I set out to check out the Old Red Lumberyard Antique & Vintage Sale and to make some sense out of Chestnut Square’s instructions about how parking is going to be affected by the demolition of the McDonald Street courthouse.
First, I stopped by Diggin’ It on Tennessee Street, just to see what she had new in stock and to ask how the traffic has been. Diggin’ It is doing great and proves to be a busy little place. I had just missed one rush of people and was there when the next round came through. She has gotten her blog up and running, http://www.thedigginitshop.blogspot.com/, but has been having some technical issues getting photos up there. Once she gets the hang of it, stand back! She’s got some great items and a pretty fast turnover on inventory.
Her hot item at the moment is Tibetan Prayer Flags. She explained that, in Tibet, they hang the prayer flags up and, as they flap in the wind, they slowly unravel, carrying the prayers with them to the heavens.
One thing she has in at the moment is an antique mahjong set that is absolutely beautiful. My camera didn’t do the set justice but the pieces are yellowed in the way that I’ve seen antique dominoes do … I suspect that they may be ivory. As you could expect, this set is not cheap but, what a conversation piece!
As usual, it was beautiful and I ended up taking a lot of photos.
From Diggin’ It, I made my way over to check out the Old Red Lumberyard Antique & Vintage sale. I’ve heard about this monthly sale ever since I moved to McKinney around ten years ago but have never gone, silly reason, because I didn’t know where it was.
It turns out that it is just across McDonald Street on Louisiana. Louisiana turns into Greenville (now that isn’t confusing) and you go about a block or two before you turn left to get back on Louisiana, where it dead ends at the foot of the Historic Flour Mill. Facing the Flour Mill, the Lumberyard is on the left. There was a yard sale across the street but that isn’t connected to the Lumberyard. The yard sale offered pretty standard fare but they also have a basement in the building nearby and an on-line auction site upstairs. There is a nice selection of glazed pots in the basement at really good prices. I asked and they said that the pots are available each month.
I really enjoyed the Old Red Lumberyard sale. I didn’t expect much and I’m not really that much of an antiquer. I love historic buildings though and I never thought about how the old-style lumberyard would make a perfect antique market.
There were virtual “islands” of antiques throughout in addition to the lumber stalls being filled.
Remember how, in the days before Lowe’s and Home Depot, lumberyards had warehouses like this, each stall filled with a different type of lumber? I love the picture below because it reminds me of going to the old lumber yard with my dad in Dallas when I was a girl (a very long time ago). It had a funny name … Schlumberger’s?
The whole place has this kind of “market” feel to it. I almost want to say “mercado” because the English version of the word lacks the connotation that the Spanish version still has. It is small but varied. It is chaotic in some ways. It has the feel of a treasure hunt in a lot of other ways.
There were a couple of men talking about buying antiques for restaurants and I realized that it is places like this that the Applebee’s-type restaurants find all their little treasures.
This Victorian chair was marked at $135. I thought that was a really good price for an antique chair in such good condition.
On the square, I stopped into Facets today and was really impressed with their selection. I hadn’t been in before because I thought it was higher-end jewelry that I couldn’t afford. That’s not what they’re all about at all. This is another case where the word doesn’t get out because they do no advertising. Here, they have walls of all kinds of different beads for prices from $3 to over $100. Most were between $14 and $30, with a lot under $20. You pick out the strand(s) you like and they can put a clasp on it for you for $5 dollars or restrand the beads into bracelets, anklets, whatever, even mixing and matching the beads if you want. I think I noted that a strand of seed pearls was $14. There were several strands of different kinds of pearls. Would be great for bridesmaids or even a bride.
I didn’t make it by Farmer’s Market before they wrapped up but I was able to scope out the demolition situation. I spoke to someone there who said that they’ll be starting demolition with the annex (which is to the right of the building in the picture). In the meantime, they have almost the entire parking lot fenced off along McDonald Street. The parking to the west of the Farmer’s Market, on Chestnut and over towards Tennessee, is wide open. A Chestnut Square Board Member said that they would be seeing about getting more of the parking opened up but, until then, there is plenty of parking if you come in from the Tennessee side.
I stopped by Coffee-N-Cream for one of their Mocha Java Chillers during my shopping trip and just had to take this shot of these back-to-school cookies. Aren’t these cute?
Until next time,