The Tailgate-Music Valley Antiques Show and Vintage Marketplace have been going strong for more than 30 years and have offered inspiring design ideas to everyone from new homeowners to seasoned antiquers. The more than 140 vendors display a treasure trove of architectural and industrial items, fine and decorative art, furniture, and vintage and estate jewelry. On Saturday, February 16 at noon, expert designers will also host a hands-on decorating seminar. They'll share ways to incorporate vintage items into a traditional, contemporary, or industrial interior, such as pairing a modern coffee table with a 1920s-era lamp or stuffing a throw pillow with Federal Reserve bank notes.
The French Shoppe allows customers to explore a wide selection of women’s specialty items without rummaging through their boss’s closet while she’s at spin class. A helpful staff assists fashion hunters in selecting sportswear and dresses from a variety of designers, including Muse, Melly M, 525 America, Three Dots, and Simon Sebbag Designs, with a bevy of accessories from Yellow Box, Hanky Panky, and Deux Lux spiffing up wardrobes much more effectively than a set of chrome rims. Opt for sunglasses ($10+), rain boots ($42+), tops ($45–$120), earrings ($15+), or summer scarves ($25+). Additionally, the Park Place Center location carries eveningwear that will undoubtedly turn heads at banquets and air-hockey tournaments.
Soothe skin with evening primrose face cream (around $22 for a large) or tingly peppermint and tea tree foot lotion (around $11 for a small). Bath Junkie's array of body washes, scented sprays, bath crystals, pet pampering products, household cleansers, and lotions are customizable by scent or tint. Play with unexpected color and fragrance combinations, or imitate antique recipes from flea market tin-can phones. Every product is suitable for sensitive skin and almost always paraben- and SLS-free.
With summer on its last legs, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up some spray paint for $3.49 or a utility knife for $4.99. Illuminate your bathroom with a 4-pack of Ace light bulbs ($1.79), the better to see by as you caulk ($2.29) your sink. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine (rental prices vary). If you need help finding anything, Ace's knowledgeable staff is available to help get you in and out and on to your next project.
With nearly four decades of experience in jewelry design and repair, Hendersonville Jewelers' in-house sparkle-smith restores a wide array of broken and blemished baubles. The store can care for gold, silver, and platinum and can even service certain nonprecious metals without making them feel unimportant, insecure, or self-conscious. Among several ring repairs, Hendersonville resizes bands, replaces missing stones, repairs broken shanks, and replaces prongs damaged during gemstone-escape attempts. Lobes can enjoy the company of new la pousette posts on special pairs of earrings, and wrists can relish corrected clasps on cherished bracelets. Repairs typically take about a week and vary in price according to the service rendered. Most bijoux leave with a one-year warranty and an optimistic attitude about their new lease on life.
Guns and Leather is as much an artists' studio as a shooting range. As onsite gunsmith for more than 30 years, Jeff Walle spends his days restoring and customizing firearms, sometimes machining a part for an antique rifle or working on an engraving.
Walle's respect for the tradition and history of firearms characterizes Guns and Leather, started by the Williams family as a humble 800-square-foot shop in 1999. By 2004, the Williams nearly tripled the size of their operation, moving to a 2,100-square-foot facility in Greenbrier. Today, they oversee a 75-foot indoor range split into five standard lanes with electric target retrieval and five computerized lanes with a Mancom system that can make targets pivot and moonwalk. They also supervise a 35-foot, 15-lane range in Hendersonville, which, like its predecessor, is outfitted with climate-control and air-filtration systems. Beyond supervising the ranges, the Williams also oversee a team of state licensed, NRA-compliant instructors that runs the Guns and Leather Shooting Academy, an instructional suite with courses tailored for everyone from everyday citizens to military personnel. To further demonstrate their commitment to responsible firearms practices, the Williams also coordinate a Junior Shooting Sports Program.