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Explore Antique Shopping Abilene, Texas

Explore Antique Shopping Abilene, Texas

Abilene, Texas is a town often overlooked when it comes to choosing a destination for a vintage shopping trip.  But, you will definitely want to include it! The first 9 shops, out of a total of 31 shops, to be showcased are located in close proximity to one another because we know you do not want to waste precious shopping time driving in all different directions!  South 1st Street offers an opportunity to visit five interesting shops.  Living Chic has 8,000 square feet of high quality, high-end European and American antiques as well as home decor.  If you are looking for a specific vintage or antique furniture piece, you will find it here. They have a wide variety of items that will transform your home into a showplace. Right next door to Living Chic, you will find Vintage Marketplace.  This antique mall is 13,000 square feet with a very large eclectic variety of retro, vintage and antique items.  There are 67 vendors and they also carry local honey, Yoder’s Good Health Recipe as well as DIY paints for your own home projects. 

Abilene, Texas Living Chic Storefront

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Antique Shopping Abilene, Texas Offers Vintage Shopping Adventure

Just a little further down the street, you will want to visit The Furniture Junk-It and Junker’s AlleyThe Furniture Junk-It has been in business for several years and specializes in the custom painting of quality furniture pieces that they sell or you can bring in your own piece for them to transform according to your specifications.  They have recently added Junker’s Alley which is a 10,000 square foot storefront where you can find interesting retro, vintage, and antique items.  Further down South 1st Street is a vintage shopping adventure you will not want to miss! La Villa is a 16,000 square foot experience on 2.7 acres.  You can find just about anything you are looking for plus some things you didn’t even know you needed!  The variety is vast and encompasses new to used, to very old. They specialize in decorative ornamental iron and pottery and have a huge inventory.  If you are in the market for yard art/decor, this store should definitely make the list.

Abilene, Texas Vintage Repainted Dresser Pink Vases Plant Stands Decor

Abilene, Texas Vintage Repainted Dresser Pink Vases Plant Stands Decor

Antique Shopping Abilene, Texas Presents Authentic Time-Period Pieces

Butternut Street in Abilene is the location of 3 shops you will want to add to your itinerary.  Classic Collections has moved directly across from their previous location.  When you visit Classic Collections, you will enjoy shopping in a charming 1917 house.  This charming old home offers 2200 square feet of fresh, vintage/antique items ranging from romantic and unique home decor to man cave marvels as well as wearable clothing items.  In the spring, you will find many yard art/yard decor treasures in the courtyard. Directly across from Classic Collections, you can shop at Rust and Roses.  This antique mall has 6,500 square feet with 28 vendors offering a wide variety of retro, vintage and antique, as well as popular farmhouse decor, unique man cave items, and German antiques.  A little further down Butternut Street, be sure to stop in to shop at Bunny Run Antiques  This shop was newly opened in 2018.  The folks at Bunny Run Antiques will help you find treasures that are sure to please in this 3,000 square foot shop.  They specialize in vintage/antique furniture/decor, jewelry, collectibles, shabby chic and vintage clothing. Closer to downtown, you will want to visit Antique Station.  This is an impressive, traditional antique store that has 4,000 square feet of American oak antique furniture, vintage advertising, glassware, and china as well as a large variety of authentic-time period collectibles.

Abilene, Texas Classic Collections 1917 Charming Old Home

Abilene, Texas Classic Collections 1917 Charming Old Home

All of this shopping will no doubt leave you famished. If so, you will want to dine at Cypress Street Station, located at 158 Cypress St, Abilene, TX 79601 This restaurant is located in a historic building in downtown Abilene.  With a 4.4 star rating and a menu full of delicious choices, it will be the perfect ending to a day of vintage shopping. Cypress Street Station is a chill hangout offering American eats & house-brewed beers in a historic Downtown building. A Landmark Restaurant in the heart of downtown Abilene,TX.

Abilene, Texas Cypress Street Restaurant

Abilene, Texas Cypress Street Restaurant Featuring House-Brewed Beers

The Compton Building was constructed in 1924. The original use was as a general store/ drugstore downstairs with doctor offices upstairs. In October 2009, Abilene’s first brewpub Abilene Brewing Co. was opened- at Cypress Street Station. Featuring three, 5 barrel tanks, and serving a variety of unique brews, Abilene’s first Micro-Brewery was born. The master behind Abilene Brewing Co. was Brian Green who passed away in 2015. Understanding that the craft of brewing good beer takes an enormous amount of talent…Cypress Street Station has decided to leave the beer brewing up to the professionals. The tanks were sold to Sockdolager a local brewery. The Bar at Cypress Street Station now has 14 craft draft beers that are constantly in seasonal rotation.      

