The Canyon Lake Times Guardian

Touring 281, the home and garden bargain highway

by Caroline Turney - Staff Writer

Get your motor running and head out on the highway if you’re looking for home and garden adventure and bargains that might come your way. You may even feel like you were born to be wild as you dig through rusty old trinkets and snatch up treasures reminiscent of wild west days gone by.

If you start where US Highway 281 crosses over the Guadalupe River and head north toward Blanco, a day of home and garden riches at prices that won’t break the bank awaits your discovery. Even if you’re just planning to look for knick knacks, a truck or vehicle with convertible cargo space would be a good idea in case you come across that oh so perfect piece of furniture at an irresistible price. About one half mile past the bridge on the left is Sherty’s Trading Post. Here you will find repurposed materials crafted into furniture and collectables by artisan and woodworker Jeff Keller. Currently, he is showcasing pieces created from a disassembled 1937 Sears Catalog Home. In addition to Keller’s work, Sherty’s carries a variety of gift and decorative items. The trading post is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from Noon until 6 p.m.

Approximately one and one half miles north of the river is Farm to Market Road 311. If you pull into the Diamond Shamrock parking lot where FM 311 and Highway 281 intersect, you will find two popular spots for home and garden finds. Décor & More is the little free standing house with a yard full of wrought iron items. Inside are vintage and replica pieces to create a sense of time worn elegance for a home with a comfortable, lived in feel. It’s only open Thursday through Sunday.

In the same parking lot is Hill Country Treasures. This store is open Thursday through Sunday and offers furniture items as well as things like throw pillows, some antiques, and hides. The Diamond Shamrock building has the only restroom in the area. Depending on how long of a day you are planning, it is a good spot to stop into for gasoline and refreshments.

Then it’s back on the road if you’ve still got a hankering for Hill Country flavored décor. About nine miles past 311 is Prochaska Antiques and Collectibles. Look for the sign that says, “Antiques, Twin Sisters, Texas” The antique store is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., while the auction house is open at 1 p.m. every Sunday. To see current auction items, check out Mixed in with antiques and collectibles from virtually every era are leather and hide furniture pieces as well as unusual and hard to find items like the black bear mount in the front room.

If time is on your side, then travel about seven miles more to the Blanco Historical District. When you see the Old Blanco County Courthouse on your right, pull into the square for a few final stops at Cranberry’s Antiques and Blanco Star Antiques. The antique shops in Blanco host several vendors. At Cranberry’s, you will find replicas and vintage-looking items as well as traditional antiques. If you find something you like, be sure to ask the attendant if the price is negotiable. Most times, the vendor will decide over the phone if the cost for an item is set or workable.

Whatever you are seeking for your home and garden, Highway 281 northbound from the Guadalupe River makes for a great day of getting out and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Who knows, you might just find a bit of beauty to bring home when the day is done.



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