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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coast to Coast Inspiration at Marburger Farm

It is still hard to believe that a little map dot with a population of less than 100 midway between Austin and Houston becomes the destination for antique decor twice a year - but one step inside any of the white tents at Marburger Farm is enough to make anyone a believer that Round Top is at the top of the list for antique shows.

As a premiere venue, Marburger Farms draws some of the most talented designers from across the country. This big show is a huge undertaking for vendors, particularly those who have lengthy commutes; they spend months designing their set, days driving it to Round Top, and several more days setting it all up. I like to compare doing a show with moving an entire apartment - and then changing your mind and moving back to the original space (but hopefully with lots fewer belongings!), all in the span of a weekend or a short week. In the case of Marburger Farm, which is a five day show, lots of vendors spend more time on the road getting to and from the Farm than they do actually selling.

I want to showcase some of my favorite vendors, many from afar and others from right here in Central Texas. This post will feature those who travel great distances to get here. 

Up first is the talented couple from South Porch Antiques. They make the drive to Texas pulling a trailer full of treasures at least twice a year for Marburger, and a few years back when the Country Living Show was in Austin, they came three times. I am exhausted just thinking about that drive!  But I am so glad they make the trip because their booth never fails to inspire:

That swing was something else and already sold by 1pm on opening day.

South Porch's neighbors in their Marburger tent actually drive in from the other coast. Ludwig and Linda of Willow Nest are out of San Luis Obispo, CA, though they are former residents of the Round Top area. Some of my favorite purchases came from their booth at the City Wide Garage Sale a few years I wish they still showed there! But I do love seeing Linda's whimsical and romantic wares in Round Top. 

Across the way from those couples are Matt and Heather from Perspective Design and Antiques out of New Mexico. I first saw them last fall; their space was even bigger and better this spring. 

Their details in the decoration of smalls are impressive.

Their style is one of a kind - industrial yet elegant.  

Back to the east coast, vendor Sweet Pea Home hails from Florida. I love everything about her booth and spent lots of time trying to capture the essence of her space. 

Having just returned from a two-day show about four hours from home (more to come on that soon!), I don't have a clue how these long-distance vendors do it - the amount of creativity needed to design and stage a show, the energy required to haul it, unpack it, and repack it, plus the charisma needed to sell for days on end is beyond exhausting. I am in awe of these talented designers and look forward to their seeing their hard work each April and October.

Check back soon for a post on some of my favorite Texas vendors and my experience at Petticoats on the Prairie this past weekend!

Have a chic week,


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Warrenton: Where the Wild Things Are

Warrenton was filled with larger than life animals at this year's spring show.

Some were replicas while others were remnants of the past.

The Scary Baby Hotel was back again. This time the babies' heads were standing upright, unlike last year when the wind took down half the table. 

Here is a lone baby complete with an intact body.

Antlers are hot, and as a former discus thrower in middle school and middle school track coach, I really appreciated this old wooden discus. 

 I drive the bus to our track meets, but thankfully our buses are in better shape than this. I saw this bus last weekend but noticed it was gone on Tuesday - wonder if it found a new home?!

Big items were everywhere. 

And cars were lined up for miles to catch a glimpse of all the goods. 

Here is one shot of a vendor's vignette from the fields of Bar W. This is Tiffany from Flown the Coop's booth - her set up looked great!

From Bar W, I headed east to Renck Hall and Field to see my friend Theresa from Garden Antqs Vintage. Her booth was huge and decked out in lots of chippy white goodness. 

From Renck, I made my way to Zapp Hall, where I stopped to admire the impressive decor in the old dance hall. 

Diane of Blends had beautiful pieces and great displays as always.  

It was a late spring in Texas and the drive to the fields was gorgeous thanks to an impressive showing by the wildflowers. 

From wild animals to wild flowers, Warrenton was the place to find wild things over the past two weeks. 
It was a great spring show and I am already looking forward to the fall! Stay tuned for a post about my trip to Marburger Farm and I hope to see you at the Petticoats on the Prairie show this Friday and Saturday! 

Have a chic week,


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Round Top's The Rendezvous

What a beautiful day it was to hit the fields of Warrenton and Round Top this past Saturday. The weather was great, and though there were a lot of people, it wasn't overwhelmingly crowded like it was last spring on the weekend. My first stop was at The Rendezvous, which is a new venue just east of Marburger Farm. This great old truck with vintage letters helped me find my way there.  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Petticoats on the Prairie

Less than three weeks until the Petticoats on the Prairie show in Ballinger, TX! This will be my first POTP show and I couldn't be more excited - I hear shoppers come from all over to this "Wild and Woolly West Show." This market is a two day shopping extravaganza held April 11-12 at the historic Wool and Mohair Warehouse in Ballinger, which is between San Angelo and Brownwood. They say, "It's not your mama's kind of vintage!" but I sure hope it is because my mama and I like the same things - and I am so happy she will be coming down to help with this show!

I have been doing some show preparations, but sadly I haven't gotten to do much junk hunting. My garage is busting at the seams with treasures since I closed my booth, so I had to limit my shopping due to lack of storage space. But I have been doing other types of preparation for this show, including restocking on great spring and summer styles for the boutique since I sold out of lots of clothing at the Junk Hippy show. I ordered a greater variety of sizes and now carry small through 2XL (though not all sizes available for each style). I currently have a 10% off sale on the online site for any item in the plus collection with discount code "newsizes" through March. Though there are only a few tunics in the collection right now, many more styles will be arriving at the beginning of April. I also ordered lots of new jewelry and reclaimed canvas bags that have that vintage feel.

 Lots of new inventory just arrived and I am in love with the teal lace dress and the bohemian maxi.

I love color and couldn't resist this dress in melon orange. Can't wait for the weather to get warm enough to wear it!

I also have been working with a graphic designer on a logo as I need new business cards. I never knew what a process it was to go from brainstorming to final product! I started this project at the first of the year and we are just now getting to completion. I have spent hours searching through images of logos, fonts, and pictures to get inspiration. Here are some work ups of the logo along the way:

Nothing was really catching my eye and then I realized that what I have had all along is really where I wanted to focus. My sister drew this barn image for me three years ago and I have this on my business cards now, and it ended up being the inspiration for the official logo. 

And eventually, the close to final image:

And a look on weathered wood:

The curtains are hopefully going to be defined more by lighter shading, but I am very happy with the outcome and look forward to getting new materials with the logo soon. Special thanks to my sister Mary for drawing the inspiration! 

Even though the garage is full, I bet I can squeeze a few more goods in that I'm sure to find in Warrenton next week; I can't wait to hit the fields to explore. Will I see you there?!

Happy first weekend of spring and I hope to see you soon at the Petticoats on the Prairie show!

Have a chic week,


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