My first antiques day shopping trip was on June 29th with my first stop being Rustic Windmill in Midland. This shop is considered a vintage inspired market. There are 10 shops in Midland and 3 shops in Odessa, Texas, located 20 miles west of Midland. – Midland and Odessa are affectionately named the twin cities with Midland being dubbed “white collar” and Odessa being dubbed “blue collar.”
Along with 10 antiques shops that offer a variety of unique items that include furniture, home décor, glassware, tools, jewelry and everything in between, Midland and Odessa both have nice shopping malls with the traditional favorites of J.C. Penney’s, Sears and Dillards. Open seven days a week, Midland Park Mall has 90 businesses and is located on Loop 250.
With the recent oil field boom, Midland and Odessa, Texas are experiencing road construction due to the traffic overload on the main highways similar to other metroplex areas. Be forewarned about long traffic lines and stop lights!
Known as the Petroplex, Midland and Odessa have a combined population of 295,000 and are located in west Texas halfway between El Paso and Dallas, Texas on interstate 20.
The Midland/Odessa shops can be hit in a day if you begin with opening time around 10 a.m. and end at closing time around 5 p.m. The Midland shops are for the most part centrally located and you can easily stop in and shop within 3 to 4 hours just depending on how long you stop and browse.
Renell Moore July 14, 2018
Odessa: 3 shops 20 Miles West of Midland
There are 3 antiques shops located in Odessa Two of these are on 8th street, and the other is located in a neighborhood approximately 5 to 6 miles from the first two shops. You will also want to check out these shops. Use our shop finder at https://shops.texasvintageshopper.com/location/
You can get directions, get the miles to the shop’s location and connect to your GPS from here. And, the BONUS IS, you will see all the surrounding shops in that area! Click on “How to navigate the map” – it is helpful to review the first time or two you use it!
Music City Mall is in Odessa and has more than 100 businesses and the only ice skating rink within 300 miles.
I realized that I was open, curious and ready to share with my readers what I found in each of these shops. My goal is to “show” you with pictures and objective descriptive and prices what I saw as I entered and browsed through each shop. In this blog I will share my first stop and then I will add one to two shops in consecutive weeks to the blog as a continuation of Midland, Texas antiques day shopping.
As I walked in, I saw part of a real windmill suspended from the ceiling and hanging close to and over the front check out counter. The windmill section was hung sideways and featured 6 fan blades with a double vane. This windmill was removed from a ranch in Andrews County in the 1960s. Owner Beau Estes said his dad and grandad took it down. Beau and Barbara Estes have 3 family ranches that span across Midland, Andrews, Ector, Martin and Stephens counties.
Rustic Windmill Midland Unique Finds:
I hope you get some inspiration from items found at Rustic Windmill in Midland, Texas:
Tina Melonakes assists Steven Porterfield with vintage clothing, hats, handbags and jewelry, at his antiques store “The Cat’s Meow” in Midland, Texas. Steven said all of these vintage items are selling well in his store located at 408 Andrews Highway in Midland, Texas.
Tina also assists Steven in restoring and repairing antique, vintage clothing and accessories.
Renell Moore July 8, 2018
Trends with Younger Clientele is Taking Old Stuff, Recreating it
Tina said the latest trends with the younger clientele is to take the old stuff and recreate it. For example, taking an old enamel stove and recreating it into a wine bar. The vintage prom dresses are also a popular fad.
“All the kids like the upcycled stuff. They like the old farmhouse look.
As for fine china, “If you can’t put it in the dishwasher, they don’t want it. Silver – they don’t have time to polish it.”
Certain Vintage Hat Styles Popular
Steven said a lot of women are wearing hats now. He is currently selling a lot of vintage hats.
“I have 300 to 400 in the back room that I need to bring out for display.” Certain styles sell well, like the big outrageous hats for the Derby parties. Fascinators are a big fad. Fascinators are little cocktail hats. The little girls love these hats and they sell for $15 in his store. The fascinators are also being used as wedding veils.
Another popular trend is to use vintage jewelry to make a wedding bouquet out of vintage brooches.
Vintage Clothing: Purses, Furs Back in Style
Other popular items are vintage purses from the 1970’s and furs are back in style for the fall season.
“I buy tons of stuff from all over the world – Americans have more stuff than most other countries do.”
In the past, Americans were fascinated with royalty and other cultures so they would purchase Chinese antiques and bring them back to America.
More Chinese Antiques in America Than China
“We have more Chinese antiques in America than in China.”
Masses of Chinese people are coming over to buy antiques to take back to China – I have about 5 young men who come through the store several times a year. They will purchase any Chinese antiques they find.
Historic clothing is a unique specialty of The Cat’s Meow Antiques Store, in Midland, Texas. Owner Steven Porterfield is a native Midlander, but travels 50,000 miles per year on buying trips all over the United States.
The Cat Meow’s features more than 2,000 pieces of costume jewelry, some estate and some sterling jewelry, china, glass, furniture, a toy room, a hat room, books, a kitchen area, a jewelry section, clothing and numerous general antique items.
“I love it, but it’s a ton of work,” Steven said. “I work 14 hour days and I restore and repair antique clothing and accessories. Tina Melonakes assists him. The Cat’s Meow has been in business for more than 31 years.
Steven’s biggest business is clothing, and clothing accessories such as hats, 1970s vintage handbags and jewelry. He said all of these items are selling well in the store, but Steven also has a huge business selling historic clothing to the movie industry.
Historic Apparel Sold to American National Costume, Motion Picture Costumes
He works with two major movie industries: American National Costume and Motion Picture Costumes. The first major movie to feature his clothing was “The Titanic” and more recently his clothing was worn by characters in the movie “Hidden Figures” which won multiple Oscar nominations last year.
“Three or four times a year, I drive to Hollywood to sell costumes to the movie industry,” He said. “They buy a lot of stuff, but you do not know what they will actually use in the movie.”
“We just a got a call from Timothy Wonsik, assistant to Colleen Atwood (Timothy helps her accumulate things for her shows because she buys from all over the world). Colleen is one of the most important costumers for historic costumes in the world and she has won numerous nominations for her clothing.
Top Designers Purchase Historic Clothing for Design Inspiration
Steven was able to see all of the costumes that were nominated for awards and then featured in museums when he traveled to Los Angeles to visit FIDM, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles, California.
He works with Museums and also sells clothing that dates back to the 1700s. These garments are very fragile and expensive so potential buyers must make appointments with him to see them.
Top designers in New York such as Vera Wang, Jay Peterman, Ralph Lauren, Oscar De La Renta, and Victoria’s Secret purchase historic clothing to use for design inspiration.
These 1890’s bodices were purchased by Warner Brothers for inspiration for Historic Costumer Colleen Atwood. The movie was filmed in London.