The art of shopping is derived from hunting and gathering instincts, which explains why nature's most fashionable can emerge from a clothing rack with a dashing dress and dinner for four. Use nature to nurture your closet with today's Groupon: for $5, you get three weekend Shopaholic passes to The Peddler Show Tour at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, held Friday, August 19–Sunday, August 21 (up to a $15 value). Children 11 and younger get free admission.
For 34 fashionable years, The Peddler Show Tour has showcased handcrafted specialty goods in a festive fair atmosphere. More than 120 local and far-reaching vendors will display their jewelry, home décor, clothing, and other wares during the event at the fairgrounds. Inventory can vary with each tour stop, but shoppers can expect to see merchandise that has included chic T-shirts featuring pink cheetah-print peace signs, a paisley baseball shirt declaring the wearer a "Queen of the Diamonds," and bedazzled silhouettes of Grover Cleveland smiling on silken sashes. Bead and feather hair extensions add flair to plain 'dos, and a chromatic spectrum of cowboy boots match any ensemble. Furniture such as armoires, bookshelves, and ottomans await their future of housing hand-sewn stuffed animals, custom-made scrapbooks, and other Peddler Show spoils. The fairgrounds offer free parking to show-goers, making it easy to stow one's car or take a comfy asphalt nap.
The Peddler Show Tour
Visit one of The Peddler Show Tour's events, and you'll likely see some smiling faces among the other shoppers in attendance. It seems like there's nearly always someone grinning widely, having just discovered a perfect gift. It might be a necklace from Nan's Precious Pearls, a bottle of lotion from Salve All Natural Skin Care, or a tin of indulgent sweets from The Caramel Candy Co. Or maybe it's all of the above.
The Peddler Show Tour has been connecting Texan shoppers with boutique gifts and housewares for well over three decades, but the show has never been stronger than it is today, with 26 events hosted annually across the state. Even frequent shoppers can find something new on each excursion, since hundreds of different merchants and boutiques apply to participate. While many come for the clothing, jewelry, and household items, others stop by to sample gourmet foods or purchase a bed frame made of fudge.