The Hunt & The Shop: Antiques Buying Trips

One of the most rewarding benefits of my antiques business is the antiques buying trips.

Retail, auction and antiques therapy satisfies my shopping needs, replenishes inventory and puts us on the road again.

The beautiful lyrics of John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” apply in many situations.

John Lennon’s famous quote nails the truth to the wall of life when he sings “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

Life, and the graceful maneuvering trick that resulted in pop goes my kneecap, happened to me while I was busy making buying trip plans.

The suitcases were packed, reservations made and Dave the Builder’s truck and trailer were emptied and ready to go.

Unpacked, canceled, and dejected all due to my ungraceful ballerina act.

Dave’s truck looks mighty fine loaded with a delivery, but empty means shopping time!

Shopping for antique and home decor accessories in North Louisiana and East Texas is not our usual antiques stomping grounds, but nicely fills in the inventory blanks.

With our son flying in last weekend, a shopping trip to Canton, Texas for Canton First Monday Trade Days market was not in our plans.

My Canton First Monday Trade Days days date back to the early 1970’s and the heydays of my grandmother’s antiques shop, Lucille’s Treasures, Trinkets & Trash.

I can almost taste one of the homemade lemonades made with crushed ice and fresh lemons the size of grapefruits.

The love of antiques and trade days run deep in this family!

Knowing first hand how exciting antique shows, markets and trade days can be, I am enjoying the news from Brimfield Antiques Show.

Since I can’t be there live and shopping in person, live tweets (#Brimfield) and Brimfield Pinterest boards showing beautiful antique and vintage treasures from the largest outdoor antiques show in New England help to keep me in the antiques know.

Brimfield hosts approximately 6,000 antique, vintage and collectible dealers selling everything from linens, Americana, costume jewelry, rice and grain baskets and furniture.

Country Living  counts Brimfield as one of the best antiques shows in the United States.

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When we are able to head North on our buying trip, Red Door Interiors is on the list.

Discovering this gem two years ago provided me with one of the best buying afternoons ever.

Large gold garden crowns, garden baskets for shop displays, French demijohns, resin fleur de lis wall plaques, decorative candelabras and one of the best foo dog sets I have come across filled the back of the SUV.

It’s all about the home decor accents and accessories!

Louisiana Cypress anything is always on my radar, and Dave the Builder is trying to find time in his schedule to build another farm table.

I am looking for a two tier small hutch, a client has put her order in for a marble top sideboard, and unique chairs tempt me at every turn.

Fabulous Fabrics will hopefully put an end to the search for the perfect fabric for the English dining chairs project.

Antiques inventory buying trips are  fun, and make me love what I do!

When my knee mends we will once again pack the suitcases, make the reservations, empty the truck and trailer, and be on the road again.

I wish happy antiques and vintage shopping trails to you!









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