2 ½ Hours to Tulsa

 In preparation for our upcoming shop expansion, we decided to road trip to Tulsa OK for the Father’s Day weekend. The Vintage Tulsa show was being held at the SpiritBank Event Center, so we planned our weekend around the show. We stayed at the Hampton Inn, Bixby, right across the parking lot from the center. Here’s a photo from our hotel room looking at the event center. Across the street is Savastano’s Chicago Pizza Restaurant and Bar (red awning).

The Vintage Tulsa show is held several times a year and has room for 140+ booths. This was our first trip down and probably not our last. It features vintage casual everyday items, a little something for everyone, but not museum-quality items. Items are priced for shoppers, but not necessarily for dealers nor decorators. We did find a few unusual items that we could not live without.

Our first purchase was from Ruth Ann Reid, from Moberly, MO. It was a wonderful large walnut mirror with a gold lip from an estate near Salisbury, MO in Chariton County. We’ve been buying several of these lately and think they would make a great addition to any style home. The frames are in good condition and it’s hard to find this high-quality in today’s market. This is photo of her and her partner’s display (note our mirror on the right side).

 The second purchase was from Donnie Volkart. He has booths in both the Riverview Mall in Kansas City and the Uncommon Objects store in Austin, TX (we visited there last fall). He has a background in art and is very talented at showcasing his items. His “sock monkey” display caught everyone’s attention. We’ve heard that a lady in Texas is writing a book about them. Each has its own personality: some with hats, some with funny expressions, and some with extra long tails. Don’t you miss your monkey?

We purchased a great brass candlestick from Volkart. It’s a huge period piece that will help add height to any vignette. We wandered up and down the aisles and came across a lot of temptations. We were impressed with the amount of furniture, mixed in with the smalls and the quality of most items. Most dealers were friendly and willing to offer advice. Most travel from show to show, without owning a permanent store location. They stop by home, wherever that is, and participate in auctions and sales to replenish their inventory and then they’re off again. I had to promise the spouse that was not in my business plan!

Our last show purchases came from Randy Denosowicz and Bernie Bagley with Antiques of Dallas. We spent several minutes at their booth picking their brains for ideas. They show at Roundtop and elsewhere across the nation, including Brimfield and Atlanta. We purchased a wonderful mahogany plant stand from England and a hammered pewter, lion-handled container with lid from them. We’ll be sure to look them up at the Blue Hills in October.

Following the show, we decided to visit a couple of our favorite stores in Jenks, OK. Jenks is on the southern edge of Tulsa and there are several stores along Main Street. Unfortunately, the majority of stores were closed because of Father’s Day; however, our two favorites were opened. At Miss McGillicuttys, we purchased a two-tiered tea table that we plan to use in the shop to display items.

Then back to Springfield for a Father’s Day dinner and evening with our lovely daughter, Katie.

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