Maeystown May-hem!

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Sunday we ventured across the river into Illinois for the annual historic Maeystown Fruehlingsfest! Maeystown is a picturesque 19th century German village tucked into the rolling hills of southwest Illinois. It was founded by Jacob Meyes in 1852. Here’s Jake’s Facebook profile pic:

The original settlers were German immigrants from the the former Bavarian Rheinpfalz. The village of structures built in the mid to late 1800s is integrated into the landscape along a small river. The entire town was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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On the first Sunday in May each year the town holds Fruehlingsfest (Springfest), featuring antiques from some of the finest dealers in the Midwest – plus, annuals, perennials and herbs from local nurseries. The open-air setting for the show is a meandering park that runs along the creek.

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It is here we began our adventure on this much-welcome day of 85 degree, sunny weather. Goodbye winter! Hello Relique finds!

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Suitcases, lab glass and porcelain numbers…yes, please.

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Salvaged architectural elements for display …or refinishing for use on your Victorian bungalow.

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Lots of historic house parts for rehabbers looking for that replacement knob or hinge!

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We found (and purchased) a large collection of juggling pins…look for these online soon!

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Whadayathink? Too big for our shipping department?

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Picked up a few cool antique fruit crates and wood storage items.

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…along with Victorian shirt collars and cuffs!

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And don’t forget the street popcorn! NOM NOM NOM…

 

Bonjour! Allons faire les courses!

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Happy Thursday Relique fans! We are in the process of uploading our latest collection of French finds that has been arriving this week! Look for lots of new enameled signs, ashtrays, tins and lunch boxes. We also have a selection of apothecary bottles from the 1800’s, copper molds and enameled house numbers. Stop by relique.com often…our stock is constantly being updated! Take a look at our assortment and let us know your favorite or let us know what you would like to see on our site. Achats heureux!

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Brimfield bound!

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This week, the Reliquemobile buyers traveled and shopped their way from St. Louis to Brimfield, MA for the week-long antique show! The fields open their gates at sunup (read: 6am) to throngs of vintage-starved buyers and looky-loos. The scene is not glamorous and not for the faint of heart. A rainstorm the previous day made for muddy madness as the hoards flashed the cash and bargained their brains out. But, nice weather prevailed and many good finds made the first day productive (if not tiring!)

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Sunrise in Brimfield, day one!

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Good morning!

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Yes, you will see just about anything…

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Trade secret: These make great bases for Salvatecture Studio stands.

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Our friend Matt White of Recycling the Past always has some unique finds. Got amethyst, Matt? This piece was over 3′ tall! The shiny chest behind was 30″ high.

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More tomorrow! Don’t worry, we’ll keep looking! ‘Night for now!

Vintage Porcelain Enamel Factory Lights Are Here!

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Just added! Salvaged from the demolition of a 1929 high school in Osage, Missouri, both sets of these porcelain enamel factory lights are in MINT condition.

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We have 15 of these huge, 20″ Benjamin enamel fixtures in white. Also available:

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10 of these beautiful Silvaking green enamel fixtures. These measure 18″ across. Both of these would make a great addition to an industrial kitchen! Get ’em while they’re hot!

 

Vintage Garden Shop

Good afternoon Relique fans! Stop by our site and shop our new vintage garden collection! We have a wide selection of vintage McCoy pots, vintage inspired faux bois planters, vintage gardening tools and much more. Here’s a peek at some of the goodies:

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Hypertufa ice cream cone planters!

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Metal and wood garden trugs from France.

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Vintage tools, concrete pots and limestone spheres.

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Garden finials, McCoy pots and more! Get your gloves on!

Round Top Roundup

The Round Top (Texas, y’all) Antique Fair is a sprawling chaotic event that happens twice a year and is centered around the tiny town of, what else, Round Top. With a population of only 90 full-time residents, no hotels and few restaurants, this sleepy town becomes ground zero for antique seekers and wheeler-dealers for three weeks every spring and fall. Not for the faint of heart, this is serious shopping. Located halfway between Houston and Austin, throngs of voracious antique dealers, decorators and lookie loos consume a 13 mile stretch of Highway 237, roughly between Brenham and Warrenton. This is our vintage Mecca.

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We have our usual roundup of vagabond vendors who always surprise us with new and different vintage finds. Matt White, Recycling the Past, rustles up and reclaims everything from airplane parts to petrified wood. We’re talkin’ TEXAS BIG stuff. But while everyone else is agog at all of that bigness, we are happily snagging the smalls before Dolly Decorator’s hairspray can dry.

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We were also fixin’ to visit another resource (trade secret) of industrial salvage who is producing a new line of silver flash lab glass. These reflective orbs passed the spinach-in-my-teeth check with flying colors. Look for the shiny, hypnotic vials to be available at Relique.com in the coming weeks!

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Like us, do you secretly harbor a scary clown/doll parts fetish?  If Stephen King had a booth at Round Top, this would be front and center. Unfortunately, this little guy was sold, so he won’t be coming home with us. But, this did draw us to a new vendor that will be supplying Relique.com with a lot of lightweight concrete castings made from organic, natural items, such as baskets, mushrooms and bark. Sorry, no dolls. And don’t touch.

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Did we mention rain? Oh yeah. Six inches in one night. A REAL toad strangler. Since a lot of these vendor tents are located in actual farm fields (you know, where they grow vegetables and stuff and raise animals), mud became de rigeur from the knees down. One such venue,  Marburger Farm, houses the antique vendors in a series of quaint, rustic structures with clever names like “Dance Hall” and “Wagon Shed”. These aren’t Disney-fied sets, but actual, real old buildings that were either part of the original farm or moved there just for the antique shows. We know, awesome, right?

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One of our fave stops at Marburger is Maison de France, where, you guessed it, we spend our derrieres off. We found these great vintage French terracotta garden edging tiles, just begging to be put on display stands.

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Speaking of French, we also found these vintage wood drawing forms from France that will make great Cubist display pieces.

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After a day of shopping it was time to eat. Oh yeah, the restaurant. THE restaurant in town, Royer’s. This crowded, psychedelic trip into pie land is hard to get into, but worth the extra effort. We even tried making a reservation for Mr. Wonka and it didn’t help. But, if you get home and are missin’ Texas and hankerin’ for one of Royer’s pies, you can order online now! Crowds, rain and haggling are not included!

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Travel tip: If you are ever in Texas in a rainstorm without an umbrella, you can always hide under the outhouse awning!

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One more gratuitous shot of a Texas stereotype and we’re outta here, y’all! Next stop, Brimfield, Massachusetts! Yeeeeehaw! Happy picking!

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