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The 2012 Peep Show…

31 Dec

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The New Year. It always starts with a clean slate, which fills slowly but surely.   This past year wasn’t much different from any other year. Travel and friends mixed with art and junk to create a very good time. Also this year, I opened an Etsy shop, bought a cargo trailer for hauling all my junk, graduated a kid from high school and sent the same kid off to college at the University of Chicago.  You won’t see any of that personal stuff here. This is your tour of my junking year, with a few art stops along the way. So strap in and get ready for a LONG ride. Maybe you’ll see some familiar faces along the way or make some new friends. Hope you enjoy the trip. I know I did! {P.S. This was posted mostly from my phone. They have updated the app, and now I can edit it online. And, most importantly, you can click on the photos to see them at a larger size. You are welcome, Theresa Cano.}

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The photo above is from the Peacock Park Design showroom in Dallas. January market is actually a holiday market, with previews of new Halloween and Christmas merch (none of which is pictured here). Peacock Park had a Christmas line for the first time. It was TDF (to die for).

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Fab farm sale in early March… I made three trips to this sale (full price day, 25% off day, and half-off day). The final day, I was determined to get everything in one load. As you can see, a bookshelf had to be lowered in through the sunroof. This was hands down the best sale of the year. On two of my trips out, I saw the awesome mom-daughter duo of Accumulations. In fact, I gave up the coolest canvas seed spreader in exchange for their undying friendship. LOTS of familiar faces shopped this sale. It was huge. I think I bought 10 antler mounts, among loads of other things.

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Over spring break in March, I hit the well-worn trail to Waxahachie for A Paper Cowgirl art retreat. (I made that crown above!) Petticoats on the Prairie had taken their West Texas show on the road and set up shop that same weekend. It was a super fun weekend, and hopefully no one caught the bacterial infection I was unknowingly harboring. Steroids made me feel up to making the trip. Yay for good drugs. And good friends, like the rockin’ women below…

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That’s Karla, Beth and Lisa, three of the Paper Cowgirl teachers. And this is some serious foreshadowing for another art retreat I went to in April.

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Dear Amy And Betti (above). Betti travels all the way from NYC to come create with Paper Cowgirls. Secretly I know she comes just to see me. I had the chance to visit her in NYC a few weeks ago. She’s a fantastic hostess. She and I may get to spend some time together in Warrenton this spring. My fingers are crossed. Amy is my good neighbor. We love to make plans, but they almost always fall through. We need to work on that in 2013. I think I see some juice bar dates in our future!

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See Troy. See Robelyn. See Troy hug Robelyn. See the cutest picture ever. These two are my favorite Waconians…together at last at the Petticoats show. Junk brings out the best in them, don’t you think?

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No trip would be complete without a Debbie and Cat Daddy sighting.  Even in Waxahachie! Just between us, they are terrible at following driving directions. With them is Lisa Love Harris, who has the best smile I’ve ever seen. She moved back to Texas this year after living in the Pacific Northwest for far too long, IMO. So glad she’s back.

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On the left in the photo above is head cowgirl, Cindy (we’ve since talked about her strange arm pose. She promises to correct it next time.). Susan is in the middle. That’s NY Betti on the end. Can you tell it was St. Patrick’s Day? Betti had just spilled an entire cup of coffee on her brand new white ruffled leggings, but New Yorkers are tough enough to live with a huge stain out in public for an entire day. Watch for my meet up with Susan down the road in April. After this breakfast, Betti, Cindy and I headed to Ft. Worth for the Cowgirl museum and flea market shopping. Also we consumed some bundt cakes. Yes. Plural. They were small.

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Amy, Cindy, Betti and me… at some famous burger joint in Ft. Worth. Amy’s mom, Terri, took this photo. I think this was after we had shopped the Cattle Barn flea in Ft. Worth. I taught them a little something about ordering animal style.

