Monday, November 9, 2009

Houston, We Have A Market....

Here I am at the Houston Urban Market.
I truly love coming back to Houston.
It's where I've made my home most of my adult life.

So when I heard about an antique show
that's like a mini Warrenton
in my old stomping grounds,
I got a new 'do
slipped on my heels
and got to shopping!!!

I have to say that I love
the marketing....
"Near the Heights" is what the flyer read.
Acres Homes is where it really was.
(It's a bad neighborhood in Houston for those not from the area.)
I was DYING laughing when I pulled up to see
Mercedes, BMW's and Lexus all parked
right in front of the projects!!!!
(What people don't mind doing for great junk!!!)

As soon as I parked on the grounds...
(I'm from the hood..there is NOOO way I was parking on the street...none...nada)
I was VERY impressed with the quality of wares that were being peddled.

This stuff was REALLY high end.
No hot messes here ladies.....uh uh.

I saw a huge basket filled with little galvanized buckets.
Had to have some.
They belonged to
Ann and Ray Veazey from San Antonio.
BTW,they  don't say "cheese" for the camera.
These neat folks say "queso!"
Their booth had a great eclectic feel with some spanish influence.

I fell in L-O-V-E with these wooden doll heads.
The colors were vivid and the detail was superb.
They were out of my price range....sniff, sniff.
Mr. M had to pull me away.
I walked off serenading these lovely ladies to
"Somedayyyyy, we'll be togeeeeether...."
(Diana Ross and The Supremes for all you yungins out there.)

Even the chandies that were there were all opulent and beautiful.
(I dunno who this lady was. Everytime I tried to take a pic, she walked into my shot...every single time.)

I was on a mission and did not stop until I came here....

by Brian and Melony Russell.
Their booth was my absolute favorite at Warrenton
and they did not disappoint me in Houston either.

Brian told me that Meloney is the real genuis
of their operation and I believe it.
Her designs and eye for style leave me speechless.
Just look at this christmas tree.
If you would have told me
"I think paintbrushes would look good as ornaments"
I would think you'd been hitting the sauce a little hard
but Meloney makes it stunning.

Another Christmas tree with ornaments by Meloney,
I couldn't leave without bringing a few of these beauties home.

There was sooo much that I wanted to bring home
like these antique spools, but I couldn't buy it all.
It would be rude to take EVERYTHING.

I saw women carrying bittersweets and gorgeous hand tied wreaths
all over the market.
I finally asked where they were purchasing such lovely
arrangements and I was quickly directed to
She is a florist with amazing talent
and some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen.

She had hand tied garlands with pumpkins, hydrangeas,
wreaths, sugar cones (which came home with me)
and bittersweets.
(they were all gone when I got there....sniff, sniff....I'm not bitter about it...)

Just an example of the gorgeous wreaths that she was taking orders for.

I was strolling along, when I spotted this little guy.
(Probably a girl...or a guy dressed in Houston, anything's possible.)
I was mesmerized by all of the eye candy
and that's when I realized I was
at the booth of

If you don't know who Willow Nest is....
then you should to their website!!!
They have the best stuff ever!!!!
I was dizzy and drooling on myself because I have oogled over their site forever!!!

Linda and Ludmill of Willow Nest.
So very sweet to stop and post for a pic.
I came away with some french wooden spools
and some desperately needed german glass glitter.

I was skipping along when I saw this beauty.
I picked her up and looked her over and decided
to ease on down the road.
But, the further I walked away
the more I thought about her.
(kinda like leaving a puppy in the window at the pet store.)
She started to take over my thoughts.....
Would she have a good home?
Would her new owner love her and take good care of her?
I turned around and bought her.
(I'll show you her transformation next week.)

My new baby was at the booth of Joy Jenkins.
Joy had some fabulous finds and amazing works of her art.

She makes amazing oyster shell mirrors and other pieces of art
like this curio cabinet.

(Is it not beautiful???)

I came across a gorgeous booth by the name
French Vanilla.
Two of my favorite things....french and vanilla (bluebell of course.)
I got to meet Peg, the owner of all of that creamy goodness.

I only wish that I had taken more pics as
her booth was dreamy...swoon.

As we were leaving, I spotted something
that caught my eye.
But I thought it was a bit tooo much to pay.
The Divine Mr. M. asked
"Do you like it?"
I said yes but told him it was too much.
Mr. M kissed me on the cheek and said
"Happy Birthday!"
(My birthday is next month....)

Not only did he get this gorgeous birdcage for me,
(I have a thing for birds...)
He tied to the top of our Trailblazer and hauled it almost two hours

I can't wait until next year to see what Houston has to offer!!!!

On a personal note,
I will be taking a bloggy break for at least a week.
(I know that I will be suffering withdrawals...)
but I need to take some time to tend to home
and get ready to blog about the holidays.

I promise that I will come back refreshed and renewed with
more awesome junk....errrr show ya'll.


