On Friday we traveled to Fort Worth to the Dolly Johnson Antiques Show to see our many friends selling their fabulous collections of vintage decor. We visited booth after booth of antiques and noticed more of them were not classic antiques that we were used to seeing, but more vendors were selling vintage items, reclaimed, recycled and refurbished goods that we love! Old pieces are now being appreciated for their aesthetics and not only for their age and history.
It was great to see and talk old stuff with “our people” (that’s what our friend Angie calls friends who appreciate the shabby and not-so-perfect world, like us). We felt right at home among crazed ironstone, rusted concrete statues, European linens, distressed mirrors, industrial tables and garden decor.
On Saturday, we set up our things at the second The Dallas Flea. We were among the hip and fashionable trend-setters of uptown Dallas! Months ago, when we agreed to set up a booth at the Flea, we didn’t know how our vintage dressers, old feed sack-covered rocker and antique canvas Army bags (that we hauled back from France!) would be accepted. Even though it was called a “flea market”, it was mostly an amazing group of artisans who showed us that shoppers (and there were lots of them!) still LOVE handcrafted jewelry, art, bags, pillows, vintage clothing and re-purposed luggage. . . even retro styled bicycles.
Shortly after the Flea opened it’s doors, we soon felt welcome! We met a whole new group of friends! Friends who not only “get” what we do, but love it! Like us, they are tired of shopping malls where everything looks the same. They love supporting local, they love handcrafted, they love buying something old to add to their own collection, and they loved that our booth showed them that “old” can look fresh and new.
As they say in the Design World, it’s what’s next! We had a great time and want to thank everyone we met that took a business card and promised to keep in touch and come see us again – even if they have to travel to downtown McKinney!!