 Explore Downtown for More Abilene, Texas Antique Shops

You will want to make sure you visit Elmwood Antique Center They have one of the largest selections of authentic vintage and antique items.  You will find a highly organized, clean store with 15 dealers. This store takes consignment items and they also conduct estate sales.  If you find that perfect item that you want to put on layaway, no problem; they can assist you with that.

You will want to venture over to Chick n Tree Antiques because they have over 13,000 square feet and 100 booths to whet your junkin appetite!  There are over 30 dealers and this store has been in business for 30 years. You will find a large variety of shabby chic items, furniture, antiques, art and just about anything you could possibly be looking for. 

Make sure to visit the friendly and helpful folks at Fabulous Finds. This store is loaded with wonderful antique dolls, vintage clothing and accessories as well as exquisite glassware and many more items that are sure to please. 

There is a brand-new store in Abilene that you will not want to miss seeing!  Urban Relics is now open and will be having a fantastic grand opening on April 4.  There are 12 vendors and you will find furniture, home décor, farmhouse items and a whole lot more!  They will also redo a piece of furniture for you using your custom specifications! 

If you have not yet visited Yesterdaze Antiques and Collectibles, you are missing a treat!  This store has been in business for 33 years and has 10 vendors.  Be prepared to spend some time here because there are so many wonderful items such as furniture, glassware, tools, household décor and even bikes!  One of the best features about this store is they are open 7 days per week for those of us hopelessly addicted to vintage and antique items! is a perfect choice.  There are many vendors with a large variety of items within 60 booths.  They have everything under the sun AND the kitchen sink! If you are looking for games, toys, movies, records, knives, jewelry and/or man cave items, this is the place to be!  They also offer a unique service of computer repair, which is not always easy to find these days. 

For those of you who enjoy flea markets but don’t want to shop out in the cold, heat or rain elements, The Crossing Indoor Flea Market With all this shopping, you will no doubt want to reward yourself with a sweet treat at Candies by Vleta in the downtown area.  If you are like me and have a weakness for fine chocolates, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Vleta’s!  They have a wide variety of delectable chocolates made in-house for you to enjoy. 

Have you planned your trip to Abilene yet?  If not, do so today. You will find everything you are looking for in vintage and antique items and will be able to satisfy your sweet tooth!

 

What kind of Emotion does Pyrex Conjure up?

What kind of Emotion does Pyrex Conjure up?

What kind of emotion does the word Pyrex conjure up in your vintage heart?  For me, it takes me back to a time when my grandmother used various Pyrex pieces as a vessel for serving or storing her amazing meals. Long ago, this special glass was called borosilicate and was used in science labs because it stood up nicely when intense heat was applied.  In 1915 this unique glass was acquired by Corning Glassware and the name Pyrex was born. The use of borosilicate glass was used until 1998 until it was replaced with a less costly glass that was even better at performing under heat. Prior to 1947, Pyrex was basically clear.  But, in 1947 colored Pyrex pieces were introduced and their popularity is still strong today! 

Pyrex Perfection

Eventually, the Pyrex market expanded to include various shapes, sizes, and patterns.  Many pieces are considered standard and are still very popular today, but the most sought- after pieces are the ones that are considered “promotional” ones that were in production for a short time.  These promotional pieces are generally more costly to acquire. According to an article at www.shared.com/pyrex-patterns-worth-money/ the following is a list of the top 8 collectible patterns that can be valuable to collectors:

  1.       “Lucky in Love” – (1959) A pink heart and shamrock pattern
  2.       “Butterprint” (1957) also known as “Amish Buttercup”, “Farmer’s Wife” and “Rooster & Corn” –      

     an aqua farm pattern   

  1.       “Atomic Eyes” (1950) – Mid-century vertical eyes pattern
  2.       “Gooseberry” (1957) – A botanical pattern in pink/white, black/white, black/yellow
  3.       “New Dots” (1968) – orange, blue, yellow or green dotted pattern
  4.       “Rainbow Stripe (1965) – Striped set in pink, sandalwood and blue
  5.       “Snowflake” or “Garland” (1972) – Blue and white snowflake with pouring spouts
  6.       “Pink Daisy” (1956) – Pink floral pattern

Look for Pyrex at many of the Wonderful Texas Antique Shops

Luckily for collectors or for those that just enjoy adding some of these lovely Pyrex pieces to their own kitchens, they can be easily found.  Look for Pyrex at many of the wonderful vintage shops found within TexasVintageShopper.com!

