My Junkin' Journal of Texas Antique Week!

 

The horse trailer was loaded up and we were off. The 16 hour drive to Texas Antique Week had started! 

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and the #texasantiquesweek #roadtrip has officially begun!

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No time for a NOLA pit stop, we had places to be!

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Yes, this is how we look after driving into the wee hours of the morning before pulling over to sleep in a parking lot {in the horse trailer...it has living quarters}. We however, chose the wrong location to sleep. The traffic going by started rolling at 6:30AM...so, that meant we weren't too far behind. ughhh! 

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"Texas, the only place you can run 85, and people pass you....a lot of people pass you!" - Dad

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As we drove closer to the field I became more and more impressed by how many round bales were out there. The field wasn't that big, so I'm guessing the hay was knee high? ha

Day One: We've arrived...

Texas Antique Week happens twice a year; once in the early spring and once in early fall. 

We made it!! Zapp Hall, home to a lot of fabulous junk!

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The "Coffee Bug" is a local hot spot for grabbing a morning beverage, but I came prepared with my own juice! I was on a 3 day mission, and I didn't have time to kill. 

The "Coffee Bug" is a local hot spot for grabbing a morning beverage, but I came prepared with my own juice! I was on a 3 day mission, and I didn't have time to kill. 

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As we began to wander Zapp Hall, I saw an amazing tee-shirt blowing in the wind. It was hanging from under "The Crooked Antler' booth, and you can never have enough clothing... so, I made a b-line over. The Crooked Antler is a mobile boutique that attends seasonal shows and festivals, and these ladies sure had some great pieces.  Be sure to check them out on facebook and instagram. Tell them, the girl from SC with the really thick accent sent ya! 

This booth had loads and loads of used, but still fabulous boots. 

This booth had loads and loads of used, but still fabulous boots. 

Rusted barn tin is a staple at Antique Week.  "If it's not rusted, it's too new." -Nicole 

Rusted barn tin is a staple at Antique Week.

"If it's not rusted, it's too new." -Nicole 

Zapp Hall is the original home of "The Junk Gypsies," and I've been following these ladies long before they began to be household names. Although, they now have a permanent location just down the road, they still keep a small booth space at Zapp Hall. We couldn't resist taking a our picture in the mock "Large Marge." 

Zapp Hall is the original home of "The Junk Gypsies," and I've been following these ladies long before they began to be household names. Although, they now have a permanent location just down the road, they still keep a small booth space at Zapp Hall. We couldn't resist taking a our picture in the mock "Large Marge." 

I was dressed perfectly for this years Junk Gypsy "out-house" photo boot...and well, I never turn down a photo opportunity!

I was dressed perfectly for this years Junk Gypsy "out-house" photo boot...and well, I never turn down a photo opportunity!

The best way to describe Texas Antique Week...Adult Disney World! It's bright, colorful, hospitable, and has junk! Can you think of anywhere else you liked to be? I didn't think so!  

The best way to describe Texas Antique Week...Adult Disney World! It's bright, colorful, hospitable, and has junk! Can you think of anywhere else you liked to be? I didn't think so!  

I will now and for always want a hot pink sofa! I can't un-see this...It was magical! But I never even got a chance to see the price or even know the name of the booth I was in. { I had missed placed my father at the time, and I was more focused on find him, than on this amazing couch.}  Another helpful tip during TX ANTIQ Week:       Way, leads on to way...If you want something, get it! I can't explain how large of an area this event covers, and trust me... if you don't grab it when you see it, you'll miss out.  

I will now and for always want a hot pink sofa! I can't un-see this...It was magical! But I never even got a chance to see the price or even know the name of the booth I was in. { I had missed placed my father at the time, and I was more focused on find him, than on this amazing couch.}

Another helpful tip during TX ANTIQ Week:       Way, leads on to way...If you want something, get it! I can't explain how large of an area this event covers, and trust me... if you don't grab it when you see it, you'll miss out.  

If you don't follow fashion, or have been living under a rock...Fringe is back in a BIG way! It is everywhere and on everything. Clothing, shoes, purses, basically anything that will stand still. It sure was alive and kicking in TX.

If you don't follow fashion, or have been living under a rock...Fringe is back in a BIG way! It is everywhere and on everything. Clothing, shoes, purses, basically anything that will stand still. It sure was alive and kicking in TX.

This was our last stop, Beads by Sandy. You can guess that by now, Dad was exhausted and resting on the front porch {making friends with the one and only Sandy Schor himself}. Sandy buys vintage beads from all over the world and they were gorgeous to say the least. He does shows from coast to coast, but you can also find him on facebook, Instagram {SandySchor_Co}, and at beadsbysandy.com. 

This was our last stop, Beads by Sandy. You can guess that by now, Dad was exhausted and resting on the front porch {making friends with the one and only Sandy Schor himself}. Sandy buys vintage beads from all over the world and they were gorgeous to say the least. He does shows from coast to coast, but you can also find him on facebook, Instagram {SandySchor_Co}, and at beadsbysandy.com. 

