It's been a whirlwind of a week, but I'm finally able to post about our trip to Texas. First let me just say that without a doubt Texans are among THE nicest folks you'll ever want to meet. And second it was DANG HOT or "HAWT" as my friend Jenna described the 100 degree stifling temps that accompanied us most of the trip. But even with the heat, nothing was going to stop 3 seasoned (Ok middle aged) Women from hitting every single antique and junk store on the way. With a cooler filled with diet coke, water and iced baby wipes, we were good to go. Trust me, those iced baby wipes came in handy more than once:) Along the way, we made stops in Claremont and Jenks, Oklahoma plus any other side of the road places that looked promising. Our 8 hour car trip took us about 14 hours which was just in time for Dallas rush hour traffic~WOW what a ride! The following day which was a Thursday we shopped Canton and navigated with the help of sweet Stacy McGinnis who met us to shop, through the dealer filled buildings and fields. Friday is really the official start of the sale but we actually found that most of the dealers were already open and selling. I have the utmost respect for those brave dealers that were set up in the fields in the "Hawt" Texas sun! We would occasionally take refuge in one of the air conditioned buildings for a break and piece of homemade pie:) Another wonderful treat was running into Ms 411 herself, Theresa Cano of Garden Antiques. If you ever plan on going to Texas and want to know the best places to antique and other happenings, check out Theresa's blog for all the 411 details. She also hosts a fabulous blog party during antiques week in Round Top and Warrenton~ don't miss it! I did manage to snap a few photos of some of the Canton dealers to share with you~
Maggie's Veranda booth~This just speaks Texas don't you think~
Gypsy Pearl Booth
Girls Gone Junkin Booth
Of course a visit to Canton would not be complete without a stop at the lovely LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Store~
LaurieAnna is simply the sweetest person ever! If you're ever in Canton, don't miss her fabulous store!
On Friday we spent the day in McKinney, Texas and shopped the historical district which is filled with fabulous boutiques and stores. At the top of the list (and the real reason we went to Mckinney) was to visit with friends Kaci, Luann and Robert who are the proprietors of Patina Green Home and Market. Robert who is Kaci's husband and chef creates scrumptious daily lunches from ingrediants purchased from local farmers. We were fortunate to be treated to one of Robert's yummy lunches while at the popular store. I would drive 8 hours again just to eat lunch at Patina Green! The trio also sell beyond beautiful home furnishings from their recent trips to Europe. Talk about doing what you LOVE!
I was simply mesmerized at the porcelain sink, antique window, raw wood, weathered chair, more exposed brick, dark grey painted walls, handcrafted chandelier and subway floor tile that graced the "La Toilette." I stood at the doorway and thought I had stepped into a French farmhouse.
The winning combination of architectural details and the talents of Kaci, Luann (Kaci's Mom) and Robert make Patina Green a true Texas Star in my book! Congratulations to them for celebrating their one year business anniversary:)
It was a perfect trip and we returned with a van filled with vintage treasures and lots of great memories.
Follow me over to my other blog for a behind the scenes look at a quilt photo shoot I just completed.