If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that my husband and I spent this past Friday and Saturday scouting out Antique Alley Texas. It was part work trip, part anniversary trip (10 years!), and we really had a blast. We stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast in the quaint town of Hillsboro, and I will share some beautiful pictures of that place later this week. We also did a lot of picking though and brought home a truck load of great things. Antique Alley takes place twice a year and stretches between three small towns that are about an hour south of Dallas. It was my first time going, and I definitely hope to go back again. It was a great mixture of garage sales and vendor fairs, and provided merchandise at every price level. We scored some fantastic deals, but I do think we got out a little too late to find the best of the vintage furniture. Here is a highlight of our haul–some of these are iPhone pictures, so please excuse the poor quality! This rusty, kinda peach-colored typewriter table was one of our first purchases. It would make a fantastic planter display in someone’s garden. Another early purchase was this 1930’s antique German cradle. It is in excellent condition and is beautifully carved. I can’t believe after this many years none of those tiny little spindles have been broken! I bought a nice little collection of old glass bottles from a market vendor (there are a bunch more!), as well as this super cute child’s desk and chair. These actually came from two different vendors at the same market, I couldn’t believe they went together so well! This old pressure gauge was a fun garage sale find. There are a few hints of blue on its casing which may show up more after I clean it up a little. I also was able to get ahead on some summer displays for my booth. Old toolboxes, gas cans, a rusty lantern, and this chippy barstool are the beginnings of a great 4th of July vignette. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I absolutely love old rocking horses. Now I finally have one of my own! Although he’s too big to display on top of my piano . . . so he will eventually be sold up in my booth. His springs and paint are all in fantastic shape. I’m trying to decide if I will be a nice mother and let me 2 year old bounce on him a little before I sell him, or if I should be a meanie and protect my investment. I shared on Instagram about the huge collection of Reader’s Digest Condensed books I bought from the Grandview Library. Of all I found, this one is my favorite. They all have such beautiful covers, but I have never seen one with this seahorse motif.
A few of the things I found have already made it up to my space, like this garage sale antique mirror. Also a vintage porcelain Collie, for all those Lassie lovers out there, and a cool, old Mason’s ruler. This really is just a fraction of what we found down at Antique Alley. There is also lots of silver-plate, a drop-leaf farm table, several vintage brass trivets, two gorgeous crystal and marble-based lamps, and some other knick-knacks. It was so much fun spending those two days digging through all sorts of junk and fishing out some great treasures. Be sure to check back in a few days to see more of our beautiful Hillsboro B & B, and the delightful horse family who we made friends with.
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