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.
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.
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.
You can’t miss the grand staircase to your right as you walk in the door of the Grapevine Antiques Market, 1641 W. Northwest Highway. But before you climb the staircase, the ground level shopping offers approximately 100 dealer booths from a Monkee’s Scrap Book Album, regular $50, now $40 to an old white carved side table, regular $59 on sale for $44, a vintage brass lamp for $24.
“People who shop here are looking to make their house a home – looking to find that unusual one-of-a-kind piece that is going to make their home special,” Assistant manager, Kenny Schmidt.
Don’t forget to stop at Beverly Riley’s Rusty Relics booth – the name says it all – you will see a rusty tinged 1934 Ford fender positioned on a barge board to create a unique, one-of-a-kind table. This was a 1800s barge board that once floated the Mississippi river – it started at the top of the river, and floated down with the goods on it. Beverly said the boards are emerging again and being sold at high prices. “If you looked on the wood from the bottom side you would see all kinds of little bug tunnels – these boards have a lot of character.”
Grapevine Antiques Market 1934 Ford Fender Barge Board Shelf
Leaving the Rusty Relics booth, there are two staircases to get to the full-service guitar shop, a booth with over 10,000 albums. Kenny said they have some very young people who are interested in the guitar loft. He said the younger clientele are getting into the old vinyl records and record players. He said they will soon have a booth featuring vintage video games and they are getting ready to open a consignment shop with furniture. “There may some antiques, but some will not be – this is going to reach a different demographic for us.”
Grapevine Antiques Market Staircase
Grapevine Antiques Market Guitar Loft
Grapevine Antiques Market Vintage Records
Grapevine, Texas: Red Shed Antiques
Red Shed Antiques is a combination antiques shop and travel agency – Riverside Travel Gallery and the Red Shed Cottage Chic. This shop is a 1500-square- foot house with a large garden and a renovated red shed located between historic Main street and residential neighborhood to the west and this isn’t your traditional antiques shop – Most of the items came from Paris, France and are unique, fun and eclectic. Items like a pearl lamp for $125, a vintage pink door for $99, vintage white wooden distressed chaise lounger, gorgeous silver antique French St. Therese formal gown for $79, old wood architectural arch for $85, vintage white dress maker vanity regular $425 for $199, vintage white and grey distressed french chair complete with a pillow that reads “1912 Hotel Les Etoiles Rue de lo Madelaine, 16 Paris” for $44, piano fret $220, old french pane door $40, mint green bric-a-brac corner shelf or a green, 2-shelf table with a front door – green with pink ornate designs on the door.
Red Shed Antiques Dressmaker Vanity
Red Shed Antiques Vintage White And Grey Distressed French Chair
Red Shed Antiques Vintage White Wooden Distressed Chaise Lounger
Grapevine Texas: Antique Revival
If you’re looking for fine antiques from all over the world, you won’t want to miss browsing Antique Revival at 418 S. Main where you will find quality antiques from America, Europe and England. Styles range from Gothic, Mid-Century Modern, American Empire and Chippendale. You may find a European hand carved one-of-a-kind, signed-in-drawer, and chair, telephone table with stand, circa 1910 for $975. A mahogany Templer panel set for $898, 1870s walnut and rosewood with marble dental cabinet for $7,500, a large Belgium wardrobe originally from Castle dated mid 19th century, circa 1850s-1860s for $12,500, a Blackamoor 7 foot Belgium Caryadid Candlabra foot swivel statue moore for $2,250.00
Grapevine, Texas: Farina’s Italian Winery and Café
Stop for a glass of tea, wine, lunch or dinner at Farina’s Italian Winery and Café located adjacent to Antiques Revival, 420 S. Main with convenient access by walking through an inside hallway. Delicious choices with plates big enough for 2 people are inspired by fresh tastes of Italy ranging from baked lasagna, chicken alfredo and spaghetti and meatballs, salads, soups, french bread complimented by red wines including Texas reds, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon. White wines include Farina’s own white blend, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling and house made frozen cocktails. Thirteen delicious homemade pizzas featuring create your own pizza along with spaghetti, ravioli and margherita pizza.
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 https://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.