My name is Camey Maldonado and I am the owner of the Ruffles and Rust Expo. At first Ruffles and Rust may seem like an oxymoron, but to me it’s a representation of everything my small dream, turned into a multi-city exposition, has to offer.
My husband and I began this crazy journey back in 2013 and are still going strong today! This is a year-round job for us and has been full of ups and downs, but we LOVE what we do!
At an average show you will find around 150 booths with vendors selling boutique clothing & jewelry items, home decor, handmade items, gourmet food and vintage items.
Each show is sure to have something that is unique and one of a kind. It’s an upscale boutique show with a small town feel. The Ruffles and Rust Expo has quickly become a shopper’s favorite. With more than 40,000 square feet of shopping at our Texas shows to a festival type show with indoor and outdoor booths at our Ohio locations.
The Ruffles and Rust Expo started because of a love I had for decorating. I started many years ago buying old chairs and repainting them and selling them on Craigslist. As I started doing more and more, I rented a booth and started selling furniture and other items out of there. My booth became very popular, so I decided to go one step further and open a store on Sixth Street, which is our historical Rt. 66 in Texas. The street has many vendor malls featuring a variety of vendors and I loved the concept but didn’t want to be confined to one building.
So I thought why not create a traveling boutique show. The idea of creating my own show and featuring the stores I love and the many talented people I know was a dream come true! I am still very excited about the fact that I can introduce to others the many hidden treasures I have found when traveling to other cities and states. I love the funky, sparkly things. My husband loves the old, rusty things. Hence, the name Ruffles and Rust Expo.
This once small, one-booth vendor-turned-boutique empire is now found in 4 states. Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Ohio,