Archive | April, 2012

The rest of the Warrenton/Round Top story

17 Apr
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Legs! One of the most photographed spots in Warrenton...right outside of Cole's. These body parts belong to Meloney and Brian of Seed Box Antiques.

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When staying at my Deluxe Accommodations in Brenham, I always stop at this small show on my way back to the fields. I don't know what it's called, but it's close to Burton. This year I bought some galvanized stuff from them.

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In Round Top...

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In Round Top, next to Royer's!!

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I've SEEN this photo everywhere, too... Warrenton...

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Junk Gypsy tent...

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Pardon the blur, but see if you can spot what's wrong in this picture (besides the blur). Taken at the Fayetteville show, where dealers are open late every night.

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On the road, literally, leaving the little cabin in the woods, outside of LaGrange. I found it a bit unsettling the way the look you straight in the eye!!

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Sweet Talk/Rubbish, Janet's brain child! At Marburger Farm. When you visit her booth, make sure you ask her to find a very specific word. She has THOUSANDS of flashcards. Also suggest that she lower her prices. She'll be your new best friend.

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More Rubbish...

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More Rubbish...Not only is Janet the flashcard queen, she also has cornered the butter pat market.

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More Rubbish...

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Rubbish again...

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Willow Nest at Marburger Farm

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The low-color beauty of Willow Nest once again...

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Willow Nest again. Linda spent some time in France recently and brought back all kinds of treasures...

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Willow Nest...

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Willow Nest

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Willow Nest...I love these fountains.

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Willow Nest...Yes! It's for sale!!

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Quite possibly my favorite thing: Conveyor belt. At Marburger in Fluff's space...If you haven't met Stephanie, you need to!

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French Fluff...I did bring a few of these home with me.

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Fluff...Beautiful bed!

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Fluff...I adore this lamp...

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Fluff

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More Round Top scenery...

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Snapped this while stopped in traffic on the highway!

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Janet of Sweet Talk/Rubbish had these gloves on the wall outside MFHLR (that's the OFFICIAL name of her location)...

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Part of my haul...

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Mom's meatloaf from Happy Belly: I like to bookend my trip with Happy Belly...a perfect way to start a junking adventure, and a sweet ending to a great week, too.

The goods. The scenery.

When you mix it all together with the food and the people and the events, you get the entire Antiques Week picture.

It’s all happening. Twice a year. In sprawling Texas cow pastures. See you there in the fall?

Antiques week obsession

15 Apr

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I could easily become a stalker of Love Train Antiques. They are from Atlanta and sell at the Blue Hills show, just outside of Round Top. I’m in love with their wares, with their southern charm, with the cute kids running amok through their tent. They are what draws me to the Blue Hills show. I can’t afford or haul any of their massive European pieces, so I load up on smalls. I don’t even know if they intend to sell the smalls in their tent because they don’t have sacks! Still, I love them so. AND…bonus…this year at Blue Hills,  I met the Methodist men. And their BBQ. I might have to add them to my list of antiques week must-eats.

The gatherings

11 Apr
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Carol Hicks Bolton takes the throne at Royer's for an intimate conversation

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Dallas Market Center gifted bloggers with a sweet hanky and XOXOs

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Bloggers Charlene and Cindy enjoy some face time with Carol

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Royer's is a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy

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Blogger luncheon swag bags!

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Blogger luncheon name tags

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Royer's Cafe

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Blog Party queen...Theresa Cano, in her crown made by artist Karla Nathan

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Author Lisa Love Harris being all authory and stuff

As if shopping the fields isn’t enough to keep you busy during antiques week in Warrenton/Round Top, there are get-togethers too!

I was able to attend three beautiful events during this show. Two were blogger events. The third was an evening soiree hosted by the rodeo queens of West Texas.

I met the rodeo queens at their antiques show in Colorado City, Texas, a couple of years ago. They took their show on the road recently to Waxahachie, Texas. Needless to say, the prairie picnic they hosted in Warrenton was just as lovely as their shows. From the nametags to the cheese selection to the caramel apple dip to the picturesque location, their attention to detail sparkled.The bad news: No photos. I took none. Are you bummed?! Of course you are. So visit their Facebook page for a look-see.

Theresa Cano‘s blog parties are epic. This show’s partay was no exception. Lots of giggling and photo snapping. Mouths burning from hot guacamole. Ears burning from gossip. This show Lisa Love Harris was Theresa’s special guest. Lisa just published her first novel, a mystery set in the junking world. I know how it ends, but I won’t spoil it for you. You’ll just have to read it yourself.

Another blogger event was held at Royer’s Cafe in Round Top. Please tell me you’ve been there. Bud Royer’s pie is Kind of a Big Deal. And so is he. This show he teamed up with designer and style icon Carol Hicks Bolton and Dallas Market Center to present a luncheon benefitting Dallas-based non-profit Dwell With Dignity. The food was amazing, as always. But the intimate interview with Carol had me close to tears. She talked a lot about her kids. She talked about her new shop in Fredericksburg and how it came about. But the conversation kept coming back to the importance of integrity. She stressed to the room full of bloggers that at the end of the day, you are not your blog — words of wisdom that needed to be heard by more than a single pair of ears — you are so much more. Your blog, the furniture you buy or sale or use to decorate is all well and good, but it shouldn’t be the focal point of your life. Amen. Carol is a trendsetter whose style has inspired so many people. But more importantly, she’s a beautiful human being. And that roomful of bloggers at Royer’s?  We are better people for having spent time with such an amazing woman.

