Thursday, February 23, 2017

From Ruffles and Bows to Harry Bertoia

Editor's Note: Enjoy this from Guest Blogger Diane Orr from a few years ago about making and loving a home 

By Diane Orr

James Herron Antiques, Fort Worth Show
 of Antiques & Art
John and I married in the fall of 1953.
For the record, October 3, 1953.
How mid-century can you get.

Daddy had given us some money and we spent it on shiny brand new hard rock maple Early American furniture. Oh, it was beautiful.

We packed everything in the feed store’s bobtail truck and drove to our first house, 706 Cherry, in College Station. All the houses looked alike and we were on a cul de sac.

I had milk glass for wedding presents, cranberry glass, blue and white Spode china. I found a calendar of antique cars and framed 12 pictures in small black frames. We had rooster prints and chicken prints to hang over the back of the couch. I Pennsylvania-Dutched every inch of the walls that weren’t already covered. John’s mother made muslin curtains for the windows with ruffles all the way down and bows for tie-backs.

Oh, it was beautiful. 

Until.

We met the architects.

They were our best friends. Tiny and Muff were with the fledgling CRS firm and Jim was a senior architectural student at Texas A & M.

Jim and Joan’s one room apartment had low slung beds and canvas director chairs to sit on. Joan was a potter and the dishes were all handmade. Jim built a huge wire and bamboo birdcage for a partition between the kitchen and the living room and a population of finches thrived.

Muff and Tiny’s house had plastic molded chairs around an oak pedestal table. There were canaries in Mexican cages, white dishes, Swedish Facette stainless flatware. Muff kept fresh flowers in a tall clear glass cylinder vase, more pottery everywhere and floor to ceiling windows that brought the woods inside.

I loved that house.

Before we moved back to Fort Worth, I had an Early American garage sale and neighbors gleefully hauled off everything. I waved a fond goodbye to rooster pictures.

There were four of us now and, to save money, we rented a small FHA duplex in a field of other duplexes and started over.

I bought two iron butterfly chairs with aqua canvas slings. We had a George Nelson Bubble lamp and Muff had given me a birdcage for the finches.

Mother gave us a four piece place setting of white Russel Wright dishes from Cox’s department store, $12.99 a set. We splurged on 16 pieces of Facette stainless flatware and two years later we built our flat top roof mid-century dream house in Wedgwood. Jim was the architect.

The closet doors were painted Frank Lloyd Wright colors. Jim could get a 50% discount then from Knoll and he ordered six wire Bertoia chairs for our dining room ($44.00 each). Mother kicked in again and bought us the round oak pedestal table like Muff’s.

For the living room, we had a high back Bertoia “Bird” chair in black and brown upholstery that rocked a little. But when the twins were born, I got an Eames molded plastic rocker. We were stuffed in that wonderful little house.

Then Thomas came and, with five children, we had to move.

Jim was studying at the time under Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania. For his masters project, he designed us the most exquisite house I have ever seen, five cubicle bedrooms for the children, nestled in the hill of the lot we bought.

He made a model of the house and the grounds and I worked for two years trying to get someone to build it. The foundation bid came in more than the whole budget, but I wouldn’t give up.

When Mrs. Tibbit’s obituary was in the paper, a friend called John and said her house was for sale in Park Hill under a trust. The family wanted a quick sale. John called the young bank trustee, inquired about the price, and bought the house over the telephone.

He was a little sheepish when he came home and told us. “You don’t have to live there,” he meekly said.

The neighborhood, however, was perfect, good schools, close in. You could buy big old houses cheap then. Mrs. Tibbit’s house was built in 1928, solid Oklahoma rock, two stories high with a red tile roof, turrets and a basement. The front was covered with cemetery Cedars. I would call it dismal. Besides, it had only three bedrooms.

Then came Mariana.

