Last weekend I visited the New Braunfels Antique Show. I walked in to find a sea of tables covered in fine china, pottery, glass, and collectibles.
I quickly discovered that this show featured 'fine' antiques. The value of breakables on one table is worth more than all the chippy inventory in my garage. I am looking for bargains with single digit price tags, but the refinished furniture from a century or more ago (though beautiful) was a bit over my budget.
I got to talking with the owners of Cheeky Mare and learned that this couple leads buying trips to Europe throughout the year. Their all-inclusive tours of the hottest fleas and markets in England and France even include packing and shipping of all purchases back to the U.S.! Sounds great, I said, but aren't the goods even more pricey across the pond? They said that due to Europe's declining economy, amazing finds are beyond affordable. They sold me; I am definitely interested in taking one of their trips in the future!
I was also really impressed with these flattened spoons with jewel embellishments. Seems like it might be less frustrating to make these then stamping words. Perhaps there is a new project in my future...
I rounded the corner of the last aisle and spotted some junkin' friends - Betsy and Elaine of Sisters' Treasures. It was great to catch up with them and their space looked awesome: full of vintage garden junk, just what I love!
This atlas could help me plan my buying trip to Europe!
Though I left empty-handed, I found great conversation and perhaps a future vacation. I would call that a good show!
Have a chic week,