Monday, February 25, 2008

Urban Market

This past weekend I went to an outdoor antique fair called the Houston Urban Market. It consists of over 40 dealers from Houston and surrounding areas. Basically, its meant to be a place for antique dealers to come and sell some of their wares at "bargain" prices. I am not really convinced that they are bargain prices, but its still fun to go and look around. I don't even know how many people showed up...hundreds! By the way, if you plan on going be sure to wear comfortable shoes because you will walk a long distance just to park.
Love this very funky retro lamp. I tried to get the other Houston bloggers together, but was unable to. That's what I get for waiting so long to try and round everyone up. Maybe next time.



As I was scrolling through my pictures, I was reminded of my obsession with chairs. I mean, you would never know it but there were non-chair related items at the market. Actually, my favorite pieces were these amazing pillows. The patterns are embroidered by native people in Mexico...maybe that is why I like them so much.
P.S. I set up a Flickr account. I have more pictures of the market there.

20 comments:

mamacita said...

I'll try not to be offended that I'm never included in the "Houston bloggers" gang. I always go to the Urban Market, even if only to look around. Definitely no bargains to be had, but lots of interesting stuff nonetheless.

Carolina Eclectic said...

Hi Mamacita. I hope you don't think we are being cliquish. Please email me and we can all get together next time. I would love to meet you.

Jessica said...

I wish I could go to this urban market looks splendid! It is probably way cheaper then new York.

Carolina Eclectic said...

Hi Jessica. Although I didn't think the prices were that great, you are probably right about it being cheaper than New York. Is that a run-on sentence or what?

paigepop said...

I was there too!! Did you guys have any finds you couldn't live without? We walked away with an awesome vintage wall angel with these awesomely carved wooden wings and an oversize framed chalkboard. Oh- and I got a Mexican dress that is a trip!! There was so much more I wanted but the prices seemed higher than ever before this time.

Carolina Eclectic said...

Hi Paigepop. I want to see pictures of your stuff. I saw the Mexican dresses, they were so cool!

Paloma said...

I wish I could have made it! I definitely want to go next time! Carolina, you have a great eye for photography.

P.S. Thanks for the comment about my hair. :)

Sheri said...

My husband and I had a day alone *GASP* this weekend. We made it into town and actually hit the market for a bit, too. It was such the perfect day for it. We didn't find anything we wanted, but it was great to see what was what. And you are so right about wearing comfortable shoes. I learned my lesson.

Hill Country House Girl said...

Looks like a great way to spend a Saturday! Love the variety of goods -Mexican treasures along with antiques and great old stuff - my kind of place! Thanks for sharing!

Patricia Gray said...

Great finds. And your weather looks heavenly for the winter.

david santos said...

Excellent work, Catoline!
I loved this post.

Carolina Eclectic said...

Paloma: I wish you could have been there too! Hope you are doing well.

Sheri: Too bad I didn't know you were going to be there. It would have been fun to meet, although I understand how hard it is to get to go out w/out the kids.

Carolina Eclectic said...

HCH: Hi! It really was a lot of fun... a little bit of everything.

Patricia: The weather really was wonderful. Normally, outside events in Texas are done in blazing heat.

David: Thanks for your comment.

S. said...

Gosh. Domino recently had its GREEN issue, but I try to convince all my friends that few things are greener than re-using and re-loving old items. I have no doubt that the Houston fair held no bargains, but then again I have to wonder what charm/ what kind of bargain is actually offered at Pottery Barn, Ikea and Target.

Thanks so much for sharing these snapshots.

Carolina Eclectic said...

S: I totally agree. Using the things tat are already out there, is more environmentally friendly...especially since they are usually better made.

Elizabeth H. said...

I am in love with the pillows. Was the booth that had them a Houston vendor. If you have more info I would love it.

LondonCalling said...

How often do they have this Urban Market. I could head up there for it sometime. Its a short trip.

Cote de Texas said...

you know those Mexican pillows - that is all the rage now to replace suzanis. actually even pb is in on it. pbteen. i'm blanking on the name of the embroidery. shoot! I wish I could have gone. next time!!!

Cote de Texas said...

you know those Mexican pillows - that is all the rage now to replace suzanis. actually even pb is in on it. pbteen. i'm blanking on the name of the embroidery. shoot! I wish I could have gone. next time!!!

Jane said...

Hi! My name is Jane Schott and I am a co-founder of The Urban Market Houston. Our next show is coming up on Mother's Day, May 11th. We have moved to a new location, in The Heights, but it is still a one day bash from 10 am - 4. (See website for map info.)

I also do a line of pillows; Empress of The Eye Pillow Collection and come out with new ones at each Urban Market.

The Otomi Indians embroidered collection, Forest Fables, is doing so well. I have shops around the country who are looking at them. I hope to sell lots at the next Market at greatly reduced prices, in every color imaginable.

This is such a worthwhile endeavor...it keeps the women in the village busy making these pieces, at the same time helping their economy tremendously. That makes it a very satisfying project.

I have great totes that will be debuting at the next market, and amazing cotton white shirts in the works using the same embroidery designs...insects around your collar.

I am an interior designer and Maura owns an antique shop, The Homestretch on 19th Street. We just thought Houston being the 4th largest city in the country needed a good flea market.

I read your blog comments and am going to pass this along to all of our dealers. We try to stress that this is NOT HADA nor is it a garage sale. You want to find deals and see unusual things. This should give them a kick in the pants.

I hope you have a chance to shop the next market and if you have time, find either Maura or myself and introduce yourself.

It is going to be great weather...
It is going to be great weather...
It is going to be great weather...

Your blog is terrific. Keep up the good work.

Jane Schott
Co-Founder
TheUrbanMarketHouston.com