On the Section Cover: OLD WORLD ANTIEKS ELIZABETH COLE
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The Compound, 2550 South S.H. 237, Round Top
Blue Hills at Round Top, 1701 S.H. 237, Carmine
ANTIQUE WEEKS: A Field Guide
Architectural Salvage, Textile Goods and Whimsy
By Marsha Canright
It’s almost pickin’ time in the country, when mainstay brick-and-mortar (or shiplap and tin roof) dealers are joined by pop-up tents and seasonal merchants in an exciting time of year known as Antique Weeks. Some vendors are open year-round, while others will welcome shoppers mid- to late-September or early October. Check vendor websites for exact dates then head out to explore a wonderful world of whimsical objects, architectural salvage and sumptuous textiles in this buffet of “junque.” The quest may involve long days of haggling and wandering through fields, but those who accept the challenge will not be disappointed. Be sure to pick up next month’s magazine when we look at nautical artifacts, jewelry, vintage clothing and antique signs.
If you gravitate towards playful, one-of-a-kind accessories, remember the mantra of Amie and Jolie Sikes: “Your home should speak to everything you love, whether it's in style or not.”
The Sikes sisters are the brains behind two local legends: Junk Gypsy, their flagship store, and Wander Inn, a boutique lodge. Each of these outposts offers a goldmine of whimsical design inspiration — they are full of texture; clean and modern with winks at the old west and an artful smattering of Americana.
With hundreds of pop-ups to see during Antique Weeks, it can be tempting to look first and buy later. But, when you are viscerally drawn to a horse head vase or a crochet wall hanging, best to go for it — even if you don’t know exactly how or where it will work in your home. These fall-in-love objects are the seed from which a well-curated room is born, according to Amie and Jolie.
Their philosophy: Start with one thing you really love, like an old sign, and build the room around that element. Remember to mix and match styles and eras along the way. If the room feels too feminine, throw in something masculine, like a beat-up musician’s road case or an old leather chair. Keep a harmonious blend of old and new.
When you’re on the hunt, keep your eyes open for these Junk Gypsy favorites: concert posters, nostalgic roadside signs, and vintage serapes.
Antique Weeks are a catch-all, a landing spot for architectural elements rescued from the wrecking ball.
In one booth, there’s a display of old-growth flooring, pulled from a 19th century cottage; at the next, a stack of stained glass windows. There are stair parts and doors of all sizes, cast iron emblems and industrial light fixtures aching to go home with a passionate DIY’er.
But, if you’re looking for already functional pieces crafted from reclaimed materials, Paul Michael’s Market Hill in Round Top is a necessary stop. His shop is full of live edge benches, antler chandeliers, and reclaimed doors turned room dividers and dining tables. For stunning 19th century doors, pillars and gates, find yourself at McLaren’s Antiques & Interiors for objects ranging from French châteaux to Indian palaces.
Round Top regular Rachel Ashwell coined the term “shabby chic” to describe her perfectly disheveled, multi-textural style, which relies on luxuriously faded, supple linens.
If you like this look, there are textiles galore to be found while antiquing from luxe linen tablecloths and flowery vintage hankies to hand-knotted kilim rugs and antique lace by the yard.
A bit of advice: savvy shoppers won’t be deterred by damaged pieces, which can be repurposed as hand towels or to patch an aging quilt.
Textile lovers shouldn’t miss Leftovers Antiques Home Mercantile and Pandora de Balthazar Fine Linens for lounge-worthy linens; for elegant Turkish carpets, try pop-ups for Nomadic Trading Co. and Rugvana.
If you need a break from the heat, there are several oases to earmark as you make your way down the antiques trail.
With 12,000 square feet of space, Round Top Vintage Market boasts blissfully cool climes and even cooler treasures from more than 50 vendors: antiques, art, vintage fashion and more. There’s also Cole’s Antique Show, a massive 63,000 square-foot Warrenton venue with more than 200 vendors. Purists will be happy to know that authenticity reigns at Cole’s — you won’t find any new merch or reproductions. And for R&R, head over to The Arbors with happy hour and bites from 3-6 p.m. daily (September 25-October 5) and an on-site cafe that’s air conditioned.
Hodges Farm Antique Show & Sale
Today & Yesterday
Bootleggers Antiques and Unique Decor
Burton Bridge Ministry Corner Shoppe and The Store Next Door
Heritage Hall Antiques
Pecan Tree Antiques
Pigs Fly & Co.
Carmine Dance Hall Antiques Show
Carmine Trading Post
County Line Antique Show
Grace’s Treasure Hunt
River Oaks Farm at Round Top
Farmers Finer Things
La Grange Cotton Gin Gallery & Antiques
Le Petite Gourmet Shop
Old World Antieks
Bader Ranch at Round Top
Bill Moore Antiques
Boneyard at Round Top
Branded Luxury Unlimited
The Bull Market
Chelsea’s Meadow Antique Show
Coyote Station Furniture Emporium
Curate by Stash
Gasoline Hill & Antiques
The Gin at Warrenton
Granny McCormicks Yard
Texas Rose Antique Show and Cafe
2075 S.H. 237
Tree Park Antiques Field
Tree Park Antiques Field
Bar W Field
Cole’s Antique Show
Das Blaue Haus
Das Gruene Haus Field
The Marketplace Warrenton
Old Feed & Grocery
Old Town Market Warrenton
The Original Warrenton Antique Show
Rose of Texas Antique Show
The Zapp Hall Antique Show
Market Hill - Paul Michael Company
McLaren’s Antiques & Interiors
Munday and Munday Antiques
Old Depot Vintage Market & RV Park
Old Glory Antiques
Old Henry Farm
The Original Round Top Antiques Fair
The Big Red Barn Event Center & Annex, The Continental Tent
Pandora de Balthazár Fine Linens
Round Top Vintage Market
The Royal Standard
Rugvana Rugs Pop-Up Store
Junk Gypsy World Headquarters
The Lone Star Gallery
Marburger Farm Antique Show
Henkel Square Market
Humble Donkey Studio
GETTIN’ IT HOME
Sure, you can rent a trailer, bring a tarp and tie downs and haul those treasures home yourself. But wouldn’t it be easier to just hand that task off? Ask your antique dealer if they provide shipping services, or give one of these vendors a try.