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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to this years shows. I wish something could be done about the traffic problems. I loved coming these past few years, but just getting from one venue to the next since they are so spread apart with vast numbers of vehicles. I realize folks are buying large items but not all of us.
From the craft shows in town at the court house, to the string of venues along the highway. A real gauntlet.
Robbie from Latium

March 9, 2008 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just don't think i am going to be able to make it this year - the price of gas and it seems like everything is going up in price - sure hate it, but maybe next spring - going to miss everyone.

March 14, 2008 2:44 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Being connected is important for a lot of people these days, and it keeps getting easier in the show area every season. Don’t miss these wireless “hot spots” (in more ways than one) if you need to stay on-line:
Zapp Hall Beer Garden. Located next to the dance hall, behind Warrenton Grocery. Great place to unwind with a sit-down dinner of comfort food, or just a big slice of fresh pie, from Royers Cafe. Beer, wine and a great selection of champagne from the Bubble Lounge. Plus live music and dancing under the stars nightly.
Round Top:
Chef Pasquale’s Steak & Seafood restaurant. Located in the Village Green, just two blocks South of the Round Top Square. Their big, tree shaded deck is an ideal place to enjoy some exquisite cuisine or a chilled beverege while catching up on business back home. They also have an indoor, air conditioned dining room.
Coffee Connection. Also located at Village Green, they offer a wide selection of specialty coffees, baked goods and homemade soups & grilled sandwiches. Indoor & outdoor seating, plus a drive-up window if you don’t feel like leaving the car. Open daily during the shows.
Marburger Farm Dealers Lounge. The new dealers lounge at Marburger, located in the new building directly behind Marburger Cafe, is also now a hot spot. Dealers are invited to sit at the outdoor tables or indoors to catch up on their computer work, or just to take a break from the booth.
Round Top Family Library. 206 W. Mill St., just a few blocks East of the Square. While not a hot spot, they do have a small bank of internet connected computers. Donations are welcome, but not mandatory. Open 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

May 22, 2008 12:59 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Nestled between tall shade trees, the old Carmine Dance Hall affords shoppers a chance to wander amongst a wondrous selection of antiques. From small showcased items and Texas furniture to vintage wire ware and beautiful linens, renowned, high quality antiques dealers travel from near and far with a wide variety of antiques and collectibles that tempt collectors.
Part of the Original Round Top Antiques Fair, run by Susan and Bo Franks, the Carmine Dance Hall has some changes in store for shoppers.
“We’ve added a shuttle service between the Dance Hall and the Big Red Barn,” said owner Susan Franks. “This will make it so much easier for people to get back and forth between the two show sites. We’ll do the driving for them so they don’t have to worry about traffic or finding a place to park.” The free shuttle picks people up and drops them off at the front entrance of both locations.
Like the Red Barn, the vintage Carmine Dance Hall is air conditioned. It is a delightful setting to shop, with wooden floors and a cozy, country atmosphere. Stop by the kitchen to enjoy a refreshing repast of award winning barbecue, also new this season.
Admission is $10, which is good at the Hall and the Red Barn, and valid for all four days of the show. Parking, like the shuttle service, is free.
Whatever your collecting passion, one thing is certain, at the Carmine Dance Hall you will find a friendly and knowledgeable group of dealers to assist you. With approximately 300 vendors spread across the two venues, The Original Round Top Antiques Fair has offered an outstanding antiques shopping experience for 40 years. Many considered it to be one of the best in Texas. Do not miss the chance to add this hidden treasure to your list of places to shop during the shows.

May 22, 2008 1:07 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Don’t get caught up in the traffic and parking snarls around Round Top Square, take the shuttle! There is a large parking area at the old 1866 stone Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top, located behind Pasquale’s restaurant, just a few blocks from the Square. A shuttle leaves from here and takes visitors and their treasures back and forth to Bybee and Round Top Squares.
If you don’t feel like waiting for the shuttle, the walk into town is a short one, and there are many interesting places to see on the way.
The Village Green is home to the Coffee Connection coffee shop, Pasquale’s Steak & Seafood restaurant, and during the show also boasts a handful of dealers who specialize in everything from fine art to antique china.
Located on the same street as the church. Rusty Bike has a superb offering of primitives, cottage and country accessories, and original art
Tents are set up near Klump’s restaurant for dealers in hand created items for the home, and to wear. Round Top Square is located across the highway from the restaurant. The new historic Bybee Square, which is home to numerous businesses, is adjacent to the town square, off Mill Street.

