Today is Day 13 of a 31 day series on creating and cultivating an eclectic home. For some crazy reason, I have accepted The Nester’s challenge to write on the same theme every day for the month of October. This may end up killing me. Or you. But, I appreciate you reading and welcome your comments.
A few weekends ago, I took a road trip to the Round Top, Texas area to shop the twice yearly antique market. Although Round Top only has 90 residents, thousands of shoppers and antique vendors descend upon the small town each spring and fall. Quite literally, there are tents set up in the middle of pastures spread out over three little towns (Round Top, Warrenton and Carmine), and vendors ship in wares from all over the world. It is truly something to experience if you ever get the chance to attend.
The first time that I attended, I was so taken by the excitement of it all that I forgot to take any pictures to share with you guys. I had my wits about me this year, and I captured some of my favorite items. The vendors in Warrenton, Texas had the best selection of items at the best prices. It is an eclectic shoppers paradise!
One of the first things we ran across were these great spheres of curly wood. My friend bought one to make a light fixture over her breakfast room table. As you can imagine, her project came out beautifully!
Need a chandelier? Warrenton was the place to find them! There were some real beauties that day.
This loveseat was obviously a reproduction (you have to be careful if you are really shopping for antiques!), but I thought it was a fun twist on a fairly traditional piece.
These rococo style chairs were fabulous!
Just about every vendor had a great selection of old trunks.
The merchandising within each tent was a lesson in eclectic style.
I thought this was a creative repurposing of an old arm chair. It’s been crafted into a new porch swing.
Letters, letters everywhere.
I’m not sure what I would have done with them, but these pieces of rock were just beautiful. The color was such a brilliant turquoise. This vendor had some that were polished, and they really made a statement.
This was a creative way to display two of my favorite things – a chandelier and a birdcage! I’ve seen birdcage chandeliers before, but the birdcages are usually much more decorative. I really like the look of this one.
There were certainly some freaky things, too. I felt like I was on an episode of Oddities at times.
Freaky stuff aside, there’s an overwhelming amount of goodies and deals to be had at the Round Top Antique Market. I ended up bringing home two really amazing items, which I’ll show off to you soon. For the larger spring show in 2012, I’m going to join a group of gals in taking an RV out there and staying a few days instead of just doing a one-day road trip. It is going to be amazing, and I can hardly wait!
Do you have an antique show in your area? I know they have them (on a smaller scale than spread out over 3 towns!) all over the country. I’d love to hear about shows you’ve been to and what types of items you found.