Your first stop at the Avondale Estates Holiday Tour of Homes and Holiday Market should be the market, definitely the market. The market opens before the tour actually starts so you can get there early before the crowds and before all the good stuff leaves with other owners. You can buy what you need or more likely what you want, put it in your car and then start the tour.
The Avondale Estates Holiday Tour of Homes let’s you peak inside some of Avondale’s most beautiful homes. You will get to look at how the homes, for these are homes and not just houses, have changed through the decades. Your tour will start with an English Tudor built in the early 20’s and proceed to a newly renovated 30’s bungalow, an American foursquare built in the late 40’s, two transformed 50’s brick bungalows, and one of Avondale’s newer homes that was built in the 90’s
Other points of interest on the tour are The Museum School, a charter school that opened in the fall of 2009, and Avondale Baptist Church, with its sanctuary filled with members’ nativities from around the world.
The Avondale Estates Holiday Tour of Homes is held on December 11, 2011 and runs from 3 to 8. The market opens at noon and closes at 6. The holiday market is held at the Avondale Community Club and features great foods, unique gifts and many fun finds. There are approximately 30 artists booths where visitors can purchase jewelry, pottery, purses, bottle stoppers, soaps, lotions, leather items, jams, jellies, baked goods, pecans, grits bits (something you will only find in the south) and cured meats. The holiday café serves delicious soups and desserts.
I am not much of a designer and my house tends more to the comfortable than to the aesthetically pleasing but I love going on home tours because you get a glimpse into the lives of other people. Hmmm, so maybe I am not the only one who has a shoe condo in their closet.
After visiting the market (or if you prefer you can do the tour and then visit the market or even tour some, shop some and then tour some more) drive to the Avondale Baptist Church to park and catch the trolley for the two-hour tour of seven homes. The trolley will wait for you at each stop. If the trolley does not appeal to you, you have the option of driving your car from house to house. Hopefully it will be sunny and warm on the 11th, but even if it is rainy and dreary the tour is still held, it is a rain or shine event.
Tickets for the tour may be purchased for $12 in advance at Avondale City Hall, Finders Keepers Furniture, REAL Salon and Seventeen Steps or for $15 on the tour day at the Avondale Community Club. Assure your place on a trolley by signing up in advance at various Avondale businesses.