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Now it’s the end of March, and we’re in Warrenton and Round Top, Texas. Ah, Happy Belly’s final Warrenton show. Gone are the days when I would bookend my Antiques Week visit with luch at Happy Belly. Oh, how I miss the meatloaf sandwich. Deb, you promised me the recipe. Don’t make me come to Florida to find you!

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Blue Hills show in Round Top. I’m in love with Love Train Antiques.

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Queen Lisa took the tiara theme seriously at Theresa’s blog party, bless her heart. She’s the coolest thing ever. She sells at Zapp Hall field in the teepee tent.

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Amy and Ms. Blends of Georgetown. I have made the most of my velvet jacket and pants this holiday season, D.

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This really dark shot looks to be Kim of City Farmhouse (middle) and the blog party host herself, Theresa, on the right.  Please help me identify the woman on the left! {BTW, I don’t know any of these people. I just show up and take pictures so I can brag on this blog. Ha.}

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I made her wear that crown. It was in her booth, and if I was expected to wear a crown, the hostess with the mostess was going down with me.

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Things sometimes get a little nutty after hours during Antiques Week.

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ToT!

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Shelley and Christie. Did I just botch the spelling? I’m just now realizing how well-represented Florida Is during Antiques Week and how long this post is! Hang on. We’re just getting started.

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The two Pacific Northwesterners invade Warrenton… Pam, of Plucky Maidens fame, and Lisa, the Garden Cat. Lisa has one murder mystery under her belt and is working on her second novel.

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Betsy and Elaine of Sisters Treasures joined in on the blog party fun. You can find their wares for sale at Fredericksburg Trade Days.

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ToT and Sweet T… and they seem to be behaving.
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Sandy came all the way from the west coast to enjoy our hot, humid weather. With her is Charlene and Lisa. They are all artsy girls.

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Happy. The only word to describe how Cindy makes you feel. Well…maybe not the only word. For reals I have no idea who the man is. We just liked his sign. And he was happy to pose for us. Why wouldn’t he be?

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You know trouble’s brewing when the sewing circle gets this large and the sun starts setting. That’s Lisa, me, Pam, Janie, Lynn, Elaine, Lisa, Cindy and Betsy.

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Kim, Debbie and the man who would like to be the next Cat Daddy. Goodluckwiththat.

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And speaking of CD, here is a gang of imitators…except David, who seems to exist in his own hot little world.

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Paparazzi shot. All that’s missing is a hand covering the camera lens. She did throw me to the ground after this was taken…as a warning.

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Luncheon at Royer’s, featuring Carol Bolton. That’s Charlene and Cindy with Carol in the photo above.

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Junk haul from Warrenton!

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Sweet Talk/Rubbish’s sweetie, Janet, at Marburger Farm. You should see this girl pack. She has serious skills.

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Stephanie’s junk at Marburger. She and Janet both sell in Dallas At a KILLER shop called Curiosities.

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Now it is some other month and we are in PLANO, TX. Yes. That is me with my BFF Tim Holtz.

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And now we add Susan to the mix. She later took me to lunch in her sweet convertible. Tim, sadly, did not join us.

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More art fun. This time with KC Willis in Ft. Worth. Somehow I didn’t get a picture of her. But this is the cover of my class project, a fabric collage book.

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And the art tour continues with Cami and Lisa, as we traveled to Kansas for Karla’s Birdsong retreat We got sidelined in Oklahoma for a few hours…junking.

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Karla in her element… at her home in Kansas. That is a blog post itself. She has an amazing home and is such a generous host. Her cooking skills are mad.

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The Texas  Birdsong crew… Me, Nicki, Tammy, Cami and Lisa. Tammy flew. On a plane. The rest of us carpooled Nicki is a drivin’ fool.

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I love this picture of Beth. Looks like she’s leading the art zombies to drink some kool aid.

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New friend from California, Dottie, who I plan to visit, with Karla. Yes, Dotti, I’m a known couch surfer. So don’t ever offer up your home — especially in Cali — unless you mean business.

