Those of you that have never experienced Antique Alley Texas might appreciate some local information that hopefully will make your treasure hunt more enjoyable and safe.
AAT is a "rain or shine" event. Most vendors will cover their product until the rain passes and many have tent covered shopping areas. Threat of lightening and/or flooding is about the only thing that will shut down the show. Weather comfortable clothing.
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 and Cleburne offer plenty of convenient lodging choices including the next nearest town, Hillsboro, that is located to the south of Grandview via I-35 W.
The Antique Alley Texas 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.
"No parking" on Highway 4 shoulder or easement is being enforced. This is a safety issue. Park only in designated parking areas off of the highway.
Be on the look-out for yard sales and church & community fundraisers - they'll be scattered over the area between participating towns.
Portable restroom facilities are provided in all the downtown areas and at many of the private landowner shows and sales.
There is plenty of food and refreshments offered in each of the six participating communities.
To avoid missing a great buy, bring plenty of cash - some families and small shows will not have electronic payment/card processing.
TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS:
EVERY Antique Alley Texas festival shapes up differently based on whether churches/benevolent groups 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 (except of course, not if there's lightening/flooding!) 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 (S & 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 so). 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 participating communities and shopping the Antique Alley Texas Trail!