As Seen in Round Top

As Seen in Round Top

A couple of weeks ago, Claire hit me up with a spontaneous invite to head out to Round Top for the antiques fair.  To which I answered, “Hells yeah!”  With the absence of a good flea market here in Austin, I am always down for total immersion in vintage finds.  Here’s a tiny peek at our day:

STUFF I WISH I’D BOUGHT

We’re on vacation starting tomorrow (woo-hoo!) so I’ve been conserving all spare cash for that endeavor.  Otherwise, I would’ve hogged Claire’s entire Jeep Cherokee with the likes this stuff:

Metal cabinet from dentist's office, $145.

Metal cabinet from dentist's office, $145.

Modern garden bench, $435.

Modern garden bench, $435.

Capiz shell hanging in vibrant orange! $89 or $99, can't remember.  Saw it at Texas Trash & Treasures, in Carmine (see below).

Capiz shell hanging in vibrant orange! $89 or $99, can't remember. Saw it at Texas Trash & Treasures, in Carmine (see more about them below).

Pair of mid-century chairs, $250.

Pair of mid-century chairs, $250.

STUFF FROM REWORKS

We stumbled upon an Austin furniture design studio called Reworks, which was exhibiting their luxurious furnishings made from reclaimed items.  I was so impressed with their quality and craftsmanship, as well as the elegance there is in simplicity of their work:

Console table made from the railing on a veranda.

Console table made from the railing on a veranda.

Armoire made from antique Mexican doors and reclaimed long leaf pine.

Armoire made from antique Mexican doors and reclaimed long leaf pine.

Sconces made from reclaimed mesh cylinder cut in half and wrapped with linen.

Sconces made from a reclaimed mesh cylinder cut in half and wrapped with linen.

I’m hoping to do a more extensive interview with these folks soon.  I just love what they’re doing.

STUFF I BOUGHT FOR A CLIENT

I’ve been looking for just the right filing cabinet for a client in Dallas, to coordinate with this awesome desk from Restoration Hardware:

Restoration Hardware Garment Factory Desk, $1295.

Restoration Hardware Garment Factory Desk, $1295.

Ye average lateral files just won’t do this baby justice.

When I saw this filing credenza, I literally heard that singing, “AHHH-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H!” you hear when you’ve found the exact thing you’re wishing for:

Filing cabinet from Alston's Old Home Place in the Dallas area. $899.

Filing cabinet, $899.

Richard, from Alston’s Old Home Place in the Dallas area, coordinated this purchase over the phone with my Dallas client, carted it back to Dallas and delivered the beast to her home.  Super nice guy.

STUFF WE ATE

…and you should too.  Never expected to get that quality of food from a cart vendor next to an antiques tent!

Royston's.  Yum!

Royers' fixin's. Yum!

STUFF WE VANDALIZED

Texas Trash and Treasures, in nearby Carmine, welcomes graffiti from visitors to decorate their storefront.

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Big thanks to Claire for a superfun day!  My apologies for getting all whiny from the heat and threat of third degree sunburn.

If this type of hunt is up your alley, the next Round Top Antiques Fair will be held January 15th & 16th.  Surely it won’t be hotter than Hades then.

4 Comments

  1. BadderHomes October 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

    My first job ever was as a hostess at Royer’s in College Station. They bought some of my crappy high school art for $150 and I felt rich. I also dated one of the cooks, which was very scandalous as I was 16 and he was 20… his name was also Robin, but we called him Robin the Cradle. We don’t call you that.

  2. Eric October 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Hey, the next time you’re up Chicago way you have to check this place out.

    http://www.salvageone.com/home.php

    Amazing! Three floors of giant old warehouse with great stuff. They also do events there. For instance, when we were there a couple weeks ago they were setting up for a wedding. Held amongst all the stuff. Old theater chairs and church pews provided the seating for the ceremony. On the next floor up they were having the reception. 25-30 odd dinning sets provided the seating up there. Really cool to see all different styles and eras of dining tables and chairs mixed together. You would love it!

    On another note, I love “Robin the cradle”. That’s hilarious!

  3. Claire Patrick October 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I STILL think about that adorable dentist’s cabinet. Gah. Also, this is the first time I’m seeing that restoration hardware desk and it is STUNNING. That cabinet will work PERFECTLY with it. Oh my goodness. You weren’t kidding! I mean, not that I thought you were or anything, but still. Like they were made for each other!

    Also, no metal doll head pictures? (:

    Thanks for making the trek with me. Sorry it was so bloody hot.

  4. Susan October 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    What a great post! Ya’ll found some really good stuff!!!!! I was on a budget this year and mostly took pictures and, oh, probably had three GIGANTIC ICE TEA SLUSHES….they were SO good and refreshing! And we can HOPE that the RoundTop Festival in January won’t be too hot. You know Texas!
    I posted a couple of pieces about my recent visit to Warrenton…check it out on my blog. :0P

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