I had purchased these antique coat check tags, skeleton keys, and tool tags earlier in the day. I was now in the market for something unique to help me turn this "trash" into fabulous treasures.  Sandy and his staff were great, and I have to give a {BIG} shout out to my girl Katie! To say she was great at her job, definitely would be an understatement. She could sell ice to an eskimo! I true asset to any sells business. Sandy is a lucky boss! Katie also manages the company Instagram...Go ahead and give her a holler!

I had purchased these antique coat check tags, skeleton keys, and tool tags earlier in the day. I was now in the market for something unique to help me turn this "trash" into fabulous treasures.  Sandy and his staff were great, and I have to give a {BIG} shout out to my girl Katie! To say she was great at her job, definitely would be an understatement. She could sell ice to an eskimo! I true asset to any sells business. Sandy is a lucky boss! Katie also manages the company Instagram...Go ahead and give her a holler!

Day Two: It's getting serious...

It's morning in Warrenton, Tx. and this is just a glimpse of what every morning was like.  

Before we hit Marburger Farm, we hit the H.E.B for groceries. Bread, Dukes, ham, drinks, etc...{FYI, I ate more ham sandwiches in that week, than I have eaten in my whole life.} They had this delicious line of organic beverages called "Juice Stand."  I'm not a big pusher of eating organic,{I believe the only true way for something to be organic, is that it be grown in your back yard} but I know my girl, Amanda Scott; over at Sweet Tea Jewels would approve...So I had to take a picture! It was so good, and I'm actually disappointed I can't get them in my home state. Also, I discovered "Moon Drop" grapes. Yes, folks those huge black things I'm holding are grapes. They were the best tasting grapes I have ever had, and you got plenty of bang for your buck. It would take two or three regular sized grapes to make just one of these tasty morsels. I guess everything is bigger in Texas.

I read lots of blogs about Antique Week before I left South Carolina, and the one thing I kept seeing over and over was Marburger Farm. I read one blog that said if you could only go to one place, Marburger was it.  We actually drove past it on day one and saw just how large it was, so we decided to dedicate as much of day two as we needed to this one location.  It did not disappoint! Marburger Farm is a history lesson, a perfectly merchandised time machine to our long lost past, and pretty much like visiting the Smithsonian{except you can touch everything}.  

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They had a whole booth dedicated vintage designer handbags and half of that was dedicated to Louis Vuitton {of course}. These antique trunks, go for $14.000 to $16,000...Aren't tiny houses the going thing right now? I'll just move into one of these...I mean it has an ironing board, what else could I need?  {But really, how gorgeous would one of these be as a coffee table?}

They had a whole booth dedicated vintage designer handbags and half of that was dedicated to Louis Vuitton {of course}. These antique trunks, go for $14.000 to $16,000...Aren't tiny houses the going thing right now? I'll just move into one of these...I mean it has an ironing board, what else could I need?  {But really, how gorgeous would one of these be as a coffee table?}

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I was even unaware about a few "things" being "things". When I was a small child, my mother had flash cards with black and white imagines on them {baby, door, kitchen, spoon, etc}, along with their matching word cards.  The intent was to do a little "Show-n-Tell" with your child to help them learn to speak. I still have mine and to this day had never seen, nor heard of anyone else having them...That is, until I got to Marburgers. There was a whole booth committed to these cards. Not only that, but you can see in the below picture it was packed...They are a "thing", who knew! 

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I'm not sure about y'all, but I love a stuffed peacock {really, a stuffed anything}. It all started with a 2011 article in InStyle magazine.  They did a spread on Dita Von Teese, entitled "The Showgirl Next Door." Her home was of my dreams, and her living room displayed many mounted animals, one of which was {you guessed it} a peacock. Although, I had never seen a mounted peacock in person, I wasn't surprised to see many of these majestic birds under the Marburger tents.  I had quickly realize; Texas Antique Week was the land of dreams, and anything was possible. So, I silently planned the decor of my forever home....

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Below: Dita's Livingroom 

There was something excited to see around every bend...I stumbled upon this breathtaking artist, Dolan Geiman. He is an American mixed media artist, craftsmen, and commercial homegoods designer. His pieces were to-die-for! He use found items both new and old to create these beautiful works of art. You can see more of his collection at dolangeiman.com

The tents started at A and ended with F, each housing about 40 different vendors. I personally tend to be more interested in the American items{and the junk}, however I do find the European imports gorgeous. They just seem a little too opulent for my current lifestyle. As I walked by the booth below, I felt a little like I was in Ariel's secret grotto. Full of all her gadgets, gizmos, whosits, whatsits, thingamabobs, and who can forget the dinglehoppers. They also had huge price tags, so it was common to find myself speed walking through certain sections. 

