A fellow dealer in the Antique Mall was setting up( at the Vanderburgh 4H Center for the Collectors Antique and Flea Market outside Evansville ,Indiana ) and I in a weak moment asked if he needed any help with his booth. NOW....I will admit to having an ulterior motive ( imagine that!!!) Originally I had planned on attending the show on Sat, but....... I got this little postcard that changed my plans!! It was from a dealer that was returning to the
Tailgate Antique Show in Nashville ...naturally I couldn't resist that!!! Soooooo...an early visit to the 4H Center was now on the calendar.
This was not going to be a quick set-up. He has walls, lights and 2 HUGE pieces of furniture to haul out of the van and into the building. Luckily, he thought a quick look-see was required before breaking a sweat on his booth. This was still early in afternoon, so not many had gotten much set up...but I did find a wonderful chipped painted red stool that had a step for you to rest your feet....at a GOOD price.
Needless to say, once we got started , it was a while before another break. I managed to find two old framed tin insurance advertising signs...one even from London. YIPPPEEEE.
Then back to grunge work ....displaying smalls, which he hates and at that point, so did I!!
After a couple more hours, it was done and I was on my way home to get to bed to rise early for Nashville the next morning. MORE ANTIQUES!!!!!!
If you've never been to the Tailgate -Music Valley Antiques Show, it's a treat, especially if you love primitive furniture and smalls. Dealers from all over the country set up for these two shows and have wonderful quality primitives ..TO DIE FOR antiques!!( At one time Heart of the Country was with the fall show but now is only with the spring show in Nashville. )
These shows are at the Fairgrounds in Oct - although this spring, they will move to the Hendersonville Civic Center & be there for the fall also starting 2012.
Enough of the brief history....I intended to hit the dealer's booth ( Maine Antiques) first, but decided to just take a look as I headed that direction. Naturally she had the last booth in the first building we entered & I was a little disappointed. It just didn't seem to have the same amount as last year....I even mentioned that to her and she said "Let me show you the before pic"..WOW...she'd been picked to death...However, on second glance, I saw several goodies I couldn't live without. A WONDERFUL red & black grain painted chest 1830's from Maine, an early 1800's black drop leak table, with original red paint showing through, a great 3 shelf plate rack, and MORE.....I'll post pics of these after I get them unloaded from the van.
Here are some pics of different booths that called to me as we made our way through the shows.
The arched piece is a frame from an industrial window...wouldn't that make a great headboard
Aren't these fabulous....
Look at that original paint..it was EVERYWHERE!!!!!