Mariana was an architect in Fort Worth who lived in a mid-century house of her own design. I went over to meet her. There were pre-Columbian figures and pots stashed everywhere and all built-in furniture. The cups for tea were handmade, the teapot elegant. A ficus tree and ferns dominated the living room.         

Mariana made the inside of our fortress mid-century modern. We’ve been here 46 years I think and the Noguchi lanterns hanging in every room are fragile to the touch. The six Bertoia chairs are each one broken at the same stress point. I should tell Harry. We have a Corbusier chair in the living room and an Eames chair so old the leather seat is crackled white. As you can tell, I’m a sucker for big names. The desk top that I am writing on now is the same Formica slab that was our coffee table in the little house.

Jan found for us at Canton, in a box of hotel utensils, 30 or 40 pieces of the Facette stainless. The Russel Wright has grown to 20 place settings and I gave both girls the fancy wedding china.

We have spent a fortune re-caning Bauer chairs but it was worth it. The bamboo blinds on all the windows have a soft patina. Stainless hinges are on the old doors.

Mariana made the garage our den and the room attached to the garage the boys shared. An oversized carport pulled it all together.

There are worn Navajo rugs on the floors. There are tansu chests for our clothes. Being an English teacher by trade, I cherish every forlorn paperback. The walls are bookcases. I bought 12 white Luxo lamps when Tonny Foy closed his business. For $20 each. We use those to read and work by.

A few years ago, we took the low ceiling out of the garage and put glass in the eaves and added a small loft. I hate to say it, but it looks like a cathedral. Mariana’s son Brian did that.

I’m even embarrassed to tell you, but there is a Corbusier feathered canvas sofa in the future. At 80 years old and 83 years old, we love to live in this house.

I wish everybody had a house to live in that they love. 
Gordon Harrison, Fort Worth Show
 of Antiques & Art



Editor’s note:
The story continues several years later, with new Noguchi lanterns ordered from the Noguchi Museum in New York, an architect for a grandson and finally the feathered Corbusier sofa, after only a few tries. The Bertoia chairs are used every day. They are still cracked at the stress point.       

Friday, February 17, 2017

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go2antiques: 2017 Fort Worth Show Parking Sponsor - T...: The Mercantile on Fort Worth's Camp Bowie Blvd. is the Parking Sponsor for the March 3,4,5, 2017 Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art...

2017 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, 2017 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 Circle, just off of Camp Bowie. 

Plus, all parking fee refunds at the Fort Worth Show will come with a beautiful gift for you ---and with a discount coupon inside for your next visit.



What's at The Mercantile? Founded by the late 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 glam.

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 Susan Davis, with Victorian to early 20th C. smalls, jewelry and furniture.













The Mercantile also offers regular classes in DIY projects--crafting, home decor, seasonal projects. 






And mark your calendars now for the Spring Mall-Wide Sale!
March 31, April 1 & April 2, 2017. 


  Over the last few years, I've bought some good things at The Mercantile. Here's the jacket that I will be wearing 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, 2017 Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art.







The Mercantile 
7200 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX
Open Mon - Sat 10-6   Sun 12-6
817-377-0910
www.The-Mercantile.com

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

www.facebook.com/themercantilefortworth   





Watch The Mercantile on Facebook for special events such as weekly classes and the Spring mall-wide sale, March 31, April 1 & April 2, 2017. The Mercantile is also available for private parties, fashion shows and other community or business gatherings. Contact Kylie Ross for more information at kylie@the-mercantile.com
        

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fort Worth Show Benefit Booth - Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library

Word Play! That’s the theme of the March 3,4,5 Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art. Words on art, words carved on wood, engraved on silver, sewn onto textiles, embossed on a tiny thimble or emblazoned on a vintage sign.
And there will be words in books! Lots of books! 
 

The Fort Worth Show welcomes the Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library as our 2017 Benefit Booth.  Their booth will offer a huge used book sale, with bushels of books for bargain lovers.  



