ANTIQUES ON BURO! Out of the Past Collectibles

20 years ago my Mom made one of the scariest decisions that she had been faced with in her whole entire life:  to move North to 5341 Burnet Road, or to temporarily close our family business in order to continue her search for a South Austin location.

“BURO” at that time didn’t have a cool name – there were no cool bookstores, no hip or local restaurants.  Sundays at The Little Longhorn were the most happening days once Chicken S#!t Bingo started.

We had to make our own coffee, can you believe it?  We had been on South Congress for almost 7 years and we were worried our clients may not want to travel North;  plus – the walk in traffic on “SOCO” kept us pretty busy.

As a student at McCallum High School at the time I thought the move would be great!  I could walk up Houston and be at the shop to help daily on most days.  Now 20 years later it was one of the best moves our family has ever made.

Thanks for shopping local and supporting BURO‘s best antiques and collectibles shop!

Austin Doerr

Out of the Past Collectibles
5341 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78756

24 Years of Antiques on Burnet Road

By Steve Cook – BURO Editor

SMACK-DAB in the middle of Allandale Village on Burnet Road you can find one of the largest selections of quality antiques in Austin. I stopped in today and talked with owner Ben Hardin:

Antique Marketplace owner Ben Hardin
Antique Marketplace owner Ben Hardin

BURO: How long has the Antique Marketplace been on Burnet Road?

BEN:  We started in 1989 at 5350 Burnet Road in an old Safeway grocery building and we were there for 18 years. We then moved to our current location at 5806 in March of 2008 – that makes 24 years.

BURO: Why antiques?

BEN:  As a kid in Bosque county, Texas I found an old iris-patterned candlestick holder in a trash pile (I still have that!) I just like old things!

BURO: What’s your background?

BEN:  I’m a native Texan, born in Waco and raised in Bosque county. In college I earned a B.B.A. and a Masters in Education. In my earlier life I was an assistant superintendent in the San Marcos ISD.

BURO: Who shops at the Antique Marketplace?

Norah Thomas on Burnet Road
Norah Thomas is ready to help you find that perfect antique piece!

BEN:  We have a wide range of customers, ranging from folks looking for that perfect piece to put in their living room, to Hollywood set designers searching for Texas period pieces for their next movie. One of our favorite customers is a very famous actress who has called Austin her home (I’m not naming any names!).

Antique Marketplace has a wide selection of quality glassware, clocks, jewelry, pottery, silver, art, collectibles, and china.

BURO editor’s note: This is the first antique mall I’ve ever been in that is fully air-conditioned and fully carpeted!

antiques_burnet_roadAntique Marketplace
Allandale Village
5806 Burnet Road
10-6 Mon-Sat
12-6 Sunday

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