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We have been wanting to attend this show for years and could never work it out either because of our workload or because both shows, Spring and Fall, are right before High Point Market. That is one of the reasons we are not in High Point right now. We made the decision, and with the help of design friend Sarah Eilers, that now was the time to go.
What is this show? A show where you can find antiques, furniture, rugs, artwork, mirrors, clothing, jewelry, boots, one of a kind pieces and so much more. Round Top is located in between Austin and Houston, Texas and started in 1968. The population of this area is 90, but in the Spring and Fall about 200,000 descend upon the area. It spans over a twenty mile stretch. Fly into Austin or Houston and rent a car.
3. HOW TO NAVIGATE
A. Go with a seasoned professional – Lucas Eilers Design – Sarah Eilers – Houston Interior Designer
i. Sarah was the ultimate hostess, picking us up at the airport, taking us to some of her favorite shops in Houston and then to tour her amazing office in the Houston Design Center. We left the next day to head to Round Top – about a 1-1/2 hour drive.
ii. Stay in a reputable place – Sarah found an amazing rental just a few miles from all the action – There’s a crazy story about this place.
iii. Map out the shows you want to go to – (some open later than others) Sarah did this all for us J
iv. Save the air conditioned places for the afternoon
v. Know where the best bathrooms are
vi. Dress comfortably and bring sunscreen. It is HOT!!!!
vii. Bring cash – not all dealers take credit cards and you have better options to haggle
viii. Take a break and have a nice lunch – Lulu’s
B. THE SHOWS
i. Marburger Farm – our favorite – can spend a whole day here
1. Entrance Fee
2. 350 Dealers
3. Big field – All outdoor tents
ii. Big Red Barn
1. Quality Antiques
2. 30,000 square feet – air conditioned
3. Estate jewelry, silver
iii. Blue Hills
1. First top along Highway 237
2. 26 acres
3. Antiques, textiles and outdoor furniture
4. Great BBQ lunch at the picnic tables
iv. The Compound – 5 Barns
1. Beautiful European antiques
2. 40,000 square feet
v. Market Hill
1. Large indoor venue
2. Art, rugs, décor, furniture
3. Air-conditioned restrooms
vi. The Arbors – a favorite
2. Textiles and linens
5. Handcrafted Jewelry
C. SOME FAVORITE VENDORS
i. Pascal Home (shows at Scott Antique Market) – beautiful tables, beds, seating and lighting
ii. Southern Classic Jewelry (shows at Scott Antique Market and Americasmart) – Joann purchased the nurse buckle
iii. The Crooked Antler – great clothes, accessories, and jewelry
iv. Kim Hoegger Home – design colleague selling furniture, linens, pillows, accessories
v. Outpost Original – horns boxes, ostrich eggs, shell necklaces, quills, etc.
vi. Stephanie Wheeler – fine artist – colorful abstracts
vii. Paul Michael Company – large store selling several vendors
viii. Haute Horns – bedazzled horns!
ix. Southern Beasts – vintage fabric covered sculptures – mostly animals – unique one of a kind
x. Jackies Folk Art – Interesting and unique framed art
D. PANEL DISCUSSION SPONSORED BY TRADITIONAL HOME – MODERATED BY KRISSA ROSSBUND, SENIOR STYLE EDITOR
i. Suzanne Kasler
ii. Martyn Lawrence Bullard
iii. Robert Passal
iv. Mary McDonald
Each panelist chose their favorite piece from the show, had it on the stage and discussed why they chose it.
E. HOW TO BRING YOUR LARGE PURCHASES HOME
i. Bring your own U-Haul or Trailer
ii. There are several companies that will transport your purchases – a reputable (but somewhat expensive) one is Distinguished Transport. You can bring them your receipts and they will pick up each item from each the vendor and bring them back to your home. First item to Atlanta was $600 and then $100 for every item thereafter. It would be a good idea to share purchases with friends or only use this service if you plan on bringing back a lot of items.