For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been an animal lover.
I loved to play with barn kittens as a child. My siblings and I had a dog named Libby who we adored. We used to sing the silly song “Libby Libby Libby on the label label label, you will like it like it like it . . . ” to her all the time.
When I was a teenager, my friend and I used to ride horses the 7 miles from my country home to town, then back again on weekends.
In my early 30’s shortly after I moved to Austin, one of my cats disappeared. I searched for her for weeks, going door-to-door for miles with a photo of her, until finally giving up and curling up into a ball of grief.
I tell you all this because I think most people collect what they love . . . so I collect animals, especially dogs and horses, although no species is off limits. I display my animal collections throughout our home: on our dining room table, in our bedroom, on my bookshelves, and in our living room.
Whenever I travel to any antique show, I always gravitate towards animals (among other things). If the price is right and I fall in love with them, they come home with me.
I don’t expect that will ever change.
Although I didn’t buy any of the antiques I’m featuring today, I assure you that I love them all.
These little darlings were in Kaydee Cooper’s booth.
Kacy made a new friend in Acanthus Studios’ booth.
I spotted this little guy at Marburger Farm. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the seller.
I spotted another terrier – this time a schnauzer.
Frank and Buffy Charboheau had many quality dog figurines for sale in their booth.
I admired this antique privacy screen in Two Sisters Antiques booth. It’s decoupaged with all sorts of Victorian animal illustrations.
I spotted more animals — this time figurines and bookends — in Two Sisters Antiques’ booth.
This magnificent horse was in Two Sisters Antiques‘ booth — I badly wanted to bring it home!
(It’s still for sale — this is how I know.)
I admired this antique horse pull toy in Tobacco Road Primitives’ booth.
An old illustration in A Vincent Antiques’ booth caught my eye.
I have to share a close-up shot. The detail is just amazing!
A wonderful antique horse that was offered for sale by Patina Inc.
I think this horse weathervane was for sale in Cactus Jack’s booth.
If you’ve ever wondered about horse anatomy, you would have loved this horse poster.
I can’t end this post without showing you these two beauties. Although they aren’t collectibles per se, they were beautiful. They were housed in a dovecote in Willow Nest’s booth.
Note: All show dealers can be viewed here!