Sunday, March 29, 2015

Let There Be Light - Ideas, Favorite Things, and Show Spotlight

Show Spotlight

La Bahia

One of the oldest of the Round Top area shows, La Bahia is located on SH 237, in and around the charming 1897 Turn Verien dance hall. When you enter the hall, be sure to look up and see the old ceiling fans designed to look like airplanes. This show site has easy parking under spreading oak trees, providing shade and keeping the outdoor booths cool. On the grounds surrounding the hall are booths filled with everything from French style antiques to vintage Corning Glass bake ware.

Inside visitors will always find wonderful displays of crystal (look for Rex and Janet Andrews' beautiful cut glass), silver, flow blue, vintage linens and Jeff Weller's trunk full of silver plate tempting you to dig through and take home a treasure. At a dollar a piece you can't go wrong. Jeff also has an impressive collection of old restaurant ware individual creamers in a variety of sizes, shapes and decoration, all reasonably priced. 

The self-described Flow Blue King holds court in the rear of the hall with an impressive display of the popular and highly collected dishware. In the front corner as you enter there are several vintage linen dealers.  They carry European square pillow cases in immaculate white embroidered cotton and linen.  Shoppers will find a variety of vintage linens with their original monograms.  Find your initials, or bring a gift-giving list of family names! Barbeque lunch is served in the "new" section of the hall.  There are also lots of jewelry dealers set up there. 

I've included a photograph of a very sleek, light colored wood and metal chair to demonstrate that even though these shows are located in the beautiful rural country-side of Fayette County, many vendors bring contemporary mid-century pieces.  And there is plenty of man-cave décor at every show site. For more information about this and all the other show sites visit You can also find us on twitter, instagram: @antiqueweekend and facebook

 Let There Be Light


Farm and Factory Hay Trolley Light at Bar W
Wandering the show sites we have seen the most amazing lighting.  The creativity of the show vendors is amazing.  They prove that almost anything can become a light fixture, and the more rust the better! Chicken feeders, hay trolleys; simple buckets and exotic chicken wire lanterns from the Far East have all been re-purposed into fantastic light fixtures. Some of my favorite pieces come from Robert at Farm and Factory, set up in Bar W in Warrenton. He has taken chicken feeders and warmers and turned them into extraordinary light fixtures. The hay trolleys are really amazing and unusual.  Robert's reasonable prices on his chicken feeder lamps make me question if its better to DIY, or buy from a vendor with experience and all the parts needed!
Farm and Factory,
Bar W
Junk Farmer in Oldenburg
At Junk Farmer in Oldenburg you'll find buckets turned into lighting ready-to-go, and buckets waiting in her field ready-to-buy. Your choice, DIY or BUY!  Robert assembles his fixtures with UIL parts, extra safe cords, setting his apart.  Take a look at some of these examples of antique weekend  dealers' creativity. At La Bahia, in a booth filled with beautifully staged treasures, a corner was lit by a very unusual light fixture.  Greg and Rebecca Brown said they had gotten the piece unsure of what it was intended for, but loved the shape.  They have since learned they come from Southeast Asia, and originally had rice paper over the chicken wire creating the lantern. This one has already been stripped to reveal its rusty chicken wire.

Lantern to Lamp at La Bahia

I can so do that!

Rosie Knies, one of the La Bahia vendors had the neatest chicken wire-picture frame display piece to hold her postcards.  This is something that could be easily done with inexpensive materials.  If you are crafty, you may even have them around the house or garage.  Take an old wooden picture frame, jazz up the color as you like.  Cut a piece of chicken wire the same size as the back, enough to overlap the back of the frame for stapling.  Staple gun the chicken wire to the back of the frame.  If the chicken wire is too scratchy you could cover the edges with masking tape. Hang the frame so it hangs away from the wall.  A small ball of blue-tack at each corner will hold the frame away from the wall, and keep it steady. Use everyday clothes pins, painted a bright color if you like, to attach keepsakes, movie tickets, postcards or photographs to the chicken wire.  

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