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Happiness After Grief & Sunflowers

Happiness After Grief & Sunflowers Shabby Chic Sunflower arrangement Mason Jars

During this early fall season, I am continuing my journey to happiness after grief, & sunflowers have been a special sign from heaven. My husband Mike passed away from COVID in December 2020. Finding Joy After Grief – Texas Vintage Shop Directory (texasvintageshopper.com) The sadness comes every time I get into the car and reach […]

Information Please

Information Please

You may be the missing puzzle piece in someone else’s life – the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me; often in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security . . . . I appreciated now how very patient, understanding and kind she was to have wasted her time on a little boy.

Quilts: Fabric Age Determined by Dye Lots and Dye Colors

Quilts: Fabric Age Determined by Dye Lots and Dye Colors

  For Sarah Sang, who owns the antique shop, Carmine Serendipity,  in Carmine, Texas (and who also fosters hunting dogs for three different rescue organizations), combining her undergraduate degrees in anthropology, history and chemical engineering has led her to fascination and love for the history of fabric and quilting. She said the age of fabric […]

What kind of Emotion does Pyrex Conjure up?

What kind of Emotion does Pyrex Conjure up?

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 […]

Huntsville Antique Show Held Each September

Huntsville Antique Show Held Each September

The Huntsville Antique Show is held each September in historic Huntsville, Texas in the air-conditioned comfort of the Walker County Fairgrounds located at 3925 HWY 30, 77340, just three miles west of Huntsville on Highway 30 (Exit 116). Huntsville is located an hour north of Houston, on I-45. There is a $7.00 Admission fee and Children under 12 […]

Army Air Corp Propellers – Repurposed Lone Star Signs

Army Air Corp Propellers – Repurposed Lone Star Signs

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 […]

Vintage Clothing, Hats Popular Trend

Vintage Clothing, Hats Popular Trend Vintage Fascinator Antique Stores Midland Texas

Tina Melonakes assists Steven Porterfield with vintage clothing, hats, handbags and jewelry, at his antiques store “The Cat’s Meow” in Midland, Texas.  Steven said all of these vintage items are selling well in his store located at 408 Andrews Highway in Midland, Texas. Tina also assists Steven in restoring and repairing antique, vintage clothing and […]

Glen Flora Emporium Filled with Antiques

Glen Flora Emporium Filled with Antiques

  Renell Moore June 23, 2018 The Glen Flora Emporium is currently filled with 8,000 square feet of quality antiques. The store is well organized, clean and air conditioned. If you didn’t know her store had flooded 10 months before, you would never even suspect it. Owner, Trish Winkles would like everyone to know that […]

Hurricane Causes Flood in Glen Flora Emporium

Hurricane Causes Flood in Glen Flora Emporium

Imagine owning an 8,000 square foot shop filled with hundreds of beautiful antique items for sale, and hearing the news that a hurricane would be hitting the Gulf coast, 130 miles from you within a few days. Trish Winkles, owner of The Glen Flora Emporium had weathered hurricanes that had hit the Gulf Coast before. […]

Indigo Fabric: Last product of English Textile History.

Indigo Fabric: Last product of English Textile History.

Indigo fabric is a remnant of the last product of a chapter of English textile history. Dyed and discharge printed in Manchester for 140 years, it was manufactured for export only to the South African market. In the early days of sea travel, the journey to Africa took a long time and during the trip […]

Vintage Engines Power Restored Machines

Vintage Engines Power Restored Machines

It is a beautiful spring morning in Louise, Texas where an occasional train whistle, and a rooster crowing can be heard in the background. Charlie and Margie Stehno are both dressed in matching khaki coveralls and wearing white straw hats. Charlie smiles and points toward Margie “She makes doing all of this worth it.” “All […]

Pearl Beer Neon Octagon Clock Faces: 1930-1976

Pearl Beer Neon Octagon Clock Faces: 1930-1976

The Pearl Brewing Company was established in 1881 and began producing Pearl Beer in 1886.  In 1902, Otto Koehler became President and Manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association (aka Pearl Brewery). Pearl was one of only five Texas breweries to survive Prohibition. In the early 1930’s Pearl came out with their first advertising clock. […]

