I don’t know about you, but lately, I have become so intrigued with anything that deals with home decor and interior design. I am always excited and looking forward to my next adventure to the home decor store or a home show. Just recently I had the privilege of attending the annual Vintage Market Days Austin-Hill Country on April 29th, 30th, and May 1st. You might be asking what is “Vintage Market Days”? Well, It’s a 3-day shopping extravaganza fill with vendors that are all hand-picked to be apart of this fantastic event. You can find everything from vintage antiques, furniture, and apparel to home decor, handcrafted jewelry, bath and body items and much more all while enjoying a variety of live music entertainment.
I can’t believe I have waited this long to attend a fun day filled with food, folks, and fun for only $5.00. Like I mentioned it’s a three-day event, so I decided to get my girlfriends together a shop on day 2 of the extravaganza. My thought process was maybe it will not be as busy on the 2nd day of the event. As a result, I picked up my girls, and we began our 1 hour trip to Dripping Springs, Texas for a day filled with fun!!
To my surprise, the event was held indoors which made me a happy shopper because during this time of year the weather can be either sunny and hot or rainy. So either way, me and my friends would be able to shop till we drop without worrying about the scorching heat melting us away. I was also intrigued with all of the vendors showcased. We had artwork, clothing, furniture to even food vendors at our fingertips.
If you have never visited a show like this, is held twice a year. Once in the fall before the holidays and then again in the springtime. The event time frame is from 10 am to 4 pm which I thought was perfect. We decided to go on a Saturday at 10 am. At first, I was worried that the shopping event would be picked over goods from a busy Friday kick off and crowed, but to my surprise, my friends and I got into the venue reasonably quickly. In addition to that, it was easy to shop because it was not crowded.
For me, my goal was to hunt for exciting furniture pieces for my beauty/office room project I am currently working on, but with so many ideas and options in my face, I could not stay focused. Do you find yourself having the same experience when shopping at shows like this?? I was in heaven, but overdosing in home decor overload. As you can see in this photo above, there were so many beautiful antique finds!!!
In addition to the antique home decor options, I also ran into some tremendous pop-up clothing boutiques too! My friend B was all over the cute clothing and jewelry options while shopping. Me? I was focused strictly on home decor and furniture. But like I mentioned earlier that focus was merely broken when I encounter the aromas of delicious foods from this cute vendor called Mad Dash Mixes!!
Let me tell you; the cute merchandising pulled me in right away on top of the yummy smells of soups coming my way! I was not the only one pulled in by the aromas, my friend B and M were too! Maybe, we were hungry. Ok, let me focus and tell you about this fantastic company!! Mad Dash Mixes is owned by a cute couple named Manny and Sherri Leal. They are based out of Cleburne, TX, and they specialize if dry food mixes with pasta, soups, desserts and more!!
I don’t know about you, but there are some days I want dinner to be quick and easy!! And, it must taste delicious too! I have a growing tween boy with a BIG appetite just like his dad. In addition to that, I am a busy working mother and wife, so there are days I want something quick and easy too! So I decided to explore a bit here and when I can across the Jalapeno Chowder is was on!!
To my surprise, there was an area reserved for sampling their amazing treats! There were samples of the soups and cheesecake too. Needless to say after sampling the soups I was in HEAVEN!! I can’t believe I came to this event with a goal to purchase home decor. Instead, I found myself and my friends filling up our hands with food, lol! I purchased:
- Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Mix
- 2 packs of the Jalapeno Chowder
- Cranberry Pasta Salad
- Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Each dry mix was about $6.00 each! Not bad and I love supporting new businesses especially lovely people like Sherry and Manny! If you ever get a chance to visit Vintage Market day is Texas you MUST and try for yourself! I have already made the Jalapeno Chowder, and the Key Lime Pie Cheesecake for my family and they LOVED it!! So I will be making this again soon in addition to trying out my Pasta salads too! If you follow me on Instagram @chichomelife, then you may have already seen my picture of the Key Lime Cheesecake mini’s I made for my family. If not you should hop on over and follow.
Overall the Vintage Market Days was a fun experience. If you love finding unique pieces for your home or looking for great gifts for your friends and family, you will find fantastic, food, decor, skincare, jewelry and so much more. Lastly, if you love supporting local businesses, this is a great venue to do so. I genuinely enjoy helping small businesses with excellent client service and of course great product. Most importantly you will have fun with your friends and family too! Stay tuned, my next post I will share my key lime Cheesecakes from Mad Dash Mixes I made for my family until then… Thank you so much for visiting and may your day be filled with sparkle and shine.