Relics of Yesterday

July 4, 2017


Do what you love, love what you do

The love of antiques began over 40 years ago for Brent and Karen Germany when they owned their wholesale manufacturing and distribution company. Antiques were used in their showrooms to display the products that Karen designed for their gift and home decor business.

The couple now own Vintage Designs located on Highway 281 in Burnet. The store is staffed during the week by their friend, Medaris Stahl, and on most days, two other ‘bosses’ will greet you at the door- Maycie and Lizzie , their two tiny Yorkies.
This is the place to shop if you are searching for decor to achieve the popular Farmhouse look. Customers are always excited to see the changing examples of how to blend antiques with new accessories. The shop maintains a diverse inventory of vintage doors and windows, farm implements, a variety of antique iron beds, mantles and old architectural pieces. Karen offers free consulting on how to mix antiques into everyday living.

Karen says, “We are a small shop but we try to have a large influence in helping decorate your home with antiques.”
If you are a local customer or just driving through the Hill Country, drop by this friendly place.

A beautiful piece

Old-world feel: This turn of the century Jennings Brothers spelter chalice, with a cobalt blue glass insert can be found at Old Town Relics, Antique and Collectable Mercantile, 922 East Commerce, Buffalo, TX 75831. Call 903-322-2445 or visit Old Town Relics 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

An assortment of thimbles

Small and Fun: Thimbles have dated back to 206 BC, which started out as a simple ring. Thimbles were made of pearl, metal, leather, wood or glass. Thimbles have a great use and are fun small items to collect. You can find this and an assortment of other antiques at Dry Gulch Mercantile, on the square, 127 S. Mount, Fairfield, TX; 214-803-0505 or 903-880-7533..


Rustic collection

Firebox and bellows: This antique bee smoker makes for a great rustic decoration piece. You can find it as well as many other collectibles and relics at Armadillo Emporium 101 W. Commerce, Fairfield; FB or Instagram @armadilloemporium or call 903-389-3336.


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