May 22, 2008 1:09 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Police offices on horseback or emergency medical service personal arriving to an accident scene in pick-up trucks may seem “country quaint” at first glance, but during a crisis situation, especially during the packed antiques show seasons, these “unconventional” modes of transportation are often the best and most logical solutions to the situation.
“Mounted police officers have unique visibility, speed, maneuverability and a weighty equine partner with the temperament and schooling to be a persuasive ‘heavy’ if the occasion demands. An officer atop a mobile 16.2 hand-high platform can survey a BIG area; effective deterrent to opportunistic criminals who consider acres of unattended cars a smorgasbord of cash and ‘nickable’ car stereos,” reports Horsewyse Magazine.
While not all officers are mounted, the patrol deputies for Fayette County are Lieutenant David Beyer, Sergeants Charles Jobb and Ron Naumann, Deputies Marc Bennett, Dusty Bernshausen, Rick Bohlmann, Angela Jasek, Perry Kram, Weldon Krause, Robert Lockett, Chris McClurg, David Smith, Edward Sawyer, Benjamin Wilson and Terry Guentert.
“These deputies handle all nature of calls, including everything from loose livestock to burglaries and assaults. These deputies also handle as much of their own investigation as possible. Major cases are assigned to individual officers that have appropriate training,” the Country Sheriff’s Office says. During the events officers can also be seen helping to direct traffic and keep pedestrians out of harm’s way.
The Fayette County Emergency Medical Service operates four stations in La Grange, Schulenburg, Fayetteville, and Flatonia and are assisted by ten First Responder agencies. They have a fleet of seven ambulances and two support vehicles equipped with Mobile Intensive Care Unit capabilities.
Between antiques shows, they respond to approximately 300 emergency and non-emergency calls per month, with that number skyrocketing during the peak seasons.
During the shows in Warrenton, EMS erect a tent on the Granny McCormick property, standing ready and willing to be on the job “just in case.”
The area’s volunteer fire departments are also on hand to come to the rescue at any given moment.
We wish to thank all of these departments for the tremendous services they provide to the area both during and between the antiques show. Between the crowds, the heat and rain, and the extra hours and effort to keep the entire show area safe and running smoothly, we kindly ask our readers to thank them too.
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office: 979-968-5856
La Grange Police Department: 979-968-5806
Saint Mark’s Medical Center: 979-242-2200
Fayetteville Fire Department: 979-378-4404
Air Evac EMS: 979-968-4040
Poison Control Center: 800-222-1222
Fayette County Animal Shelter: 979-966-0021

May 22, 2008 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spring Marburger Farm Antique Show adds fun to “fantastic”

New Owners Carry on Mega-Show Tradition in Round Top

4.14.08 ROUND TOP, TX—“Marburger Farm has done it again,” said jubilant dealer Larry Arnold of Castlerock, CO. “And this was our best Marburger ever. We wrote 268 tickets.” While the rest of America pondered the economy, the blockbuster Marburger Farm Antique Show burst across the Texas pasture with no looking back. Americana dealer Don Orwig of Corunna, IN agreed: “We had the best opening day we have ever had and ended up with a fantastic show.”
The April 1-5 spring edition of the show brought excitement to customers and relief to dealers. The central Texas weather was perfect and the bluebonnets bloomed on cue. “This is a celebration,” said shopper Beth DeLapp, who had just retired after 32 years of teaching. “Marburger Farm has been fabulous. I am so glad to be here.” Many shoppers described an intangible quality of the 11 year old event. It seemed to be more fun.
Maybe it’s because the dealers were so glad to be there. “In the first 45 minutes of the show,” said Charlotte NC dealer Nancy Harper of Harper House Fine Art & Antiques, “I sold $30,000.” Harper sold French oil paintings, accessories and furniture, including a 1750 walnut side table. “Marburger customers recognize the best items right away and they get so excited. I do many shows, but Marburger Farm is my very favorite show.”
County Living Magazine also had something to celebrate at Marburger Farm, where editors were on hand Tuesday to kick-off the magazine’s 30th anniversary. Margaret Marsh, Rick McConn and Ashley Ferguson, the show’s new owners, joined shoppers in signing a giant birthday card for the magazine. “We extend a big Texas welcome to Country Living,” said McConn. “And we’ll be celebrating them all year.” The Marsh family of Tyler, Dallas, Houston and Round Top bought the Marburger Farm Antique Show last year from its founder John Sauls. Sauls exhibited as a dealer in the restored Gulf Warehouse, overlooking Lake Marburger.
The show’s new owners not only survived but enjoyed their first show. Ferguson, McConn and Marsh announced during the show that long-time Marburger staff Bruce and Terri Jones will become Show Managers, working with the dealers, staff and owners to carry on the now grand tradition of Marburger Farm. Welcome improvements included a coffee bar and Tex Mex Taqueria, a new show office, a wi-fi dealer lounge, plus an air-conditioned restroom. “We had an easy load in, a record opening gate and good results for our dealers,” said Ashley Ferguson. “The fall show is selling out. We feel very fortunate and we appreciate everyone’s help.”
On Wednesday, Sue Whitney came to help promote the show and the new book that she and Ki Nassauer have just published, Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style (Taunton Press). Before a book signing and re-purposing talk, Whitney was accompanied by show owner Margaret Marsh on a “Green Ribbon Tour” of the show, giving awards for the best re-purposed antiques on display. “I LOVE Marburger Farm,” said Whitney. “I had a blast.”

