The easiest way to discover what life was like in a bygone era is to take a Victorian time traveler to an amusement park and snatch up old memories as they are displaced by fun new ones. Take a trip into the past without height requirements with today's Groupon to the Tailgate Antique Show and Antiques at Music Valley. Both events are hosted at the Nashville Expo Center, February 17–19, 2011. Show times are Thursday noon–5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get four tickets (a $48 value).
- For $12, you get two tickets (a $24 value).
Two hundred vendors pack the former Tennessee State Fairgrounds with inspired interior-design ideas and charming vintage wares. These twin shows stand side by side and teem with feasibly priced treasures. Peruse rustic knickknacks, wood-carved curios, folk art, and elegant jewelry. Dealers also display larger furniture suitable for relaxing in on a back porch or providing verisimilitude for Teapot Dome Scandal parties. Admission nets a full day of shopping and ware-goggling at each exposition.
Tailgate-Music Valley Antiques Show and Vintage Marketplace
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.