Those of you that have never experienced Antique Alley might appreciate some local information that hopefully will make your treasure hunt more enjoyable and safe. If possible, plan to spend the entire weekend treasure hunting the various shopping venues! One day just doesn't allow enough time to experience this unique event! Local bed & breakfasts, hotels and RV parks fill up quickly, so you'll want to make your arrangements early. Click on the Accommodations link for more information. Grandview, Sand Flat and Maypearl are small towns with no hotels. Alvarado, Hillsboro, and Cleburne offer plenty of convenient lodging choices.
The Antique Alley shopping trail is very scenic and even breathtaking in places.
FM 916 (between Grandview and Maypearl) has no shoulder, is a road with sharp curves, twists and tricky turns that can prove to be very distracting for those unfamiliar with the route. From Grandview, FM 916 changes names at the Ellis county line to FM 66 just before Maypearl. FM 4 is a commuter connection between Grandview and Cleburne. It is heavily traveled.
Bring your PATIENCE with you! Highway 4 will be congested with slow-moving traffic as shoppers rubberneck the numerous pasture shows, yard sales and signs pointing to nearby sales while considering where to pull in. Be on the look-out for yard sales - they'll be scattered all over the area between participating towns. There will be landowners creeping past traffic to get to their mailboxes and drive ways. Please be aware of the locals who need to get around you!
Portable restroom facilities are provided in all the downtown areas and at many of the private landowner shows and sales.
The historic downtown sections are worth a visit where you will find a variety of stores, shops and restaurants.
If you see an item that you did not purchase, but wish that you had, check AntiqueAlleyTexas.com and click on the Vendor link to see if they have a vendor listing.
The Antique Alley event is advertised through fees collected from food vendors and dealer space rentals. Any participating business or individual profiting from this event should consider helping to advertise the show. Many people coordinate efforts to promote the entire scope of Antique Alley Texas.
TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS:
EVERY Antique Alley shapes up differently based on whether churches have repeat sales or whether vendors return to their same spot on the shopping trail. Weather is a big factor but the show goes on even in the rain. 99% of the AAT festival is outdoors.
Downtown Grandview, Maypearl, Alvarado and Venus will have vendors lined up with plenty to look at on their main drag and/or town square. Cleburne has scattered sales all over town.
If Sunday is the only day you are able to shop, organizers want to let you know that many of our dealers with strict religious convictions will not set up on Sunday. There are many Mennonite families that sell handmade furniture, homemade jams, jellies, cakes, breads and pies that you will miss. Many say it is noticeably less festive on Sunday but still worthy of your visit. However, we hear that the private shows up and down Highway 4 remain fairly full with lots to look at on Sundays. Many shoppers save Sunday for a slow stroll through their favorite shopping venues. We also hear that on the last day of the show, some dealers don't want to pack it up - hello, Bargain Town!
The highest concentration of landowner shows is between Grandview and Cleburne via HWY 4 E.
SPECIAL NOTE: HWY 4 is an old farm-to-market road. Over the years, it has been dissected by other, larger highways. That makes finding the correct stretch of HWY 4 rather confusing to a first-time visitor. HWY 4 is split in Cleburne. If you are coming to Antique Alley via Cleburne, find the town square at the Court House. The correct leg of HWY 4 is SOUTH of the Cleburne town square.
From the town square, go SOUTH on Main Street (one way only) to Second Street (about a mile, or less). Go LEFT on Second Street, cross Caddo Street (also a one-way-only street), keep going EAST, cross the railroad tracks and you have found THE shopping trail!
If you are coming from the north (Fort Worth), take I-35W to Grandview exit 16. One mile and you are right in the BIG MIDDLE of the show! If you are coming from Dallas via HWY 67, it's your choice: Venus first, then either head south on FM 157 to Maypearl or stay west on Hwy 67 to Alvarado. From there you can jump on I-35 (W) for a ten mile trek to Grandview (exit 16) or stay west on Hwy 67 to Cleburne. ALL YOUR CHOICE. Don't trust that GPS!
We hope you enjoy visiting our eclectic communities and shopping the Antique Alley Texas Trail!