tourism Draw for Johnson County
While each town independently operates their own festival, which now make up a 30 plus mile flea market, all of the towns advertise together, and they all work together, each one with the goal of boosting their town’s economy.
The Johnson County Commissioners Court, realizing that Antique Alley Texas had become a tourism draw, awarded Antique Alley Texas the No. 1 tourism event in Johnson County as well as the number one economic boost in Johnson County.
Vendors traveling to and from the Texas Antiques Week Fair in Round Top and Warrenton, Texas have traditionally shopped this 30 mile plus flea market to buy merchandise to resell at the Texas Antiques Week Fair.
This 30 plus mile flea market, known as Antique Alley Texas, is growing and evolving and it’s still a good festival, Nita said.
What started as a sidewalk sale in downtown Grandview and a couple of yard sales toward Cleburne in 1999 has turned into a 30+ mile long biannual event. Twice yearly on the 3rd full weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of April and September Antique Alley Texas presents miles of treasure hunting. Each year the show changes and evolves. Scattered along the current “treasure trail” in the towns of Grandview, Cleburne, Keene, Alvarado, Venus, Maypearl, downtown Waxahachie and along the way you will find folks offering their “goodies”. Most businesses in the participating downtown’s (particularly Grandview and Cleburne) offer “Antique Alley” sales with big discounts. Well worth stopping in to investigate.
Nita Redmon September 12, 2018
Antique Alley Texas: A True “pot luck” Treasure Hunt
This is not an antique show but rather a “pot luck” hunt where antiques can be found hiding on a table in a yard sale. Some show locations will have antiques, collectibles, western items, quilts and no telling what else. Hunting abounds along the shopping trail. Pick up a shopping trail “Official Map” at Pop & Gran’s Antiques 300 E. Criner Street downtown Grandview. This map includes the major shopping stops but not all locations are listed. There is a Yard Sale section for those of you who prefer yard sales. Mennonites and other vendors do not set up on Sunday.
Antique Alley Texas: 30 plus Miles of Treasure Hunting Adventure
We are unable to predict what you will see or find along the 30+ adventure. We hear that some locations have live entertainment, car shows, wine tasting and more. Each location operates independent of the Antique Alley Texas Association. We say gas the car up, bring your friends, “ENJOY” and drive friendly. Some locations may not take credit for Grandpa’s item. Rain or Shine with no make-up date.