Last weekend was the bi-annual Roundtop Antiques Fair, in Roundtop, Texas.  You might remember my trip out to Roundtop last September, which I blogged about here.

Anyone who has been to Texas in September, knows how unbearably hot it can be, so after my last trip down there in the Fall, I promised myself that I would go back for better weather (85 to 90 degrees) the next March.

Well, the weather cooled off and March 2011  rolled around.  I couldn’t wait for my adventure to Roundtop to begin!  I had my room measurements and fabric swatches ready to go; however, there was just one small detail that had to be ironed out before the show- I had to bribe my sister into going with me!  Now let me just tell you about my sister, Catherine. She has always had an amazing eye for fashion, but has never really been much into interior design (which is the complete opposite of me).  I could care less about saving up for the “it” bag or switching out my winter wardrobe for new Spring clothes.  I instead, look forward to the new “it” fabric and switching out my pillows for Spring.

I never thought in a million years that Cath would come to Roundtop with me, so was extremely surprised when she said “I will come with you, if you promise a beer, a bathroom, and some unhealthy food”.   Substitute bathroom for “porta-potty” and she had herself a deal!

{No trip to Roundtop is complete without a visit to Royers! Above, picture of Bud Royer}

When we got to Roundtop, I told her my list of things that I was trying to score on this trip.  Here is how the conversation went-

E- “I am looking for an animal head for my wall”

C- “A what?”

E- “An animal head!  Don’t be silly, I don’t want one with a face!  Just one that’s cast in resin.”

C- “Who would want that?”

E-  <Sigh> “People like me.  I also want a bust.”

C- “Excuse me?”

E- “You know, a bust.  But only a woman bust, not a man bust, or Ben might get creeped out.”

C- (shakes her head in confusion)

So thus began our trip to Roundtop!

It dawned on me that the things I constantly see in magazines, on blogs, and in showrooms (things that most of us bloggers/designers are already tired of), were all new concepts to a design newbie like Cath.  I decided to make it my mission to get Cath out of her retail, mass produced, interior design bubble and show her the things that (whether you hate ’em or love ’em) people are putting in their houses….

#1- Ginormous Foo Dog– Ok, I can’t say that this would be the first thing I’d choose to put on my doorstep to greet visitors, but it was fun to see the look on her face when she saw this enormous red Chinese guardian lion.

#2- Elegant Bust (pearls included?)- Cath had to get a pic with her new lady friend….

#3- Oversized Crown- Cath admired a crown accessory fit for the Jolly Queen Giant (he he)

#4- Animal Head- I think this was the thing that shocked her the most (and she is still skeptical to this day…)   I promised her that she will think it’s normal once it reaches Pottery Barn next summer.

#5- Cowhide- Cath got “Cowhide 101” and literally had to “pet” the rug

#6- Suzani– Cath enjoyed taking her time checking out this Suzani (I got excited thinking that she and the suzani might have connected, but I think it more had to do with the fact that this was the only booth with A/C)

#7- Clam Shell– If there was a cartoon bubble above her head, Cath would be thinking “You don’t see these mammoth clam shells lying on the beach every day in Cabo…”

#8- Mystery Glass- Here Cath is, weighing in on the mystery glass (literally).  I actually bought one of these for myself to put on my entry chest and am so in love with it.   Granted it’s not Kryptonite like the booth owners originally told us, but it comes in close, as colored glass from a glass plant overseas.

#9- Nude Figure Drawing- Another piece Cath had a hard time understanding.  I think at this point, she’s not liking this blog post game anymore and is begging for me to stop thumbing through original art sketches brought over by an adorable French couple at this booth here.

Now she’s thinking…”We’re finally done!  Take me somewhere in Roundtop that I really want to see.”  So off we went to the worlds’ smallest Catholic church!

{Thanks for coming with me Cath and for being a great shopping buddy! I’m putting you down for next year’s tour.. :)}

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11 Comments to 'A Lesson in Roundtop'

Lauren 04 Apr 11 at 8:42 pm

Yay! Sounds like y’all had fun! I can’t imagine dragging one of my sisters to Round Top! That art booth is where I got a bunch of stuff for Sadie’s room.

travelkate @ travelmoon 04 Apr 11 at 9:05 pm

I just recently found out about Round Top and really wanted to go! I really don’t think I could drag my husband there, maybe next time!

Erin 04 Apr 11 at 9:14 pm

OMG – I missed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been wanting to go to that flea market forever, but ugh …. last year I was prego, then with newborn and now, I just have no excuse. Jealous! Loooks like you had a blast!

Maddie 04 Apr 11 at 10:02 pm

So funny! You guys are just like me and Grace. I wanted to go but I don’t think she would have enjoyed it. Great post about the latest trends and how everyday people react to them.

Denise 04 Apr 11 at 10:10 pm

I had to laugh at your conversation with your sister. It sounds just like one I had with my sister, except we’re probably twice your age! She understands (and likes) busts, but she rolls her eyes whenever I cozy up to a skull or pair of antlers. I love those horns … and that “kryptonite”.

It looks like you had a wonderful time.

MaterialGirls 04 Apr 11 at 11:09 pm

Lauren- I can’t believe I found that booth! One of my friends told me about it and thinking that I would never find it, randomly stumbled upon it! I got a Paris map, and am kicking myself that I didn’t get more….so when Sarah (my other sis) went to la Grange the next weekend I had her go back and try to get more, but she got so overwhelmed picking out art for me, that she only left with something for herself! haha

Maddie- you and Grace remind me SO much of me and my sisters. I’ll have to try to convince Grace to go with you in September 🙂

Erin and TravelKate- you gotta go in the Fall! It’s hot, but well worth it!

Denise- hahaha. We had a great time. Thx for your comment. You and your sister sound just like us! How funny.

Elle 05 Apr 11 at 8:14 am

This looks like a one of a kind event… Where is Roundtop, Texas located?

amanda 05 Apr 11 at 12:31 pm

oh this looks like a great place!!

Looks like a great time with fabulous finds!!!

MaterialGirls 06 Apr 11 at 10:31 pm

Elle- it’s between Houston and Austin!

abby 07 Apr 11 at 2:38 pm

I wanted to go this year and was unable to. Thanks for showing us your finds. I’m glad our sister went with you!

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