References

Brandon Shinholser, 2009. Vintage Pyrex 101: A Guide to Pyrex, Estatesales.org

Blair, October 5, 2018. 8 Vintage Pyrex Patterns That Are Worth A Lot Of Money Hidden Gems/Vintage

https://www.shared.com/pyrex-patterns-worth-money/

Vintage Shopping Yields Hidden Treasure 💕

Vintage Shopping Yields Hidden Treasure 💕

Vintage shoppers love the idea of finding the unexpected, the unknown when they head to an open-air vintage market, venue or antique shop because they just might discover an item they fall in love with and can’t live without!

Vintage merchandise often sells at affordable prices for quality brand merchandise. In the past, the antique market was inaccessible due to high prices. Today’s market is much more accessible, especially for younger people purchasing items for their first home or for seasoned collectors looking for that special item.

Bob Ferris, an avid vintage scale collector, from Crowley, Texas recently embarked on an antique shopping trip to Austin, Texas. He planned his trip in advance and targeted 2 shops he thought were good prospects for finding scales.  While disappointed that these shops did not have what he was looking for, he decided to stop and visit a third shop, not on his list, before he left the Austin area. He was excited when he landed a unique find along with its original parts, some of which were being sold separately because the shop owners were not aware that the scale and the parts went together.

Plate Scale Market 2 Kilo Force 1900 Patina Iron Cast Metal Beam Kitchen Shabby Vintage Brocante Antique France

Plate Scale Market 2 Kilo Force 1900 Patina Iron Cast Metal Beam Kitchen Shabby Vintage Brocante Antique France

Recreate, Embrace Memories Past While Vintage Shopping

So what is Vintage? Items 20 to 100 years old originating from a previous era have that romantic aura about them because they have a past and a story behind the story. Antiques are items 100 years old or older. Owning these items can make buyers feel nostalgic as they recreate and embrace distinct memories of places and things from their past. The term “retro” means “relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past: fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned,” according to Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Vintage decor and accessories can be surprisingly modern. A popular trend is mixing vintage with new, as well as creating a unique mix of various styles and eras. The photo of the dining room below is my own dining room, unintentionally put together without any specific planning after Randy and I moved into our new home in Crowley, Texas in May of 2019. The items below were items Randy had in his own collection. It was amazingly fun to decorate our retro dining area with this Coca Cola collection. As you can see, the grandkids love the Coca-Cola booth. We just need one of those table-top junk boxes to put at the end of it!

Retro-Modern Dining Room Decor with 1950's Coca Cola button and 1941 white tin framed Coca-Cola bottle sign

Retro-Modern Dining Room Decor with 1950’s Coca Cola button and 1941 white tin framed Coca-Cola bottle sign

Antique, Vintage and Retro items also make for a great way to create an individual look with the new upcycling, recycling, repurposing, refurbishing and repainting quality antique furniture trends. Steam Punk, Architectural Salvage and Farmhouse have also become popular for their individuality.

Kitchen Hutch Farmhouse Painted Maroon Mint Vintage

Kitchen Hutch Farmhouse Painted Maroon Mint Vintage

Vintage Shopping Offers Personalized Look

There are lots of reasons that vintage has become popular. One of them is that shoppers believe that mainstream items have become less unique and that mass-produced furniture and accessories are routine copy-cat items that anyone can buy.

There is a quality to vintage that makes it transcend newer items because they are chosen for uniqueness, quality, and design value.

Designers are integrating old looks that were once popular into modern décor for a unique, eclectic mix. A popular trend is “if you love it and it speaks to you, it works! Don’t stress over what somebody else thinks.

It’s never been so easy to look modern and current while reusing the old.

Vintage Shopping Offers Unchanging styles

There are always going to be people who prefer individual and interesting pieces and buy them as investments or one-offs. Shoppers are waking up to the fact that vintage can be adaptable to the latest trends, and that they are also timeless classics that can become a staple of their lifestyle. They will always be in style in their own way. You can pick up the latest trend and have something that’s only good for a few weeks, or you can buy something vintage you can enjoy for years.

Originality and Style Comes With Vintage Shopping

One of the most important aspects of a stylish home is being original. It tells a lot about a person and his or her personality. Vintage upcycling, re-purposing, repainting, industrial and architectural creations allow people to express themselves while creating their own original lifestyle, to fit in, yet stand out. It’s hard to do that, but anything is possible with creativity and skills to see the vision and bring it to reality.

Heart and Story: Part of Vintage Shopping

Vintage has a heart to it – there’s a story behind the story.  There’s much more to vintage than just being old and used. There is a history and art to vintage because these items are filled with the stories and memories of the people that came before us and owned them. Owning vintage keeps those people and their history and artistry alive.

When it’s all said done, owning vintage means being packaged in a unique way.

It’s matchless, it’s distinct, it’s rare and many times, it’s just plain extraordinary.

What about you?

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