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Friday, April 10, 2015

Bits of Bliss ~ Round Top Texas Edition

Last Thursday the Fashionista and I headed out on a road trip. For over 10 years I have wanted to attend the Round Top Antiques Fair. It is held twice a year in the spring and fall. Round Top itself is a teeny tiny Texas town that just explodes during the fair. This is because Round Top is one of the nations best antique show.

For over 10 miles, on highway 237, vendors set up shop to sell their wares in barns, tents, fields and yes, trees.

The drive took about 4 hours from our home in D/FW. A good portion of the road was a rural 2 lane highway. But the countryside was just beautiful. We saw baby goats, sheep, cows and horses. The trees and fields were a riot of springtime color. I loved the long stretches of bluebonnets the best.

It truly was country goodness at its finest.

We began our first day at the original show which is held at the Big Red Barn. Next, we made our way to Marburger Farm. Oh my was this place a delight!

The next day we went to a few of the fields and to Old Henry Farm. The vendors really know how to create beautiful vignettes designed to entice you to say “I’ll take it all!”

A few tips:

You will want to reserve a room well in advance. Many of the lovely B & B’s in the area are already booked for the next few show dates. But you can always find a room. You might just have to drive a bit. Our hotel was 45 minutes from the fields since I waited until just 2 weeks before. :(

The weather is usually warm to hot. Since it was an all day event for us we made sure to dress in layers of breathable fabric, wore comfortable shoes, packed our hats, sunglasses and liberally applied sunscreen.

It’s also a good idea to pack a few snacks and some water. We supplemented this with a vendor made artisanal pizza with rosemary crust and fresh squeezed lemonade. You can also find plenty of barbeque, sweets, treats and coffee as well.

Be flexible about what treasures might find you verses specific items you are seeking. Stay open to where the day takes you. Remember, “Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

Lastly, your best find might end up being someone, not something.

On the drive home the Fashionista and I both agreed that the best part of our trip was meeting the enchanting kindred spirit Jill Garber.

This delightful lady just exudes talent and kindness.

Ms. Garber has been featured in numerous magazines and it is with good reason. Her couture collection, Le Nouveaurose, includes dresses, jewelry and soft home goods. They are one of a kind works of art. Truly ethereal loveliness at its very finest. 

Belle Epoque Couture antique silk cuff bracelets artisan made by Jill Garber - See our exquisite new collection at the spring Chicago Botanical Garden Antique Faire : April 10-13

Trying to build up her stylist arsenal the Fashionista brought home a glorious choker and bracelet from Le Nouveaurose. She also discovered a piano shawl, fabulous blue velvet jacket, and a tiny china coaster for her room.

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I didn’t leave empty handed either. You saw the chairs I brought home on Wednesday. I also found several other great things to include a couple of headboards which I plan on turning into a daybed for my office.

Now the only question that remains is “Are you going?”



Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Laura, I love Round Top! Have been a couple of times and had the best time ever! So happy you experienced it! Great pictures and great post!

Rita C. said...

Laura, it sure didn't take you long to settle into the TX flea mode, now did it? Sounds like a great time. I always wonder how far away one must park when actually at the fields to have to carry a load (as with your chairs). Did you do your own hauling or use a porter? Springfield (OH) has gotten overwhelmingly large during extravaganza weekends in May and October, and I know, of course, everything's bigger in TX, with Round Top & Marburger being no exceptions. It's hard to imagine the size of it all . I think your comment about keeping an open mind can't be over emphasized. Love Fashionista's piano shawl, btw.

the cape on the corner said...

i would love to attend something like this, but i'd need something specific to look for or i'd get overwhelmed. you both looked so pretty and seemed to enjoy that time together shopping for treasures. enjoy!

Vel Criste said...

It's not only "bits" its "A LOT of bliss"! You and your fashionista look so chic! I love the blue bonnet field too, lovely and all the goodies!

ellen b. said...

I'm putting this on my list. Looks like so much fun! Of course living in Washington State might hinder my efforts to make it there at the right time. :)

Dawna Motz said...

They don't have anything like this in Alberta! Wow! That would be so much fun to experience....looks like you had a great time.

lytrooretreat said...

I only wish. Looks like a wonderful, wandering time. (One of my favorite quotes, by the way.) Thank you for including us in your travels. - Karen

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I would love to go sometime. Sounds like a fabulous trip and you both came home with some amazing treasures.

nonie everythingsewing said...

What a wonderful fun adventure. I do love the chairs you found, they are going to look fantastic when you are done with them. Thank you for taking us along.

freddyandpetunia said...

...I've wanted to go forEVER! My bf and I have to stop delaying, plan it and go!
Thanks for sharing pictures in our absence!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Laura, wow how fun to go to antiques fair with your daughter and do some shopping! Hope you have a wonderful day and weekend.
Julie xo

Linda said...

Oh wow!!!! I spy lots of ways to spend money there. I would love going to this!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

On my Bucket list!!

Katie Mansfield said...

I've been. I met Magnolia Pearl when I was there. I didn't leave empty handed and enjoyed it but haven't been back again. I'm sure it has grown since I was there. Have you been to Canton yet? You will have to try that next.

Vicki said...

I've wanted to go there for years and one of these days I will!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I am so jealous! I've always wanted to glad you got to go this year! It looks just as amazing as I had heard it was. Being here in Chicagoland I guess the odds of me getting there are probably slim to none. I'll just have to live vicariously through you!

Sarah said...

I'm a fan and rarely miss a show fall or spring. Glad you two had a great time.

Auntie Em said...

Now that would be a wonderful trip and the memories shared between the two of you makes it even more special. All mothers and daughters should share a road trip. :)