Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wimberley Market Days

The eastern Hill Country town of Wimberley is a place of old stone buildings, art and music. The Blanco River and Cypress Creek run through town, ancient bald cypresses on the banks guarding water and dreams. 

The first Saturday of the month, every month but January and February, an intermittent community springs alive on FM 2325 in Wimberley. Folks come from miles away for  Wimberley Market Days, a congregation of 550+ sellers offering everything you never knew you needed, spaced along wandering oak-studded lanes.

Market Day gates open at 7:00am and close around 4:00pm, when the vendors disappear until next month.  Smart visitors go early before parking lots fill and Texas heat builds.

A person could almost get lost in wandering unless she remembered birdhouses and bottle trees like signposts to the entrance.

Much Texana for sale.

New merchandise...

<-----------------------This is not your ordinary cowgirl attire. 

And previously owned. 


Stories line the stalls.

In a poor African country, local artists use surplus telephone wire to weave the ebb and flow of time in a cup.

In South America, artisans hand carve gourds in themes unique to their villages, each carving a man's interpretation of his home-place.  The young man who brought these told us about the villages close to his family.  We bought one he'd carved, a lidded jar twined round with birds and vines.

Rand Schwarz sells his Hill Country photographs, digs post holes and plays Santa in winter.

This woman had a story too, I could feel it.  But I didn't ask.  Where she had been or how she came to sit alone in a booth behind a few pieces of chipped pottery.

It's the way of life, how stories blend; bright, shaded, joined in time and place.  Like a walk at Wimberley Market Days.

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  1. That looks like a great place to wander around. I like those carved gourds :-) Do the Market Days run year round or just in the summer?

  2. thanks for the wander here,
    I liked the African pieces,
    and the text for the previously owned is under the photo of the girl, unintentionally, but just sayin'

    and the woman in the light, with the chipped pottery is achingly sad.

  3. It is interesting, isn't it.

    We haven't been as often as I thought we would, when we moved here.

    Having done crafts shows in the past, I'm amazed that there is so much put out for sale, just for one day. It's a lot of work, to set up.

    Looks like you had a good time.

  4. Great descriptions and evocative photos. It's on my "to visit" list.

  5. Gosh Kathleen you have some interesting events in your Texas Hill Country area, it looks like a great place to visit and browse. xoxo ♡

  6. Beautiful pictures! And you KNOW I'd love that. What a great bottle tree! But that woman with the chipped glasses. She makes my heart hurt.

  7. What an interesting group of merchandise. Mr. Schwarz looks like an interesting character. My maiden name is Swartz. We could be related.

    Love to you and Denny and Harry,


  8. What a great summer excursion. Love that bottle tree.

  9. Oh, thanks so much for this! I'm bookmarking it. Just today in the Statesman was a great story about the Leaning Pear and other great restaurants. A Wimberley trip has been long on my list, so this confirms it for sure! Send me details on your crinum/hymenocallis picture.

  10. Oh, I just love the brightly colored bird houses and bottle trees. What great things to incorporate into a garden :-)

  11. I'm not sure about 2nd hand hats and boots. Well actually I'm very certain, never in a month of Sundays.
    What is the girl in the pink skirt and the denim jacket selling that's 'hotter than a $2 pistol' at Sugar Daisy's place.
    Is the quality of light much like in Nevada/Arizona that items in your home need to be brown or slightly dun to calm and rest the eyes.

  12. I love to wander through markets such as this one looking for treasures. Thanks for taking me to yours in Wimberly. x0 N2

  13. Beautiful! This whole post is just perfection. . .I was there.


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