Brewery Collectibles Club of America Hosts Annual Texas Shiner Beer Show

Brewery Collectibles Club of America Hosts Annual Texas Shiner Beer Show

The Lone Star Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America will host a buy, sell and trade meet at Green-Dickson park on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This show will feature beer cans, bottles, glassware, mugs, openers, mugs, coasters, posters, neon and light-up signs, buy, sell and trade with […]

Gatherings for the Home Store Features True Antiques, Antique Reproduction Pieces

Gatherings for the Home Store Features True Antiques, Antique Reproduction Pieces

A mix of antique reproduction pieces and true antiques, Gatherings for the Home Store in Sugar Land, Texas offers a unique combination of primitives, and country along with accessories to compliment  the items. Cherry Whittington, who has sold primitives and country pieces for 22 years, also offers accessories such as real natural floral pieces to […]

Browsing an Antiques Store: Shoppers Open Up, Experience Flashbacks from Past

Browsing an Antiques Store: Shoppers Open Up, Experience Flashbacks from Past

Flashbacks and trips down memory lane are just two of the things people experience as they stroll through the aisles of an antique store. For one Midland man, who was often fondly called the “music man”, a stroll down the aisle of Sunflower’s Showcase Antiques meant a meeting with a long-lost brother. The gentleman walked […]

Former School Administrator turned Entrepreneur Finds Lucrative Avenue Upcycling Antiques

Former School Administrator turned Entrepreneur Finds Lucrative Avenue Upcycling Antiques

When Molly Bodungen opened a consignment shop, The Mercantile, in El Campo, Texas, she said her original purpose was to be a workshop where people could bring in their own pieces and she could walk them through the process of painting them, but the consignment took off and became so popular that she found she […]

Marburger Farm Antique Show Shares Surprising Secrets

Marburger Farm Antique Show Shares Surprising Secrets

ROUND TOP, TEXAS –  If an antique show had secrets, what would they be? The 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 at 8 a.m.? And did you know that those very early birds will find complimentary […]

Classic Collection Antiques Mall Still Going Strong After 15 Years

Classic Collection Antiques Mall Still Going Strong After 15 Years

Linnie Ray opened Classic Collection Antiques Mall, located at 833 Butternut in Abilene, Texas fifteen years ago after having her own store. The antiques mall has 40 booths with 27 dealers and 8,000 square feet of antique items. The antiques mall has an open, airy feel to it with no permanent walls. Linnie has two […]

Tips for Navigating Texas Antiques Week Traffic

Tips for Navigating Texas Antiques Week Traffic

By: Dewain Belgard  “This is my last time to shop Round Top”, I overheard someone say. I was eavesdropping. I felt guilty, I don’t know why. Everybody does it. But I was taught you shouldn’t do it. Not intentionally anyway. And if you chance to overhear someone else’s conversation, you must pretend that you didn’t. […]

Nay Nay’s Cottage Antiques: How I started selling antiques at Round Top Hill Antiques Show

Nay Nay’s Cottage Antiques: How I started selling antiques at Round Top Hill Antiques Show

It was a cool, crisp spring morning on March 25, 2010 when Sandra Becker opened her doors to a “first business” of her own, known as “Nay Nay’s Cottage Antiques.” Deciding on the name of her business adventure came easy as her four grandchildren call her “Nay Nay.” Renell Moore  January 8, 2018 Selling at […]

Fire Grenades: Antique Firefighter Tools

Fire Grenades: Antique Firefighter Tools

Back in the 1870s, you would throw a glass bulb full of liquid to douse a fire. These days, fire extinguishers look pretty similar and industrial. However, the fire extinguishers of old were arguably works of art in their own right. These bulbs were made between 1870 – 1910 and were known as fire grenades. Nov 11, […]

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