Monday, April 29, 2013

Catching Up, First My Adventure on Antique Alley

The odd thing about blogging, at least for me, is that one skipped day turns into two, and then three, and before I know it, a week has gone by with no posts. I've been thinking of things I want to blog about; I even write them in my mind as I'm tilling the garden, pulling weeds, painting boards, or whatever. But the words never make it to the computer. Sorry about that, and thank you to the folks who have emailed and asked about it.



This was my first trip to Antique Alley. I went with a friend (and fellow blogger) and her sister. It's always interesting to see how something catches the eye of another that I never even noticed. Her sister spotted a mermaid lamp, or a mermaid minus it's lamp parts, and started dickering with the owner. The owner wouldn't go down and the sister walked. As we walked around, she thought about that lamp and asked her sister (my friend) if she would go offer a price halfway between the owner's price and the sister's offer. While she was gone, the sister and I joked that all this interest would probably make the price go up. My friend came back empty handed. The owner wouldn't come down. So we continued to other booths. Just as we were walking back to the car to go to the next stop, the sister said she wanted to make one last offer, so she went back to that booth and we went to the car. She came back with the mermaid and had gotten it for $3 less than the owner's price. lol

Antique Alley is a misnomer. It is not an alley and not just antiques. It is flea market style which means there could be an antique booth next to a booth of new items bought at a wholesale store. Booths are set up along main streets in towns and on various farms along the highways between Cleburne and Grandview, and then from Grandview to Maypearl or Grandview to Itasca. We never made it past Grandview. There were a lot of booths with shabby chic items, and a lot of hand crafted items. There were also lots of booths with stuff you would find at a garage sale. Lots and lots of those. Oh, and food booths. I think food booths always make the most money at these things, at least that's where most of the crowds gather.  On this day, someone could have made a fortune selling ear muffs and gloves.  It was COLD.

My friend and I both brought our SUVs so we could drive one until it was full and then switch to the other. But none of us bought enough to even fill one SUV. I'm sure if we had spent the whole weekend, we could have easily filled both SUVs and then some. There's just too much to see in one day. The next one is in September and I'll be better prepared.



These are my new acquisitions: A set of Corelle dishes to match some I already have, three diet/food books, two Sunbeam mixing bowls, a Tupperware spatula, and three picture frames. I was really looking for a pair of matched lamps to go in the bedroom I am redoing, but I never found the right ones, so I ordered a pair from Target when I got home.  Below are some catch and release items.





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4 comments:

thea said...

Sounds like you had a good time. I love browsing shops/booths like that. I need some Corelle to match mine too.

Jan said...

It sounds like a huge event. I'm glad you had a good time. Jx

Nancy said...

I love to browse this type of sale, too, but after a while, I get weary.

The Sunbeam bowls are a good find.

Kate said...

Fun finds. Did you get a picture of the mermaid lamp?