September 22, 2011

Ready for Walkin in Warrenton

So here we are..... it's Warrenton time!!!!!!

Some of you may be wondering where on earth in Texas is this Warrenton place?????? I know I talk about it all the time...... Well--- it is located between P * Q and 18 * 19 on the Texas map hanging on our wall! It is just North east of La Grange, South west of Burton due South of Dallas and due North of Port Lavaca! Hope that helps some.... 

IT is the Mecca or Mother Load, whichever you prefer, for Antique and Junkers alike! You may not see anything *you* like for 5 booths- and then there it is.....and you stand and stare and measure and contemplate............. And then later you help a friend do the same thing..........Then you talk about who bought what and where and don't forget we have to pick that up at the end of the day and laugh at some of the things for sale along the way or smile as something makes you think of a memory from your past.....

It's my Natural High...... You know the things that keep you awake at night but you are never tired from that kind of awake because your body is Sooooooooo Excited!!!!!! That is ME!!!!!

So Our Friends the Junk Gypsies did their 411 of the Junkin Trip and we thought we would do a little one as well- for all of you that haven't been but are dying to go!!
We come from the south- so we always stop in good old La Grange for a snack, sweet tea and restroom break before getting to the land of port a potties! From there we are wheels a turning, eyes itching just a waitin till we see the sweet sign- Warrenton!!! 

We made it- We are Here- Oh did you see that- Oh my gosh- we have to go to that booth, Oh- I've been looking for one of those, Oh- I have a friend that said they want one of those......and these are just comments in the car!!!!
So get ready to find a parking place that you will remember where you park- and plan to pay about $5 to park- That is your 'entry fee' of sorts!

So- here is our 'low-down' on your day or days of junkin!!!!

wear comfy shoes- (unless you are like me and can wear the old vintage boots - OR - new ones....) Depends on the weather too ya know--- flip flops to mud boots- you never know! 

Have a back pack or a light weight purse, bag--- something to hold these necessities;
cash (lots of vendors prefer this)
checkbook and id (most vendors will take these)
credit card (some vendors have access to these machines)
Lipstick or Chapstick- can't go without it!
Germ-X or your choice of hand sanitizer!!!!
Measuring tape- My friends always know I have mine with me!!! (of course have any measurements from your home if you are looking for a piece to fit a certain spot!)
Bottle or two of water- or a good iced drink to start the day out with-
We usually pack a cooler of drinks- Water and maybe more tea..... to re-fill during the day as we take packages to the car!!!!
Put your sunscreen on early- and Wear a hat--- It's bright and hot--- not too shady either! Under the tents is ok- but other than that it's good old Sunshine!!!!
Sunglasses- you will be happy you have them!
Snack or two (trail mix, m&m's, peanut butter crackers, pretzels- something easy!)
Hand wipes- As previously mentioned- It's port a potty land- just so ya know ahead of time....This is set up in a pasture, fields, along front yards (cannot enter houses) so there aren't any normal restrooms!
I've usually got a list of my own of things I'm looking for! Then---- there is always the 'other' list I take with me. I'm a personal shopper of sorts! People ask me to come help them decorate their homes, and in the process ask- "Next time you are in Warrenton can you look for......." So I have a few 'clients' that I'm on the hunt for items for them as well! Need something- let me know- I just might be able to score it for you!

When you shop- Enjoy yourself!

Know these people that set these booths up do this for a living- they are trying to give you the best deal---- This is Not Pawn Stars Do Not try to Go back and forth dickering! You can Kindly ask- 'Is this your best offer' if they say yes- Leave it at that.....If they allow you to give them a price do so.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink---- take our pics from Legal Tender- oh good gracious....the sandwiches can feed two (unless you are S-U-P-E-R hungry!) We've had the best laughs on the porch at that place---It's our meeting place with friends! There are all sorts of food places- and cold drinks abound....There might be coffee drinks around- but I'm not a coffee person so I don't pay attention to those!

Another great place for info on Round Top Antiques Week  is Cactus Creek Daily.  Check out their site for lots more information on famous vendors, favorite booths, and friendly maps.
source: Cactus Creek Daily Round Top Guide

So we hope you can find your Way to Warrenton sometime in the next two weeks and score a great find- Tell us about it if you do!!!! There are SO Many amazing vendors- we've become friends with several over the past few years- kind of an Extended Family thing!! Hope we can see you there- and if not--- Hope we can see you at our place--- Sat November 5th 9am- 4pm Barn Sale!!!!

Treats on your Treasure shoppin!!!!

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