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40 minutes south of Dallas (with no traffic) lies the town of Forreston. Bon Ton Vintage is well worth the drive. Great selection of eclectic apparel from the 1930s to the 1980s for men, women and children. P.S: The owner has a new store in Waxahachie, Le Petite Bon Ton. (continue reading)
From the highway, you'll hook east into the heart of this tiny town just south of Waxahachie, where you'll find Bon Ton Vintage, a veritable trove of clothing, keepsakes, and accouterments from decades past. Housed in a red-brick building that was once a Masonic Lodge, it's been a semi-hidden gem ever since it was opened, by jazz musicians Barbra and John Kauffman, in 1984. If it hasn't been on your radar, that’s because the costume directors, celebrity stylists, and professional treasure hunters who come to snap up the vintage lace Dior dresses and sixties' platform shoes and pristine estate-sale bijoux have always preferred to keep this secret spot to themselves. (continue reading)
Barbra is in the process of relocating her Bon Ton Vintage shop to Downtown Waxahachie. She has already begun the process of moving some items over from the Forreston store to her smaller, rented space inside Old Town Village Antiques & Uniques located at 307 S. Rogers... (continue reading)
This vintage 1984 photo shows John Kauffman sitting in his and wife, Barbra's (she's in the background to the left) newly opened vintage shop in Forreston, Texas. Times were very lean for the couple, but they got this space on the second floor of an old mercantile building in the middle of nowhere for the paltry sum of $1 a month for the first year, so they decided to give it a go.... (continue reading)
A Documentary project in Dallas, TX by Vince and Lola. Time Capsule is a feature documentary experience combining vintage imagery with eclectic stories of the past and unique interests of today. We follow five people/couples of the American generation born between 1925 to 1945... (continue reading)
...Located in the town of Forreston, right smack in the beautiful North Texas countryside, Bon Ton Vintage truly has to be seen to be believed... (continue reading)
Here, a favorite off-the-beaten-path boutique.
About 45 minutes south of Dallas in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it prairie town, Bon Ton (Hwy. 77, Forreston, 972-483-6222) offers the least-picked-over vintage selection we've ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on... (continue reading)
The owners of this shop bought up an old Masonic lodge and have filled it up with all sorts of goodies. The entire upstairs is devoted to vintage clothing for men, women and children. They have tons of vintage from the 1900s-1970s with lots of stock from the 1940s-1950s. Most items are in good to excellent condition with a few deadstock pieces here and there. A treasure trove... (2002 Daniela Turudich, Streamline Press) (continue reading)
...Johnny and Barbara Kauffman's vintage clothing, music and knickknack store has thrived for more than a decade, thanks partly to their eccentric, laid-back attitudes but mostly to a top-notch stock of rare clothes that brings people from across the country to rural Ellis County... (28 October 1998, Aline McKenzie) (continue reading)
The town of Forreston never really had a heyday, but there's no question that its better days lie in the past. About all that's left is a rundown corrugated-steel gin mill and a few old buildings. That makes it a splendid site for Forreston Vintage Market, a vintage clothing-and-collectibles store... (24 August 1994, Teresa Gubbins) (continue reading)