Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fan Club

By now I'm sure y'all were all convinced Cat Daddy had dumped me in a cow pasture somewhere in Central Texas and I couldn't find my way back home.
Not so.  He ain't gonna get rid of me that easy by cracky.  After all these years, not only am I the permanent dog poo on his work boots, but I've had 40 years to harden into something akin to concrete.
(This family is always on hand to greet us each morning as we head out to the job site.)
 But just to be on the safe side, I always leave a trail of Twinkie crumbs in my!
Let the record show the Greatest Show on Dirt is still the greatest!
Except for a couple of out-of-our-control setbacks, we had a good time and sold down to two pieces of furniture. Had I not been in the Hall with a wood floor under my feet this go round..that would equate to our "selling to the dirt"!

(90% of the stuff pictured here is going, going, gone...sold to America!)
We set a personal best in load out time at just under an hour.  Personally, I like the sound of a bouncing trailer on the ride back home, but back to those set backs.
Would it surprise anyone to know I got sick early on?  Didn't think so.  Yeah...Cat Daddy had to bring me back to Dallas the first Sunday of the show, but I couldn't stand not being there, so Jenn took me back on Tuesday.

(Every little starlet deserves a beach chair this cool. Our baby trashette is anything but camera shy!)

 My favorite little red.neck came down to help her Kitty Cat Daddy out until I returned and Jenn stuck around for a few days just to make sure I was gonna make it.
God love 'em, I don't know what I would do without my girls...or my Cat Daddy.
Second set back...the weathermen lied.
We were promised a cool front and it did finally arrive...closing weekend.
Before it did, to say it was hot would be an understatement.
There's hot and then there's Texas hot.
Let me try and explain the difference.
Hot is just
Texas hot is what a lobster feels just before becoming someone's entree.

(This is how one travels by the seat of their britches if one wants to do it in style!  Rodeo Royalty had this vardo at the show and other just as fabulous mdse. You can find her on Face Book.)
 It's steamy, clothes drenching, hair sticking to your neck, can't think straight, grumpy britches miserable.
 At least when it's cold, I can add more layers. When it's sticky, muggy hot, there ain't a thing I can do about it except stand in front of a fan and pray I don't stop sweating.
Oh I suppose I could pull some clothes off, but last I checked there's a law against indecent exposure.  On me, even a tank top is indecent in one size does not fit all and just 'cause they make it in my size doesn't mean I should wear it. Tube tops become belts on me if y'all catch my drift.
But survive we did and in spite of the heat, had a great time in the process.
Being in the dance hall made for an easy set furniture shims needed. I was right by the big fan...thank you Lord...and a hop, skip and a jump from the vendors' restrooms. It was so nice to go back to the cabin at night and not have to worry about covering everything up.  When the rain finally did roll in the wee hours of the morning, I just rolled over, snuggled down, and breathed a quiet thank you.
The shoppers who came out were there to shop and I want to thank each and every one who came by to see us.
You betcha!

The Duck Dynasty wives and Miranda were spotted roaming the fields and tents. And of course our own personal Zapp Hall celebs, the Junk Gypsys were present and accounted for...praise the Lord and pass the biscuits.  The girls opened their JG World Headquarters during the show and oh mylanta...the store is over the top.
(I wish I had taken a photo of the huge, ginormous fan that was on the wall in this area of JGWH...killer!)

 Jenn and I snuck away to have a look see and I can't even begin to tell you how many folks were there...with good reason.  At one point I think the waiting line was an hour and a half, but no one seemed to mind. They just kept smiling and talking, patiently waiting their turn. The girls really pulled out all the stops with their displays. Jolie said they've been squirreling things back for a while and believe you showed.

Kim Hanauer had stolen my heart with these unique ear bobs she designed,  so naturally I had to have 'em.


Then after receiving them from Kim, the amazing jewel thief, I spotted this pendant at JGWH, so naturally I had to buy myself a souvenir from the girls to match.


Doncha just love it when a plan comes together?

(I just love jewelry where one size really does fit all!)
 We all have bucket lists.  On mine is to travel to the Pacific Northwest and visit Monticello Antiques.  The talent in that neck o'the woods is phenomenal. Who among us didn't get excited when the Barn Boys did a show and wouldn't we all get so antsy waiting until the photos started flowing in showing gorgeous display after display?