Cheryl and Bob Daniel of Dadeville, AL were good candidates for Whitney’s green ribbon. From Marburger’s restored Silver Dollar Saloon, they sold 50 lamps created out of re-purposed antique objects, from rare French confit pots to churns to Mediterranean olive jars to Staffordshire figurines. Kim and David Leggett of Newbern, TN sold an expanding industrial table from a dye-makers shop. The buyer plans to adapt it for a bar. “We basically sold out,” said Kim Leggett. “My whole trailer was full of furniture, all big. And they bought big. We had 5 small items left. The show was outstanding---and every dealer in our tent had a great show.”

“I had to laugh to myself,” said dealer Thomas Hoke, “when 10 am Early Buying struck and the customers just about fell over each other rushing by the yellow tape.” Country French expert Charles Faudree shopped in Hoke’s booth with a client. “He was ecstatic and right at home at Marburger Farm, finding fabulous things because they are there.” Hoke sold an English leather wingback sofa, a Persian rug, oil paintings and a 19th c. French majolica basket “handled by no fewer than 200 customers before the 201st decided to get her checkbook out.” Hoke will soon open the 6500 square foot Thomas Hoke Antiques Warehouse in Salisbury, NC, near High Point.
Partly due to the show’s overlap with spring break and partly due to the children of the show’s new owners, the antiquers at Marburger Farm are getting younger. Many shoppers brought their children and grandchildren and many dealers brought their extended families. There was a lightness and fun spirit to the show that some attributed to the presence of so many young people and so many families shopping and working together. Teenager Hannah McQueen came from Indiana with her mother, Lisa, of Queenie Tin Mirror Co. “It was work, but fun. Marburger Farm was a lot bigger than I expected.” What did Hannah buy? “Vintage belt buckles, of course.”
Three tiny sisters stood looking at the show-stopping booth of Michael and Lynn Worden of Burr Oak, MI. Each wore a colorful tapestry top from Marburger exhibitor Magnolia Pearl with a matching cowgirl hat. What have you learned at the show? “Well,” one replies, “there’s lots of stuff that’s not the same, there’s not two of one thing.” You mean one-of-a-kind? “Yes!”

One-of-a-kind, unique, unusual and sometimes just flat awesome---these are words that shoppers associate with the merchandise of Marburger’s nearly 400 dealers from 35 states and several countries. Spread across 13 historic buildings and nine giant tents, the unusual ranges from the huge carved wooden Harley Davidson brought by Dolce of Palm Beach to the 5 foot diameter by 3 foot iron painted king’s crown, a 19th century theatrical prop in the booth of Urban Country from Santa Monica, CA. Urban Country sold a 1930’s carved carousel giraffe, carnival artifacts and industrial items such as early molds from a Bronx toy factory and large industrial carts that buyers are re-purposing as coffee tables in loft-style homes.
The loft-size Marburger booths and the 5 day show encourage dealers to bring more merchandise than to most shows. “I bring a lot of merchandise,” says Phyllis Unrein of Houston, who sold from the restored Marburger Dance Hall. “I am the ‘more is better’ look.” Unrein sold furniture and smalls, including English bamboo furniture, prints, estate jewelry, Chinese, French and Russian items, books, tole trays and Barbola mirrors. “I thought the new owners did a marvelous job on their first outing. I am very happy with the direction that the show is taking.”
The Fall Marburger Farm Antique Show runs Tues. Sept. 30 through Sat. Oct. 4, 2008. For information on vendors, travel, maps, lodging, shipping and special events, see www.roundtop-marburger.com or call Rick McConn at 800-999-2148 or Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799.

