Category Archives: Antiques

Vintage Makes Me Smile

“What are you going to do with that?” Is often the question from my husband when I beeline it to a treasure at Warrenton, Round Top or anywhere we happen to be checking out. Well, thought you’d like to see some of my current projects.

  

This patio table looked sad and worn out. Not a lot of work and it fits perfectly in our store

  

  

Currently painting this little sofa it entry table, then…. 

 

Then, this little beauty arrived – a Facebook find that made me race to Huntsville to pick it up. The paint colors are what I selected to give her a whole new look…. 

 

The transition has begun, and yes, I just can’t do a simple one color redo! I have tried!!

The closest I might come to a simple project will be these two chairs — 

 

But, who knows! 

  

It could end up like this!!

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A Map to Round Top

  

This begins the antique feeding frenzy known as Round Top Antique Week. But this is SO much more than just Round Top or one antique week. But it IS a feeding frenzy for the visionary of all things junk. 

I usually cruise the show 3 – 4 times during this semi-annual shopping event. So, I’ve developed a little $-$$$ of where to go for the novice who sees the 10 mile tour from Warrenton to Round Top as a little overwhelming.

$ – Warrenton and points south toward La Grange. South of the Warrenton gas station and the famous Zapp Hall you will find fields upon fields of everything from metal letters and signs to homemade bird houses and everything in between. Just north of the gas station you will find fabrics, bric-brak and odds and ends to give any Pinterest fanatic brain overload. As you hit the northern side “of town” you hit Ex*Cess a land of industrial goodies – some with prices to match their weight. Some bargains.  If you’ve made it here in one day, covering both sides of the road – you have incredible stamina. Congratulations, you can now move to the next level!

  

This bed spring is now a backdrop for our store in La Grange – I found it in Ex*Cess.

$$ – Cole’s is across the street from Ex*Cess and along with the AC/heat and a nice bathroom, comes high prices, but they are high, much higher, quality antiques and collectables.

Now, you get in your car and drive to Round Top. The square seems overrun with clothing and jewelry tents, but hey, we all need a wardrobe addition. Especially after you stop for pie at Royer’s. Trust me, YOU-DO-NEED-PIE.

As you head up the highway there are now dozens of cool places to shop – many I’ve not even perused yet. Prices here go from $$ – $$$, but worth the visit. This is also the area where you can visit the famous Junk Gypsies world headquarters. 

$$$ – north of Round Top is Blue Hills

  

Worth the trip if not worth the dollars, but even Blue Hills offers one of a kind fabulous pieces.

  

Okay, if you have any money, stamina or sunscreen left head up to Carmine and the land of cheap prices, cheap finds once more.

Tomorrow I’ll post finds and outcomes to get you excited even more. Get rest to shop!!!

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Inspiration is Everywhere 

I love shopping shows and other stores, I get so many ideas….and get depressed at all the creativity I sometimes feel I DON’T have!  

At the risk of depressing you too (LOL) let me share some of what I saw today:

Able’s in Huntsville, Texas set up the coolest entry to a booth. Just made me want to go in…then out…in….out, well, you get the point!

Another homey example. 

Only in Texas does this make sense, but I love it – note the glitter this gal is sporting! This was at a great store, Antique Queens in Rockdale, Texas! Love their creativity!

What a great way to take the customer upward!

Ok, well this one’s just for me because I love reindeer! I want it too!!!

Just a fun collection all over the place! This is at French Marketplace in Navasota, Texas.

Stay designed inspired–even I surprise myself sometimes. And you will too! Just try it! 

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Shopping is Education

I am a seasoned veteran in the world of shopping. It’s been my job as well as my hobby. So, I always find it refreshing when I can stop and shop with fellow independent retailers.
So, for those in South Texas, or considering a trip, here’s some highlights for you to remember:
East Bernard – Polak Petals has apparel and jewelry for the fashionista and tons of vintage finds for the refurbanista.

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Then, head east to Rosenberg where antique shops abound. Prices are higher, but you never know what you’ll find.

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Then head north, circle back toward Fulshear, Texas and find the best candy store I’ve ever found.
Keep heading back west and stop in Sealy, Texas for Bliss. Lots of fashions and for those in retail, great ideas for display abound.
Then, of course head HOME to us!

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Fun with Friends

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I’m a curious sort. I love to meet people and learn a little about their store, market, whatever. I have used a variety of ways to meet fellow retailers from chatting at market to Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram. One of my fave retail “compadres” is the crew from Creative Touch & Candy Corner in Hutto, Texas. Yes, the home of the Hutto Hippos (that story I’ll save for another blog entry).
It’s great seeing other stores, sharing product info, display ideas and enjoying the camaraderie of others in the same retail boat – filled with all those ups and downs!
So, if your ever in Hutto, Texas stop in and meet my friends Matt, Kim & mom, Janet. Oh, and get some taffy – they’ve got an incredible assortment!

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Promoting What’s in Your Own Backyard

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We are lucky to live in a very proud state, especially when there is a program like GO TEXAN that makes it easy for independent retailers like myself find other Made In Texas products.
We have always carried only Texas foods – I mean why not – Texas has some of the best food in the country! We have found some fabulous items – such as the dips from Fredericksburg Farms (longhorn dip will make guy do anything!), the jalapeño peanut brittle and jalapeño gold for cream cheese is addictive (I’ve been stopped in parking lots asking if I have either in stock), and since I discovered Avocado Oil from Wimberley Valley Gourmet I hardly use Olive Oil anymore!
So, if you ever want some good Texas food products, just let me know! I can set you up!

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A Tale of Two Stores

When I opened Silver Barn 7 years ago I certainly wasn’t focused on opening another store. Heck, I just wanted to survive a gas crunch, a banking and housing crisis, 2 major elections, and a major drought!
Fast forward to 2014 and an opportunity comes along that is, well, now or never! Viola! Silver Barn gets a sibling – Silver Barn & Co. Why the “& Co.?” Because we have invited a few of our favorite people to bring their excellent taste and products to be the best we can be.
The challenges? Oh yeah baby! How do you remain consistent when one store sells one thing well and the other sells something different? Decorating two stores for Christmas is like the Groundhog Day movie – it is a new day of decorating every morning — over and over!
But where am I lucky? Two of the most beautiful locations in Columbus and La Grange, Texas house our stores; and the staffs at both stores keep me going and keep me sane! Thank you guys!! And, NO, I will not share their names!

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