Thursday, October 25, 2012

Partying with Binky la Faye

I am so glad that I was invited to Binky la Faye's 11th hour Celebration of All Things Fall through facebook. We were already planning to be in Fredericksburg and Llano wasn't much farther down the road. The party was held inside of her antiques store.
Isn't this one of the coolest witch hats that you have ever seen?

 This is who greeted us at the door. Very cool costume.
 Part of the celebration was a Halloween fashion show and this costume was my absolute favorite.
 We even partied with a voodoo witch. (Cindy is probably the nicest voodoo witch you could meet)
 Binky posed with me for this one. She put on one heck of a party. People at her party were trying to get Howard and I to move to Llano. It's a sweet town. You can live in Llano without paying the high taxes of Fredericksburg. Sounds good to me.
 We met lots of cool people. I can see the benefits of living in Llano.
I even won a door prize. Like my new hat?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Warrenton draws me like a magnet

On Friday, my sister and I got up early and drove over to Warrenton. We saw houses for yard birds . . .
 . . . and houses for song birds.
This bench had so much cool all over it. It would be perfect on someone's front porch. It wouldn't be for mine because we barely have a porch on our house.
I even saw my sister kiss a pig. It belonged to Oleta of My Pig Flew. I scritched its snout. I certainly had no interest in kissing it even though it was a friendly pig. I guess most pigs are and I hear they make good pets. I just would have to be paid or lose a bet to kiss one.
I even spotted a metal weinie dog.
I bet Mike Wolfe would be all over this one!
Some people are just plain genious. How fun would this be as an entrance to your side yard?? I saw many, many more really fabulous items, but as usual, my camera stayed in my backpack most of the time.
Now Saturday was another story. My sister had to work so she couldn't join me for a second day of shopping fun. The radar made it look like the rain had moved east, so I decided to drive back over there only to have the sky opened up and dump some much-needed rain to the area about an hour after I arrived. It made shopping incredibly challenging. I wouldn't recommend it. You have to be made of tougher stuff than what I am made of.

The ladies that I usually see at Warrenton have moved over to Marburger Farms which opens tomorrow. I sure wish I could be there!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Antiques Road Show Veteran

I am now an Antiques Roadshow veteran. My sister and I got up at the butt crack of dawn to drive to Corpus Christi to get there at 7:30 am. I am NOT a morning person so getting up and functioning at that hour is a major feat for me.

We got there just on time and scored an upfront parking space. Being from here, I knew one of the best places to park. Tee Hee.

Once inside, we walked 1/4 of a mile to the other side of the building and got into one of those cattle lines. Since my sister and I were among the first to enter the building, we weren't too far back in line. The first stop is at a table where you are given cards to indicate which line you are to get into next.  Everything flowed very fast and I was in the first line only about a minute.
I was given a ticket to see an Asian Arts appraiser but this item was really an item that a Metalworks appraiser needed to see so I had to take my referral ticket and get in a different line.

I was next up so no big deal. The appraiser told me that these two pieces weren't originally together. They had been "married". He said that the cloisonne egg is modern and the egg cup is English 19th century. I told him that it was a May-December romance. He valued the egg at $10 to $15 and the egg cup at $50 to $75. Based on what I bought it for, I did good. I picked it up at Mary Lewis Kleberg's estate sale.
My next item took me to the other side of the venue and I was first in line for that one as well. I bought a set of books that were all written by Rex Beach at the turn of the century.
All but one book was inscribed by Caesar Kleberg. I guess someone somewhere along the way didn't return his books. LOL The book appraiser said that these books would fetch more $$ around here since not everyone is familiar with the Klebergs or the King Ranch. Living in Kleberg county, we know exactly who the Klebergs are and all about the famous King Ranch.

Even with that, he appraised the set of 7 books to be worth between $250 and $300. SCORE!!

Since both of my items were once owned by very important, local people I was sure that they would want to film me for the show. I guess not.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

I found Jesus!

I found Jesus! Actually, he wooed me years ago, but this morning, while out hitting the yard sales, I found this Jesus the Good Shepherd figurine.
I also found these wonderful Enid Collins purses. Did me a little happy dance. Yes, I did.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Antiques Road Show

Can you see me doing a happy dance? A friend of mine gave me these coveted tickets. The tickets say that we get to take two items each for appraisal. I've already thought two things that I want to have appraised. I just need to decide on what the other two things will be. I have to haul these things around so I know that I don't want to take furniture.

I am so excited!! I think I'll get my hair highlighted in case I get to be on television. I guess I better get my appointment set tomorrow. . .

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Renaissance Antiques

One of my favorite spots is the Renaissance Antiques shop in Corpus Christi. It has a very different flavor. It feels like a shop you might find in Austin. Kind of has a Bohemian feel.
It is right next door to Betty's Trash to Treasures where I have two booths.
The upstairs is dedicated to vintage clothing and cool accessories.

Today, I was handed the keys to my very own display cabinet. I am just plain giddy!! I feel like I've been invited to sit at the cool girl's table.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Southern Hearts

I am thrilled to have been invited to become a consignor at Kingsville's newest store, Southern Hearts. It's a fun shop owned by sisters Michelle Smith and Mary Kathleen Yeary. I got moved in last night with the help of my husband and my son. The store opened this morning sharply at 10:00am. They have done a marvelous job in setting it up.

The store is located on King Street, right across from the Chamber of Commerce in the Frontier Center. They are planning to even have artist's workshops, make-it and take-its, and girl's nights out in their creative art studio located in the shop.
I will sell furniture, jewelry, pictures, and other goodies there.

Stop by when you get a chance; you'll love it.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Picture this!

Lately, I've been on a photo display kick. This afternoon, I found a frame that I had left in the workshop and decided to do something with it. My husband says it is HIS shop. Whatever. I would rather that he claim the kitchen.

Since I have a suitcase full of doileys and laces, I sorted through them until I found one that was a suitable size. I draped it over the wire on the frame, fanned it out and stapled it to the frame. I like the look. I will most likely make more of these.
Before my shopping trip to Warrrenton, I saw a door mortise used as a little shelf on Becky's blog so I added them to my mental shopping list. This one was bigger and a little different than the others. It looked like a great place to attach a photo. I love shopping up there. I wish that I lived closer. If I did, I would be there every day it's open. (except when it is killer hot)
Beyond The Picket Fence

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mega-shopping in Warrenton

Part of the fun of shopping at Warrenton is the friendly faces I see. Here, I am standing with Debra, Robelyn, Cindy, and Sandy. People come from all over to participate in the fun. I wish that I could bottle all of the creativity that is wandering around the place. I also wish that I could post the links to their blogs, but Blogspot is being a brat not being nice today.
I also stopped in to see Theresa. She hosts a super blog party that I love to attend. I sadly missed it this year. :( My time was split between seeing my Mother-in-law, my parents, and SHOPPING!
Since I only got to shop for 2 days this time, I didn't get to go everywhere I wanted. Most of the people in this line were headed to Marburger Farms. Maybe next time. There were cars as far as the eye could see. It took us about 15 minutes to travel 1/2 mile.
You never know what you will find. If a giant moose is on your shopping list, you're in luck!
It's amazing how many lovely treasures can be packed in one tent. I filled up the back of the truck at this spot.
This sign would be fun at a birthday party. I would have liked taking more pictures, but when I am shopping, I am on a mission and forget to take my camera out of my pocket.
I found the perfect way to cool off at Hilltop. Now we're talkin'! It sure was nice to sit in air conditioning for awhile.
Apparently, they move the cows to another location during Antiques Week since cattle do not normally go shopping. Better watch where you step. We are in Texas!