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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Headed For The Promised Land

Where's that, you ask?
Why, that would be Bar W Field in Warrenton, Texas.
What? Where? Huh???

  Yeah, that.
First and foremost, it's FUN!

For the uninitiated, let me give y'all the skinny on just what the fuss is all about: Bar W is just one of many fields, halls, barns and venues located in the very heart of Fayette County, Texas. Twice a year, Spring and Fall, these sleepy little (and I do mean LITTLE!) farming communities become home to what is known as Antique Weekend.

This is an event of truly biblical is a huge gathering of antique and collectible vendors from across the USA and even abroad. Tens upon tens of thousands of folks descend upon about a half-dozen tiny Texas towns at a point roughtly halfway betwixt Austin and Houston. Most of the shows are to be found along Hwy 237 in the towns of Round Top, Warrenton and Carmine, but there's much to be seen in the surrounding areas as well.

I've been rounding up treasures to take with me next month, as I will be there helping my good friend Effie set up and sell up her fab vintage wares. I wanted to give all of you a little sneak peek at several treasures making the trip...


 It's the 
With sterilized cotton for applying Satin Mesh! 
Freshen Up!"




From the  old-timey, poofy-skirted lady, to the killer baby pink color, all the way down to the "tested and approved" seal from the Good Housekeeping Institute below the words "Freshen Up", I am soooo in love with this vintage vending machine! If you love it too, come see me in Warrenton, I think we can make a deal.

Procured only yesterday, I stumbled upon this...


On my lunch break from my ACLS re-certification, 
(Oh yeah, I passed! Got 100% on the written exam, woo hoo!), I snuck over to the local estate sale, 
which is where I unearthed this industrial piece.

Estate Sale employee and all-around awesome dude Jason told me that he thought it had been a water wheel in the garden. I don't know about you, but I see industrial art / side table written all over this beauty, how about you?

But back to the fun.


It was day two of the sale, everything was winding down, and junker Annie wasn't about to waste time huddled 'round the jewelry case with some burly dude with halitosis breathing down my neck to ogle the pocket watches. 
Nope, I followed my usual MO and headed outside, where it was as though the heavens had opened up and shone a light down upon all of these...

*cue celestial choirs*



 Rusty, crusty metal letters!
What do y'all think,  ETSY SHOP or Warrenton?
If any of you folks out there see a way cool letter that you simply can't live without, I might just go ahead and list it in my shop, otherwise, these babies will be making the trip to Antique Week with me.

That's all for now!
I'll be drawing the name of the lucky winner of my 
tonight just before midnight CST, so there's still time to enter, just be sure to leave a comment on the post below this one.
It's wonderful, you really don't want to miss out!

I'll post the winner on the top of my sidebar to the right.
Check back later to see if YOU are the lucky winner!

And don't forget, bigger, better  
coming soon!!! 


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh I love all your goodies but those letters, awesome! So are they metal? Very cool! Darn it didn't see an L. Oh well.

The Vintage Vagablonde said...

I wish.....I day I will be heading to Texas. I asking for my 10 year Anniversary present. Am I crazy to take Texas over Paris?

I would like to be entered for a chance to win the magazine...Do I need to comment below?

Debra@CommonGround said...

Girl, only you would head to an estate sale on your lunch break from a test!! You are so crazy. I'm lovin' the letters, they are so cool. Anne, the pink feminine "dispenser" is truly amazing...good job! And ditto for the test results. ye haw! Glad that's over. Now take a rest.

AuroraSuzette said...

Have I told you how absolutely jealous I am of you for Warrenton? Am excited for you too. Love that "industrial" find. It would be cool as a table or something.

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

Okay ... now I have the proverbial letter envy...
They are great!
I would think you'd sell them in a minute in warrenton.
Have a ball girl...a little work and a lot of play!
xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

alice said...

Big Hoorah on your test!!!! A super-dooper on your finds! I love the letters!!!!!!
Smiles, alice

Bunnym said...

Oh man! I would love to go to Warrenton...perhaps I'll plan for next year. Congrats of your Aceing your exams....WOOT! WOOT!


Theresa said...

I would LOVE to come to this wonderful sale. Sounds like heaven to me but just too far:( That pink facial machine it too cute and it will probably sell quickly. None of the letters work for... Well, you have your sweet self a good week and CONGRATULATIONS ANNE ON PASSING THE TEST! Hugs from Georgia:)

Faded Charm said...

Oh, that industrial piece is awesome and those rusty, crusty letters--2die4. I hope you had a great weekend. The weather here has been gorgeous!

Take care,


Sarah said...

I always go to Round Top both fall and spring. FUN!!!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Not one to be completely swayed by all the eye-candy...CONGRATULATIONS, GIRLFRIEND!!!!
I knew you were a 100%-er! I knew you could do it!!! You're the BOMB! (Happy Dancing...going for the bubbly!) Now, you can go, play and have a ball. (and I do love your eye-candy, too!)

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

What awesome goodies!!! I think your great finds will go quick in Warrenton... Congrats on passing your test!

Coco said...

I love going to places and finding special treasures. How fun.

Polly said...

OMG! OMG! OMG! Those letters are the best I've seen!! LOVE THEM!! And that industrial water wheel thingy is so cool!

Great finds Anne! As always!!

Congrats on your 100%!! Yay you!!



Mr. Flannery said...

Damn - If Texas is the promised land then the whole world has gone to hell. I love the letters. The industrial piece looks like some part of an air exchange system, doesn't look like it had anything to do with water.

