The Johnson County Commissioners Court proclaimed April 19-21 as Antique Alley Texas days in Johnson County during their Monday meeting.
The event, held twice each year, turns 20 this year.
“What started in 1999 as a sidewalk sale in downtown Grandview with other yard sales on Farm-to-Market Road 4 now has seven towns and numerous communities involved,” Antique Alley founder Nita Redmon said.
Redmon and others initiated the event, initially named Antique Alley and Yard Sale, to boost downtown Grandview’s economy. The event now stretches from Grandview to Cleburne, Maypearl, Alvarado and Venus.
“It’s now over 30, probably over 40 miles long,” Redmon said. “We’ve been mentioned in the Texas State Travel Guide as one of the top three tourism events in the state for antiquing and shopping so it’s definitely made Johnson County a destination and boosted our economy.”
Redmon added that Antique Alley’s website is now mobile app friendly thanks to members Lisa Hill and Helen Kneebone.
“And on the Google map so shoppers can see where they are and where they need to be,” Redmon said. “Which should help greatly as your moving through an event as large as Antique Alley is now.”
Redmon credited others for helping found the event, thanked commissioners for their support through the years and the law enforcement officials and first responders who work to ensure a safe event.”
Redmon and Hill own and operate Pop & Gran’s Antiques and More in downtown Grandview.
“It’s been fun to watch it grow over the years and, as other cities have come on board, to see them do their part and put their own take on it,” Redmon said.
Zachary Stewart, who is running unopposed for Grandview Mayor said he’s enjoyed watching Antique Alley grow through the years as well into something that benefits not just Grandview but Johnson County as a whole.
Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon called Antique Alley a true county tradition.
“It’s been a tremendous asset to Johnson County in so many ways,” Harmon said. “From a financial standpoint, of course, it brings increased tax revenues and helps our local businesses. People come into the county and stay at hotels, eat, buy gas and visit our stores. For a lot of our residents it’s an opportunity to make a little money by selling off some of their stuff they don’t want or need anymore.
“Then it’s also just a fun thing for many people to get out and enjoy themselves. Many people in the county look forward to this twice a year. Then we have others coming in from Texas and all over and that gives us a chance to show off Johnson County.”
Commissioners approved a resolution opposing attempts to remove firework oversight regulation from counties.
“Every legislative session the fireworks association tries to remove county control over this, Harmon said.
Woolley urged all legislators to oppose such requests.
“Not our state rep but it seems many of them down in Austin take every opportunity they can to try to remove or not grant authority to counties,” Woolley said. “They don’t seem to understand that the one-size-fits-all approach does not work.”
Harmon agreed, arguing that allowing fireworks sales can be “extremely dangerous” depending on area conditions and that the commissioners of a given county are better situated to determine such than are legislators in Austin.
Commissioners voted to reject previous bids for an elevator in the Burleson Sub Courthouse. The project now goes to rebid. By coupling the elevator with the installation the county should save considerable money, Commissioner Kenny Howell said.
The Sub Courthouse has become overcrowded and sits in need of renovation and expansion, Howell said. The plan is to install an elevator so the upstairs portion of the building can be used.