May 22, 2008 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twas the night before Warrenton/Round Top and all through the house, I had laid cameras and film and sun screen about. A wide-brimmed hat and a cool summer shirt, with my old pair of shorts and my best shoes afoot, So, I slumbered and awakened and dozed off again, thinking and planning my route through the maze, the adventures that await me on the treasure trail along highway 237 down south of Austin, my hometown.
Upon loading the car with friends and directions, we set off on 71 heading for connections. To the bakery and cookies on the square in La Grange, to the antiques-crammed old station in Oldenburg and then on to Warrenton where we park in the open fields at St. John’s church. We left about 9 aiming at 8, of course, and arrived on the outskirts of Warrenton about 11 a.m.
We have decided to come early in the week, before some of the venues open. We want to spend time exploring and seeing the out-of-the-way places we haven’t always had time to visit. Crossing the highway we plunged into the maze of lanes, and byways and tents and booths, of wonders and fun items and interesting things.
Sometimes resisting, other times purchasing, always with ‘is-this-your-best-price’ as our mantra, we passed through the aisles, seeing old objects and making new friends and seeing old friends and buying new objects.
Stopping for water, a coke or burger we sped through Warrenton’s fields as best we could. The food available is great, the port-a-cans plentiful, the variety of goods amazing and our shoes comfortable.
Back to the car and we move to free parking at the huge Bar-W field of tents filled with art, with crafts and old bathtubs and sinks and with stained glass, and strained emotions when we find a treasure too steep for our finances or even worse, too large for the car.
Then off to Clutter and North Gate Fields and a quick perusal and on to the other fields that abound along the way, commenting on new ones that seem to pop-up all over.
We see all the commotion and vendors galore, setting up and moving in at John Saul’s Marburger Farm ever-expanding excitement. But today is for our overall shopping of nooks and crannies, the out-of-way places we’ve not seen before. We’ll come back later for the openings of Marburger and the unusual and intriguing booths at the Folk Art Show of event founder Emma Lee Turney, and the Red Barn and other venues of the fabulous entrepreneur Susan Franks, all filled with rare antiques and bibelots to tempt us so.
There is no time in this one-day adventure to see it all so we head over to Round Top and consider lunch at famous Royers. We see Bud on the porch, but we forgot to make reservations, so head on to the Old Depot where we visit old friends we have bought from before. Another quick run through the booths, looking and stopping and bargaining the whole time and back to car and we are again on our way.
On to more fields, American Legion, Blue Hills and more, past the wonderful tents filled with beauties we might need.
The crossroads at County Line, with great free parking, make us stop in our tracks to see what we can find. The road leads on to Carmine and shops and antiques, to b-b-guns and old crocks and pots for many uses. If we have time we can head down 290 to see more in the likes of Burton and Brenham.
Nearing 6 p.m., it’s time to head up Highway 290, back to Ledbetter and Giddings and barbecue in Elgin where we stop for sausage and on home to Austin. Exhausted, we unload and disperse our loot from a fast day well spent in pursuit of whatever it was we thought we might find but forgot in the melee of countless objects and whatnots we purchased instead.

May 22, 2008 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's going to be great new food at the ARbor Antiques Field, on 237: and loads of wonderful surprises with new European dealers! If you haven't been there, you should!

Round Top is also the place to go even when the antiques faire is not a happening place. We have a guesthaus there and it's wonderful in the summer, with all the festivals, the opening of Festival Hill, and the wonderful weekend plans they make.

I know is use wonderful, but truly, Round Top itself is.

Stop by and meet Leslie Marsh, who manages our shop there year round--see here in the Ms. Ima Hogg House, on the historic Bybee Square. CHeck out the galleries, the wonderful shops, and enjoy the friends you will make at the wine shop or on Royer's front porch.

