Monday, January 29, 2018

Fort Worth Show Parking Sponsor -The Mercantile!

Jan. 31 Wine Down Wednesday, 3-6 pm
Feb. 10 "Be Mine" Pet Adoption Event!

The Mercantile on Fort Worth's Camp Bowie Blvd. is the Parking Sponsor for the March 2,3,4, 2018 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 Mercantile Booth 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, at 7200 Camp Bowie Blvd. 

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.

But don't wait! Mercantile Special Events:

Visit Wine Down Wednesday on Wed. Jan. 31, stop by 3-6 pm for complimentary sips and bites, don't miss the cheese board --and all the new finds throughout the mall. 

Sat. Feb. 10 "Be Mine" Adoption event with the Humane Society of North Texas, 11am - 4pm. There will be 10- 15 pets available, dogs, cats and maybe bunnies!

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, open 361 days a year.

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. 

Plan now for early April Spring Mall-Wide Sale!


  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!) 

The Mercantile offers a mix of 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 2,3,4, 2018 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 weekly classes and the Spring mall-wide sale, early April 2018. The Mercantile is also available for private parties, fashion shows and other community or business gatherings. For more information, contact

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Welcome, Sue Whitney, Founder of JUNKMARKET Style

JUNK Market Founder Sue Whitney Special Guest
Fort Worth Show March 2, 3, 4, 2018
55th Year Antique & Art Show Theme:
 Revive! Revamp! Renew!

Expect to roll up your sleeves and have some fun at the March 2, 3, 4, 2018 Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art. Design author and “Queen of Junk” Sue Whitney will make the trip from Minnesota to DFW to sign copies of her new book JUNK Beautiful: Furniture ReFreshed (Taunton Press) and provide hands-on activities for up-cycling vintage furniture and cast-off junk into fabulous and unique home d├ęcor.

Junk? You bet! One of the fruits of the last recession was a new appreciation for old fragments, broken industrial and agricultural equipment and just about anything laying around America that had outlived its original purpose. Enter Sue Whitney to re-make these discards into fun and functional home decor, re-fashioned junk that is now copied brand new by manufacturers in China for high end stores. Come to the Fort Worth Show to meet Sue Whitney and get a taste of the real thing.

Accompanying Sue Whitney will be a sneak peek at her upcoming book, JUNK Beautiful: She Sheds.
What's a She Shed???

A She Shed, according to Sue, is a “new form of human cave” for women to have “a place to get away to, without actually going away.” This She Shed exhibit might be a first for the Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Fort Worth Cultural District. The model She Shed will be constructed and offered for sale by Round Top, Texas exhibitor Liz Collins of Haute Nest. Sue Whitney will appear only on Friday, March 2, 10am to 6pm, and Saturday, March 3, 10am to 4pm. The She Shed, Haute Nest and the whole show will continue for shopping Saturday until 6pm and Sunday March 5, 10am to 5pm. One ticket is good all three days.

I first met Sue Whitney over ten years ago at the magnificent Marburger Farm Antique Show when she placed an "Up-Cycling Award" on a gun rack in my booth. It was a shabby chic white painted gun rack to begin with--go figure. I had turned it into a hat rack, simply by hanging it sideways with a Lone Star Beer sign nailed to it, the rack hooks covered in cowboy hats. She has a thing for cowboys.

A couple of years later, my daughter and I were visiting Mt. Rushmore in western SD when we saw on-line that Sue was having a garage sale in northern Minnesota. We drove all night and got there just in time. On another trip to Minnesota, we were wrangled by Sue into delivering a van load of hundreds of vintage Baby Ben alarm clocks to a dealer friend in Texas, ticking all 1,172 miles.

So I am very happy to welcome my friend Sue Whitney to the 55th Year of the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art. I warn you: she's fun! Whether on a national TV show or on a cross-country jaunt to photograph the best She Sheds in America, Sue is a champion of all of us who love old things and who embrace a creative approach to life.  

“I’m very excited about the Fort Worth Show,” says Sue. “When I am not signing books and doing furniture demos, I will be shopping!” Guess who may get to deliver her buys....

Sue Whitney is the founder of the wildly popular JUNKMARKET Style, a company that helps individuals incorporate vintage finds and industrial accents into their homes. Launched in 2000, JUNKMARKET has become a national leader in the “rustoration” industry, with Whitney a frequent guest on The Today Show and regional TV programs across the USA. Her books include Decorating JUNKMARKET Style, JUNK Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers and JUNK Beautiful: The Outdoor Edition. JUNKMARKET boasts an active community of decorators and crafters at
 Sue will sign copies of her prior books, JUNK Beautiful and JUNK Beautiful: Outdoor Edition, as well as the new Furniture ReFreshed book ($24.95). Furniture ReFreshed offers 30 projects, something for every room in the house, with each chapter turning non-functional castoffs into cutting edge home style.

Along with Sue, of course, look for 150 top exhibitors of antiques and art, including vintage and contemporary art. To honor Sue Whitney's visit to DFW, the 55th year of the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art puts forth the theme: Revive! Revamp! Renew! Come seek a vintage piece to renew your wardrobe or revamp a tired space. Or pick up a tip or a book from Sue Whitney to inspire you to revive your home. Exhibitors will include jewelry, industrial, French, American, English, silver, garden, fashion, art, Mid-Century Modern and more. Even junk! This is not a show for the stodgy or stagnant. Come for fun. Come for inspiration. Come for the stuff. Learn more at