Leftovers Antiques • Brenham, TX

On The Crush List because…

If they don’t have it you don’t need it.


Leftovers Wall Chairs

Wanna go shopping?  Good.  Me too.  Let’s go to Leftovers in Brenham.  I think of it as a different kind of General Store.  The kind where everything is generally fabulous.  Know what’s fun to do there?  Look up more than down.  You’ll find the most interesting things that way.  And also, look in.  Some of the best treasures hide in the cabinets. We wouldn’t want to miss the Tongue Dish.  Well, maybe we would.  Ick.

Or as my mother taught me, “No thank you.  Tongue’s not my favorite.”

Leftovers wide

Leftovers Ceiling Magic

Leftovers Peach Art

Leftovers Lavendar Chandelier

Leftovers Frames

Leftovers Copper and Blue

Leftovers Eyes

Leftover Shaving Brush

Leftovers Pitchers

Leftovers Tongue Dish

Round Top Vintage Market • Round Top, TX

On The Crush List because…

No matter which weekend you come to Round Top, you should be able to shop some serious vintage.


RTVM Color Story

It’s always amazed me to see how the Antiques Week vendors take almost every single antique out of Round Top when they leave.  Really, only a charming handful remains.  The fabulous Lizzie Lou and Junk Gypsy World Headquarters and a few other spots in Henkel Square are usually open every weekend.  And there are some special Big Red Barn shows and auctions. And you can find plenty of antiques in La Grange or Burton or Carmine or Brenham.  But how many folks have visited Round Top during the off-season and been surprised to find a town full of music and pie and fine art and clothing boutiques, not a town full of antiques?

The newly arrived Round Top Vintage Market should help fill the void.  Barbara Griffin and Pat Boyd have taken Emma Lee Turney’s wonderful antique mall (man oh man I miss that MOUNTAIN of quilts in the back on the left…) and brought in loads of new vendors with bunches of vintage finds.

RTM Spider Mums

RTVM Have A Seat

There’s some dynamite mid-century fun, and long aisles of decor inspiration from Show vendors like the Vintage Round Top, and quite a few things that lean just so.  I’ll stop with the and and and and ands if you promise to stop in some weekend soon, or during the Show when a snow cone won’t do because you need full-on air-con relief.

RTVM Leaning Lemons

RTVM Pink Doll


RTVM Indian Runner

RTVM Goblet

RTVM Ballet Box


RTVM Peace Dress

RTVM Comics


RTVM Shelf of stuff

RTVM Ceramic Light

RTVM Lace Eggs

RT Vintage Mkt Open




Lark • Round Top, TX

On The Crush List because…

Every single thing here is artfully crafted, selected, displayed and shared.


lark  necklaces

To be honest, Barbara and Russell’s artistic talents are a little intimidating.  Hand them pretty much anything-textiles, dyes, gold, silver, precious stones, everyday rocks, wax, wood, feather dusters, agave stalks, wasp wings-and try not to be amazed by the results.

Under the name Scattered Light, the couple has developed a devoted fan base for their original jewelry designs, especially their botanical charmscollage necklaces and custom wedding rings.  Lucky for RT fans, Barbara and Russell recently opened Lark Spirited Giving, a completely chic and cheery gift shop in Bybee Square.  You’ll find the jewelry there, along with a carefully curated selection of artisan chocolates, vintage barware, cards, books, and perfectly perfect gifts.

Lark display

Lark chandelier

A sweet story:  The name Scattered Light comes from Barbara’s childhood memories of hearing predictions of “scattered light showers.”


lark nozzle

Lark devour corner

Lark Coffee

Lark barware

Lark barware

Lark cards

lark door

Industrial Country Market • Highway 71 Columbus, TX

On The Crush List because…

I guarantee that you have never been anywhere quite like this.  And if you have, I want to go there.


ICM Bird Masks

ICM SIgnage

Recycled, reprocessed, reclaimed, recovered, reused… it’s all here by the highway in a group of buildings and gardens that are completely off the grid.  Like the ICM, I could go on forever trying to describe the wonders of the place.   Hopefully the photos capture its spirit and encourage you to pull in next time you’re driving between Round Top and Houston.

It starts with the non general general store.

PIpe Door Pulls

ICM Shredded Cash

ICM Spices

ICM Turntable

ICM Lion

And then behind the store, past the water gardens and the greenhouses and the solar electricity conversion room and the very nice composting toilets, is the art gallery.  I have some of Aunt Dottie’s work as part of my collection of Outsider Art.

ICM Folk Art

ICM Random Art

And then there’s the outsider art outside.

  ICM Pathway

ICM Dish Garden


Ice Plant Antiques • LaGrange, TX

On The Crush List because…

This place is super spooky, in the best way. 

Ice Plant Doll | La Grange

Sometimes you go to an antique shop and you see a thing or two that you’d like to put in your family room.  Other times you find an antique shop that you want to be your family room.

Ice Plant Blue | La Grange

And you want the little camper boy photographer to be your brother.  Or maybe not.  But you definitely want his vintage camera collection.

Ice Plant Boy | La Grange

Ice Plant Chair | La Grange


Old World Antieks • LaGrange, TX & Blue Hills, Round Top

On The Crush List because…

At some point or another we all need to go a little Old World.


Old World Antieks Bust

Brian and Amy’s hugemongous warehouse of Euro imports is open all year and it’s where I go when I’m wishing it were Round Top Show Weeks but it’s only lonely July.

During the show, they take a “field trip” and set up a big booth packed with furniture and basics like bottles & baskets right at the entrance to The Compound.   Put it on your list for sure and see what kind of deals they’ll give you!

Old World Antieks Crown | La Grange
Old World Antieks Antlers

Old World Antieks Pots
Old World Antieks Warehouse

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