Where every piece of junk has endless possibilities!
Ladies and Gentlemen I have some amazing news.
I am super excited to be here, it has been a dream of mine to come to this mecca of junk for several years.
Here is a look at the trip so far.
Joining us is Steph Powers from over at Sustaining the Powers, she is my token Texas tour guide. While this is her first trip to Antiques Week as well, she is a Texas native….and it always helps to have a native who can speak the language. 😉 She has shared with me a ton of local treats….Kolaches, and Rudy’s BBQ Breakfast Tacos, and Whataburger… and the list goes on.
Also on our trip down we managed to stop in Denton and visit a great little shop called The Dime Store. They offer a great selection of local, hand made decor, fashion, home goods and gifts.
Next stop…Waco to visit Magnolia Market. I have been a fan of Joanna Gain’s style for a while and could’t pass up an opportunity to see their cute little shop on Bosque, especially before they move to their new home at the Silos’s in October.
After two days on the road we made it to Round Top for Antiques Week.
The history of Antiques Week is super interesting, it began 1968 and has been put on twice a year ever since.
Every spring and fall junkers, and pickers and antiquers (I just made that word up) from all over the world gather in a small corner of Texas, to peruse and purchase some of the finest…junk….collected this side of the Mississippi.
You can find American and European antiques, vintage decor, art in all forms, glass, crystal, guns, architectural elements, vintage automotive parts, signs, furniture, light-fixtures, toys, clothes, re-purposed items, handcrafted goods, crafts, bits and pieces. I think the list could really go on and on, and you never know what new and unique item you might find, which is why over 100,000 people will visit over the course of the two weeks.
The what is pretty easy to nail down….the where is a little harder.Somewhere between Austin and Houston, antique sales take place across a large swath of Fayette County.
In tents on the side of the road and in fields, in barns and outbuilding converted into makeshift stores and halls, and in several dozen brick and mortar, mom and pop shops, over 500 independent vender’s gather to sale their wares. In small towns like Carmine, Fayetteville, Warrenton, Round Top and Shelby the shops and tents stretch on for miles and I am pretty comfortable saying that it would be impossible to visit them all in the two weeks of the show. But I am going to give it my best shot!
I hope y’all will join me!