Saturday, April 14, 2012

Round Top, Texas

How is your weekend going?  Mine started out fine, but as this Saturday has worn on, it's getting a little
umm...character building ;)  My oldest son had a birthday party to attend that I was able to convince his Daddy to take him too, thinking it would enable me to take a little break while our younger kids took a nap...HA!  That madness started at 1:00 and it is now after 3 with both kids STILL getting up every 5 minutes;  'I hafta go potty again', and 'Is it time to get up yet?' are popular with 'Sleeping takes sooo long!' being the latest. :} Meanwhile my hubbie has been texting me pics from the serene pool party (kids are behind glass walls) he accompanied our oldest to.  Not exactly the vision I had when I made this arrangement :p

As I wait for my little monkeys to go to sleep, I decided I would revisit pics from the Round Top show that occurred last week here in central Texas. Find your happy place....

It's really odd but when you google info for 'Round Top Antique Festival' or any search terms like it, you don't get much.  There aren't many good current images or info other than the shows website itself which frankly, and I am all about frankness today-blows.  So I thought some might find it useful and insightful to see first hand what it looked like at the Spring show (it goes on twice a year).

I will say that the only great deals we found, were a little further down the road at the Warrenton part of it, Coles Antique Market being the best.  Within Round Top the main attraction is always Marburger Farms and that was just flat out ridiculous in its pricing.  If you are shopping for yourself, than by all means pay the $10 in parking and extra admission fees to attend, because it is gorgeous!  You will probably even spot a celebrity. The displays, inspirations and if you can afford it, the pieces are worth your time.  But for resale and bargain hunting-just stick to the Warrenton end of it.  Most of the pics below are of the Marburger Farms because it really is so spectacular to look at.  It's hard to take pics of what were the actual buying tents in Warrenton since it's kinda like a needle in a haystack when you are finding those deals - it doesn't make for as pretty a picture!

See what I mean?  This is Marburger.

The Marburger Farms portion is under actual structural buildings, and barns whereas the rest of show is under portable white tents.
I apologize that I didn't take many of the Warrenton side of the show.  That is where the true buying begins so we weren't thinking to take pics.  But it is miles of white tents filled with treasures, you just have to hunt a little as they are not as 'artfully displayed' and obvious as at the Marburger Show.  At Warrenton we saw rustic, architectural pieces such as doors, tons of iron beds, old table legs, statuaries, lots of linens, collectibles and the like.  Think 'Picker Sisters' at a junkyard:)  But it's still a stretch to find things at good prices for resale purposes.  Here are the VERY few pics I got while we were there;

There are restaurants, saloons and beer gardens sprinkled throughout which was nice in 85 degree temps!
Rustic beauties
There were many huge doors, birdcages, window panes, salvage pieces, etc.  Very 'Restoration Hardware'.
Lamps made out of  all kinds of artifacts, corbels, etc.
Some pretty eccentric prints and upholstery pieces here and there too.
I know, my pics don't say much and I'm kicking myself for not taking the time to better document the deals because Warrenton is truly the resale persons better time spent-but hopefully you get a little idea of the difference. :)  I'm really looking forward to going again in the fall, if only for the beautiful displays and fun of it!

1 comment:

  1. Happy to see you're getting out an about down there. It looks like a fantastic show. Look forward to seeing more!...Coreen