Planning for Round Top & Texas Antiques Week

Prep and planning are in full force for the big event! That’s right, it will soon be time for Texas Antiques Week or Round Top Antiques Week as it has been referred to for over 43 years.

We get pretty excited around here about antiques and junk and bluebonnets!! Just look at this face!

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{Henry at La Bahia show ca.2014}

One of the number one questions I am asked is “When does Round Top start?”  and/or “When is the best time to visit Round Top?” My answer and suggestions vary based on the situation.  As a rule the fall show is the first weekend of October and the spring show is the first weekend of April (and the weeks before).  What started as 3 days is now approximately THREE WEEKS. And always remember different/specific shows start on different days.  These are my favorites and dates this year.  

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Mucho info on ALL shows and just good general info here at Round Top Chamber. 

Also my friends Paige and Smoot Hull of The Vintage Round Top have put together a really good “Guide to Round Top” Be sure and check it out here.

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They answer all of the questions from what to wear etc to hints about when should you go?? I always ask “are you going with children or girlfriends?  “Are you going to shop or just browse and hang out?  “Recreational visit or SERIOUS GET OUT OF MY WAY SHOPPING?  And I am no expert these are just my humble suggestions, observations and recommendations. For instance Marburger is a beautiful show, if you are looking for something you will likely find it here but maybe not the best bargains.  Bargains you will find early or late out in the dusty fields.  Big Red Barn is the original show and fine antiques…really amazing pieces.

So there are a lot of variety and choices…but don’t get overwhelmed!

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First off, come during the week if you want to do serious shopping.  The crowds aren’t as bad, less traffic and I think it’s just easier.  It is hard to say whether the beginning or end of show is better.  Sure if you get here early you get first pickings BUT many dealers have series of stuff they bring out.  So talk to dealers and others if you are looking for something specific.  They may have something in storage they haven’t brought to tent yet or know of something.

Friday/Sat/Sun are busier but fun… Just be patient with traffic and strollers. I did a post here about shopping Round Top with kids.  It can be really fun. But it takes patience and its just as a different type of shopping as you mamas understand.

My boys love Round Top … taking photos, seeing old Army stuff and treasures….but you can bet if my only chance to go was with out without them I would go without. Just being honest.  Luckily we live close and I can do mommy and work days as well as family days usually….

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And of course, don’t miss a chance to eat some Royers Pie and visit my fave PIE HAVEN owned and operated by my beautiful friend Tara.  She is one of the most heartfelt and hard-working women in Round Top and there are many many! The town and shows are full of  just great people!

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Also be sure to explore nearby small downtowns like Brenham and Burton and Chappell Hill.  Eat Blue Bell Ice Cream and of visit amazing stores like Leftovers Antiques (more about their annual party and store on the blog soon) which is on Hwy 290 between Round Top and Brenham and Old Glory Antiques in Burton (also off 290). And of course True Blue Home is on the way off Hwy 290 in Chappell Hill, Texas!.

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SO whether eating, exploring tents or fields or stores its all wonderful and SO worth the trip! I will have more info and tips as the show nears! It’s coming like a freight train..save your pennies!

New Year, New Studio

New year, fresh start and finally some workspace beyond my kitchen table.

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Since the divorce and our move my work things have been spread all over and it feels so good to be getting them corralled into one space…a little more organized and functional for the new year I hope!  I’ve been looking for a studio space in Brenham for a long time, since my oldest started PreK here years ago.  Finally, after looking and looking (and nearly pulling the trigger more than once) I found something with a great location and affordable and charm!  Worth the wait!

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We are still working on details like lighting, and finishing the Hygge and West wallpaper in the bathroom but we worked here all last week and it felt SO GOOD!

If I was a fabric, I’d like to be a high performance (and pretty) one by Schumacher!

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It’s an old building with lots of quirks, concrete floors and all of the things that come with age but part of that is what I love! Look at the remnant of old wiring in the top photo! My assistant Jenn (yes I know I need to introduce her formally on the blog, she has been a lifesaver) has been helping me whip things into shape and I am so grateful for her and her work ethic, faith & enthusiasm!

I still love my logo done years ago by Whitney English and Lindsay Letters  (btw her new shop in Wisconsin is DARLING) …I am still working on placement of signage and my plant game but getting there. Jimmy Don is going to make me a hanging sign and maybe a metal one up top at some point! I love the wavy glass!

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Notice “by appointment only” that is because I am in and out and doing a lot of computer work here and must focus… and it is not a retail space.  In fact, you can see the True Blue Home sign in the chair in the window directing foot traffic to the Chappell Hill just minutes away for “shopping shopping.” This space is for “Holly Mathis Interiors” work, orders and clients. I do have special order wallpaper and fabrics for clients I am working with…and I do have a few vintage pieces, old rugs and pillows for sale (AKA known as “my stash” that I have pulled from before for many of you) for my clients but it is not general retail..just work space which we desperately need..and are grateful for! So you will still find me in and out at True Blue Home as well here as I continue to consult on that venture!

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The main hope and prayer for the year is that this workspace will be good not just for my design business but also for my family as I have had to up my ‘work game’ but also learn to be a single mom of boys.  For any self employed person, separating work and home is always a challenge and this new season has provided new challenges for me in this area.  I’ve always struggled with this balance but God gently leads me step by step.  I hope to close this pretty door at night and focus on the main things when I leave, my boys and our new life, my mom and the wonderful community of friends and school we have here and the places God is working all around us…Because really that is what it is all about..creating a beautiful life and living that life no matter where we are in the journey. All to God’s glory.  I don’t want to be so consumed with what I do that I miss life. I am so thankful for a new year, this fresh start, friends, family, this darling workspace, a wonderful assistant that has come along side me as a friend and helper, amazing clients and work I love…  God is faithful indeed!

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