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Karla poses for us, after we are loaded to go home…

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Then she somehow falls from the bumper to the ground, causing thunderous laughter. She wasn’t hurt.

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Now it is the end of May and we are in Hico, at the  Homestead antiques show.

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Brenda and Mike, the lovely owners of Homestead. All the Hico show vendors RAVE about how fun it is to vend at their shows. They cherry pick the best vendors. It’s a beautiful show.

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Random: My bedroom, sporting some Red.Neck Glam on the wall.

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Major junk haul over the summer from Lisa in Ft. Worth. Now she has more for me. She is threatening to send her sweet baby daughter to work the corner in her ‘hood if I don’t come claim the new goods soon.

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Citywide in Austin…Debbie and Theresa

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Cat Daddy and Cruz at Citywide…

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Antiques Week, Warrenton/Round Top fall show…shopping in the rain with funk and junk queen Nancy.

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Oh, David… Thanks for sharing him with all the rest of us, Kim. You are a trooper.
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Another decent Warrenton haul…

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After hours in Z app field with Debbie, ToT and Robelyn… Rex and Shelley… I think some tequila may have been consumed prior to this meet up. I won’t tell who consumed it.

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Awww…Marburger…

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Yep. Back in Warrenton.

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Now it is October, and we are back in Waxahachie for Paper Cowgirl Wicked Tea. New instructor Binky was a huge hit. She is junk + art. Bonus! You can find her shop in Llano, Texas, right next door to Whimseys.

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In October, my mom and I drove to Colorado City for the Petticoats show. I bought this, along with a trunkful of junk. Why there are no pictures, I’m not sure.

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Then there was the Rusted Gingham barn sale in Gonzales, first weekend in November, where I actually sold for a change. Okay, I bought there too. But this is some of my stuff. It’s a fun show. It was huge this year. And I think it was hugely successful, too. Why don’t you add it to your junking calendar. First Saturday in November, and the evening prior.

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Final junk purchase of 2012. When my sister brought her to me, her hands weren’t posed like this. I can’t show you that picture. One word: Nephews. I can’t decide if I’ll part with her or not. Right now she’s still pretending it’s Christmas, with a wreath around her neck and some sheet music in her hands. My cats love that she’s now wearing a fur coat. They are bonding with the fur.

That ends my “what I did in 2012” XL blog post. I hope it was a good year for you, junk-wise and personally. May 2013 be full of joy and prosperity! See you again soon. Next time, maybe you can be my co-pilot!

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The rest of the Warrenton/Round Top story

17 Apr
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Legs! One of the most photographed spots in Warrenton...right outside of Cole's. These body parts belong to Meloney and Brian of Seed Box Antiques.

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When staying at my Deluxe Accommodations in Brenham, I always stop at this small show on my way back to the fields. I don't know what it's called, but it's close to Burton. This year I bought some galvanized stuff from them.

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In Round Top...

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In Round Top, next to Royer's!!

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I've SEEN this photo everywhere, too... Warrenton...

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Junk Gypsy tent...

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Pardon the blur, but see if you can spot what's wrong in this picture (besides the blur). Taken at the Fayetteville show, where dealers are open late every night.

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On the road, literally, leaving the little cabin in the woods, outside of LaGrange. I found it a bit unsettling the way the look you straight in the eye!!

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Sweet Talk/Rubbish, Janet's brain child! At Marburger Farm. When you visit her booth, make sure you ask her to find a very specific word. She has THOUSANDS of flashcards. Also suggest that she lower her prices. She'll be your new best friend.

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More Rubbish...

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More Rubbish...Not only is Janet the flashcard queen, she also has cornered the butter pat market.

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More Rubbish...

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Rubbish again...

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Willow Nest at Marburger Farm

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The low-color beauty of Willow Nest once again...

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Willow Nest again. Linda spent some time in France recently and brought back all kinds of treasures...

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Willow Nest...

