Twice a year [and I understand that this year it'll be three times], the Peddler Show comes to 'town'. Actually, it's NOT held in Corpus Christi, but all taking place at the County Fair Grounds in Robstown, Texas [about 25 miles from here]. Bud and I don't attend too often, but once in a while I like to go and mingle with the rush and onset of the 'psycho shopper'. LOL. The shows are always on a weekend. And this past weekend, the weather was perfect for getting out and seeing what was 'in store'. There are booths outdoors as you near the Central Pavilion Arena. This complex is huge. Then, pay the entrance fee, and trust me, it's a shopper's paradise. From all over the country [mostly Texans from around the state] have booths set up to sell their wares. Hand made, home made, and just about everything under the sun can be found here. The array of crafts and displays of all the peddlers' handi-work never ceases to amaze me. Oftentimes, I find myself really studying a certain item in hopes when I get home I can duplicate it. Usually, things found here are not all that high priced. MOST are reasonable considering the work and detail put into the products. Here you can also find home made candies...I love the Texas Pecan Brittle and find myself sampling all the sweet things...from candy, to dips, to soups, jellies, teas. Rarely am I disappointed. Once you've sampled the food stuffs, you can find the dry mixes handy; right at your fingertips, in order to purchase those you find your favorite. The last time were attended the show, Bud and I bought a reproduction painting of Texas Longhorns that I posted about... [link]. But, this time around, we had nothing in mind except to take a walk about. Of course, me and jewelry and fashions. Bud, on the other hand, likes the iron works and leather stuffs. He bought himself a new tri-fold billfold. This certain booth's proprietor would 'carve' in the leather whatever you want done. Bud and the guy worked on creating a replica of Bud's registered cattle brand that he has kept registered in Colorado even tho we no longer live there. Keeping the brand registered at the state level means no one else can have the same. It really turned our super. Bud was pleased, so I am pleased. I then, perused most all the sections that had hand crafted jewelry. Found really nothing I couldn't live without. But!! --I did find a place from one of the Texans that was selling their wares at half price 'cause she told me they wanted to liquidate before inventory. I couldn't help myself but oblige her and bought a couple of scarf necklaces. I really don't know just how else to describe them. If there is a special term for them, please enlighten me. Of course, I searched through the collection to find the two colors that are my favorites. Purple and Green. And another favorite 'color' is SPARKLE!! These scarves, and the jewelry that is added had several rhinestone pieces in all a great number of different sorts. From flowers, to bees, to wild animals, crosses and the fleur-de-lis; while some had just a bauble with sparkly rhinestones. The purple one I bought has a nice pretty heart of glitter and silver!! The green one has an elephant with its 'saddle' in rhinestone. More walking, more perusing, taste testing, people watching, fighting for a space in the aisles as the crowds grew larger and larger, after buying some tea and coffee mixes that were so refreshingly tart [the tea mixes] and for Bud, the sweetness of cream and pecans and Irish Cream [coffee mixes], we began working our way back to the great outdoors and the sales exhibited outside. After that, we called it a day and drove back to town and home, stopping for lunch at Texas Roadhouse for a steak lunch, late in the afternoon. I really like those lunches that we have, dining out, 'cause that means not much cooking involved later in the evening other than a chef salad and no dishes or clean up. For Tina's Picstory challenge this week: 18.-20. februar: *dächer - roofs* I thought this would be appropriate...the great towering roof of the Pavilion Entrance.
R M Borchard Regional Fairgrounds
February 16, 2013
Peddlers' Show February 15-17