Round Top 2016 Recap

It is hard to believe that I was leaving for Round Top Antique Week a month ago.  Things did not start out well, the transportation I had arranged did not work out so I had to rent a U-haul at the last minute. I was able to get all of my things to Round Top and I got them unloaded.  Unfortunately it was so late in the day when I got there all I could do was unload and put a tarp over my pile of treasures. I had to drive the U-haul back to Houston and get my truck and then check in to my accommodations for the week.  That night I woke up to a terrible storm, furious winds and rain. I prayed that my tarps held and that all of my treasures were safe.  The next morning was a little scary driving to the Rendezvous to assess the damage.  Thankfully everything was fine. I started unpacking and setting everything up.

 

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I had brought my own tent with me, a 10×20 white tent, but I knew it was not that sturdy. The winds were whipping so wildly all day that I kept waiting for the wind to stop before putting up my tent. I ended up waiting all day. I put tarps over everything for the night and headed back to the house. I was finally able to get my tent up the next day. IMG_8611

 

Old books!IMG_8652

Broken china jewelry in green transfer ware and a vintage French top. IMG_8670IMG_8663

A wildflower field in Burton.IMG_8685

This year part of Antique Week was over Easter. That definitely affected the traffic of customers, but it did give my family the opportunity to come out on Easter Sunday. A local brought a couple of horses and the kids all got to go for a ride.  It turns out my kids love horses and have no fear. IMG_8728

The Conservatory at The Rendezvous, on Monday night The Rendezvous had a party at the field. There was a bar set up in this building and there was a band outside. We had food trucks set up and it was a good time.  There was a list of well known people that came and I was really looking forward to meeting them, but I had so many shoppers I didn’t get a chance to mingle! A the end of the night I did get to meet Ki Nausser from Flea Market Style and Kelly Leggit from City Farmhouse. IMG_8636

The drive from the Rendezvous to where I was staying was a beautiful country road. This church was on my route. IMG_8744

The wildflowers were pretty amazing as were the sunrises and sunsets that I experienced. IMG_8742

I unwrapped this sweet girl just for this show, but when my husband saw her he asked if we could keep her. One of the hazards of the job. IMG_8747IMG_8749

This set from Germany found a new home at the end of the week. IMG_8768

I saw this sweet lamb in Warrenton on Easter Sunday. I went to church under the beer tent at Zapp Hall with a friend and her daughter. It was awesome to hear hymns sung, the word preached and an invitation given. They even served communion at the end of the service. The Budweiser banners were flapping in the breeze, but the Holy Spirit was there. IMG_8696

Of course the Royer’s Pie Haven was a part of my Antique week.  I may have stopped their to get a piece of pie for breakfast at least 3 times. IMG_8784

The Houston Art Car made a stop, how fun is this? This car took close to 6 years for the creator to finish. IMG_8774IMG_8776

This beautiful set was made in Holland. I bought it at a market in Belgium. It is still available if anyone is interested. IMG_8779

The last day I was able to visit Marburger Farms with another friend. These boots were calling my name and they fit perfectly, but at over $200 they were out of my shopping budget. IMG_8818

This sweet little metal rack was a seriously amazing piece. It also did not come home with me. IMG_8800

These baskets were such fun colors, and the story behind them was so fun. They have a particular name, but I can’t remember it now. They were made my people with special needs and then painted. The seller of these baskets said they were probably all made by the same person based on the pattern and colors. I love them so much. Again, their price tag at $495 was a little steep for what I was looking for. IMG_8803IMG_8804IMG_8805IMG_8806

This bench caught my eye on the way out, can you see the little pink arm rests? The rubber ducks in the bird bath were a special touch.IMG_8807

On my way home I grabbed a strawberry rhubarb pie to share with my Bible study group. It was a fun treat to share with my friends.IMG_8865

Overall this Antique Weekend was a great experience for me. I learned many more lessons and met so many fun people.

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Going to Waterloo in the Big Truck

Have you ever been at a market or store and thought, ‘If only I had a truck to get this treasures home!’ ?  That happens to me all the time here in France.  There is one store I go to that has an awesome delivery service and I usually only buy my furniture there.  I had been to Waterloo, Belgium a couple of times and they always seem to have a ton of fun BIG things there.  I have been contemplating the idea of renting a truck for a while, but the cost and time and logistics have always held me back.

After some careful planning and some other big adventures that are coming into the picture I was able to rent a truck and take a friend from Paris to Waterloo.

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On our adventure we saw this sign for a “Vide Maison”.  In the city where I live you are not allowed to sell things from your home like a garage sale, but that is exactly what this vide mason was like.  I pulled that giant truck right onto their street and stopped to look around.

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We got to Waterloo Saturday evening and stayed at a hotel in the city.  We were up at 4:00 am and at the market by 4:45 am. I had made my first purchase by flashlight by 5:20.  It was crazy, but we were not the only crazy people there.

This giant window was just stunning, but it did not come home with m.e  We walked by it so many times as we shopped and carried treasures back to the truck.

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This vendor had such a beautiful selection of china.  There were pieces from Belgium, France, and England. I love this picture even thought I didn’t buy anything from her.

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Now on to some of the things I did buy!

This metal piece and of course copper.  This stack of copper was so heavy, thankfully I had my rolling back with me.

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This sign is in Flemish and thankfully the vendor spoke great English.  He did his best to explain what it translated to, but I didn’t write it down so I am going to have to ask my friend that was with me.DSC_0928

This sweet little book had an inscription with 1945 on the inside.DSC_0935

All of these amazing tins!  There are almost 30 different shapes and sizes and they are in great condition.DSC_0941

This bowl caught my eye, but I was trying to buy bigger pieces so I passed it by.  Then my friend that was with me picked it up.  I checked out the back, saw what good shape it was in and decided to get it after all.  I think the mark is from 1968-1990 from the German Democratic Republic.

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Chicken feeders! I am hoping to use the one on the right as a plate stand.

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Isn’t she beautiful?  I found her while I was shopping in the dark with my flash light.  I knew I wanted her, but I didn’t know how much I loved her until I saw her in the day light.  She has Paris and the name of an artist on her back shoulder.

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This is a bread board, with initials carved at the top.

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This is coffee table height and I love the legs and the color of the top.

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Here is my find of the day, a 19th century farmhouse table.  This was my first purchase of the day and my favorite one.

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My friend and fellow shopper took this picture of me on the road, driving the big truck.  This was a big adventure, and the start of an even bigger adventure and I have been so anxious about everything according to plan.  I am so thankful that this weekend went off with out a hitch.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my finds and following along on my trip to Waterloo in the Big Truck.

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