Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dealers Coming to The Fort Worth Show

I've been on the road recruiting top dealers for the March 3,4,5, 2017 Fort Worth Show. Here's a peek at a few of the 150 antiques and art exhibitors who are coming....

Hector the Collector will be back with an oversize booth of industrial fragments & primitive furniture for creative living.

The Whimsey Shoppe with all things French, great form and scale, mix it up with other styles or keep it French. 

Introducing Exhibitor _Boho_Mo with lighting like no other!

Welcoming back the Cool Stuff Store. Take a look...vintage art canvas affixed to antique drawers. Functional and Fun!

Stay tuned for sneak peeks until March 3,4,5, 2017, which will soon be here! 

Tickets on Sale Now  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fort Worth Book Sale this Week!

The 54th Annual
Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art
will welcome the
Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library
as a Benefit Booth at our show on March 3,4,5, 2017.

Why wait? This week the Friends of the Library will open their famous fall book sale to the public on
Friday Sept. 23 (9-4)
Saturday Sept. 24 (9-4)
Sunday Sept. 25
(12-4, with books $15 a box Sunday).

Look for bargains on thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, Children's items and more. Admission to the sale is $1, free for kids and Friends members. 

It's all held near the Friends regular storefront in the Wedgwood Village Shopping Center at 5314 and 5318 Trail Lake Drive in Fort Worth.

The sale is so big that it requires two extra storefronts!

More info at 

In the meantime, save the dates Fri, Sat, Sun March 3,4,5, 2017 for the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art. See you then!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

2017 Fort Worth Show Dates & NEW DAYS! Fri, Sat, Sun March 3,4,5, 2017

We Heard You! 
The 2017 Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art
will blast into Cowtown for the 54th year on 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
March 3,4,5, 2017
at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. 

The stars have lined up to place the show a full two weeks before 2017 Spring Break for North Texas public and private schools. To celebrate, we'll be open on a Sunday, as well as Friday and Saturday (no Thursday show this year). And you can come! 

150 Top Exhibitors of Antiques, Vintage and Art of all styles and eras. Industrial, French, Mid-Century Modern, English, American, Jewelry, Garden & Art, Art, Art !!!

Stay tuned!
Our 2017 website launch with Benefit Booth and Show Theme is coming up soon.    
Until then, Happy Trails and enjoy summer.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

After the Primary, but still Presidential - JFK Hotel Texas Suite 850 Door

Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art to Feature Hotel Texas JFK Door for Sale March 3, 4, 5


Imagine having the door to John F. Kennedy’s last hotel room as your bedroom door. Or your office door. Or displayed as prime presidential history. “Suite Eight Fifty – It’ll be Famous” ran the headline of the Fort Worth Press before the day was shattered in Dallas. That historic door returns to Fort Worth for the March 3, 4, 5 Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.


In storage for 37 years, the Kennedy door will be for sale at the show, along with documentation that includes the original receipt from the wrecking company that removed it from the hotel in 1979, the door keys, original newspaper clippings that reference the door and its removal from the hotel, as well as November 1963 newsreel footage of the door at the time President and Mrs. Kennedy stayed there.

The sale of the door comes in a season of renewed fascination with all things JFK, including a Stephen King mini-series and the world premiere in Fort Worth of the opera JFK this spring.


The door to Suite 850 is a special door design known as a “Valet Door,” opening from both sides. The guest staying in the room could open their side of the door and place clothing and shoes for the valet to access and return from the outside of the door. While Suite 850 was not the best suite in the Hotel Texas, the Secret Service selected the suite for the well-documented reason that it had only one door.


Fort Worth citizens know well the story of local art collectors using station wagons to transport art from the Amon Carter Museum and from private homes, which they hung in Suite 850 for the enjoyment of the Kennedys. That story remains one of the few bright points of the November 21-22, 1963 presidential visit to Texas. 


At the show, visitors will have a chance to view a little bit of American architectural and presidential history up close and personal. Perhaps the door to Suite 850 will be coming home to Fort Worth for good.