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My father would often skip ahead of me to find a seat and rest while I carefully made sure to walk past every booth. As he sat patiently waiting among the thingamabobs, he spotted this box of broken plaster molding, or as he liked to call them "trash." He couldn't quite understand why they cost $25 each, or why anyone would buy broken items. I had to remind him of the weeks theme, "one man's trash, is another man's treasure.". I told him that these items would look nice on display in a glass bowl...Clearly, some people have a gift to see the possibilities and others don't. Seeing the possibilities is definitely one of my gifts.

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Exhausted, and getting delirious.

Exhausted, and getting delirious.

Along with the large temporary tents, the property has relocated old dance halls and general stores to also house vendors. 

Along with the large temporary tents, the property has relocated old dance halls and general stores to also house vendors. 

 
We drove the the neighboring town of La Grange more than once for dinner and supplies. What you might not know about La Grange, TX is...it was home to the famous "Chicken Ranch." Some of you may be for familiar with the movie adaptation "The Best Little Whore House in Texas."   "It's just a little bitty pissant country place, ain't nothing much to see. / No drinking allowed, we get a nice quiet crowd......"  Well, if you don't know how the rest goes, do yourself a favor and watch this cult classic! You can thank me later.    "You know, it's always a business doing pleasure with you" - MONA

We drove the the neighboring town of La Grange more than once for dinner and supplies. What you might not know about La Grange, TX is...it was home to the famous "Chicken Ranch." Some of you may be for familiar with the movie adaptation "The Best Little Whore House in Texas." 

"It's just a little bitty pissant country place, ain't nothing much to see. / No drinking allowed, we get a nice quiet crowd......"

Well, if you don't know how the rest goes, do yourself a favor and watch this cult classic! You can thank me later. 

"You know, it's always a business doing pleasure with you" - MONA

Day Three: The end is near...

We had to make a stop at Junk Gypsy Headquarters...Joie even let me put a Nicole Moore Sticker on Large Marge. 

We had hit all the hot spots, and now it was time to get down to some serious junking.  I can't stress to you enough, that If you can imagine it, it was at Antique Week. Vintage marquee lights, rusty tractor parts, old lunch trays,  and even hundreds of decapitated baby dolls.  And really...who isn't in the market for a creepy baby doll. 

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I fell in love with this creepy clown doll! 

I fell in love with this creepy clown doll! 

Marquee letter are a really hot design element right now, and they were in spades. You could choose anything from a true vintage theatre marquee letter, an old company sign letters, and even this awesome company below that made new letters, with and without lights.  

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I found this great piece of vintage fabric, and of course I had to snag it up. I've been toying with the idea of adding a few children's styles to our collection, so I'm certain this will not be the last time you see this fun pattern.

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I loved that I never knew what I'd see around each bend.  This handsome fellow was part of a life size set of wise men.

I loved that I never knew what I'd see around each bend.  This handsome fellow was part of a life size set of wise men.

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Even if i had wanted you to ride in my "Little Red Wagon," there would have been no room {Side note, I got this red rider wagon for my first birthday}. I definitely snagged up lots of great goodies and can't wait to share the details in the future.

Even if i had wanted you to ride in my "Little Red Wagon," there would have been no room {Side note, I got this red rider wagon for my first birthday}. I definitely snagged up lots of great goodies and can't wait to share the details in the future.

I scored a gorgeous mink stole for only $25!! 

I scored a gorgeous mink stole for only $25!! 

Thursday night was the infamous "Junk Gypsy Prom." This event was made famous by Joie & Amie Sikes of the Junk Gypsies, who now have their own junking TV show in GAC. Everyone dons an old prom dress or something of that fashion and dances the night away. 

Thursday night was the infamous "Junk Gypsy Prom." This event was made famous by Joie & Amie Sikes of the Junk Gypsies, who now have their own junking TV show in GAC. Everyone dons an old prom dress or something of that fashion and dances the night away. 

My dad was such a sport about the whole trip {he really did enjoyed himself, even though he still doesn't understand why people would pay good money for junk}. I had his outfit all picked out to wear to the "prom", but honestly we had walked all of Warrenton, TX in the blazing hot heat...I just told him he could wear what ever he wanted too!   

My dad was such a sport about the whole trip {he really did enjoyed himself, even though he still doesn't understand why people would pay good money for junk}. I had his outfit all picked out to wear to the "prom", but honestly we had walked all of Warrenton, TX in the blazing hot heat...I just told him he could wear what ever he wanted too!   

When you take a crazy selfie, and later realize the "Gypsies" were in the back ground! 

When you take a crazy selfie, and later realize the "Gypsies" were in the back ground! 

This was a great way to end my 1st Antique Week experience.  

This was a great way to end my 1st Antique Week experience.  

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Au revoir HWY 237...You were everything I had dreamt you'd be! Fingers crossed I'll see you in the spring! 

XOXO- Nicole