Gayle’s View on Texas

Brent has pretty much said it all on his post about our recent trip to Texas!!!! I had some thoughts of my own to add from a “girly” standpoint.

There was an abundance of all things I love the most….

heavy linens in all forms–from small pieces to whole bolts
grain sacks
homespun cloths
tea towels, tablecloths, sheets, pillow shams (all beautifully laundered, starched and ironed)
botanical prints–birds, bugs, plant forms
architectural fragments…..
painted, crackled furniture

but most of all…..

the repurposed jewelry…

my baubles!!!!!

Here in Oregon, there are many artisans creating jewelry fashioned from uncommon items, and I have certainly bought my share. In Texas, the jewelry seems to be a bit more outrageous. I settled on a pendant made from a silver plate spoon with the word “vintage” imprinted upon it. I purchased the chain link tiny purse (probably part of a lady’s chatalaine from long ago–see example below)

from Uncommon Objects. The tiny, very worn leather coin purse embellished with a cameo was found at the Marburger Show.
Mixed in with the jewelry I brought from Oregon, it made quite a statement for me.

The Junk Gypsy section was heaven for glitzy cowgirl wannabe’s and just plain eye candy. I could have purchased the pink awnings in the entrance right on the spot had they been for sale.

And wouldn’t we girls have fun on a road trip in this car?

This dealer is wearing a burlap skirt and heavy jewelry in 92 degree heat??????????

What a mixture of jewelry, cowhides, burlap bags, and more sold by a cowgirl wearing what appears to be a slip…

My favorite shop in Austin…..

Uncommon Objects–The name says it all–what a most wonderful collection of well..everything….and gives proof to those old maxim’s–
“One man’s treasure is another man’s trash” and of course “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. My purchase there was a corbel molded out of zinc.

Wonderful meals in Austin….Bess Bistro (owned by Sandra Bullock), Juan in a Million for breakfast tacos, and the best drink of all. The bloody Mary at the Congress Cafe after a long day of shopping. Maurine Audel, a friend and former employee at stars e-mailed us to try her favorite, the Eastside Cafe. We got right on that–the restaurant is in an old house and the vegetables and herbs served are all grown in the large garden behind the house. I was tickled to learn that the place was a favorite of the late LadyBird Johnson and Governor Ann Richards.

The Big Red Barn at Round Top featured 130 Americana dealers– a beautiful show for American Country furniture lovers– but pricey. We had a visit with Mary Emmerling who was there signing her new book, The Art of Turquoise. Mary and Brent compared bracelets on their wrists (Brent had more). Luckily Darwin had bought two early samplers at the Clutter show as the samplers at Red Barn were much more costly.

My mind is whirling with all the sights from this trip. One thing for sure however–Prices are much better here in Oregon. I bought a fabulous birdhouse at Stars and Splendid yesterday!!!!

Signing off with a thank you to Darwin and Brent–the best junking companions ever!!!!


A Texas Yahoo

We’re back from our weeklong adventure to Austin Texas. Darwin, Gayle and myself traveled to the big state of Texas to attend a string of antiques and vintage shows in the rural countryside out of Austin. From the starter show at the La Bahia grange hall to the Original Round Top Antiques Show, we were on the run, fueled with Texas Bar-B-Que. Ready to see and touch it all. And boy, we did.

First up was Clutter. This amazing show in Warrenton, Texas is a twice a year event. A mother and daughter team put Clutter on and we were excited to be able to attend. We got lost getting there so no need to wait in a long line. Parked the mini van and out the doors we all flew to shop at Clutter.

a new lady painting to join my collection

Walking through the Marburger Farm Antiques Show I came across this wonderful painting of a lady. If you read this blog you know that I collect vintage oil paintings of ladies. Quizzing the dealer, Stephanie Talley about this painting, I found out that my lady had been painted by an artist in San Antonio, Texas. His real love was portrait painting but he had to make a living doing something else. She had named this painting, Minerva. So I fell in love with Minerva. She’s on her way to be a part of my gallery of beauties. In talking with Stephanie, she asked where we were from (no Texas accent was a big give away I guess) Hearing Portland, she asked my name, then proceeded to recall our homes that had been in Country Living and Country Home Magazines over the years. Smart Stephanie knows how to make a sale.

treasures in uncommon objects in austin

One of our favorite shops in Austin was Uncommon Objects. Several years ago, Gayle had shopped there promising to return when she got back to Austin. Her raves were right now. Each of us had a bag full of goodies when we were done shopping at Uncommon Objects. It was interesting to see what was being showcased in this multi dealer shop. One of our dealers has a collection of vintage anatomy posters. Mitzi, Dealer 79 as Stars has them priced at $295 each. Let me tell you, they are a steal considering the prices we saw for the same thing in Austin.

one of my buys at uncommon objects

When you are running on the adrenalin of shopping for junk you can just about do anything. But when the weather is topping 80 plus degrees you need to take a rest from time to time. With food and plenty of water we were always ready to explore the next tent, the next show, the next field. We happened upon these rusty locker baskets right after a lunch break. I love rust in any form. I was taken by how the dealer had used them in her display. I just might copy her when they arrive. We were taken by the creative displays used in many of the booths at the various shows we shopped at.

love these wire baskets, they are mine own
the home of the rusty wire baskets

While we spent a considerable amount of time in the countryside shopping at all of the various shows, when it came time to look for nourishment, we only had to wander over to S. Congress Avenue in Austin for food and beverages. This is the hot spot in Austin. With plenty of fab shops (Uncommon Objects is located here) and tasty eating establishments, we had plenty of choices to fill our empty stomachs. One of our first haunts was the South Congress Cafe. Just behind that door was delicious food and a great Bloody Mary. We had to keep up our strength after all.

the doorway to nourishment

Once all our Texas “loot” arrives via the Postal Service and FedEx, I’ll share more photos. Yes, plenty of our purchases will be making their way into Stars. Hats off to Austin and all of the pleasant, helpful people we met during our adventure. But as we all know, it is fun to go but it is divine to come home.