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).
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.