Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In the beginning...

Welcome to Petticoats on the Prairie!  This is the story of how a group of women in two neighboring towns in West Texas came to be friends and launched Petticoats on the Prairie.  Colorado City is the home of some special women who love to antique and share their vintage finds with others.  Two women from Big Spring loved to shop in Colorado City and discovered that they had much in common with these ladies.  Friendships quickly formed over meals and much socializing.   The talk would often turn to Antiques Week in Round Top and how we desired to have our own show in West Texas. 

Last June when we began to play with the thought of creating a premier vintage market for West Texas, we never dreamed that it would take off with such huge success and be so warmly received by the people in this area.  Black Locust Farm in Ira became the perfect spot on the Texas prairie for this show.  Word soon got out about this event.  I honestly believe that there has never been a better time for people (and especially women) who love to be creative to also become business people.  We have followed so many creative women for inspiration - Jo Packham of Where Women Create, the fabulous Funky Junk Sisters of Junk Salvation, Lara Blair the Modern Prairie Girl, Lisa Harris of The Garden Cat, and Serena Thompson of The Farm Chicks. The list is endless and their websites and blogs are joys to read and follow.

The first show last October exceeded our expectations.  Our shoppers were happy; they loved visiting with friends and seeing a wide variety of vintage items, antiques, junktiques, jewelry and clothes.  The weather was crisp and cool, and the smiling faces were so much fun to see. 

We didn't have much time to rest on our laurels.  Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's were upon us.  Soon it became time to start planning the April show.  In the midst of this, some of the Rodeo Queens flew to Portland, Oregon to attend the Funky Junk Sisters' Junk Salvation in February.  We were like star-struck adoring fans when we met the incredible women of the Great Northwest.  Dixie DeRocher and Linda Albers were so gracious in answering questions and treating us like honored guests.  We met Lara Blair, Isabel Lang, Lisa Love Harris, Diane Kaser and other incredibly talented women.  Rejuvenated, we returned home ready to make the next show even bigger and better.

On April 29 and 30, we will have our first Spring show.  Lara Blair is flying in from Seattle to be our special guest.  We're hoping she'll have lots of opportunities to use her photography skills to capture West Texas ranches, real cowboys, sunsets, and Rodeo Queens.  She'll speak at our Picnic on the Prairie Friday morning.  Guests will receive a catered picnic lunch, free gifts and early shopping.  Ann-Denise Anderson of Whim and Fancy Designs will be conducting make and take workshops throughout the show.  The show has doubled in the number of vendors from the Fall show and excitement is building.  We have amazing and generous sponsors who have helped to make this show so incredible.

Please join us on April 29th and 30th at Black Locust Farm in Ira, Texas.  We can't predict the weather because, after all, this is Texas!  But we can guarantee that you will have a wonderful experience shopping for unique items.  It will be even better if you bring your friends.  The merchants in Snyder - Pam Robertson's The Mason Jar Mercantile is one of our favorites and Cherry Hoback's The Dragonfly, Mary and Alan Smith's What's in Store, Leeann Moore's Mulberry Hill and More Books inside Good Ole Days Antique Mall and Marsha Jordan's Colorado Floral in Colorado City will all be open to add to your shopping delight.

Mark your calendars now; we can't wait to see you!  Find us on Facebook!