Monday, October 08, 2012

Round Top Review


Round Top is big ya'll.  OK?  We probably didn't see a tenth of what was there.  It's huge.  That's point number one.  Point number two is that while I'm grateful I got to go at all since it was a little out of the way on our way home from Dallas (another trip to Oz) going to Round Top with 2 kids in tow for a few hours is not the ideal way to experience it.  To really experience Round Top you need to leave the kiddies at home, go with some girlfriends and stay for a couple days.

So who's with me?  Round Top spring 2013?  Let's do this.  I'm as serious as a heart attack.  


I snapped a lot of iphone pics and here are my observations:

1)  If there's some random vintage thing you want, you can find it at RT.  Even English style telephone booths--there were at least 8 of them.

2) I saw a lot of things that I rarely see at regular thrift/antique stores and if I did see them  I'd probably be super excited and want to buy it immediately.  But seeing these items en mass, for cheaper-than-usual prices made me think Oh, giant metal letters/enamel buckets/wooden crates/metal gym locker baskets/Jenny Lind Beds again?  These things are a dime a dozen... and I could comfortably walk away.  Weird.



 


3)  One thing that bugged me was the wide selection of faux-tiques.  Distressed Tolix knock-off's anyone?  To be fair, I'm not above knock-off's and in fact while I hate the fake distressing here, if you wanted some Tolix chairs for $79.00 (versus the regular $269 or $249 price tag) these would be a great buy along with a few cans of spray paint.  (Kathryn, I'm looking at you.)  But there were just a lot of tents filled with 'fake antiques' that were just too cheesy and contrived.  And don't even get me started on the craft booths...no pictures.    I couldn't stomach it.  (Just imagine hot pink, tiger striped crosses.)










4) And just some pics of stuff I liked...




 








In the end I didn't get anything.  The only thing I'm sorta regretting is the above vintage baby block--easily my all time favorite vintage baby block.  Yes children, Z is for Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin.

In short it was amazing and overwhelming and a thrifters paradise.  
I really want to go again.
Without my kids and for longer.

Who's in?


13 comments:

  1. I'd be in! Maybe a trip to TX is in order next year. ;)

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    1. MS--yes! This would be a great blogger friend meet up. Let me know if you really want to.

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  2. That sounds amazing! I wish I could go in the Spring. Enjoy for me. :)

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    1. Wish you could come too! (ps--your segment on RR was awesome! Who knew how much time/effort/people went into those things!?)

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  3. ME! I am in! Sounds right up my ally. Hot pink tiger print crosses and all!

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    1. Bailey--OK. Let's do it! Fo' reals.

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  4. Anonymous11:48 AM

    I haven't heard of this one but there is one every month called 1st Monday in Canton,TX (it starts on Friday before first Monday) but it is huge! www.firstmondaycanton.com
    Would love to go next year - not to far a drive for me since I am in the DFW area! Cute pictures and next time in Dallas area would love to meet and do lunch/supper if you have time.
    Julie - Texas

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  5. Wowza. Love all the photos. I want those giant letters. But - I went one time to Brimfield and did the same thing - nothing. It is amazing and overwhelmng and I think you just need to take it in. Maybe someday I'll get to hit Round Top! I admire you for going en famille. My oldest would have sat in one of those chairs and refused.to.move. :>

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  6. I've wanted to go for years! Some friends own the Marburger Farms section. Thanks for posting pics! Maybe someday?
    Also hope to meet y'all at Tsrhc sometime- I feel like I live there some months!:)

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  7. Isn't it crazy there! As a Texan and recent Oklahoman I can totally commiserate with the bedazzled crosses. My hubby and I love to make joking references to bedazzled flip flops and jeans;) The style there can be soooo tacky;) I loved ROund top though. Interesting stuff everywhere, and totally overwhelming. I went several years ago and I still have the starfishes that I bought up in my house here and there. I wish I could go with you...how bout a Paris flea market;)

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  8. That place looks like a blast! Do they have one of those in Utah??

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  9. Yesterday, out of nowhere, I had the thought; "I want a red English telephone booth. How could I acquire a red English telephone booth?" Who knew there were a bunch just sitting around at Round Top?!?!?

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  10. I am totally down! It won't be good for my wallet but who cares!

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