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Willow Nest

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Willow Nest...I love these fountains.

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Willow Nest...Yes! It's for sale!!

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Quite possibly my favorite thing: Conveyor belt. At Marburger in Fluff's space...If you haven't met Stephanie, you need to!

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French Fluff...I did bring a few of these home with me.

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Fluff...Beautiful bed!

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Fluff...I adore this lamp...

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Fluff

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More Round Top scenery...

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Snapped this while stopped in traffic on the highway!

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Janet of Sweet Talk/Rubbish had these gloves on the wall outside MFHLR (that's the OFFICIAL name of her location)...

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Part of my haul...

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Mom's meatloaf from Happy Belly: I like to bookend my trip with Happy Belly...a perfect way to start a junking adventure, and a sweet ending to a great week, too.

The goods. The scenery.

When you mix it all together with the food and the people and the events, you get the entire Antiques Week picture.

It’s all happening. Twice a year. In sprawling Texas cow pastures. See you there in the fall?

Warrenton a la mode

29 Sep

*I found this post in my drafts folder. I started writing it after the spring 2011 antiques week shows, but never got around to posting it. I’m not finishing it, but thought you might find it amusing, as is. I know I did. It brought back all kinds of good memories! Hope to see you at prom tonight! My apologies for posting sans photos. I promise you’ll see photos from the current show soon.*

Tips you can use for your next trip to Warrenton/Round Top, Texas!

1. I highly recommend finding an old friend you haven’t spoken to in 25 years who just happens to live close to Warrenton. Don’t be afraid to beg said friend for Deluxe Accommodations. Be a neat and quiet houseguest so that said friend will take you in once again when his swimming pool is complete. {But check in regularly with your junking friends so they don’t fret that said friend has become a serial killer during the past quarter century and chopped you to bits, when all the while you were simply enjoying an adult beverage followed by a perfect night’s rest in your temperature-controlled Deluxe Accommodations.}

2. DO eat at Happy Belly if you get the chance. Great people. Mighty good food. Have the meatloaf sandwich and see if YOU can guess the secret ingredient like I did.

3. DO buy plenty of Jill Suzanne candles because once you are home, you WILL become addicted. {Luckily she has a website!} Hey, maybe she and Happy Belly share the same addictive secret ingredient!

4. DO NOT skip Marburger Farm. During your visit there, if you’re lucky you’ll have a friend who had a birthday bash the night before and is offering up leftover cupcakes. {Decline politely since you had TWO the night before and opt for the salad with honey mustard instead.}

5. DO accept any and all social invitations, even if they require you to wear white, which means you have to change clothes in a bathroom stall at Cole’s so you’ll meet dress code.

6. DO watch for celebrities like Tori Spelling, but be willing to throw an elbow if need be. {I have faith you can take her down.}

7. DO stay out late for the Junk Gypsy prom. You’ll meet pirates. And men with boobs made out of globes. It’s scary and magical all at the same time. But, sadly, you WON’T win the cowboy boots giveaway.

8. Remember that the Port-O-Let is your friend — because you’ll be buying that $5 free refill (for the entire show!) tea from Royer’s. OR…plan your restroom breaks so they coincide with a trip to Cole’s (real toilets) or the Hillcrest Inn for breakfast/lunch/dinner {their bathrooms offer you the time-saving advantage of taking care of business WHILE you wash your hands. Amazing.}

9. Take a rolly cart. And remember to get it out of your car. It may be annoying, but it is a necessity for the hardcore junker. And when someone walks away with your cart, don’t worry. Simply follow him and say loudly, but politely, “Sir, Sir!” until he turns around and notices you. Then say, “I think you may have my cart.” He’ll apologize profusely, return your cart to you, then go fetch the one he left behind, which is shaped like yours but is a completely different color.

