Junk Shopping in Texas


GMC Church Pew

I live in Colorado, but home will always be in Texas and don’t think that I don’t have a whole stash of junk shops, thrift stores, salvage sources and flea markets that I hit while I’m here to visit my family.

There’s been some real situations involving bags bigger than me, packed to the gills and still about to burst at the seams with things I bought.  I tend to turn a blind eye, deaf ear and temporarily (and conveniently) dumb brain towards anyone that tries to talk sense into the logistics of getting an antique dress form on the plane back to Colorado.  Where there’s a will, there’s a southern smile that creates a way, right?

Don’t believe me? It totally worked for a poor Frontier Airlines soul who was conned into believing that the antique dress form was my service…dummy.  Just slap a service dog vest on it, attach a leash and drag it behind you down the terminal and you’re good to go.

I’m kidding…kind of.

I usually stay in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since my trips home aren’t very long, but, boy, do I have my eye on Texas Antique Week in the Spring of 2015.  More on that when it’s a plan instead of just a lustful dream…and when I’ve figured out how to buy/rent (I guess I should learn to drive it, too) an 18 wheeler for all of the stuff I bought (I’m not kidding in the least about this one.)

Here’s a few photos of the awesome stuff I came across from my favorite places…

White Rust Lawn Chair

How great are these chairs?  What about the barber pole in the background?

Distressed File Cubby
Perfect sign that was NFS.  Ugh, the dreaded not for sale…

Dead End Saloon Sign

Antique Claw feet
A pile of claw feet for old fashioned bathtubs!

…and all the architectural salvage you can stand that won’t fit in the biggest bag you can find much less the plane itself.

Rusty Maple Leaf

Vintage Clock and Numbered table

I’m still thinking about this clock- I love it!  The rustic coffee table with the light gray every which way numbers is just awesome.  Maybe I’ll go back for the clock.  Who am I kidding?  I’m already trying to figure out how to con the person sitting next to me on the plane that the safest place to be is in a tight ball tucked under the seat in front of him while my new clock sits comfortably next to the window in his vacated seat.



  1. Ranell
    August 23, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Oh, you must share (via e-mail of course) your sources in the DFW area. I live here and don’t find goodies like you did, so you must know of some places I don’t!! Please, please, please. 🙂

    • bernadette
      August 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Oh, boy…I can’t resist sharing with a fellow Texan! Look for my email…

      • Kathy
        October 7, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        I just moved to north Richland Hills and was from San Diego. I would love to hear about some places to shop. Please share.

        • bernadette
          October 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm

          Most of my sources were free and are now demolished to make way for progress in Arlington. I will say this though- I always hit the Cattle Barn Flea Market in Fort Worth and I ALWAYS buy too much and have much explaining to do to Homeland Security when I try to check a bag that is bursting at the seams…

  2. Michaelle Kerr
    Michaelle KerrReply
    September 1, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Please share some of your sources. I too live in the Dallas Fort Worth Area and need to locate some good junk sources.

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