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Well the feathers are flying at the Red Hen’s workshop.  She has started sorting and packing for the bi-annual Dallas antique show, Antique Elegance.  This is a wonderful well established show, actually in Richardson, Texas, just north of the 635 loop on Hwy 75 at the Richardson Civic Center, February 18 & 19, 2012.    She is packing her best of antiquarian Books, with lots of children’s illustrated and early chap books (see her website:  ccantiquesandbooks.com), also Quilts, Sewing collectibles, Children’s collectibles, and Ephemera (all paper not a book).  The Red Hen’s paper includes vintage and antique photographs, German die-cuts, paper dolls, advertising booklets, lithographed crate labels, etc.  Many of the dealers at this show will travel later in the spring to the big Round Top, Texas antique shows including Marburger Farms and the Big Red Barn show, to name two, and this is a chance to shop them early and indoors!  The show has a heavy textile influence including clothing through 1959 and is shopped by stylists, costumers and set directors, as well as foreign collectors and manufacturers for treasures.    And then, there is the show’s own celebrity, Steven Porterfield, the show promoter and an Antiques Roadshow Appraiser of textiles.  Price of show admission (a $5.00 bargain) is good for both Saturday and Sunday, and includes a style show on Saturday morning, “The Big Band Era”.   

The show’s website is:   www.victorianshow.com  (don’t be fooled by the website name, although Victoriana is present, there is much, much more!)

But, Textiles and Clothing are not the only game at this show.  Be wow-ed at the Jewelry, both Costume and Estate, Books, Furniture, Holiday, Ironstone, Pottery, Silver, Glass, and on and on!  There is something for everyone and every collector, with prices from $10.00 to $10,000.00.  Even those who favor steampunk and goth will find treasures. 

And, did the onsite food get mentioned?  Ed’s Deli, with a long reputation for fresh food in Dallas, is the caterer.  The menu includes mile-high cakes and pies, big cookies, beautiful sandwiches and salads.  (Red Hen always goes with desert first–life being uncertain!)

So, whether by plane, train or automobile, make your reservations and plan to attend!  Richardson is the heart of Dallas’ tech district and has great hotels catering Monday through Thursday nights to business people and weekend rates that are affordable.  Remember too that Dallas has two airports, both DFW and Dallas Love Field airport that is serviced by Southwest Airlines and others. 

Here’s a little preview of some of Red Hen’s wares:

Hope to see you there!

-Red Hen