Spring is in the air, the wildflowers are in bloom and the Antique Weekend spring show fields are open!
We visited dozens of shows sites over the last few days. We have seen everything from tractor parts to fine jewelry, vintage linens, kitchenware, antique and vintage furniture, new rust and old rust. If you remember it from your childhood, no matter how old you are, you'll find it in Warrenton or Fayetteville; Burton or Round Top; Carmine or Oldenburg; Shelby or Rutersville! Be sure to visit our website AntiqueWeekend for the maps and the calendar to be sure you can find your favorite show.
What to Bring.....
An AntiqueWeekend shopper's best friends are comfortable shoes, cash, and one of these great shopping baskets with wheels and cup holders! Many vendors in the heart of Warrenton (Zapp, Renck, Sommerfield, Tin Star) are selling these carts. They come in a variety of sizes, sturdiness and color. Some have liners for an additional cost. They are a great place to stash your umbrella (important this week since we may have a little rain) and treasures.
|The all important |
This one is a hit because it has four wheels and will stand on its own. It also has room for two water bottles in its cup holder...
Where to Start?
Visit our website and find show sites, the calendar to tell you who is open and when, and the map to see the area. All the show sites have food, bathrooms (many of the portable variety!) and some even have ATM machines. All have some kind of parking. Some parking is free, some charge a nominal fee which often goes to area churches and organizations. There will be traffic, so arrive as early as possible. In Warrenton the parking behind Northgate Field, Bar W, Tin Star, etc., connect, and so do the shows, so you can park at one and walk through many, many booths. With Marburger Farm opening on Tuesday, all the show sites will be officially open. Be sure to check the calendar for open and close hours, entry fees, etc.
What do I look for? Of course, chairs!
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Square, March 25
I am always drawn to chairs. Old chairs with rust, new chairs, or restored chairs. I like the simplicity of vintage styling. As we wander through the shows sites I often see first hand examples of "before and after". The show sites are filled with old rusty chairs waiting for a new home and a can of spray paint, or restored/refurbished chairs that have already had a coat of paint, but need new cushions. I love the rusty chair in Fayetteville, and then I saw one very similar to it, painted blue, in Warrenton. During the months between the Fall and Spring antique shows I wander the magazines and internet finding new versions of the classics, shiny and colorful. If you're not ready to repaint or refinish, chair cushions created from vintage fabric will give your new chair charm. Enjoy!!
|Brand new chairs with vintage style, |