Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday AntiqueWeekend.com Show Edition


Cool idea….

Bright colors and plants, its Spring!

seen at the Carmine Y, these colorful chairs shout spring.  Take any old chair, cut a hole in the seat to hold a plant, paint it a bright color and bring some spring to your front porch. 






Show spotlight:


Eclectic mix at Bar W

North Gate Field and Bar-W:  these are two of our favorite haunts.  We usually start our Warrenton shopping at one of these two show sites which sit side by side in Warrenton on SH 237 near-ish to FM 954.

Hand embroidered lines at Bar W
Both sites have free parking in the back, and room for larger vehicles.  The show sites are well laid out with a variety of vendors.  We have seen piles of antlers, metal letters, patchwork quilts, blue glass, cotton string and the list goes on. 
Beds, chairs and tailgates (of course!) at North Gate Field
We wander the aisles of North Gate, then Bar-W and then continue South into the heart of Warrenton.  If you are looking for large architectural pieces, the vintage Christmas decorations or brightly colored bar stools, these are the show sites to start with.
Visit AntiqueWeekend.com for a show map!




After Hours:

Tuesday night: Zapp Hall 8-12 Black Cat Choir, Texas Rose 6:00pm live music, Tuesday:  Coles Antique Show free wine tasting  (corner SH237 at FM954) Tomorrow night, Wednesday, live music at Scotty and Friends, in Round Top at the Village Green (SH 237 and Round Top Road/Bauer Rummel) outdoor deck under huge oaks.


Show food we love:

Country Chic Café are the new girls in town.  Cute signage at the road drew AntiqueWeekend to the Country Chic Café at Dillard’s Field on SH 237 in Warrenton, Texas. The Fall 2013 show was their first time as vendors, and they are back for Spring 2014.  Sisters Anna and Angela Mikeska have been shopping the show fields for 20 years.  They found the perfect spot to showcase their catering company, proudly serving Mikeskas BBQ.  It’s a “family and friends” enterprise from Temple, Texas.    Their focus is fresh food, super clean covered deck and kitchen, safe food temperatures and quality ingredients.  They bring some neat ideas to their Warrenton food booth, including a hand washing station on the deck for cleaning up before you eat. 
During the Fall show, AntiqueWeekend foodies enjoyed a chopped beef sandwich, baked potato with chopped beef, and sampled a smoked turkey wrap.  The chopped bbq beef was lean but moist, and not greasy.  Tender, easy to eat.  They offer barbeque sauce at a very nice condiment table that included pickles and onions.  Ice tea and lemonade are self-serve with refills of tea and lemonade “until they close”.  The self-serve lemonade and tea were the same price which meant we could mix the lemonade and tea “Arnold Palmer” style. YUM.
The baked potato was perfectly cooked, hot, wrapped in foil, and big, but not so big that it should feed a family of 4!  Nice serving of chopped beef with real sour cream and real butter.  The turkey wrap was impressive, nice lean smoked turkey, a spinach tortilla, crisp lettuce and fresh tomato.  A choice of two dipping sauces, ranch and honey mustard (both yummy, honey mustard was my fave). They also served wine and beer, and pecan pie for dessert.
The booth space is completely covered, has picnic tables and ceiling fans, a great place to sit out of the heat, or rain.  Plan your Warrenton shopping around Country Chic Café.
Visit AntiqueWeekend.com for more information on places to eat

Don’t miss: 

Fayetteville square, tents stay open late, and the square is lined with art galleries and restaurants.  From Warrenton take FM 1291 to SH159, right on SH159 to the square.
Fayetteville Square, dealers open late
The Carmine Y: on SH 237, show sites on both sides of the road including Gypsy Rose.  Food by Matter of Taste catering company at Grace’s Treasures, Gypsy Rose has Chef’s Kitchen.  If you are a last minute vendor Gypsy Rose has space available call: 832 492 3701.



FAQ: can I bring my pet?

We are often asked if the show sites allow dogs.  Most of the outdoor show sites in the Warrenton area, on the Round Top square, and beyond Round Top on SH 237 allow pets, however it is not really a suitable environment for pets, especially large dogs.  The weather varies; it can be rainy and hot.  Most of the shows sites are not air-conditioned.  The outdoor fields are just that, fields, and the terrain may be tough going for dogs.  The tent areas are crowded with merchandise and shoppers, and the passageways are narrow, again difficult for dogs.  We cannot promise you that the paid-entry or indoor show sites will allow you to enter with pets.  So, if you must bring your pet you will find plenty of shopping sites which allow it, but the best thing may be to leave them at home.

Gypsy Chic!

FAQ: What to wear?

Cowgirl sassy, gypsy chic, cute rubber boots, jeans, shorts, dresses, prom dresses, cowboy hats, red hats, tiaras.  It’s all good….and dressing up is part of the fun!  Remember, they are “fields” so if the weather is bad it may get muddy…a lightweight rolling cart is a good idea, carry a small umbrella, a hat and a change of shoes and dress in layers.






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