Warrenton a la mode

29 Sep

*I found this post in my drafts folder. I started writing it after the spring 2011 antiques week shows, but never got around to posting it. I’m not finishing it, but thought you might find it amusing, as is. I know I did. It brought back all kinds of good memories! Hope to see you at prom tonight! My apologies for posting sans photos. I promise you’ll see photos from the current show soon.*

Tips you can use for your next trip to Warrenton/Round Top, Texas!

1. I highly recommend finding an old friend you haven’t spoken to in 25 years who just happens to live close to Warrenton. Don’t be afraid to beg said friend for Deluxe Accommodations. Be a neat and quiet houseguest so that said friend will take you in once again when his swimming pool is complete. {But check in regularly with your junking friends so they don’t fret that said friend has become a serial killer during the past quarter century and chopped you to bits, when all the while you were simply enjoying an adult beverage followed by a perfect night’s rest in your temperature-controlled Deluxe Accommodations.}

2. DO eat at Happy Belly if you get the chance. Great people. Mighty good food. Have the meatloaf sandwich and see if YOU can guess the secret ingredient like I did.

3. DO buy plenty of Jill Suzanne candles because once you are home, you WILL become addicted. {Luckily she has a website!} Hey, maybe she and Happy Belly share the same addictive secret ingredient!

4. DO NOT skip Marburger Farm. During your visit there, if you’re lucky you’ll have a friend who had a birthday bash the night before and is offering up leftover cupcakes. {Decline politely since you had TWO the night before and opt for the salad with honey mustard instead.}

5. DO accept any and all social invitations, even if they require you to wear white, which means you have to change clothes in a bathroom stall at Cole’s so you’ll meet dress code.

6. DO watch for celebrities like Tori Spelling, but be willing to throw an elbow if need be. {I have faith you can take her down.}

7. DO stay out late for the Junk Gypsy prom. You’ll meet pirates. And men with boobs made out of globes. It’s scary and magical all at the same time. But, sadly, you WON’T win the cowboy boots giveaway.

8. Remember that the Port-O-Let is your friend — because you’ll be buying that $5 free refill (for the entire show!) tea from Royer’s. OR…plan your restroom breaks so they coincide with a trip to Cole’s (real toilets) or the Hillcrest Inn for breakfast/lunch/dinner {their bathrooms offer you the time-saving advantage of taking care of business WHILE you wash your hands. Amazing.}

9. Take a rolly cart. And remember to get it out of your car. It may be annoying, but it is a necessity for the hardcore junker. And when someone walks away with your cart, don’t worry. Simply follow him and say loudly, but politely, “Sir, Sir!” until he turns around and notices you. Then say, “I think you may have my cart.” He’ll apologize profusely, return your cart to you, then go fetch the one he left behind, which is shaped like yours but is a completely different color.

10. Have an adult beverage at Royer’s in Zapp Hall field, where you’ll be able to engage in some prime people watching. Don’t be alarmed by the group of women wearing matching tees and bunny ears. Nor should you fret about their purchase of the massive Corona bottle. Just pray, for their sake, that there is a beach house involved.

11. Engage in LOADS of conversation. Even if you think you’re bothering vendors, remember: It’s all. about. YOU!

12. Beware of the man wearing American Indian garb. He’s looking to make some bucks off your photo op with him. And he always seems to be right beside you. SKIP!

13. Buy at least one cool piece of clothing for yourself. That Salvage Slut tee is calling your name and would look perfect layered under a red.neck chic creation and topped with some mighty fine salvaged jewelry from any number of trendy sellers. So, yeah… buy some jewelry, too. And maybe a handbag or three.

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4 Responses to “Warrenton a la mode”

  1. Janie Conley September 29, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Oh, Kristi, this was such an enjoyable read. You have nailed the Round Top experience on the head. Next spring you will be able to include my Prairie Picnic (just remember – I had it before RA did).

  2. Lisa Johnson September 29, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    This post had me cracking up and wishing I could go to Warrenton. It’s definitely on my bucket list. Need to start organizing and saving for a trip next year. Meet me there?
    Hugs,
    Lisa

  3. Lisa Phillippi September 30, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    LOVE IT!

  4. Jeb October 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    We just got back and had a blast! It looks like you picked up some goodies too. Mine are here – http://www.junkytrinkets.com

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