If you aren’t familiar with Dwell with Dignity, I encourage you to check them out.

And, if you go to market in Dallas, be sure to visit the vintage market in the cash and carry area. Some of your favorite dealers will be there. I love going to market and finding vintage goods. Makes me feel more at home. Bud will be there too. With his pies! Who can resist that temptation?!

Faces in the fields

9 Apr
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A tribute to Cat Daddy, who had to go back to Dallas for part of the show. We were trying to do his famous pose.

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That's Theresa Cano (Garden Antiques) on the right and Kim Leggett (City Farmhouse) in the middle. Help me out with the person on the left... Oh! And that's Lisa (Adornments by Lisa) in the background.

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The queen of flashcards ... Janet of Sweet Talk/Rubbish ...Dressed in one of her signature Mexican dresses!!

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Zapp Hall's Debbie (Talking Trash) and Robelyn (Redneck Chic), doin' the Cat Daddy pose.

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Kim and Debbie and...Calvin? Is that right? Or am I only thinking Calvin because of the white undershirt?!

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Say what you will...this is a fun group o' women!

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Sandy, Charlene and Lisa...Sandy came all the way from California!

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TOT and Sweet T (from Timeworn Interiors & Garden Antiques)

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Sisters Treasures (Betsy and Elaine)...this was there first time selling in Warrenton, Dillard's field. They also sell at Trade Days in Fredericksburg.

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Pacific Northwesterners ... Lisa (Garden Cat) and Pam (One Gal's Trash and Plucky Maidens Junk Fest)

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Shelley (Sweet Pea Home) and Christie, who has an excellent name (!) that I may have misspelled. She refuses to blog but sells in Sommerfield (which, again, I may have misspelled) in Warrenton.

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Debbie...striking a pose with the hawt guacamole.

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Lisa (Pix Up Stix)...some people were just born to be queen.

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My homie Amy (Amy Boland photography) and Diane (Blends of Georgetown)

I MAY have mentioned in my last post that it’s the people that keep me coming back to antiques week. The photos above capture just a handful of the characters you might encounter while hunting for junk. Some are dealers. Others are perennial shoppers like myself.  If you’re a blogger, there are events held just so you can mix it up with your comrades. But that’s another post for another day.

Hope these photos won’t scare you away. I hope they make you want to hop in the car, catch a plane or even thumb a ride to the next show — where all these faces will be around to greet you!

My happy place

7 Apr
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That's my friend Cindy and some random man. I wanted a picture of his "Happy Place" sign, but he said it was heavy so I snapped the picture quickly, cutting off the word "place." (Beware of Cindy. She will steal your cell phone and offer a pink pen in its place.)

Truth be told, there are many places that fall into “happy place” territory for me. I love the beauty of an old church sanctuary, the majesty and stillness of the mountains. And right now? My son is strumming his guitar loudly, which makes my heart sing.

And last week? I was at my happiest once again, chasing down good junk in the dusty cow pastures of Warrenton and Round Top. I spent a record eight days in the fields during this show, which I realize is more than a week so don’t go criticizing my math skills.

I was sweaty. My hair was HUGE and frizzy from the humidity. My ankles were swollen and are still covered in mosquito bites. I got very little sleep. Still? I was (and am) happy. It’s a kind of junking high, I guess. I know I’ll eventually come down, but I’m trying to take advantage of it while I can. My car is almost entirely empty already. And my space at the shop is getting full!

But the best part of antiques week isn’t the vast collection of goods. Yeah, there’s always great junk. But it’s the collection of personalities that keeps me coming back for more. Even when the temps soar past 100. Even when it’s rainy. Even when it’s so windy the sand whips at your legs like you’re on the beach.

I adore and admire so many of the dealers that sell in those cow pastures. And I’m amazed that they return show after show. With smiles on their faces. I wear out my welcome bending their ears and sitting in their chairs and stealing the breezes from their fans. And still they smile. They generously offer gum and beds and discounts and gifts. They don’t have to do it. It’s just the kind of people they are. And I love them for it. And I’m so fortunate to know each and every one of them.

Then there are the other junkers. I get a lot accomplished walking the fields alone, but I love the company of fellow junkers. Of like minds. Of shared experiences. We talk a little shop. Dream big. Laugh loudly. And eat well.

And after hours? More talk. More laughs. More mosquito bites.

That’s antiques week…the junk, the people, the food, the gatherings. Always something new to see. Always someone new to meet.

To my friends, both old and brand new, I’m already looking forward to seeing you again in six short months in the fields of dreams. My happy place is your happy place. Am I right?