After all the years of hearing about Lauren’s wonderful trips to the Roundtop Antiques Fair, I decided to make a trekk out there of my own for their bi-annual show.  Of course, the weather was completely deceiving the day I went.  It started out pretty nice in the morning but then by lunchtime, it had reached around 100 degrees.  It was b-r-u-t-a-l walking booth to booth in the heat, but I must say that despite all the sweating, body aches, and dehydration that we endured, it was definitely worth it.

My first stop was Clutter (which Lauren had identified as “having the best prints!”).   I think I spent an hour and a half roaming around Clutter.  Don’t ask me how I managed to do this, seeing as it is as big as a two bedroom apartment, but somehow I ended up spending most of the initial “cool hours” at this really interesting show.

I fell in love with all of their adorable dishes and glassware.

I was on a mission for plates and plates I found!  I needed some for my dining room shelves and others for a wall in my kitchen.  I ended up buying a set of these-

And also these gray, cream and gold ones-

I seriously could have stayed in Clutter’s back room all day.  With two table fans and a generous collection of antique and reproduction prints, I was all set.

Art work can get pretty expensive, so I find that one of the more inexpensive ways to fill your walls is to frame and matte a series of botanicals, leaves, eggs or shells (really this method can be done with just about anything).  A series always looks great and you can never go wrong with something it!  The prints at Clutter were the answer to all my blank walls.

I’ve always wanted leaf prints and I thought the perfect opportunity would be to do a couple of them in my living room (since the color in there is mainly chartreuse). However, it’s not often that you see leaf prints that go more on the yellowy-green side and less on the grass green side.  You can imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this lone ranger on the left- a chartreuse leaf print!  I’ll take one of each please.

I also got six of these architectural prints for my dining room- a steal at only $6 each!

Next, we headed to Excess (Lauren’s favorite show).   She was right in that there are so many great things to see that you can get really overwhelmed.  At this point, overwhelmed was an understatement. I wanted to see it all, but time was running out!

I really wanted one of these clam shells to put inside my fireplace nook (a recessed fireplace that serves absolutely no purpose)- but sadly, these were too deep for it.

I haven’t seen many tortoise shells in Dallas, but there was certainly no shortage of them at RT!  (We’ve actually gotten quite a few emails from readers asking where to get them so if you aren’t too far from Roundtop….)

We started craving barbeque so our stay at Excess was short lived.  We drove down the main road and found the best barbeque we’ve ever had (I wish I had remembered the man’s catering company who cooked it for us out of his trailer).  It was amazing and hit the spot.  Right near the BBQ stop was another show with the most beautiful French antiques.  I started getting really dirty looks when I snapped photos, so I only could sneak a few in.

(Does anyone know the name of this show? I loved it! It was the end of the day and by this time, we were quite delirious, so I can’t recall where it was or what it was?)

The show was comprised of an entire tent filled with painted furniture (my dream!)

If you haven’t ever been to Roundtop, I’d definitely recommend it!

And after three weeks, I finally got around to framing my egg prints from Clutter for my bathroom- a nice memento of my first trip to RT.

I’m definitely looking forward to going again in March (but in cooler weather!)

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9 Comments to 'A Roundtop Adventure!'

Ann Shumbo 13 Oct 10 at 3:53 pm

OMG I want to go to all these stores. Loving that blue china you purchased. I’m big on china and glassware and mixing it up for parties. What a beautiful set. Also, love that blue china cabinet. How fun. Looks like a fun day. I collect those egg book plates that you framed but I have never seen them in a group like that. They look great. Ann @ Peggy and Fritz

Lindley Arthur 13 Oct 10 at 5:00 pm

Emily! Love your finds from RT! Clutter and Excess are two of my fav stops too. Was the show with the painted furniture the Arbors (also known as American Legion)? Or it could have been Blue Hills (if you ate the Methodist Men BBQ). I’m already counting down the days until the spring!

Beth 13 Oct 10 at 6:13 pm

I think Lindley is correct – must have been Arbors or Blue Hills. But then again, how could I know for sure, we never got past Marburger !! We always start at Marburger and work our way back to Hwy. 290. Next time I will do the vendors past Marburger. Of course this will take more than one trip up there !!

MaterialGirls 13 Oct 10 at 9:55 pm

Hey Ann! Thanks so much, I love them too! The plates were really a nice addition to my dining room and I could never have found anything like that locally. You need to go in March!!

Hey Lindley- you are an RT expert it sounds like! I think it was Arbor (I told Lauren about it and she thought it sounded like Arbor too). Are you going in the Spring? I hope to go too. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the weather is nice and breezy that week!

Joni Webb 14 Oct 10 at 12:35 am

now i wish i would have gone. that swedish booth makes me crazy. love the huge shells. you can never have enough of those – or the marble grapes. hehe

Diane 14 Oct 10 at 8:23 am

Looks like a very successful trip! I didn’t fare so well this fall, Seemed to stumble across more junk than treasure. Agree that March weather is far far better for an outdoor adventure like RT/Warrenton. Your dishes are gorgeous! Lucky girl!

Lauren-Houston 14 Oct 10 at 11:53 am

Hey Emily – those last shots were def. from Arbor. I LOVE everything you got at clutter! So fun!

Emily Johnston Larkin 14 Oct 10 at 4:02 pm

Joni- I thought of you when going through a lot of these booths! Their stuff looked right up your alley!

Diane- I know, it seems to be hit or miss- I thought I’d come back with a bunch of new furniture and was originally kicking myself that I didn’t come with a huge trailer attached to the car :) but was glad I didn’t because I only left with little plates and pieces of paper! ha

Amanda McNeill 20 Oct 10 at 12:50 pm

Hey Emily, I have not made it to RT yet, but from all of the blogs I have read lately, I think that particular booth with the Mora clocks was Lone Ranger Antiques; http://lonerangerantiques.com/index.htm
I have spoke with him re: several pieces he has on line and he has been very nice to work with. He was recently featured on Martha Stewart and he discussed swedish antiques. Love your posts!
Amanda

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