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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Warrenton Regrets..

"Regrets, I've had a few:
But then again, too few to mention...."

Oops sorry, just channeling a little Frank Sinatra there!

All in all, my trip to the Junkin' Shangri-la
known as Antique Weekend in Warrenton was a huge success,
both personally and God willing, professionally.
I scored some truly amazing one-of-a-kind finds for my shop,
met and made some incredible new friends,
and took home enough warm and fuzzy memories to last me until,
oh, I dunno, at least
April 2010.  ;-)
But if forced to enumerate some things
I'd like a "do-over" for, here's my list:

  1. Wear more comfortable shoes. Yes, my cowboy boots were way cool and kick-azz,  but I came home with a blister on my right heel the size of a lemon. Cow-patties be damned, next time I'm wearing my Birks!

  2. Bring more cash. Seems like a no-brainer, but cash rules.
  3. No actually no 4. Blogger is jacking with me today.

  4. Plan on spending more than just one day. I mistakenly thought that our inability to secure lodging in the immediate vicinity would be a deal-breaker. This native Texan shoulda just whipped out an atlas and did the math...lots and lots of affordable rooms to be had in Austin, and it's not that far away.

  5. Actually refer to the map/guide inside the Show Daily Guide Book before the drive back home. Another Captain Obvious mistake. It has a handy dandy cross reference guide in the back to help you locate just where to find which vendor sells what.

  6. Quit rationalizing about all the reasons why you can't go back....already spent too much money, gotta get the booth stuff ready for Saturday, blah, blah, blah, baby fishcakes.....just DO IT!!!! It's like Disneyland only better, it's like Canton on steroids (I totally stole that last bit), it's the most fun you can have smack dab in the middle of nowhere in a cow pasture!!!
One thing I don't regret?
This schweeet little purchase right here...

Have you ever seen anything like it?
If you have, you're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
Cute little Asian inspired crusty child's toy chest, 
or as my husband is wont to call it, the "ugly baby thing".
It needs a little love, but once I give it a good spit shine and some polyurethane, 
it'll be ready to head to its happy new home.

Come see me at Water St. Antiques in Kerrville, Texas, 
for the ugly baby thing and lots, lots more!


Miss Mustard Seed said...

Cute finds! It looks like you had a great time...and I bet you looked cute in your cowboy boots. :) You know, I've thought all along that you were near Warrenton, VA, but you're in Texas! Hello! You must've thought I was nuts when I said you're only a couple hours away from PA. I feel sheepish.

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Tell the hubs... I'm charmed by the "Ugly baby thing"!!!! cute beyond words, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Journal Swag said...

Oh my GOSH! I love the ugly baby thing too! Did your heart skip a beat when you find it? Good thing I don't live near your shop in Texas!! I -love- your blog! Rock on, Sista!


(p.s. I'm old, I just talk like that to embarrass my adult children) :)

sue said...

You are DEAD ON with your regrets. I thought I did a ton of research before my first visit, but there's always regrets. Screw the cute shoes, and definitely hang with Deb & Cat Daddy.

Oh, and the first time I stayed in Austin, and the second time I stayed in Brenham. Anywhere within an hour (or 2) is good enough for me.

BTW, it took me 3 DAYS to do Warrenton. Let this be a warning to everyone planning a trip. This ain't no in-n-out thang!

bj said...

Is this at Round Top or near by? I wanna go sooo bad in the spring. Maybe I can.
And, I'll be dang sure not to wear boots..!! :)

The Green Pea said...

I like the ugly baby thing too! Husbands have a funny view of our treasures don't they? Just wait until it sells he will be amazed.

Do you have the dates for the Spring Show yet?
I am glad you had a good time. sandi

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

I can imagine every Husband calling your little treasure "the ugly baby thing!"...Silly boys...vintage is for women!!! LOL!!!

Unknown said...

I would love to go to a show like that and browse all the cool stuff! I like your find. Your hubby sounds like mine. They are all cut from the same cloth, I tell ya! I know you'll spruce it up great.


Anne Lorys said...

BJ- you could swing a dead cat and hit Round Top it's that close! (that was for YOU, Sue!)

Sandi- the dates for Spring are March 26-April 4. See you there!

And I just KNEW all y'all would totally get the ugly baby thing! I've found my peeps!


Unknown said...

Hi Anne....congratulations on winning...I hope you Luv it....I couldn't find an email for you, but you can send your info to which is my email address........sounds like you had fUn....xojana

Carole said...

What a great trip. Hoping to go next year but a bit of a haul for us Yankees. Love the ugly baby thing husband would have said the same thing.

Hill Country House Girl said...

Hey Anne - Thanks for your visit. I am sorry I did not leave a comment last night, as all day I have been occasionally chuckling to myself when I think of your husband saying "ugly baby thing" - sounds so familiar!! Best wishes to you on your opening! I will get over to Kerrville to visit your space soon!

Charlene said...

Anne, congrats on winning Jana's soap! My friend Lisa & I went to Warrenton too. Too MUCH FUN!!!! We went to Warrenton, Marburger Farm, & fields in between. Loved it all. Marburger was Zapp Hall times 3.

Tell Hubbs that you know what your doin & to let you work your magic!

Rebecca said...

Hey Anne
Glad you had a good time...even though some of us couldn't go whaaa!
I am going in the spring-yeah!
Looks like you scored big time.
Have a great October 1st...can you believe it is October already!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Anne,

Lovely to discover your blog, via Jana.
I enjoyed my visit and what a great trip you had.
The ugly baby cabinet is great.


Rita said...

So glad you had such a fun time! We went up on Sunday and just about melted (think Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz) it was so hot! I've been many times and still forget to hit places I'd planned to see. I think the heat starts to affect the brain by day's end! The wonderful thing is you get another chance in six months!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh are funny little creatures aren't they?? I love your treasure,and I can relate to your list of booboo's too! All the best,Chrissy

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Hey Anne! Thanks for your nice post on our blog -- glad you found us! Shannon (Flowerpatch Farmgirl) is the best. You're making me wish I lived closer to Texas -- would love to see your shop. Will look forward to watching it grown on-line for now! xo

June said...

Anne, that is the cutest ugly baby thing ever. What do men know? I love my cowboy boots too minus the blisters.

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

I adore these cabinets..........great find.
Happy day.

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