Take time to enjoy the Round Top you miss during Antiques week, and renew those acquaintances while you shop!
Pandora de Balthazar

May 23, 2008 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Fall, I agree with "anonymous", the price of gas will present a big problem. Not only there will be less vendors coming, but those who come will have to increase their prices. This factor will defeat the premise that the show brings fun buying for a lesser price than stores retail, or finding a bargain. Already last Fall, and Spring, shows demonstrated that the public was truly dissatisfied with the prices. I heard complaint after complaint about the exaggerated pricing and the lack of bargaining power.
The show seems to be attracting larger vendors with a lot of "commercial" items, ie. China imported merchandise selling as original hand made.
The quaint shop is disappearing.
Bargains are disappearing.

Traffic is a major problem, for sure. There needs to be more shuttle services available. Maybe someone can provide a "DysneyWorld" type of service that connects Round Top and Warrengton and vise versa, and opening some of those large, empty lots for parking. The Towns should pitch in and rent a few of those open sided carts and run a service that will include the Village Green in it's touring and drop off schedule.
This brings us to The Village Green. It is sad that the most attractive site in Round Top is practically overlooked by the Chamber. It should be the center point of the whole Antiques Show!!
The Fort, a Historic site, could attract visitors to the town year round, instead, it is practically empty during the Show and more so during the year. It is a major attraction and it is not used to the Town's advantage.

Those are important corrections to be made. The Show will continue to succeed if we adapt to it's size and make the necessary changes.

May 25, 2008 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Anyone know how to contact the dealer that sells vintage metal or stainless steel furniture. Friend says he sets up at Warrenton, another said they saw him set up along the road (I think this was years ago). I'd appreciate any information and can't wait to come back this fall. Thanks. KP from Lubbock

May 26, 2008 8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The price of gas is a problem across our great country. It has impacted so many. I think it is impacting our enthusiasm more than our budgets. Lets not allow all this hoopla to dampen our spirits and our quest for beloved treasures!! Antiquers are the original "Green" entrepeneurs and supporting this business is a wise investment, on so many levels. The array of items being sought and offered during Antique Week, have avoided landfills for many, many years. A fact that makes the cost such a small part of what all of this is really about. Recycling, repurposing and reusing these time proven items as well as bringing together so many creative and wonderful people is priceless!! So cut corners where you must, but keep this great happening in the Heart of Texas a priority!! Many of us travel far & wide to bring you great offerings and we need your support to continue to do so!!! It helps the environment and the economy here in the good ole USA!!!

Let's Talk Turkey with:

Pam Konopka
Vintage Table Top Design~ Zapp Hall

Mimi Swaney~ Wildgeraniums~ Camine Dance Hall ORTAF

June 5, 2008 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Terri Steelman said...

SHOP WHERE THE DEALERS SHOP...IN THE BAR W FIELD....I personally sell VINTAGE LINENS for $10 a pound. I'm in the Bar W Field in the back by the parking lot. My prices have not gone up a dime. In order to make the same money you just have to sell a little more merchandise to pay for that gas...and if anything...give the bigger customers a break on the prices...that will keep them coming back year after year. I saw great prices and great vendors in our field! I can't speak about the other shows, I am to busy selling vintage linens and don't have much time to shop. SEE YOU AT THE SHOW...I'M EXCITED!!!!

June 5, 2008 9:00 PM  
Anonymous PJ said...

Hey Everyone! We need an update on the Carmine news. We aren't just antique shops. We have a new herb shop, gift shop, and an art gallery! In July we'll have a sit down resturant. We also have a great park for you to enjoy. Bring a picnic lunch and rest a spell under the shade, or swing while you're thinking about all the great buys you've made! Happy Shopping in Carmine!

June 6, 2008 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Bob Watson said...

Great idea for this blog! The economy will definitely play an important part in all the shows this year and we are making plans to minimize the effects by shipping direct from Europe to Texas, instead of driving our truck from California. We are so appreciative of our Texas show clientele. Providing our one-of-a-kind European treasures at a price that is fair and equitable is our goal. See you at Marburger!

June 6, 2008 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Nancy&Gregg - The Pack Rat's Pockets said...

Come shop with The Pack Rat's Pockets at this fall's show. We're in the Dance Hall at The Old Depot in Round Top.
We ALWAYS have fine quality Native American Jewelry, vintage costume jewelry and beautiful purses.
This fall we'll have an additional booth with a variety of vintage amd collectible items from old cameras to original movie posters to just cool other stuff!
The Pack Rat's Pockets are way too full right now!
Hope to see you there!

June 30, 2008 5:40 AM  

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