i’d like think i am a connoisseur of good “junk”.
i’ve been photographing antiques, handmades, home goods, etc… for 5 years now
and i’ve seen the good, the not-so-good, and the amazing!
So you’ll just have to
trust me look at the photos from my latest venture
coming to you from The Rusted Gingham Barn Sale in Gonzales, Texas.
There’s a great story just with that in itself.
Gonzales is the infamous town where the “Come and Take It” flag was born
the the fate of Texans was changed forever.
graphic from Devin Cook/wiki
My greatX4 grandfather Erastus Deaf Smith (who would play a vital role in the capture of Santa Anna)
settled Gonzales with 4 other men in the 1800’s.
But that’s a history lesson for another day.
Back to the Barn!
So Rusted Gingham is headed by a beautiful and sweet-as-Texas-tea gal
named Suzanne Sexton.
I met Suzanne couple years ago at a Junk Gypsy Prom and Im so glad I did.
A God-loving, uber creative, family grounded kind of woman,
someone who has an eye for art and a soul to appreciate it.
This is the fundamental reason I believe the
Rusted Gingham Barn Sale is so special…more on that after these cute pics of Suzanne and her family.
It’s clear to see how important family is to Suzanne.
This is a family show in every way!
And girl power right along with that…
3 Generations of beautiful women who’ve got-r-done, gettin-r-done, and gonna-get-r-done!
That’s pretty powerful stuff.
You have to understand.
There are all kinds of people selling all kinds of things
at all times around the parts of the world.
Some that leave you feeling disappointed.
Made in china crud, not very well made stuff, same ole’ thing stuff….
But this sale is NOT one of those places.
I could see & feel it the moment i got out of my car and walked up to the door.
this was not a staged photo.
I actually walked up to this happening right in front of the door.
2 little cowboys and an a&m football player…
sittin’ in the back of an old ford….
a photographer’s dream no doubt but even more than that in that
it was wholesome and sweet.
no iPhones or iPads anywhere nearby.
just 2 cowboys kicking their boots against each other and one football player
playing with his helmet and saying something funny.
this is what used to be right with the world.
kids playing. learning entrepreneurship. helping out when they can.
learning responsibility. sitting and enjoying the day.
that and they had george strait pumping thru the barn which
automatically makes it a fabulous sale.
so it’s no wonder a line began forming 30 min before the sale
even opened. People in these parts know what a treasure this is.
this IS your grandma’s sale – and you better believe the early bird gets the junk!
they don’t make them like this much more.
Next up was the “CLASS OF 2015” vendors of the show for their class picture.
This brave lady up on a ladder to shoot it.
THIS RIGHT HERE.
This is what I’m talking about.
this is proof of what I’m talking about.
this is real life happening to real people. REAL people.
taking time for a prayer before the masses were set to arrive.
i loved this.
didn’t get a chance to actually SEE the performers but i sure did enjoy hearing them all afternoon.
especially hearing “go tell it on the mountain”.
these are the songs i was raised on.
the songs you don’t hear in public anymore (unless you’re in church)
because it’s not deemed politically to listen to music about praising Jesus.
But you can listen to songs about shaking your twerk in public?
i had a moment hearing that. the hairs on my neck stood up.
the calm before the storm.
all kinds of food delights.
here Suzanne’s son and his cute little stand with his Aunt.
also, home made chili and tamales –
the food of our ancestors and hardy and served up by local Aggies.
rows upon rows of antiques, repurposed, recycled, upcycled, bicycled…you name it…
everything good with much more life in it and ready to be loved by me and you.
as if running this show isn’t enough…
these are suzanne’s cookies! a true renaissance girl with boots on!
the tomato shed
what a great name with a great look!
this booth was an example of what i mean when i say it was a fantastic show.
a mix of old and new….super creative pieces that you don’t see at every hobby lobby.
something for your fur babies…
can’t forget something for the runway
and bits and baubles
it was really hard to walk away from these. and of course i regret it NOW!
god bless america. god bless the junkers.
funky & chic.
one of a kind pieces.
more handmade goodies
no literally– HAND MADE — and right on the spot!
Some Round Top alumni!
Linda from Texas Trash & Treasures and Tara from Royer’s Cafe.
Linda & Richard’s fabulous booth. I can spot it anywhere…
the people with the stuff that makes you happy. makes you smile.
the stuff you need to look at every day in your house to get you thru another day.
and pies for everyone! unfortunately i had some technical difficulties so i didn’t get to
share the Royer’s Pie Haven booth. But just look at this and KNOW everything was DEE-LISH!
whoever got those white bowls in the middle…
you have my envy
so sad these candy canes so pretty won’t be in my front yard this xmas.
gorgeous snowflakes…whatever lucky girl got those…
bling it up!
More Round Top alum! Judy Spencer you are an artist!
a vendor who looks like she’s straight out of a Titanic photograph!
sweet babies of RG Barn….raising them right!
strollers are VERY helpful especially when you have a sweet little man
on security duty!
the best of anything vintage
this show had all the cuties coming out to shop with mama!
something for EVERYONE! yes that’s a baby goat. so cute!
something I LOVED about this show was that it began right before the sun went down.
the perfect location for a sale….covered in case of rain or hot sun or cold…and those infamous texas sunsets in sight.
So nice for Texas weather and getting folks a chance to get there.
This really was a great show.
Count yourself LUCKY if you are near it.
I almost retreat blogging about it b/c such a hidden treasure.
Somewhere that time has not caught exactly caught up with.
And it’s not just that.
It’s that and the talent of Suzanne, choosing vendors who come together
and provide ‘just the right thing’ for everyone.
It’s obvious to me that everyone, everything has been picked in a meticulous way
and we – the lovers of junk and antiques and good handmade fair – are the beneficiaries.
Trust me – not all shows are made equal. I’ve been so disappointed in some – some famous even – shows over the
past years. So many have given way to commercial, wholesale, nothing really special goods…very disappointing.
This is not the case here.
I absolutely LOVED this show and even though it’s 2 hours from me and a very busy time of year – i can def see myself returning next year!
although i didn’t go home empty-handed…b/c photographer’s lives matter too! 😉