Theresa and Scott Padon opened Humble Market in September 2017 on a 5-acre plot near a historic site on FM 1960 called Moonshine Hill, where families in the 1900s lived in tents circling wooden oil derricks that brought income to the area. Today, connoisseurs of antique and vintage furniture from the 1800s to the 1980s flock to the Padons’ old-timers’ market.
“I have an antique store and a vintage store, and everything in the antique store belongs to me,” Theresa Padon said.’”
Customers can explore the air-conditioned shop of cabinets, trinkets, tools and toys and stroll through the covered outdoor market. On weekends, 10-12 local vendors reserve a spot in the outdoor market and sell local wares such as candles, books, makeup and handcrafted decor, Padon said.
“We have expanded a lot since we opened,” she said. “I have paid close attention to what my customers are purchasing, so it tells me a lot about what they are looking for [and]the reason why they came in to visit.”
Robby White—a carpenter from Huffman—operates his workshop, Robby’s Backyard Decor and More, at Humble Market on Wednesday through Sunday, where he sells outdoor bars, ice chests, tables and birdhouses that he has built and refurbished.
“People love the birdhouses on a stick,” White said. “Repeat customers and word-of-mouth customers bring in their diagrams with specifications of what they want built.”
Padon said she attributes her love for refurbished and antique items to her great-grandmother and uncle.
“I was raised in the country by my uncle, who restored old Victorian homes,” she said. “He brought home all the old stuff the homeowners didn’t want—a grandfather clock, a piece of furniture—and we would refurbish it together.”
Padon said she then went on to study history and political science at the University of Tennessee, and she has always pursued her fascination for historical items of value. Now, Padon said she knows every article in her inventory intimately and is happy to be able to share her finds with the community.
“We have a lot of things people have never seen before,” she said. “My customers keep telling me, ‘Thank you for the trip back in time. My great aunt or my grandmother has this, and it brings back wonderful memories of that person.’”
2803 FM 1960 E., Humble
Hours: Wed.-Sun.10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Every month the market is decorated based on different themes, which are often seasonal and feature activities for shoppers to participate in.
- During October, the market will set up a large area for kids to play in.
- During November, the market will hold an event where shoppers can catapult stuffed turkeys for prizes.