The Nat, a concert hall turned antique and collectibles hall is full of handmade and found treasures. On a trip to Texas I checked out 20,000 square feet of charming tchotchkes and prairie chic furniture!
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We just got back from visiting family in Texas. I love coming from New Jersey where everything is so close together and plush and seeing the wide open spaces and the flat lying ground in Texas. Texas and New Jersey are like two different worlds, each beautiful in their own way.
My mom is from Amarillo, TX and we have been traveling back to visit her family just about every year since I was born. My mom and dad met in Texas while he was her brother’s dental professor at The University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. It’s a funny story…
My uncle brought my mom in to use as his guinea pig for his first ever wisdom teeth removal! My dad took one look at the nineteen year old Texas beauty (before she left the clinic looking like a chipmunk) and decided he wanted to ask her out. My dad asked my uncle for permission, and my uncle’s response was, “She’s nineteen Doctor!” (My dad is ten years older.) Luckily my dad and uncle both have a good sense of humor and respected each other, so my uncle approved. My dad stole her away to New Jersey where he was born and raised, and the rest is history! To this day, she still calls Texas home.
Since everything is bigger in Texas, it’s no surprise that it is home to “The Nat, ” an enormous venue that houses over 100 different antique and collectibles dealers.
It opened as an enclosed open air pool in 1922. However, it’s most known as a dance hall on Route 66 and hosting a variety of notable musicians, such as Duke Ellington, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, and legend has it that Elvis Presley even played there! Even more notably, my grandmother and her girlfriends regularly spent their Friday nights shaking it to these famous bands.
It is every thrift store shopper’s dream! Not only does it have vintage pieces galore, but it also has gorgeous decor available. You can see everything from farmhouse vibes to boho prairie chic!
A lot of the items reminded me of the furniture and accessories that you see used in “Fixer Upper,” with Chip and Joanna Gaines. You can find similar items in their affordable lines for Target (coming November 5) called “Hearth and Home” and “Magnolia Home” at Bed, Bath, and Beyond or see their online store, Magnolia Market, !
Since I couldn’t photograph the whole store, here are few of photos that I took with my iphone while there!
I ended up buying a few things and shipping them home via UPS. If I didn’t have to fly home, I would have done more damage! Thank goodness I wasn’t driving!
You NEED to check out “The Nat” if you are traveling on Route 66 or end up in Amarillo, TX!