“The Friends” is a membership group that has supported the Fort Worth Library System for over 50 years. Through paid memberships, their public book store and well-shopped book sales, they raise funds for hundreds of library programs at branches throughout the city. They help fund library computer equipment and classes, as well as the “Worth Reading” program which encourages year-round reading by youth and adults. They sponsor the Texas Literary Hall of Fame to honor Texas writers.

While the Library has a Library Foundation for large grants and gifts, the Friends of the Library offers a grassroots community of support.

Bunny Gardner, president of the Friends of the Library, gave me a tour of the 50,000 square foot book store run by Friends volunteers at 5332 Trail Lake Dr., just south of I-20 near Old Granbury Rd. She said it was one of the largest Friends bookstores in the US, processing over 250,000 donated pieces a year.
 

You can tell that Bunny’s background is in retail: the store is pristine, bright and well-organized with current titles priced to sell. There are pleasant areas to sit and read, a sales counter and an entire back wing for processing donated books.



At Friends book sales several times each year, an annex facility is set up like a library for people to buy books.   “It’s a lot of work to sell a book for $1. That’s why we work with volunteers,” says Bunny. Some of the volunteers at The Friends store are retired from a profession or a corporation. I met Paul, a volunteer who has a trucking company, and who will be transporting the books for sale to the Fort Worth Show. Thank you, Paul!

Items for the sale include:  

--Children’s books, non-fiction, history, art and interior design 


--21 boxes of western and Texana books from the collection of historian and collector Doug Harman

-- a 1911 set of Encyclopedia Britannica in its original shelf 

--New and like-new books for gifts, graduations & weddings    
--Two vintage boxed sets of the Oxford English Dictionary, with the original magnifying glass that came in the drawer at the top of the case. Tiny Print! Plus, The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester, which tells the odd, odd story of the formation of the OED, involving an American writing from an asylum.

--In addition to thousands of books, the Friends will also sell new photo scrapbooks, gift items, gift certificates and donated antiques.  

Bunny's favorite book in the store today? All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, winner of the Rome Prize, a novel about a young French girl going blind in the midst of violence and resistance in Europe during WWII.

At the Fort Worth Show you will receive an invitation to the Friends April book sale and an opportunity to help support your public library. Follow The Friends at www.facebook.com/FriendsFWLibrary

Book Store Hours:  Wed, Thurs, Fri, 10-6   Sat 10-5
5332 Trail Lake Dr. just south of I-20 at Old Granbury Rd. Fort Worth

In another time, my mother would drop me off at the old downtown library. I would descend the stairs into Children’s Department and hours later emerge with a stack of checked-out books as big as I could carry. I can still remember the good smell of new books in the old library. These days libraries get by with a lot of help from their Friends.

Shop the Friends book sale in the Benefit Booth at the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art, March 3,4,5, 2017 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.  www.fortworthshow.com


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mary Emmerling Comes to Town

Book Signing & Special Guest                            
Photo: David Meredith
Mary Emmerling 
Fort Worth Show
    of Antiques & Art
March 3,4,5, 2017

Imagine this: I am sitting my office in New York, planning my very first antique show. It was called “Country Comes to Town.” My idea was to bring in 50 rough and rowdy non-urban dealers into the very urbane upper East Side of Manhattan for great stuff and great prices---and for a great cause.

My mentor, Irene Stella, said: “Jan, call Mary Emmerling. She is doing some new things. Maybe she would come to the show.” In the New York Times I had seen Mary Emmerling’s row of cowboy boots in her high rise apartment. I had even been a fan when she worked at Mademoiselle Magazine. She was running an American antiques store on Lexington Avenue and she understood  “Country Comes to Town” all right.

So I called Mary and she answered, a little sleepily –did I wake her up? I told her about the show. She was so gracious. She couldn’t come then, but she wished me luck and said she would like to come another time.