Additional JFK memorabilia at the show will include campaign posters, original photos from the Fort Worth visit and the complete Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce file on the Hotel Texas JFK Breakfast, including correspondence and seating charts. 


The Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art also began in 1963. Along with the  Kennedy door, at this year’s 53rd annual show, look for 150 exhibitors from California to New York to Florida, plus England, France and Laos. The show offers antique and contemporary art, as well as antique and vintage furniture from France, England, America and Italy, lighting, design, jewelry and accessories from ancient to Mid-Century Modern.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Fort Worth Show on TV! See you March 3,4,5, 2016


2016 Fort Worth Show Parking Sponsor - The Mercantile!

The Mercantile on Fort Worth's Camp Bowie Blvd. is the Parking Sponsor for the March 3,4,5, 2016 Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art. 

How? Come in a carpool of three ticket buyers. Pay to park. Receive a cash parking refund at the show entrance after you buy your tickets.
Look for the big red M. Pretty sweet! Pretty easy!

Why? Because The Mercantile wants to support the larger North Texas Antiques & Art community --and because they hope that you will get to know The Mercantile. And come visit and eat and shop. They are open 7 days a week on the Weatherford Traffic Cirlce.

In fact, all parking fee refunds at the Fort Worth Show will come with a beautiful shopping tote with the Red Mercantile M logos ---and with a discount coupon inside for your next visit.

What's at The Mercantile? Founded by prominent Fort Worth businessman Holt Hickman, The Mercantile offers 40,000 square feet with 200 dealer booths of antiques, fashion, decor, art, gifts, books and a tearoom. "We are open 361 days a years," says Mercantile manager Kylie Ross. "But we're not a traditional antiques mall. We're a business. Our dealers work hard. They keep their booths updated and fresh. I think of us as a carefully curated marketplace."

There are lots of gift ideas, both new and old, a book nook, furniture, lighting, art, jewelry, rugs and styles from rustic to glamour.

Several dealers at The Mercantile are artists, such as cowgirl artist TK Riddle. I knew when I walked in to TK's booth that it was hers-- not just because of her paintings of cowgirls like Mitzi Riley, but because of the vintage dishes and art with delicate images of birds. TK loves birds almost as much as she loves cowgirls.  

Some of my favorite booths include Tom Duke's collection of Staffordshire dogs and the Paula Brittain Estate Sale Company booth, ever changing with a mix of all styles. You can shop Mercantile vendor Susan Davis, right, at the Fort Worth Show, with Victorian to early 20th C. smalls, jewelry and furniture.

Over the last few years, I've bought some good things at The Mercantile. 

Here's the jacket that I will be wearing next week at the Fort Worth Show. Arty and great texture and fit --or at least I think so!  

The 5 women's fashion stores there are fabulous. The staff are there every day to help you, they have dressing rooms and regular sales. And each of the 5 carries a different look and different lines of clothing and accessories. Look for these 5 clothing stores inside The Mercantile: FLAX, Hip Chic, Cashmere Bouquet, Swice and Chimps. Good range of styles, sizes and prices.       

And here are a pair of huge wrought iron panels that I bought at The Mercantile and displayed, right, in my booth at the Marburger Farm Antique Show. Sold!

By the way, The Mercantile has a great staff, willing to help you load the big buys like these. The mall is clean, well-lit and full, full, full of finds.  
Of course there are keepers too, such as this folk art inlaid wood table that I found folded against a wall in a Mercantile booth. "Anything," said Cadillac Jack, "can be anywhere." (Right now it's in my living room!) 

Kylie Ross and her cadre of energetic staff and dealers are trying to show shoppers how to mix different styles and eras. English, American, estate sale finds, Victorian, Contemporary, and more. 

And that's not to mention the award-winning Rose Garden Tearoom. Try the Chicken Salad and Peach Tea! 

Thank you to The Mercantile, Parking Sponsor for the
March 3,4,5, 2016 Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art.

