I’ve been away from blogging for a few weeks traveling to Baltimore to see my grandsons, a quick trip to Kalamazoo to see my cousin and getting ready for the mother of all markets…..Round Top Antiques Week. This market is beyond huge. It boggles the mind how much turf it truly covers and how vast the offerings. A walk through the buildings and around the fields of tents helps you understand just how many types of collectible items are available for sale to complete your collection or accent your home. Each booth or tent is a separate business with each space loving tended by its owner hoping to have that elusive item to entice buyers into the tent or booth and ultimately purchase said item or multiple items.
In our booth, we sell vintage costume and estate jewelry plus personal items found on a lady’s dressing table like hand mirrors, perfume bottles, beaded purses, hats, gloves, hankies, etc. This fall will be my third Round Top market at which to sell and I am pumped! The energy at Round Top is infectious; it gets into your very soul and charges you with the spirit of the treasure hunter you always wanted to bring to life.
Again, I am setting up with my sister in the Campbell Building in Warrenton, Texas, a neighboring town to Round Top but still part of the Round Top Antiques Market. The market extends along an eleven mile stretch of Highway 237 with shows in neighboring towns. This fall, the show will include over 60 venues over the 15 day long market with hundreds of vendors and tens of thousands of buyers. I do not know if it is possible to completely see everything unless you eat, live and breathe the show but, I’ll give it the old college try.
With that in mind, I will be blogging everyday from Round Top, sharing my finds and feelings, the quirky goings on, and all the funky people I meet in an effort to help you get a feel for the immensity that is Round Top Antiques Market. Of course, I can only share the venues I see but there certainly is a lot to see.
For the past month, between traveling to Baltimore and Kalamazoo, I have been polishing, pricing and packing all my fragile items so that my sister could take these things with her last week when she left for Texas. Her new granddaughter is in the Dallas area and my sister went to play with the baby for a week before we have to get to work. So, I am flying to Texas tomorrow morning to meet up with her and head to Round Top. Since I’m flying, that means I can only take smalls that got forgotten. You know how it is when you’re packing? There’s always something that gets forgotten. Thankfully, Southwest Airlines lets me take 2 bags up to 50 pound each without any charge. Thank you Southwest!
So while I wait for this last load of laundry to dry so I can finish my personal packing, I am searching through all my fragile items hoping to find that one item that I forgot to pack, that one item I would be able to sell if I hadn’t left it at home. Now, if I could just figure out what will sell. Clairvoyance…..I could use some of that right now; couldn’t we all?