I have missed several of my favorite markets recently, and will be missing another one at the end of this month–but the hunt must go on!  Last minute, I decided to run down to Antique Alley Texas on Saturday in an effort to make up for all my missed markets.

 

 

Antique Alley is a market that runs along Hwy 4 in between Cleburne, Grandview, and Maypearl, Texas.  It happens twice a year, on the third weekend of April and September.  My husband and I first went down to the show this past April to do some pickin’ and celebrate our 10 year anniversary.

 

 

We had a lot of success in April finding some great inventory, so I was excited to try it again this past weekend.

A pickin’ trip of this magnitude is definitely a 2 person job, so I’m thankful my friend Lori could come along with me (since hubby this time had to stay home with the boys).

 

 

This picture was at our first stop, before we got hot, sweaty, rained on, then covered in dirt and dust 🙂

One thing I like about Antique Alley is that it is a mix of garage sales and larger antique markets.

 

 

I tend to avoid garage sales in my area because most of what is sold is really just junk or kids’ clothes.  But the sales down at Antique Alley tend to have better inventory because it’s an older, country area.  And when you have lots of garage sales concentrated in one small town, it’s easy to swing through many of them quickly and find some really great deals– like this antique ironstone creamer I bought for $1.

 

 

After exhausting the garage sales, you can head to the larger antique markets and find plenty of quality inventory nicely displayed, although expect to pay higher prices.

 

 

So it’s really the best of both worlds–cheap, close together garage sales, as well as quality antique markets all tied together in one event.

 

 

I ended up coming home with a nice truckload of inventory, including this hutch top with plate rack shelves.

 

 

I’m thinking a coat of chippy milk paint

 will look awesome on this piece.

For larger items I also found a small art deco vanity, primitive red wood bench, and large white door, complete with chippy white paint and original hardware.

I stocked up on “smalls” too:  old concrete brushes, milk glass vases, ironstone pieces, old books and postcards (remember I love my old paper!), a brass scale and planter, yellow coke crate, and a great numbered crock.

 

 

I passed on an old red wheelbarrow, and I’m still kicking myself over it.  I also wish this gorgeous iron fence post had been for sale . . . but it was still part of somebody’s yard 🙂

 

 

I’m hoping I bought enough inventory to last me through October!

We barely scraped the surface of all that was for sale at Antique Alley.  If you are near the North Texas area, I would recommend it as a great show to attend, both for “professional” dealers as well as anyone looking for great deals for their own homes.

Speaking of great deals, it’s time to announce the winner of the antique ironstone pitcher from Kelly’s Southern Gilt Etsy Shop . . . Congratulations Danielle!  Look for an email from me soon, Danielle, with the details of your prize.

And remember, Kelly is offering a 15% discount to her shop for all Lost & Found readers through September 30, so you have 8 more days to shop!  Use the code LOSTANDFOUND15 when checking out to save on Southern Gilt’s great treasures.

Another 1st Friday Etsy Feature shop is coming up on October 4th, who will it be this time?

Hope you all have a fantastic week, and happy hunting!

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