By: Brian Kendall
As an ode to Fort Worth’s new footprint on the home re-do show map, this year’s theme is “Revive! Revamp! Renew!” One vendor true to the theme — reVAMP of San Antonio. Owners David Medford and Johnny Valdivia travel through South Texas and up and down the East Coast from New York to Florida, in search of hard-to-find vintage décor. They plan to bring a mix of midcentury modern brass and high-design furniture, as well as fun barware, lighting and art to the Fort Worth Show.
Show Director Jan Orr-Harter says shoppers can expect more textiles plus high-end and affordable vintage, antique and estate jewelry. “We always sell engagement rings and often have a proposal at the show,” she says.
Hector Vasquez of New Braunfels, who Orr-Harter describes as one of the best industrial dealers in the country, will be at the show. “I was at a flea market in Michigan in August; at 7 a.m., someone taps my shoulder and it's Hector, who had already filled two 24-foot trucks with abandoned factory furniture from old Michigan buildings.” Occupying one of the largest booths in the show, Vasquez will have steel counters, airplane turbine parts converted into tables and large round agricultural disks made into mirrors. “Industrial antiques are here to stay,” Orr-Harter says.
Minnesota author and founder of the popular JUNKMARKET Style, a company that helps people mix vintage finds and industrial accents into their homes, Sue Whitney will also attend the show and sign copies of her new book, Junk Beautiful: Furniture ReFreshed. Whitney will offer demonstrations on how to rehab vintage furniture in a way that adds to the value and function, plus share a sneak peek of her upcoming book, JUNK Beautiful: She Sheds. A “she shed” is Whitney’s female version of a man cave. She calls it “a place to get away to, without actually going away.” A model “she shed” will be constructed and offered for sale by Round Top exhibitor Liz Collins of Haute Nest.
March 2-4, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive
Admission, $8 (good for all days), Children 15 and under, free
By: Brian Kendall