Saturday, October 8, 2011


Continuing on our 3000-mile, 10-day road trip, we headed to our main destination of the semi-annual Antique Week in Round Top, Texas. We arrived on Monday afternoon and started to scout out our plans for Tuesday. We discovered several tents along the highway that were set up and ready with great merchandise for customers.
Our plans for Tuesday were to spend the whole day at Marburger Farm, which has 9 tents, 12 buildings with 350+ antique dealers on 43 acres.
Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of Marburger and I took it on Wednesday. Let's just say: one car locked-box malfunction PLUS big bucks to retrieve camera from said malfunction EQUALS one unhappy shopper/blogger/Honda owner!! All that didn't dampen our resolve to see as much as we could in the 104 degree heat. We had been to Marburger in 2006, but it has really grown into everything imaginable that could be considered vintage/antique. Thank goodness they had golf-cart shuttles, friendly people, lots of fans blowing, and huge glasses of ice available. We are at the point in our lives after collecting antiques for over 50 years that we don't need a thing, so we didn't intend to purchase much - just enjoy looking and checking out trends. But, what did we buy at Marburger? You know I can't resist brown transferware, so my treat from Marburger was this terrine. I bought it from some friendly gals from Pennsylvania who were suffering from the heat and willing to bargain.
Bob is a sucker for hand-made tool boxes with interesting details and purchased this one.
It has lots of fun cubby-holes and original paint.
On Wednesday, we were meeting an old antiquing/quilting friend (Hi Tam!) from Beaumont, Texas at the Big Red Barn venue. It covers 30,000 sq. ft. in the barn, plus 2 tents and an off-site venue at the Carmine Dance Hall.
I loved this place, not only because it was air-conditioned, but it is loaded with Americana/primitive/really nice stuff.
I was happy to see that natural, wood patina is alive and well. Not everything is being painted.
We were in Texas, after all, so there were great western things.

My purchase on Wednesday was at the Carmine Dance Hall - a brown transferware chamber pot. I know it is A CHAMBER POT, but just look at all of that transferware lusciousness!

We finished the afternoon checking out other venues along the highway.
There are thousands and thousands (I'm sure?) of vendors.
Everything you could ever want, plus inspiration and bargains galore!!
On my next post, we'll leave Texas and head to Kansas City and a visit to the famous Nell Hill's store.
This week I'm joining the following parties. Please check them out - you won't be disappointed.
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday


Marilyn said...

Shopping in 104 degree heat?! Today I'm ready to turn up the thermostat as it is only 40 outside, wet, and windy! Looks like a lot of fun, though.♥♫

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sally...

Ohhh...what GRAND fun ya'll had! I'm sooo envious, my friend! Hehe! That was quite the trip that you made...a 3000 mile journey! I have always wanted to go to Round Top but never made it. I love your new pieces of brown transferware...sooo pretty! You know, my sister and her husband live real close to Bandera. I didn't realize that you had family down there...or maybe I did and just forgot.

Bet you are happy to be least we are cooler here! Hehe! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us...that was awesome! Sorry to hear about your locked car fiasco...eeeks! We are doing just fine. That cool front blew into our area last night. Sheeesh...we have had wind like you wouldn't believe. It sure cooled things off though. Hope that my note is finding you well, sweet lady!

Love ya,

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Round Top is always a lot of fun, but 104? that's really HOT!!


Ann from On Sutton Place said...

What a fantastic trip. Can't imagine it. Your chamber pot is lovely. :o)

Anonymous said...

Oh my Sally I cannot believe it was still so hot down there! I just can't do heat anymore.

Looks like you found some pretty finds! I am sure you and Bob had a great time traveling and seeing friends and family- always fun!

Both our boys are here with us this week! They have been so busy- you wouldn't know the house- they took all the awnings and the front metal porch thing down and are power washing all the old pink peeling paint. Of course the weather has turned so we will see where it goes from here!

bee blessed

Sue said...

Sure do like the brown/white transferware tureen and the chamber pot, Sally! How fun to have taken this trip and been able to go to Marburger. Look forward to Nell Hllls post. It's great to go on an adventure w/you. :-) Sue

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh I'm sorry it started off with a locked car and no camera. What fun you must have had I would have been so over whelmed. Mr. P would not have been able to take the heat.. Love, love love the beautiful tureen! It is one gorgeous piece. I've never seen a transferware chamber pot.. what a treasure.. and the tool chest will be fun to use. Looking forward to the next post.. hugs ~lynne~

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Looks like you had so much fun! Wish it was me! I have a chamber pot just like your new one, but in blue! (Wish it was brown! haha!) Great minds. . .

Antiques And Teacups said...

Saw your post on Cabin & Cottage and had to come visit your chamber pot as well. I wondered if anyone else would mention what it was...LOL! Love yours too!

Honey at 2805 said...

Your pictures are great!
You really caught the big picture of just how big this show is.

I really did take that many. The wind was blow so much dirt around & I decided to protect my camera more and didn't take it out much.

lvroftiques said...

Sally that looks like a blast to me! 104 degree heat and all! Love what you did take home and I'm glad that someone is leaving the furniture unpainted. Way to many beautiful old pieces are being ruined for a trend *sighs* Vanna

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Sally!
Looks like a great place to shop.
I would have loved to sort through the brown transferware and the equestrian booth you showed!

Curtains In My Tree said...

girl I am lovin all that brown & white transferware even the POT LOL

my next dream is to make it to this show in TEXAS