The Mercantile 
7200 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX
Open Mon - Sat 10-6   Sun 12-6

Rose Garden Tearoom Open
Mon-Sat 11:30-3:30  Sun 12-3:30   

Watch The Mercantile on Facebook for special events such as The Easter Bunny and a Spring mall-wide sale. The Mercantile is also available for private parties, fashion shows and other community or business gatherings. Contact Kylie Ross for more information at

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Parenting Center -- Benefit Booth #2 at the Fort Worth Show March 3,4,5

The Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art welcomes The Parenting Center as one of our two Benefit Booths at the March 3,4,5, 2016 show. Their booth at the show will be decked out in blue, the color of “Child Abuse Prevention Month” coming up in April. Here is their story.  

“The Parenting Center invested in me, and that gave me the inspiration as a teen mom to invest in my child.  I grew up with a single mom who never could be around, and I think that I would have done the same thing without the skills that The Parenting Center taught me.”

Babies crying, teens sulking, temper tantrums daily. These things happen. Multiply them by: job loss, no immediate family support, teen parenthood, financial setbacks or the isolation of a single parent with no experience in how to change a diaper, much less everything else that is part of being a parent.

Anyone who has ever been a parent can identify with all of these things. That’s why 40 years ago, citizens under leadership of the Junior League of Fort Worth, came together to found what is now called The Parenting Center.  At that time, child abuse and neglect were at an all-time high. The mission of the Parenting Center became to prevent child abuse by helping to train, educate and support successful families.

That is to say: their strategy is to help prevent child abuse before it begins.

A child depicts a family, right, before counseling and, left, after counseling

And it’s working. Each year The Parenting Center helps 14,000 to 18,000 clients of all backgrounds and economic levels in North Texas.               

Parenting Center programs include:

A confidential Parent Advice hotline

Family and individual counseling

The “Empowering Families Project” - This program offers pre-marital and marital education that qualifies a couple for a discount on their marriage license through the "Twogether in Texas" program. The program also works to strengthen relationships and integrate support services such as financial coaching, case management and employment assistance.

Classes in the Community - The Parenting Center provides classes in places like Cook Children's Medical Center, Babies R Us and Fort Worth Libraries, in addition to classes offered at the Parenting Center building on West 5th St. These classes delve into topics that families need to succeed, such as how to deal with the stresses of raising a family and learning tips and skills to manage misbehavior. Other topics include single parenting, step-parenting or raising children with special needs. Co-parenting classes help families going through divorce or separation learn how to rebuild relationships that are beneficial to the child. These classes are a tremendous community resource for North Texas.  

The Parenting Center’s executive staff are enthusiastic and eager to expand services across North Texas. Most of them, such as Executive Director Paul Gravley and Director of Development Crystal Cardwell are parents themselves.  As Paul puts it, “The ultimate goal of The Parenting Center is to eliminate child abuse and neglect” by working with partner agencies to provide positive education and comprehensive support to families in North Texas.

Or as a recent client reflected, “Without the help of The Parenting Center and their great classes I have attended, my family and I would still be dealing with anger, trust and communication issues.  The Parenting Center has given me the tools and guidance to help put my family on the right track to building a healthier environment at home.”

In addition to the blue d├ęcor at the Parenting Center’s booth at the Fort Worth Show, plans include:

--- “Sponsor a Pinwheel”– for a $1 donation, you can write your word of encouragement to a parent or family. These pinwheels will be offered to Parenting Center clients, with your word.
--- Purchase beautiful (blue) Peter Millar Golf Shirts and learn about The Parenting Center's "23rd Tee It Up Fore Kids" Golf Tournament on October 3, 2016 at Shady Oaks Country Club.
--- Take home literature to increase community awareness of the signs and many types of child abuse and neglect
--- Put your name in the hat for a raffle for Japanese Palace Dinners for 4, at Fort Worth’s iconic and fun family restaurant on Camp Bowie West 
--- A sale of select antiques and art donated by Fort Worth Show exhibitors and friends, to benefit The Parenting Center.