10. Have an adult beverage at Royer’s in Zapp Hall field, where you’ll be able to engage in some prime people watching. Don’t be alarmed by the group of women wearing matching tees and bunny ears. Nor should you fret about their purchase of the massive Corona bottle. Just pray, for their sake, that there is a beach house involved.

11. Engage in LOADS of conversation. Even if you think you’re bothering vendors, remember: It’s all. about. YOU!

12. Beware of the man wearing American Indian garb. He’s looking to make some bucks off your photo op with him. And he always seems to be right beside you. SKIP!

13. Buy at least one cool piece of clothing for yourself. That Salvage Slut tee is calling your name and would look perfect layered under a red.neck chic creation and topped with some mighty fine salvaged jewelry from any number of trendy sellers. So, yeah… buy some jewelry, too. And maybe a handbag or three.

F is for …

8 Apr

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Friday.

But mostly, F is for French Vanilla. At Marburger Farm.

Fabulous.

Literally

31 Mar

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It’s in my blood. And I couldn’t be happier. Next up: Marburger Farm.

Are you a VIB?

21 Jan

Marburger Farms is looking for a few good bloggers to blog about their spring show!  Can you think of anything more fun than that?!  Press credentials, t-shirt, swag bag…all in exchange for covering the most beautiful antiques show around {at least that’s what I’ve heard}!  To register as a Very Important Blogger, click here to fill out your form.  Hope to see you there!

The oldest profession

14 Apr

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While examining my “fifty” gifty from Janet of Sweet Talk/Rubbish, my husband zeroed in on the word “Chippy.”

At risk of tarnishing my stellar street cred, I’ll admit right here, right now that I was unaware of its slang meaning. But Webster confirmed it. Now I feel like I need a shower … but not before I sing the praises of Rubbish at Marburger Farms. Janet and I share a love of words. We met when she used to set up in the Bermuda Triangle of Cole’s… hard to find and nearly impossible to leave.  I’d never met her sister, Mo, until this trip to Round Top/Warrenton. I tell ya…these girls have got it goin’ on!  Two spaces. Two sisters. Twice the beauty. Too bad the pictures are from my cell phone. 

Who forgets to take a camera to Warrenton?

Me.

Now… about that shower…

Finally, a full trunk…

8 Mar

It seems like it has been ages since my trunk was full of decent junk. I hit a sale Friday that was really junky.  Quite awesome, in fact. Unfortunately, the early birds got the two pieces I really wanted — a child’s desk with cubbies and a child’s formica-topped table with vinyl chairs. Both pieces were red and white. {Suddenly I’m reverting back to loving my high school colors!}

But my haul was okay, considering my tardiness:

And the flea market didn’t disappoint:

Almost the entire display above was picked up Sunday morning. The medicine cabinet was too cute to pass up. I love its color, and it has pink wooden shelves behind that perfectly crackled mirror. The bottles sitting on top of the cabinet were a steal. I bought them from a vendor who KNOWS all he has to do is say, “if you buy all of them, I’ll give you a great price.” He has me pegged.  The book you see wedged under the little stool is a LEDGER. But for some reason, someone went through and marked through all the drool-worthy pen-and-ink entries with a ballpoint pen {blue ink. whatever}. STILL … the cover is amazing. And there are a few undisturbed pages within:

What do you think?

That’s all the blogging I can do today! It’s like pulling teeth to get these photos uploaded. My email is still a bit wonky, I think. So if you’ve sent me mail, and I haven’t responded, please forgive me. I’m doing the best I can. And let me know. Maybe try mailing to checkeredpastinfo@sbcglobal.net.

Oh! But one more thing {two, actually} … I got my Marburger Farm VIB card in the mail yesterday. I’ll be there Wednesday, March 30, to pick up my credentials and SWAG and to shop and visit with some of the nicest and most talented dealers around. So I may be doing a number of  “live” pictures-only posts from the show that day.  

AND last night, I logged on to Facebook only to discover Amy at JunkologIE had spotlighted my blog here.

Thanks so much for the blog love, Amy!

It’s all good!