(Now lest you get to thinking "Oh lordy...she's off on a squirrel chase", there IS a caboose to this seemingly off the tracks train of thought.)
For me, a personal thrill this show was meeting someone I consider a celebrity in our antiquing world, the Queen of Tarte herself, Cindy Dockins. She had travelled from the PNW to shop the show, came into the hall and proceeded to make my day.  Cindy's style and her signature grey and yellow color combo are inimitable and I have been a huge fan since I began blogging. Getting the opportunity to meet her in the real world (which btw...she is that tiny and she is that gorgeous) proved once again, blogging opens doors to a much bigger universe than I could have ever imagined.
See...these are the folks that impress me. Keep your stars of the film industry...and give me the movers and shakers of our industry. I may not recognize Matthew, but I know an artist when I spot her!

And on that happy note I'll close with...

That's a wrap!



Faded Charm said...

Glad to hear you had a great show, even if you couldn't be there for all of it and the rest you were in a sauna!

If you ever do get to the PNW, you better let me know, girl, cause I want to meet you! Funny how you think the talent is over here, when I think the talent is where you are. Maybe we just get used to the everyday things we see and need something new:-)

Have a great day!


Lisa Love Harris said...

Hey, Deb--It was wonderful to see you and your handsome Cat Daddy at Zapp! Your space was its-usual-over-the-top-creative-eye-candy-gorgeous. So sorry to hear ya got sick though. If y'all do get to go up to the Great PNW, let me know...Monticello Marketplace is incredible, but it's just the first stop. There are so many great shops and antique malls there! (And phenomenal folks, but ya already know that!) Hope to catch up with y'all again soon. Until then, peace, love, and all the good stuff. xxoos

time worn interiors said...

I wish we had more time to visit while I was in Texas, always in a hurry! Well, I'm that way at home not just Texas! Shew! I need to work on that!

Love you guys!


holli said...

Love the cute jewelry finds with horses!
So glad you guys had huge success and selling all your wares!
Totally jealous i didnt go and i want to see JG headquarters so bad.
I am sorry you got sick at the beginning but so happy that you're doing better now.
Call me if you need another assistant - i mean it!

Vintage Home said...

oh my that looks fabulous...wonderful items! I have a show this coming weekend and am in bed with the flu/cold!
i feel bad you had to miss a few days of your sale, but it just show that we are tough and it takes more than that to keep a good vintage lady down!

Barb, from Texas said...

Love your sass talk!!!! Will have to go back to the beginning to get the FULL TREATMENT!!! Can you tell me how to flatten used chicken wire to attatch to the wall? Can't seem to get it straightened out...was considering finding a steam roller!!!!!


Sisters Treasures said...

Deb, as usually I was "belly roll-laughing as I read your post! It was such a treat to get to know you and Cat Daddy at Zapp. I'm glad you have such a wonderful support group :). As you consider other bloggers "celebs", I always considered you and Theresa Cano my blogging celebrities!
I'm looking forward to the Spring show!

donna baker said...

Sounds great. What fun. Except for the sick and heat. I can take sick but not heat. I always did the fall shows and it would start out HOT and then the downpours and cold. There is just something in us that makes us do those outdoor shows. Or, not me anymore, but Round Top is so special, it still pains me not to go. Just to far.

Rebecca said...

Good to hear your show was good... sorry you got sick. Not good with all there is to do. I hope your doing well now.
I have to say it is good to be home and done with them for awhile
My blessings to you my good friend

must love junk said...

Oh, I wanna go!! You make it sound so fun! (Feeling like a soon-to-be-an-entree lobster or not-lol!)

Elizabeth Maxson said...

I'm never sure which I enjoy more when I visit your blog - your fun images or your words! Thank you so much for your very loving and compassionate comment on my blog - your empathy is amazing and could only come from someone with a big, loving heart. You are an amazing person. I so wish I could have seen the show, but appreciate you sharing it with us all the same!

Big hugs and lots of love to my beautiful Texan,

LuLu Kellogg said...

Eeeeeeeek! I have missed reading your Blog! It's been a challenging last 15 months for me but I am sticking my toes back into catching up on my favorite Blogs. I miss Blogging and may have to start a new one at some point! I see you and CD are still up to your frivolity!

Love you oooodles!
La LuLu~*xoxo

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

All's well that ends well! But that was a long time ago, and I hope you're still good. I have heard about the Texas heat, but have never had to experience it long. It would be worth it to get to the show. I'm with you on wanting to get to the Monticello show. The internet makes everything so desirableI, but the distances are crazy. So nice to see you stopped by my place! I so appreciate a word from you!