  1. I ammm sooooooooo jealous!! I loooove the birdcage. Funny and beautiful as always

  2. Looks like an awesome event! Love the birdcage you got for your birthday.
    Enjoy your blog break!!

  3. Wow! Didn't you get to play with some cream of the crop folks? Great post, Angelique! And yes. The Divine Mr. M is a keeper. Happy Birthday next month! The new do is sweet. Good for you for prioritizing. It is so hard to step away from blogging. I think it takes lots of self-control to step away from the computer. Enjoy your time away. I'll be here when you get back. ~Mindy

  4. Great post, makes me wanna go there... too bad I live in Georgia! Love all of your finds, sweet people to pose for the pics. Can't wait to see what you do with the round wire hickie (Georgia word:)-) Have a blessed day and a nice bloggy break!

  5. Oh so bummbed I didn't get to make it here, but got to spend time with my boys, which I wouldn't trade for anything! You found an awesome cage and featured all my buds. Thanks for showing us the pics.

  6. What do I love?
    Well, first I love your haircut! Cute!
    The wooden doll heads...mail me with the prices, I'd kill for one of those. The paint brush tree, your metal thingie and the birdcage. All awesome! Enjoy your week off, come back refreshed!

  7. I know all about the Heights and Acres Homes...that is hilarious. Love that! Love the hair. Love the good man. Love the blog. Great job. I live in Houston and totally missed the boat on the Urban Market...oops. Will you remind me next year and take me with you????

  8. That birdcage is awesome! I think I need some German glass glitter too! So envious of your great markets in TX... they are shutting down the flea market in Nashville. boo!

    Have a great week off!

  9. Girl,

    I laughed so hard when I read what you wrote about the neighborhood!!! My hubby and I went last year and we almost parked on the street!

    Love your new's so sassy!

    I loved French Vanilla, too. I brought home some enamel numbers from them when I was there.

    OMGsh....that grey chandy is fab! How much was it? Where was it? I want it! It probably cost an arm and a leg!

    Enjoy your break...I have been able to get a lot done since I have slowed down on posting.

    Oh, and love your birdcage...your hubby rocks! Happy early B-day!


  10. Looks like you had a great time at market!! Can't wait to see that bird cage in all it's glory!!

    I couldn't find an email address to send my address to you (don't really wanted posted on a comment) Could you email me at and I will send it to you via email- thanks so much again for such generous giveaway! We have a ministry and our home is used for lots of guests and have been thinking about using the funds for an electric mattress pad for 1 of our guestrooms. Or maybe I will just have some fun with it when we go to Phoenix!!


  11. I really loved discovering your blog!! It was so much fun to see the Houston market since I can't get there, and your narrative was so funny! Don't take too long of a blog break, girl!

  12. Hi sweets!

    Looks like you got a chance to meet up with a lot of my junkin' yaya buddies! Even though I am in Houston, just couldn't make it this time due to gettin' the Yaya ready for the holidays! Next time you are in Houston, hope you stop by the Yaya---a cold or hot one will be waitin' for ya...xo...deb

  13. Thanks so much for visiting me, now I've had the best time early in the morning(here) reading this great post! You got some wonderful treasures.
    ps.DO go see that sweet Deb at Yaya in Houston...she is a doll.:)

  14. I love how you showed the people who run the booths...they are such a big part of the flea market experiance! Thanks for the trip!

  15. What a great show! So many cool treasures, I'm envious. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, it gave me an opportunity to visit your.
    Have a super weekend!


  16. Well sassy on earth did I miss this post??? Wonderful stuff for sure. I love Joy's work. I bought Jenn a beautiful grotto from her several years ago. I'll have to show it in a post one day. Love the 'do!
    P.S. Keeping y'all in my prayers.

  17. Awesome post girl, loved seeing everyone and gawking at their wonderful spaces. Brian and Meloney are from up here in my neck of the woods. I used to be in the same store they handed down, Leola's, they are an incredibly gifted team. Glad you found them. Meloney keeps us continually in awe! Have fun with that new birdcage...sweet!

  18. Jackie Sharbrough (The Urban Market Houston)November 14, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    So happy you made it to The Urban Market! I love your post about it - you are hilarious! I hope to meet you at the next market if you can make it.
    The Urban Market is every February, May, and November. The February 2010 date is Sunday, February 7th.

    Looks like you found some great treasures to take home. I love the birdcage, too!!

    For any further information, go to the website:
    or email me at
    Jackie Sharbrough
    owner, The Urban Market Houston Antique Show

    ps - the neighborhood is just North (near) the Heights - the area is called Independence Heights. That's what the nice men at the Knights of Columbus told me - where the market is held. I have never had any issues with the neighbors - they have all been great.

  19. I am so JEALOUS! (but not bitter - loved that part!) You are a hoot! I'm glad you like my "soul tattoo" design and thank you for signing up for my blog and FB fan page - I look forward to getting to know you better!

  20. OH what FUN this looks like....and the finds seems to be everywhere.
    OK...if you don't park on the STREET...where do you park around there ?? We would heed your warning and park where you advise.



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