Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Mark your calendar and tell all your friends to come join in the fun and merriment in Rockdale Texas on December 3rd and 4th. In conjunction with Market Days, Antique Queens is hosting Christmas Open House. Our dealers have decked the walls with many vintage, rustic, country and cottage styles... there's jewelry, clothing, candles accessories galore. Enjoy refreshments while you shop Friday and Saturday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm And register for door prizes while enjoying sales throughout the day.

Outside the Market Days' vendors will be showcasing specialty items, crafts and gifts. Come early on Saturday to see the parade and shop til you drop. Several outdoor booth spaces available - call Lanna at 446-4655 or 429-0001 for details

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Vintage Turned to Splendor

Recall, if you will, that moment when you selected a vintage piece for your home. You spot that perfect time-worn, chippy cherub to place on a certain shelf. Or a special little cabinet that will sit atop a table and create a charming spot. And suddenly you are full of joy and satisfaction. Like many of you, I long for those moments of euphoria. Twenty years ago, I could not imagine that I would prefer something old over a new item. Now I much prefer vintage imperfection over anything new. Buying vintage is so magical and enjoyable. At Antique Queens, we have many pieces that will start that magical moment to work in you. On Saturday I watched a perfect cabinet drive away on the roof of a station wagon.. darn, why did I hesitate? It was a perfect size and color for my cottage and I let it get away! Come find a special piece that will express your taste in combination with a style from the past.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Let The Shopping Begin!!

The Christmas shopping season officially begins today and Antique Queens is OPEN and FULL of spectacular choices for everyone on your list.

Store Hours 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a LOT Like Christmas

The wonderful new window dressing will draw you inside, but the stunning surprise awaits inside the door.... The Antique Queens' Christmas tree! It is fabulous and takes a while to absorb all the fun, style and expressions of the 10-foot stunner! There are, of course, the signature crowns and sassy bows, but there are extraordinary vignettes of doll lamps, vintage items, well-loved chairs and riding helmets and a large-mouth bass. What?? Yes, you heard what I said, Lanna's husband, Jerry, caught the monster over 20 years ago and had it preserved, but not even in their wildest dreams did anyone consider it would be featured on a Christmas tree.
Come catch the spirit of the season and browse the awesome selection of gifts and nostalgia at Antique Queens, downtown Rockdale, TX. This year select a gift that brings a special smile to your loved ones!
See you soon!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vintage-inspired Tree ornaments

There are no rules for creating a masterful and vintage-looking Christmas tree. Rummage through a box of your family's photos and pick 8-10 that show your grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren... make black-white copies and glue them to card stock. Feel free to embellish grandma with a glitter halo or a crown for uncle Harold. Also glue a little craft trim around the edges and voila! So simple and charming.
In the featured photo, there are clock faces with a ribbon tie... ready to place on the tree. You may have a collection of vintage dolls, hair brushes, or angels that you can tie with lace or ribbon on your tree - set your imagination free.
HOLIDAY FLASH -- Lanna and Zena have been busy putting up the Antique Queens' Christmas tree. Hope you will come by this weekend and grab some holiday spirit. Browse our dealers for all sorts of vintage-styled inspiration. (Tree photos on next post.)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hanging from the walls & ceiling

Over the years, the one area that is ignored by many of us is the light fixtures when we decorate for the holidays. Let me tell you that the chandeliers, table lamps and sconces around your home will add so much charm and warmth if decorated. My newest vendor booth at Antique Queens (coming Dec 1st) will have a central chandelier (can't wait to put it up) and I will definitely decorate it for the holidays. You can swag a little greenery and tie on ribbon in 10 minutes or hang little black and white family photos or vintage Christmas cards and a strand of pearls. Now you've got it. Come by Antique Queens and find a little something-something to update your wreath, tree or light fixtures. Go BIG, or go home (as they say). Have fun with flourish!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Gathering Inspiration for Shabbiness

Antique Queens owner, Zena Caldwell and manager, Lanna Caldwell accepted an invitation to a Christmas Open House from Gatherings of Georgetown, an upscale antique shop with vendor vignettes bursting with shabby style and creativity. Gatherings is located at 1009 S. Austin Avenue near the square in Georgetown, TX. Along for the ride were Peggy and Maribeth both vendors at Antique Queens. We arrived to find every corner of the shop absolutely brimming with holiday sparkle, gift ideas and warm hospitality. We were gob-smacked by a 9-ft Christmas tree adorned with cherubs, glistening letters, vintage hats, lacey cones, jewelry, figurines - a real wow moment! Steps away we began the wonderful experience of touring dozens of booths laden with painted furniture, vintage finds and holiday creative flair. So much to see the hours ticked by like minutes... and we literally closed down the store. Lanna and Zena found some special things to bring home to Antique Queens -- can't wait to see the holiday windows! Our group enjoyed warm wassail, sparkling wine and yummy hors d'oeuvres. You must place Gatherings on your list to visit this holiday season.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

44 Days Til Christmas

The countdown is underway - yes, 44 Days 'Til Christmas. If you have promised yourself each year that you're going to attend more holiday events, help someone in your church or community or bake your grandmother's cherished recipes... this is that moment. Go right now and get your calendar and pencil in all the events that will make the season bright!

Antique Queens is marking its calendar and we hope you will come out and participate in the festivities in Rockdale. Beginning on Friday, Dec 3, 6-9 pm with The Christmas Stroll. Luminaries will line the downtown streets and the sounds of the season will fill the air when carolers in costume will stroll and sing. I can't wait! Antique Queens will be open late (8pm) along with other shops around town.

A full day is planned on Saturday, December 4, 8am-8pm. All Aboard The Christmas Express! Beginning with the Christmas Parade and arrival of Santa Claus. Arts & Crafts show at the depot. Market Day coincides with this event, so there's lots of great shopping everywhere (bring your Christmas list & buy your gifts early). Antique Queens will be open late and serving refreshments. Shop Antique Queens vendor booths for fabulous vintage items, sparkly jewelry, candles, art and much more.

Stay with us all through the season for more announcements. And don't forget to become a follower on this blogspot and be included in our Gift Basket drawing on December 20th!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New To Our Team

Dipping a toe in the bloggousphere is not what Antique Queens is all about, so we're jumping in the deep end like Esther Williams... (Splash) Introducing a new member to our team - Maribeth Harvey. She will take on the challenge of blogging for the everchanging, extraordinary atmosphere in the shop and assisting with marketing ideas that will spread the news about the world of shabbiquities, special events and showcasing our unique group of vendors. Calling all like-minded vintage junkers, chic collectors and shabby-style shopkeepers to join with us. Become an Antique Queens blogspot follower now through December 20 and your name will be placed in a drawing for a fabulous gift basket full of unique gifts and accessories. Welcome aboard Maribeth!