We were fortunate to be invited to attend the 50th anniversary of the Round Top Antique Fair last weekend with friends. I was new to this Texas delight and appreciated the opportunity to experience my first United States Antique Fair. As we have spent most of our time in Texas staying away from public events, I was happy to find out this was a place I could experience. We masked up, packed a picnic, and headed out for a day trip.
It was luck that made it the 50th year of the Fair. I do not know if that made it larger, but they surrounded the roads with tent after tent after metal sheds filled with antiques. The population of Round Top might be 90 the rest of the year, (according to the 2010 census), but there were more tents than the normal population. It is fast. Extending along between the towns of Burton, Carmine, Blue Hills, and Round Top. As we were newbies, we stuck with Round Top.
Our first stop was at Junk Gypsy. It was a splash of antiques coated in feminine joy. Fun, cheeky, with the obligatory antiques it was a fun stop. As a second reason to check them out, there was a large sitting area outside and a stage along with a wine tasting. It was a shocking start for me:) There was so much to look at; it was overwhelming. Next time I will start with a wine tasting first and then make my way inside. My favourite piece was a beautiful teacup with the script in the bottom beautifully stating, “You have been poisoned.” I loved it and wanted to buy it as a gift for our kid, but I just can’t justify to myself a new handwash teacup. Oh well, next time.
During our antiquing, we stopped in town for lunch. Honestly, one of my highlights. Their pies were delicious! Best of all they had savoury and sweet pies, so I could have a veggie pie for lunch before I enjoyed a piece of apple pie. They also had a pie stand outside to purchase full pies. I took their Blueberry Lemon Pie home for Easter. Win-win. I brought a picnic for lunch, but I ended up eating it for dinner.
The second and final antiquing stop was at Marburger Farm Antique Show. The place was so big there were golf cart drivers helping people around the site. Wow. Highlights…there was so much we did not make it all the way through. I slowed down at vendors whose items I was interested in and sped through those I wasn’t. Let me share some highlights below:
So many vendors had old typewriters for sale. There was a shocking amount, and I assume most were sold by the end of the fair. They were in every condition and price point. I took pictures of many as I, like many writers, romanticize writing on one. But then I hate rewriting anything, so I would spend as much time complaining as writing. So instead, I will take pictures of typewriters and walk away:)
They wasted nothing. The clock doesn’t work and is too expensive to fix? No problem! They broke the clocks down into pieces and sold them individually. The steampunk lover in me wanted to buy many of the pieces. So many shiny things. I wonder if I could rebuild the clocks like 3D puzzles.
An assortment of recipe books, postcards, and books. When I lived in the Netherlands, old postcards were for sale at many used bookstores. I loved reading through them and purchasing those with unique pictures and stories. I always intended to write short stories based on them and using the postcard as the cover. Someday…
The carved wooden mushrooms just brought me joy. I don’t know why, but my husband laughed at me as I took pictures and made him check out how cute they were.
It was a great day. We stopped by the Paul Michael Company warehouse before we drove home. It too was full of wonderful, interesting items, but my brain was mush as this was the most stimulation my eyes had in a long time. At the end of the day, I came home with a pie. It was all that I wanted. The experience of attending Round Top was fantastic, and I loved seeing what was popular. Who knew carpets and dough bowls were must-buys?
I will leave you with some more pictures of shiny things. I hope you have explored somewhere new. Sometimes that is all we need to fill our creative wells.
If you fancy a look at shiny things, you can see videos and pictures of the Antique Show here.