Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hill Country Antique Show

Set up day is always interesting in the world of antique shows. Some shows are held in wonderful old barns, some in hotel convention rooms, some in tents and some in the middle of fields. The show I participated in this past weekend was held in the buildings of the local fairgrounds of Boerne, Texas.

Early morning on Friday - lots of unloading, hauling, unpacking, and much creativity needed!

This is was what I had to work with. Big, open, ugly, ugly fan. Nice, huh?

Mmmmmmm......cinder block walls........nice. And what are we going to do with that big, NASTY,fan?

 Oops, shot the photo before we steamed our burlap table covers.......but, notice the antique log cabin quilt? A perfect fit hanging over the fan.

My friend, Betsy, shared the space with me. I have a little bit of everything - tole trays, hooked rugs and other antique textiles, tramp art, vintage stoneware, concrete lambs, and Mexican pottery.   Betsy has the best of early American furniture, crocks, textiles, and old buckets with wonderful, original paint. Let's just say we make an interesting mix!

Our friend, Sandy, finds the best of old urns, baskets, statuary ..................

If it has old white or creamy paint, she loves it.

 Dealers from Austin, Sandra and Jim, always set up a great booth with the best of country and garden items - always lots of good old paint, too.

  Peg and Jon Van Dyne of French Vanilla specialize in antique garden items and architectural elements, and very, very creative lighting designs.

  This is a favorite sign that I spy at a lot of the shows I go to.  The dealers do not want to sell it, but enjoy hanging it in their booth at shows and I think they live by what it says! I keep asking them to sell it to me but so far, no luck!

Wayne Ayers is a folk art dealer from Chappell Hill, Texas (Round Top territory).

 His collections are folky, eclectic and guaranteed to make you smile. 

All in all, it was a great weekend and antique show. Most dealers sold more small items than large, but just as I say that I remember the dealer across the aisle from us loading out three pieces of furniture to the same customer yesterday afternoon................. so, as they say, go figure! I had a great show and sold to some of my favorite customers. Thank you to each of you!

The next show coming up is the   Hill Country Vintage Home and Garden Fair on March 10 and 11 in Driftwood, Texas, near Dripping Springs.  To learn more about it, go to Bloom and Bee Swanky blog or to Garden Antiques Vintage blog.


  1. It all looks so great and glad you had some good sales. Your blog looks awesome!!! so well done!

  2. Looks like you had a lot of fun! I hope you didn't have to tote too many treasures home.


  3. your spot looks so lovely, ann! and your new blog header - fantastic!

  4. Oh thanks for the mention and so glad to hear you are coming out. Aren't Peg and John the best. Would love to have shopped there, saw so many pretty things. See in you soon and looking forward to meeting you!!

  5. You turned an ugly spot into a "pretty spot".

  6. You did such a beautiful job! I want you to come participate in my show! =)


  7. Your space looks great! Glad the show went well, bet your exhausted!!

  8. you worked wonders with your booth space! i'm intrigued by the upcoming vintage/antique home and garden fair. if i can get away, i just might make the trip! :D

  9. I meant to ask you if your friend Sandy sets up at any other shows or if she's in a shop, loved her things. Have a great Monday, Theresa

  10. Your booth looks incredible! Sounds like you had a successful event~ congrats and thanks for sharing it all with us.

  11. Drats! I missed it! How did I miss it??? I must've been working. It looks like it was just wonderful!

    I guess I'm weird, but I think that big old fan adds a really cool industrial element.

    Thank you so much for the prayers, it really does mean a lot.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday,

  12. Anne, No you are not weird. I can see it looking really cool in the right space with the right kinds of things - maybe in the booth of Peg and Jon's with their industrial lighting! We should have traded with them! It just didn't fit with what we were filling our booth with. thanks for the comment!

  13. wow!!! this looks great - so sorry I missed it!!! :(

  14. Love your blog, love your home and antiques. I can't wait to meet you and become a "favorite customer" when I move back to Texas next year!''

  15. Oh My! It's a still life Paradise!
    Great work with that fan ;)

  16. great antiques you got here, love them



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