Fast forward 25+ years, and Mary Emmerling is coming to the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art on March 3,4,5, 2017. During the years in between she became one of the most successful and loved design leaders, a champion in the world of antiques and a powerful muse for all who would learn the great design gift: Mix it Up! Her career includes helping to shape House Beautiful and Country Home Magazines, as well her own Mary Emmerling’s Country Magazine, an HGTV show –and perhaps a little known venture: Antiques Extra.  I’m a true fan and still have most of these now rare and rarified issues.
Photo: Jeremy Samuelson
  

What made them special? Her down-to-earth, interesting, light-hearted approach to enjoying your home---her sense of the value and style of a simple country table, alongside an Eames chair with a little leopard fabric thrown in. 




Over 30 top-selling books later, Mary will sign copies of her new book, Eclectic Country, which brings together formal, industrial, Mid-Century Modern with primitives. She will have a booth at the Fort  Worth Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 3,4,5, 2017. Book-signings will start at noon daily. Mary will also offer a selection of her other titles and merchandise she has collected to sell.

The first half of the new book tells Mary’s own story of growing up an east coast Yankee and falling in love with the American West, not to mention her own cowboy. The second half of the book showcases 6 homes in the Round Top, Texas area that span generations and bring Mary’s love of  mixing it up into a fresh look for today. The homes range from The Vintage Round Top to Rachel Ashwell’s The Prairie.

As Mary puts it: “In the late 1990s I was the Creative Director for Country Home Magazine. We started with country, cleaning it up, making it creative to inspire young people to start collecting. Then we started adding in mid-century modern chairs and contemporary accents to liven things up. And then everyone else started copying us. The new book tells that story, plus I wanted to add a fun factor to decorating. Eclectic is fun and it includes a focus on younger shoppers and home-owners.”  

The book features several exhibitors in the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art: Neck Collections by Polly Hitt, John Petty Antiques, A Wilder Place in Time, Utopia and Lizzie Lou. It also credits Rollen Hills Moving & Delivery, on-site delivery and shipping company for the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art.
Mary, Wendy Lane & Della Orr-Harter

Over the intervening years, Mary befriended me at antique shows from Santa Fe to Nashville to Marburger Farm. She identified with my goal of traveling in the antiques business with a baby, Miss Della, who traveled with me until she started school. Even now you might find Della starring in an episode of Flea Market Warriors or doing photography and social media for The Fort Worth Show or skipping school to help me at a Country Living Fair. (We only skip a little.)

 So it is with a full heart that my family welcomes Mary and her husband Reg Jackson to Fort Worth, coming full circle, yet staying fresh and fun. Isn’t that the secret to everything?

Meet Mary Emmerling at The Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art on March 3,4,5, 2017. Mary will be in her book signing booth starting at noon each show day. 

Tickets are available at the show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center or in advance at www.fortworthshow.com  


Friday, December 30, 2016

Antiquing with Della – Napless in New Mexico

In thinking of Mary Emmerling, our 2017 Special Guest
 at the Fort  Worth Show, I found this from a while back.... 
Reprinted from Antique Prime Magazine, June 2001

So we went to New Mexico, crossing over the hot Texas panhandle to the early Spanish outpost in North America, with its ancient culture and living pueblos and cool air and billboards that read: “Stuckey’s –Rattlesnake Heads, Tamales and Cappuccino.” We’re ready for anything. I’m 18 (months) and our Big Red van is loaded to the roof with antiques to sell. Mom’s got a cooler with pimento cheese and Willie is on the radio. This is the life. And I plan to stay awake for every minute of it. 


Our first stop is Albuquerque for The Great Southwestern Antiques, Indian and Old West Show, held every August at the Lujan Center at the state fairgrounds. Mom wheels me with my stroller into one room with 27,000 square feet of every old west thing you can think of, from a $60,000 classic Navajo blanket to a $6 Fred Harvey postcard from old Route 66. Some of the best old west things are the 150 dealers themselves –like long, tall Jim Hislop with his handle bar mustache working a heavy trade with even taller W.T. Bailey over a pair of early cowgirl gauntlets. W.T., who is my friend and who can just flat out-talk Jim, ends up with the gauntlets.

