If there is one word to sum up my sentiments of the Round-Top Antiques Fair after my first trip there this weekend it would be, “excess.” I joined my mother-in-law and her two friends this weekend for an exhausting whirlwind shopping extravaganza. Now these ladies mean business, this is their fourth time to go (with no signs of ever NOT attending again), and they stay for a full week of shopping from 8am – 10pm. Crazy. I could only hang for the weekend, but it did not disappoint. You can find everything from the junkiest of junk to fine European Antiques. I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds…

At “Excess,” I found this barn filled to the brim with industrial-chic-modern finds. A nice breath of fresh air when you’ve been looking at gorgeous antiques you can’t afford and sorting through the junk you can. I would describe this vendor as Anthropologie on crack.

I loved this glamorous steel and lucite dining table/chairs combination! The chairs have SUCH potential.

My love for gorgeous rocks knows no boundaries and I about DIED when I saw these hunky chunks on lucite stands.

He had lots of gorgeous (expensive) lamps as well.

On the right hand side of this picture, note how he hung white coral all the way up the wall – very dramatic in person.

The new look Restoration Hardware is advertising was EVERYWHERE at Excess. Every last one of these cart/tables were sold.

This one booth had loads of zinc tables, I could think of a thousand possibilities and functions for them.

It amazes me that these “stores” only set up shop twice a year. It took the owner of Clutter three weeks to get everything set up.

Any kind of print you could imagine was available.

SOOO many cute dishes!

A screen I contemplated as a headboard, but decided against because that’s not what I ultimately want.

I saw several of these large mirrored obelisks – amazing!

Small sunburst mirror I passed up (I really want a pair).

I fell in love with this zinc chest, so so cool.

It’s hard to tell but that is a cowhide rug all folded up – they had tons all over the fair. I mean this is TEXAS after all.

These antique bottles were really beautiful. The dealer found them in an old factory in England. They have the look of mercury glass but they are not actually made of the mercury. He isn’t sure what they were used for, but had speculated that they were used to make herbs more potent. I think they will sell out quickly. I already saw various dealers who had bought from this man hawking them in their booths.

I loved the lines of this alabaster lamp.

The show has only just begun, so if you can make it I highly suggest checking it out!

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5 Comments to 'Round Top Recap'

mimi charmante 31 Mar 09 at 4:23 am

Okay, I could spend hours here! So jealous that you had access to such fabulous finds~
Your blog is wonderful and I can’t wait to go back and see your older posts.
xo

julia b. edelmann 31 Mar 09 at 4:46 am

Been dying to go!!!
Thank you for the highlights!

Lauren 31 Mar 09 at 6:16 am

Mimi, thanks for visiting!

Julia, come down and let’s go next time!!!

MyLittleHappyPlace 31 Mar 09 at 4:45 pm

I’ve been to Round Top (well, actually, Warrenton) many, many times, and I’ve never seen anything as yummy as what you’ve shown here! I’m in Brazil, but I’ve got a friend heading out there this week – I’m sending her with a list!!! Thanks for the great post!

Anonymous 01 Apr 09 at 3:21 am

Thanks for showing what I am missing!
We usually go but had to cancel last minute.
Hope to get back there in October.
I love the Excess show. Mark, who created it is the best. The zinc tables and wooden carts…wonderful.

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