This week we’d like to highlight one of Texas’ best known antique shows – Antique Alley & Yard Sale. This year their Spring show will run April 15-17 and as always, there are miles and miles of antiques, shows, fund raisers, food, fun and much more to see.
We’ve asked one of the premier show dealers of Antique Alley & Yard Sale – Debbie Whipp of Whipp Farm Antique Alley Show in Cleburne – to tell us a little bit about the event and answer a few questions that first-time visitors might have ……
Antique Alley & Yard Sale Origin
“In 1999, the idea for ANTIQUE ALLEY & YARD SALE was originated by a downtown Cleburne business owner. The objective was to bring more tourists into the area. With three weeks to prepare for the first event, a few landowners on FM 4S in Cleburne and a downtown Grandview business owner immediately jumped on board to organize and promote the event. With successful promotion, the event took off like a rocket. It has grown to include hundreds of dealers displaying their wares at organized professional shows in park like rural settings, fundraisers and yard sales via FM 4 S from Cleburne. Most of the activity is from Cleburne to the Sand Flat community. You can also venture off onto county roads from FM 4S and to downtown markets in Grandview and Maypearl, 25 miles from Cleburne. You’ll find other sales coming into Cleburne from every direction.
The three day event is held bi-annually rain or shine, starting on the third Friday of April and September. ”
To follow not only the Antique Alley show but also locate other antique shows in Texas, visit the Texas Antique Mall’s Show Page for dates, times, location and state region.
How long has your show been involved?
“Whipp Farm Antique Alley Show was among the first to participate and promote the event in September of 1999. Starting with a few dealers, friends and relatives, we now offer 180 dealer booths, a food court and free customer parking. For more information, visit the website www.whippfarm.com.”
What type of antiques will visitors find there?
” A wide variety of antiques and collectibles are offered by dealers from several states. Wares vary from Americana primitives to retro and vintage decor.”
Are there other activities – food, games, music, activities for children, etc.?
- Food vendors offer homemade pastries, BBQ, fajitas and more.
- Face painting, games and toys are available for the kids.
- Most of the larger locations offer customer restrooms.
- ATM locations can be found in Cleburne.
- Most dealers accept cash or local check. Very few dealers accept a credit or debit card.
Is parking available (free/paid); admission (free/paid)?
“Free customer admission and parking.”
Can anyone set up and sell if they want to be part of the show? Are there any restrictions as to merchandise?
“Dealers must lease booth space from property owners. Each location has their own restrictions. You can find out more about dealer spaces at www.myantiquealley.com.”
Are there good local accommodations – motels, RV parks, camping, etc. ?Local restaurants?
“Some of the larger show locations offer camp sites for their dealers. There is an RV park located conveniently off FM 4 S and other parks in the area. Cleburne has an abundance of new hotels and several restaurants. To find more lodging and restaurant information, visit www.cleburnechamber.com.”
If you’re an antique hound, even if you’re not, a visit to the Antique Alley & Yard Sale is bound to turn up a few treasures or at the very least . . . you’ll have spent a wonderful weekend in the beautiful Texas countryside.
Pictures Courtesy Whipp Farm Antique Alley Show