Another friend of mine is the man with the long white hair and the top hat, J.D. Scott from Oklahoma. He has a booth full of big 1940s Roy Rogers movie posters and a showcase full of Skookum dolls. I really like those Indian dolls with the real blankets, but no one ever lets me play with them. Still, this is a great show. Mom is looking at the most beautiful Navajo rugs she has ever seen in the booth of Mark Winter who runs a trading post on the Indian Reservation. I myself am more inclined to the table where Roger Baker shows off all the Bowie knives and gold rush and saloon antiques. I have never been to a saloon, but my big brother studied them in college.

Mom wants to visit with Cindy Rennels from Oklahoma and see all the quilts and blankets she has brought. You’d think with all the soft rugs and blankets and quilts that I would be sleepy. No luck, mom! No naps in New Mexico! Before we leave, we say hi to Mary Vidano from Colorado who travels all year long searching for Old Hickory furniture and western advertising items. We’ll see you up the trail tomorrow in Santa Fe, Mary. And that’s where we’re headed.


So Big Red takes us North, climbing on cruise control, up, up through a landscape that mom says looks like the moon covered in sage. We stop to pick some smelly pinion branches to put in our hotel room. Up, up, finally we emerge on the high desert with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains spread out behind the city of Santa Fe. It is cool in the afternoon. It is August. There are old Spanish style buildings and little winding streets. Texans, when they die, want to come here.

Big Red pulls into the graveled driveway of the Silver Saddle Motel with its weekly rate and flower garden and little tables set up  outside to drink coffee. I myself don’t need much coffee. We’re staying upstairs in a stuccoed room with our own kitchen and tiny bathroom. We carry up our suitcases and my bed and the pimento cheese and the pinion. Then we go downstairs to find my friends Brenda and Jarrell. They’re dealers from Texas too and they are going to help take care of me. Why does someone have to take care of me? I’m fine! And still no naps!


We all drive downtown to the Sweeney Center which will be the home of the Old West & Country Show, the Ethnographic Show and the Indian Art Show. Tonight all us Old West dealers are gathering in the parking lot, waiting to unload. Jarrell pulls out a cigar and heads off to do some horse tradin.' I don’t see any horses. I do see real silver saddles and chaps and spurs and even some 1950s kids’ cowboy stuff lined up on dollies to go into the show. You can’t play with those dollies either! Finally, we go in. Jarrell helps Mom set up and Brenda and I just try to not get run over.


After we set up, we now have some room in Big Red, so we head for Target to buy lamp shades to put on the lamps mother brought to sell and pillows. My mom makes pillows out of antique weavings. She sews them at home and takes them flat to the show to make extra room in the van. We go to Target to buy pillows almost every night to stuff the pillowcases and sew them up. They like me at Target. We get to the Silver Saddle motel and eat our pimento cheese. I watch Jay Leno and Mom makes pillows. I make an exception and go to sleep.

The next morning the Old West Show opens with preview breakfast. The first customer is Alan Edison from Edison’s Old West Store in Ketchum, Idaho. Mom says Alan always buys “off the top of the show”---he knows exactly what no one has seen before and he buys it first. He gets the big blue horse hooked rug that we found at Brimfield -- a whole other story--  and the folk art wooden cowboy that we picked up early one morning in Virginia and the pillows stuffed last night. My good buddies Mary Emmerling and Reg Jackson come to buy mom’s Saltillo pillows. My mom remembers Mary from New York. Mary brings over Wendy Lane and makes her buy a pillow too.  Wendy runs a vintage store here called Back at the Ranch. That night, after show, and just before we go to Target, we go stand on the bench and peek in Wendy’s store. If you go in the daytime, it’s open.
Right to Left, Me, Wendy Lane, Mary Emmerling & Pillows

Mom sells hard for two days. She meets Bettie and Loretta from San Antonio who pull down every single pillow. Loretta sits on the floor and says “I’m not sure which one.” Three hours later, she and Bettie buy ten of them and promise to see us again, which is also a whole other story.