So plan to stop by to learn, shop and lend a word of encouragement at The Parenting Center booth at the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art March 3,4,5, 2016, which will soon be here!

Learn more at 

The Parenting Center
 2928 W. 5th St. Fort Worth, TX 76107

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sneak Peek One Month from Showtime!

When the Fort Worth Show comes to town March 3,4,5, here's a peek at what you'll see:

---The Kennedy Door to Hotel Texas Suite 850

--- Jewelry, Vintage Fashion & Handbags, including from England, France & Laos 


--- Primitive, Repurposed & Industrial Antiques 

--- King-size Karl Springer table 

--- Picasso & Rembrandt Etchings   (no sneak peek, sorry!)

--- Mid-Century Modern Everything!

--- French, English, Continental, Silver, Rugs, Jewelry, Lighting, Textiles

--- Vintage Guitars & Toys from 1920s - 1960s 

---  Jewelry, Lighting & Art, Art Art!

Stay Tuned for more sneak peeks soon and 
our announcement of the 22 exhibitors in the show's "Art Dept." 

See you March 3,4,5, which will soon be here!
Tickets on Sale now at

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pet Adoption Benefit Booth - The Saving Hope Foundation

Pet Adoption Booth at the Show March 3,4,5

The Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art welcomes the Saving Hope Foundation as one of our two Benefit Booths at the March 3, 4, 5, 2016 show. Instead of finding antiques in their booth, you’ll see the wagging tails of pets available for adoption with the help of the Humane Society of North Texas.  

Who knows? Maybe you will make a friend for life at the Fort Worth Show– or lend your help to the work of the Saving Hope Foundation. 

My hunch is that most people who like antiques & art & homes also love animals. Many of you reading this may live now with pets, including perhaps pets that you have adopted--- or that have adopted you. We live with three “walk ons.” Wouldn’t have it any other way.

North Texas has an over population of unwanted animals and crowded shelters. As Saving-Hope co-founder Gloria Moncrief Holmsten puts it, "Our goal is to save as many animals as possible." The Saving Hope Foundation raises and distributes funds to provide pet owner education, free and low cost spay/neuter and vaccination services and other steps to keep animals in their homes, especially in neighborhoods where the greatest number of unwanted animals are located. They work to find new homes and to reduce the pressure on area shelters. In this way, they believe that as many animals as possible can be saved and adopted into new homes. Learn more at

The Saving Hope Foundation started three years ago with the rescue of one dog, Hope, who had been tortured and left for dead just west of Fort Worth. Her story inspired the work that continues today. Over the last three years, Saving Hope has raised over $500,000, using it to provide free and low cost spay/neuter and vaccination services to over 12,000 animals. With community support, they expect to provide this help to another 4,000- 5,000 animals in 2016, as well as to advocate that North Texas families and individuals rescue their next pet.

The Saving Hope Foundation creates and supports partnerships with other local groups such as the Spay-Neuter Network, which operates the “Hope Mobile,” taking free and low cost pet medical services into communities, and the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection. Learn more at

At the Benefit Pet Adoption Booth at the Show March 3, 4, 5, you will meet The Saving Hope Foundation’s partners from The Humane Society of North Texas.

Founded in 1905, the HSNT proclaims a mission of “Kindness, Justice and Mercy to Every Living Creature.” Their staff and volunteers will help show visitors “meet and greet” the animals and process the small amount of paperwork to adopt one of the featured future pets. 

All animals in the Pet Adoption Booth will be healthy, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and ready to go. Learn more at

Can’t Adopt Now? Lend Support!
If you can’t adopt right now, you can still support the Saving Hope Benefit Booth by...
 ---Purchasing a t-shirt
 ---Shopping the selection of donated vintage items
 ---Buy or support the fantastic, brand new Hope & Friends Book, a coffee table-style book with page after page of photos of pets and their families.

