Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tiny Round Top, Texas, and even tinier Warrenton, Texas...

Janette, you started it!!

For 14 years I had an antique booth at the Warrenton and Round Top, Texas Antique Fair, every April and October...

I stopped doing it about 5 years ago, it had become so big, and lasted so long, and was a lot more fun in the early days. But... I still get withdrawal symptoms when April and October roll around.

This year Janette went to Round Top, so her blog and comments have me all excited again...

Those days, and those years, were some of the most fun I have ever had. Lots of my friends in Dallas shared the spaces all around me, and we all became family. They are still some of my closest friends.



Round Top is now the home of the Junk Gypsies, but their first home was right outside of our little antique show, down the highway 4 miles, in Warrenton... 
with their pink car and longhorns mounted on the front, and their huge white tent where they sold their goods. We used to chuckle at them, they had so much fun and such a funky flair with their decor. I'm not chuckling anymore... I am wide-eyed at their amazing run... tv show, huge decorating business, their compound at Round Top, and now a line for Pottery Barn teens. 





 
I started out at Zapp Hall, a small former dance hall with wood floors and no AC, run by an amazing family who lives in Houston, but all of the kids and cousins spend many weekends coming out to this family compound and they all pitch in to help run this show twice a year. They are all Christians, and we have had some amazing fun and fellowship through the years.

Later, since Zapp Hall has no AC, I moved down to the Red Barn in Round Top, where my friend from 35 years ago in Austin, Susan Franks, bought the original show and continues to do it so well... this girl does NOT know how to NOT work hard!!
So... 

If you are looking for some fun, to walk until you are worn out, and to see a little bit of everything and maybe even buy a few treasures, not to mention the good food... you MUST get to Round Top one of these days, and if you do... 

stop by for Janette and I, and we will go with you and have a bloggers blast! 

Right in the middle of nowhere!




11 comments:

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

You made my day!!!!!!!!! Now let's plan our trip for Spring. Since we got back on Monday Nicole is already wanting to go back now! You are a doll and once again inspiring me! Hugs!!!

Farm Girl said...

How cute and I plan on going there someday. I love this and how you did that for a long time.

Debbie said...

Well I have to admit I have never heard of any of this before but it just sounds soo fun. I just know I'd love it too. Wouldn't be fun if a bunch of us met up?

Lea said...

Oh, I've heard of this for years and years and really need to go check it out for myself. And, it's not all that far for me to travel. It seems like a fun way to spend a few days.

Happy weekend!

Sharon said...

I read Janette's post and I am so jealous!! I love a good *treasure hunt* and this sounds like a fantastic one!!

Maybe I will have to plan a Round Top visit one of these days! And I will come and get you and Janette. Can you imagine what fun we would have?!

Oh dear...Texas would never be the same!

XO

Saleslady371 said...

What a cute post. I want to go!

Debbie said...

It sounds so fun. I have loved all of Janette's finds from there, and I enjoyed her show on the Texas design girls. Believe it or not, it has been so long since I watched any HGTV or any design shows for that matter that I had never heard of those Gypsy girls.

It would be too far for me to come to Texas for Roundtop, but I DO want to go to the Polka Dot Flea in Orlando next year.

(And... true story: I would love to have a booth of my own. I just can't get a single person in my life to be on board with me.)

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

I found your blog through Barbara's Bakin' Bits ... The mention of Round Top, Texas caught my eye ... we have family who live near there and we are originally from the Conroe area. Our family visits and enjoys the festival every year!
Although the town I currently live near has a larger population than Round Top, my entire county has far less than Fayette County, at only 997 ... Yes, that's less than 1,000 people for the ENTIRE county. Our closest neighbors live 1 mi. south and the other 3.5 mi. north.
I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy the festival this year.
I plan to visit your blog again soon.
Blessings,
Mrs.B

myletterstoemily said...

Population 77! You must have made their
day! I loved every word of this trip down
nostalgia lane. Would love to see your
house of antiques!

Debbie Petras said...

What a fun trip that would be! I couldn't imagine a better time with Sonja and Janette!

Love you,
Debbie

Just a little something from Judy said...

Oh how I wish I could attend this interesting and unique event! It all looks like so much fun to me. I like learning new things about you with each and every blog visit I make. I am sure you and Janette would be a great team to spend time with.