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

1. Congrats on passing (we knew you would) and 2. where do you FIND this amazing stuff?!? See ya in 38 days......

trash talk said...

Good girl!
Yes, it's coming around fast and I don't think we near enough mdse.
When I first saw the pinkalicious dispenser...I thought feminine protection!

Anne Lorys said...

Yeah Debbie, much to my husbands chagrin, I refer to it as my "tampon dispenser".
(sorry Mr. Flannery, Troy and David) ;-)


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Anne,

Love all the rusty letters and the darling pink vending machine.
Congratulations, on your 100% - well done, dear friend.


Carol said...

Okay, that cute pink facial cabinet must have my name on it somewhere, can't wait to find you in Warrenton.



Cassie said...

Please count me in on the drawing...been looking for that dang magazine everywhere! LOVE those letters...didn't see and "S" there...did I?
Could you email me with the date for your upcoming show in TX? Or is there a website I can check...just may have hubby talked into taking me!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Congrats on the test, Anne! Great job!!!
Wanna trade places for some days? I go to that awesome antique show while you are playing in the snow over here. You could built some snow people while I check out all the treasures on the show ;-). No way, you say? O.k., I can understand. I'm just sooooooo ready to go to a flea market and face serious withdrawel symptoms, lol.
Have a great Monday!

The Little Red Shop said...

What fun! I want to go!!!

: )

Julie M.

Unknown said...

Well I love rusty and crusty...especially when it comes on some very cool metal letters...awesome!!! You lucky girl that you get to be a part of all of that fun in of these years I will make it there!

Hugs ~

:) T

the old white house said...

Congrats on the test Anne! Your finds are awesome... those letters are way better than waiting for the bling, and you know I LOVE MY BLING!!! Antiquing in TX sounds like the best time ever, just wish it wasn't so far. I'm sure you'll do fabulously, Theresa

unique unique design said...

Love that industrial piece...the imagination swirls. Can't wait til Warrenton either.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Girl, you found some great things. I love shopping on my lunch hour, it's when I find some of my best treasures! Congrats on the test and see YOU in about 30 days... Can't wait.

Karla C said...

I love those iron letters...always on the lookout for them.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Just discovered your wonderful blog! LOVE, love, love the letters! Looking forward to reading more!

Janet- OPEN MARKET STYLE said...


red.neck chic said...

I'm cheering you!!! YAY!!!!! for the 100!!!! You ROCK girl!!!

Cool letters - cool everything!!! LOVE the vending machine!!!

;-) robelyn

lulu redstar said...

Love it all! How much fun you'll be having and behaving (or not) in BaR W. Congrats on 100%. Hopefully you won't have to put it to use...although some of that good stuff just could put someone into caridac arrest! oxox

Jan Thomason said...

girl, you make me proud.
and, you were meant to have those letters because i didn't even think about buying them so that shows me that i wasn't meant to have them - you were:)
the water wheel end table will so sell at Warrenton.
can't wait to see you later this week:) having some withdrawl pains.
do you think i could be pregnant?

lyd, jan

Anonymous said...

Fab finds, and OHMYGOODNESS how I wish I could hitch a ride with ya down to the Bar W.
Have some serious fun there!

Carole said...

What a great time to go...not sticky hot!
You'll do great!
I'd take those letters to the show. They'll blow outa there!

Jamie said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on the ACLS recert! You certainly deserved a good junking trip.
I want to go to Warrenton...keep trying to convince myself to make the drive, google says it is only 3 hours. My problem is the whole 3 kids and hubby that are not really so interested ;)
I think if there is a P you need to just send me the bill. Otherwise, why not list them until right before the sale then take what hasn't sold.

Rosemary said...

Sounds like my kind of fun!
My friend Diane will be there picking up things for her store. She always brings back this amazin twigs/sticks with some kind of cool moss on them. That's what I want! I'm always on the look out for the letter R. I guess I'm collecting them.
Have fun,

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

What really fun finds you are showing! love it!

The Feathered Nest said...

OH MY ANNE!!!!! Those letters are to DIE FOR!!!!! I mean it...incredible!!! I tell you what, I think that for folks like me (and you too of course) Heaven must look a little bit like Warrenton!!! I dream of visiting one day ~ hugs and love, Dawn

The Charm of Home said...

Oh, neat finds!! I am looking for some letters too. Those are great.

Betty said...

It sure is fun walking around in all those fields. If I make it I'll watch for someone with big rusty letters. Didn't make it last time...too much going on at home lately.

Robj98168 said...

Your garden water wheel looks like a collection of squirrel fan cages to me. And yes would make a funky table.

Romeo said...

Oh yes, this show is heaven!!!! I am so envious, it's been several years since I've been and eventually I will go back, even if I'm crawling on my hands and knees - which is what the excitement of that place will do to you ;) Of course now that you have your ACLS....won't be a problem will it ;) BTW - if you lived closer you might have to use those skills on whoever got in my way when I tried to swipe that industrial piece - am in love with that!!!!

The Flying Bee said...

Awesome finds girl! I can't wait to see them and you IN PERSON!!! Yay! We gonna have some fun!!!


Scarlett Fiona Reed said...

Love that water wheel thingy! I know you'll have a fabulous time in Warrenton. I'll be sitting this one out, but hope to meet you in the fall!

~Hassie~ said...

Oh, my; all these followers ahead of me and here I am at the bottom; will I ever be chosen? Oh, I hope so. LOL
So hope that you are feeling better, sweet friend. Love your Blog! You're the best!

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