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.
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
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.