During the slow time of the show, Mom visits with other dealers like our friend Clarice from home who has a great Saltillo weaving for sale and Steve and Julie from Dallas (Julie likes me) and Pam who Mommy and Daddy went to High School with. They are all set up at the show near the room where the Back-Rub Lady works. You can get a professional massage at the show. Very Santa Fe. We don’t get one, but maybe someday….

Mom sees a 1920s cowboy tapestry and calls a customer on her new cell phone. They say, buy it. So it’s bought and sold at the same time. That’s lucky. I got lucky too when Mom’s old friend from New York, Joan, came by to meet me for the first time. She bought me a red sweat shirt that says “Paris.” Red’s my best color and that’s not Paris, Texas!


After the show, we pack and pack and load and load. Finally we go out to eat at Tomasita’s, our favorite place, with Brenda and Jarrell and other dealers who celebrate the show and swap tall tales while I tear up all the napkins and eat the tortillas. No pimento cheese tonight!

The next day is our day off, so we –guess what? –make pillows! We also go to the flea market by the Santa Fe Opera where I get a red Pueblo Indian girl’s dress with rick rack. This is the life!

That night we all meet again in the Sweeney Center parking lot to unload for the Ethnographic Show. Now you may ask me what is an ethnographic? An ethnographic antique is anything made by hand from any place in the world –Asia, Africa, the South Seas, Latin America. Mom holds down the USA with African-American quilts and painted game boards and hooked rugs and braided rugs …and pillows.


The show is huge, with a big preview party Friday night. GUESS WHAT? Daddy comes! He hands Mom a beer and takes me away to see beautiful and amazing things –--religious artifacts, Spanish colonial furniture and silver crowns, textiles, jewelry, tribal masks and the wonderful Santos that Mike McKissick displays on the wall of Waterbird Traders while I dance on his counter top. Nan and Dave Pirnack from Colorado have the most colorful booth with a huge painted birdcages and folk art carved figures. Our booth is next to the kitchen where sometimes dealers will bring customers to see things that are special. Daddy and I saw someone one roll out something that had yellow feathers like Big Bird on the kitchen floor and say, “It’s $100,000.” I think that’s a lot.
Steve looking happy, Mike looking wary--- of me?
I visit everyone!
  
That night we take a walk up Canyon Rd to see the galleries and adobe houses and bungalows. It starts to rain, so Daddy goes back for Big Red and Mom and I sit on someone’s porch bench and watch a lightening storm over the mountains. Mom thinks about how hard the early Texans fought to make sure Santa Fe was part of Texas and how much harder everyone else fought to make sure that it wasn’t. She remembers coming to Santa Fe with her family and staying in the big La Fonda Hotel. She remembers coming later in college and staying there again –that time for the ten cent admission to the ladies room.  Very Santa Fe.


The next day there are kids everywhere at the Ethnographic Show. Some are just enjoying the colorful antiques and some have grown up coming to these shows with their parents, like me. Many are running around with their own cell phones and walkie-talkies. They are hustling--- cleaning showcases, fetching food for dealers, carrying packages. One boy about nine showed me a wad of cash he made working at the show. Daddy has to fly home, so during pack up Mom hires that boy to play with me for 2 hours for $10. But packing takes longer than 2 hours. At midnight, we are the only ones left, pulling out of the parking lot. I managed to stay awake again.

The next day we are heading home. We had a great time in New Mexico. Before we leave, we visit the talking parrot at the plant store next to the Silver Saddle. A talking parrot!  Life doesn’t get any better than that. Good bye, New Mexico. We’ll see you next summer, but that’s a whole other story.

Until then, happy trails and keep looking for the big one. Your friend, Della.  

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! 

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