Spring is in the air and that means it is almost time for our Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show! Our spring show, taking place at the Paso Robles Event Center on May 6 & 7, marks 10 years of Three Speckled Hens shows. We have been traveling to antiques shows all over the country, gathering inspiration for the show along the way (and maybe a few fabulous finds for our personal collections) and could not be more excited to celebrate this milestone show with our fans!
Tickets are on sale now online at ThreeSpeckledHens.com and will also be available at the door on the days of the event. Don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of our Early Bird discount expiring tomorrow by using the code EARLYBIRD at checkout to receive $2 off your Early Bird admission, and be sure to check out our Facebook page for contests and giveaways leading up to the show. We have even partnered up with Travel Paso for a bonus giveaway in celebration of our 10-year anniversary!
To kick off our countdown to the spring show, we are bringing back our Dealer Spotlights! Over the next few weeks, we will be sitting down for candid interviews with some of our favorite dealers that will be showcased at the spring show. Want to know all of the dealers that will be at the show? Check out our List of Dealers now.
Our first fabulous spotlight dealer is Madeleine Jex, founder of The Gentleman Farmer! Learn how this antiques shopper incorporates ranch life and a special European flair into their entire collection!
When did you first catch the antiquing bug?
I've been fascinated in antiques since I was a child growing up in the Central Valley. I would go antiquing and treasure hunting all the time with my grandmother. She had a European family tree and taught me about the fine objects from the Old Country. I've been hooked ever since.
How would you describe your antiquing style?
I like to describe my style as fine objects for country living. I love to focus on equine and farm life, dogs, sporting and primitives.
Where does the inspiration for your pieces come from?
My interests may seem eclectic, but they are all a result of my experiences living and working on California horse ranches for many years. My inspiration also comes from my husband who worked with racehorses. His work spurred my interest in classic English equine pieces. I have also trained and competitively shown sporting dogs in Hunt Tests including my own four-legged best friend, Tule the Labrador retriever.
Does antiquing run in the family?
Both my husband and I enjoy searching for these ranch-style treasures. We are proud to be purveyors of fine artifacts for country living! My son-in-law also has a passion of breathing new life into the antiques he finds. He repurposes old wood and makes gorgeous handcrafted furniture pieces including dining room tables, kitchen islands and cutting boards. His furniture quality matches that of the good ol' boys from the 1800s! Check him out on Instagram to see his newest creations!
What unique items can we expect to see at the show?
You will definitely see some items from my one of my favorite collections, Kitchenalia. On a ranch, cooking and canning is almost a requirement, especially when the nearest grocery store is about a half hour away. When you pay attention to the old kitchen tools and how they were made—copper pots, molds, utensils—you discover how useful and beautiful they can be. Although they may show their years, most of these great pieces can still be used today.
Do you want to learn more about Madeleine Jex, The Gentleman Farmer before our spring show? Check them out on Facebook and Instagram. The Gentleman Farmer can also be reached by phone at
(805)344-4111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to stop by Booth #312 on May 6 & 7, to see these fine artifacts for country living!