The Hope & Friends Book is a major fundraiser for the Saving Hope Foundation each year. Families and individuals can purchase pages in the book to feature their pets, with all funds going to the Foundation’s work. This year the cover art on the book was painted by artist Cindy Holt. Last year it was by President George W. Bush. You can also buy a print of the covers at the Benefit Booth at the Fort Worth Show.
The book is filled with great quotes and photos of all kinds of dogs, a few cats and even a pet Longhorn. My favorite quotes in the book are:

“You save an animal once, and they save you a hundred times over.” 
                 --Kit Moncrief, Co-Founder of the Saving Hope Foundation

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the focus of their love
 and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a
 doubt the best deal humanity has ever made.” –Roger Caras

“If there are no dogs in heaven… then when I die,  I want to go where they went.”
                                                                            --Will Rogers

Solving animal abandonment, abuse and shelter overpopulation requires multiple strategies. Working with local government, shelters and animal aid and rescue groups, The Saving Hope Foundation brings together and distributes funding to provide vaccination/spay/neuter services to help residents afford to keep their animals and to reduce the number of abandoned animals. 

At the same time, they work to encourage and support adoptions so that new homes are found and families find new pets. 

The Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art is honored to provide a three day public setting where future pets can come out into the community to seek their future families. Come by and say hi!

Our other 2016 Benefit Booth supports The Parenting Center.  Stay tuned for news on the work that The Parenting Center does for children and families in Fort Worth.
See you March 3,4,5, 2016 at the 53rd Annual Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art, which will soon be here!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mix It Up with Primitives

Mix it Up --with primitives. Some of you have asked that we find good American primitive antiques for the show, as part of the diversity of styles---Pilgrim century to Mid-Century Modern. (Pilgrim Century is hard to find, but we have had it!)

Welcome aboard to Horsefeathers Antiques of KS and Good Finds (Alison Beckham) of TX and Fluff of KS and Jo Rader of TX. Glenn Lewis from Iowa will be back. Also Steve Farr, Janet Romine, Ann Williams, Cabin on the Hill, A Wilder Place in Time, Andrew's Antiques and more. All of these exhibitors offer versatile American survivors: primitives.

I define a primitive in this way: something that was most likely made by the original user, most likely in the place where it was originally used. Bench-made furniture with joinery and nails, baskets, some tools, woven coverlets and quilts, trunks, benches, small tool boxes and much more. Great tables.

An item made commercially, even in 1776, is not really a primitive. Nor necessarily is something that is chipped up, shabby, and possibly chic. If it is home-made, it's a primitive and that is true for antiques from all over the world. There are primitive Chinese antiques. 

Many of these primitives show great craftsmanship --or in many cases, craftswomanship.
Also, by their nature, most primitives are functional, especially for storage. Use them to organize and de-clutter your home. What's exciting about primitives is that they mix well with other styles, such as modern, French, industrial, western. The primitive is secure enough not to scream. It plays well with other primitives, but also with completely different styles. 
Sometimes you need a solid, quiet piece to give authenticity to a trendier space. Look for a primitive. (Andy Warhol would. In fact, many of the great modernist artists collected American primitives. You can often see the clean lines of modernism in the hand-wrought.)

One of my favorite buys at the Fort Worth Show a few years ago was from Jo Rader, who buys primitives from TX, OK and beyond. Jo brings lots of small primitives -- little cupboards, stools, boxes. But that year she had a huge wooden trophy case with sliding glass doors from a Texas panhandle school--early old glass. It was painted institutional gray and appeared to have been made in the school woodshop. Once it held team trophies, but I wisked it off to re-sell at the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top. That school-made storage case was fresh, functional, serene and I'm sure it's a trophy for whoever has it now.  

Farm tables, cupboards (boards for cups), textiles, furniture painted and unpainted (oh, that original paint!). Look for them and mix them with your look. All at the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art, which will soon be here!
Thurs, Fri, Sat March 3,4,5, 2016
Buy Tickets Now and Receive an Advance Copy of the Show Program and Map.