Sometimes I travel the Round Top area for no purpose except to stumble upon something incredible. Kind of like the way I take a nap just to tap into my creative mind. Plus I like to drive around. And nap.
Aimless wandering is how I found the Old Feed Mill in Burton, TX, owned and managed as an antique shop, real estate office and filming location by the accomplished, highly informed and hospitable Roger Chambers.
The space stunned me (and my iPhone 6 camera) with its light, its volume, the preservation of its original purpose and its near perfect assortment of well-priced home-style antiques. Roger kindly explained all sorts of feed mill processes and engineering details as I poked around. I’m still savoring the image of a huge blower sending swirls of shucked oats streaming up a long ductwork pipe and outside into a vat of molasses.
No further words necessary. Enjoy the sweet feed of photos.
To complete my run of posts on the topic of ‘Which Field/Venue/Show is Best?’ I thought I’d try something new. We’re in the middle of the Fall 2015 Show (the Thursday before Marburger) and since I took the day just poking around wherever the minivan seemed to want to go, I thought a recap of my day would be a good way for me to share a bunch of fields with you. Some of these vendors and spaces will become official crushes later on, but for now I’m going to fly through a timeline with nothing more than tiny photo captions. Grab a bottle of water and hop in the passenger seat. We’re going to the Show, The Crush List style.
Antiques on the Square in Fayetteville: The Approach
Antiques on the Square in Fayetteville: I wish someone would hire me to name colors.
Antiques on the Square in Fayetteville: Or to name forest animals.
Antiques on the Square in Fayetteville: Camelpalooza
Antiques on the Square in Fayetteville: The card reads, “Have you seen my Honey Bear?”
Out the window: Right down the road from Haw Creek Cemetery
Next stop, Burton, TX: The Secret Town
Burton, TX: No it’s not too early for lunch.
Burton, TX: Meal deal!
Burton, TX: First in line.
Burton. TX: Map on the wall.
Burton, TX: What to do with the $2 change.
Burton, TX: Ta dah!
Downtown Burton: Get sidetracked by the thrift store in the old grain mill.
Burton: Can’t get enough of the story or the stuff.
Burton: Bought the brass sailboat ashtray but not the smirky man cup.
Fly across the street to Flown the Coop. Note that this is my third canoe today.
Flown the Coop: Chat with Tiffany and Carolyn while drinking in the space.
Flown the Coop: Day’s getting away from me!
Flown the Coop: So many moments here. I promise I’ll do a full crush post soon.
Yippy Skippy it’s La Bahia set up day and some of the booths are up already!
La Bahia Set Up: Could spend all day imagining cushion fabric for these.
La Bahia Set Up Day: And isn’t this lil pumpkin right on color trend?
La Bahia Set Up Day: Coming back on Opening Day tomorrow for the full effect.
One last quick stop! The Show in downtown Round Top. A truly fantastic field.
The Show: Love these Richard Rockford collage pieces.
The Show: And I’ll put a pair of lovebirds on it every time.
The Show: Whew! I think we’ve earned our afternoon nap. Going to rest a bit before meeting friends for wine at Prost! Thanks for coming with!
This is the second post of my Field Showcase Series in which I attempt to help you decide where when and how to shop the Show. Last week we were earlybirds in The Fields. Now it’s time to get started for real, and since we have to start somewhere we’ll start where my minivan seems to take me more often than not. Blue Hills.
We should try to arrive around 9:30am. Morning is golden time! There’s a damp chill in the air that will be long hot gone by noon. We’re dewy golden too; showered and bright-eyed (thanks to our travel mug of Folgers Half Caf and that cream cheese kolache) and ready to see every single thing there is to see!
Welcome to pretty Blue Hills Field. There’s so much to like about this spot. It’s beautifully designed and tidy and a nice manageable size. It’s the perfect place meet up with a shopping buddy. And the parking’s free. There’s a nice clean potty paddock with plywood stalls back there. And look how many Crush List crushes are here! The Fall 2015 Show should be especially exciting at Blue Hills because some of the long time regulars have moved on to other fields so it’ll be fresh and full of new things to discover.
Quick aside while we’re on that subject: Hey, you old time hugely famous and popular and super loved fields. You know who you are. Here’s an idea of mine that may cause dealer riots, or a shoppers revolt, or at the very least a whole tornado of angst and drama but I’m going to suggest it anyway.
Move everyone around!
Yes, move ’em around! Put all your dealers’ names in a box and draw them out randomly and assign everyone a new spot. Yes, really. The pot could stand a little stirring. A little zest. A little creative zhuzh. Don’t worry, we’ll figure out where our favorites are and along the way we’ll give a new look to those booths we’ve learned to skip past/look over/pass by. Isn’t this an industry based on a love for redecorating? Redecorate!
OK, here we are. Back to what makes Blue Hills the center of my Show and why it might should be the center or at least the start of yours.
Looking for lighting? It’s one of the things Blue Hills does best. There are booths with industrial blown glass fixtures or custom pulley lights or one of a kind perfect-for-your-sunroom lamps or delicately reworked iron fixtures or a whole ceiling’s worth of vintage chandeliers. Buy your lighting at Blue Hills.
Are you at the Show because you’re right now at this minute furnishing with a purpose and need to find well-priced up to date pieces of both the old and new variety? Blue Hills is your place. There’s a booth just for painted furniture. A real good rug spot. Pascal’s super chic Four Hands style furniture. The maps and paper ephemera place. The booth with endless options for country chic duvets and pillows. That whole run of dealers along the back of the original field with country armoires and cabinets and dining tables. Adele’s fine art. The deckhouse full of Asian bits. All the good Euro in the new part. The dealer at the very end with fun classics like old wooden sleds…
You get the idea. This is high end merch that you want in your home, all pleasantly pulled together by professional real deal dealers. And while it may not sound right first thing in the morning, the Methodist Men’s chopped BBQ beef sandwich with chips and an iced tea is the iconic Antiques Show meal!
The Fall Show is coming and this is where you go first.
Hi y’all. As the show approaches, a bunch of folks have started asking me how to ‘do Round Top right.’ For those of you who’ve missed it, there’s a tab up at the top of The Crush List screen that says “About The Antiques Show” and that’ll take you to a page of what I consider to be very useful general advice and info and back roads tricks. But I think can do more to help you decide where to go and when. Each of my next several posts will highlight one of my favorite venues. I’ll pull together a bunch of representative images and tell you a little about why and when I like to shop each one. Hope it helps.
First up: The Fields
I keep telling everyone the Show starts September 18, but that’s a lie. A bunch of us will be out there early the week before that, around the 13-14th, to check out The Fields, which I consider to include North Gate, Bar W and even (I know, I know you’ll disagree) the Renck Hall area. My very first The Crush List post was on North Gate Field. I said it then and it’s still true: it all starts in The Fields. If you’re looking for multiples, for imports, for metal letters, or biergarten tables or carnival signs or bread boards or silverware or matching marble sinks or farm furniture or holiday decorations or thousands of BARGAINS, this is your place.
I think The Fields are best enjoyed during the early bird days. You can always come back later in the show when everything is completely set up and the frozen lemonade booth is going and the free parking is a treat. But try go early when the dealers are selling to other dealers and things are just beginning to come together like a chick just pecking its way out of the egg. You’ll have to use the porta potties. And you’ll need to pack some Kind Bars and almonds and apples and waters because food vendors are not really out yet. It’ll be hot and a little lonely, but enjoy. You’re shopping the Show like a local.
For the third post in a row, we’re driving up and over the bluff behind LaGrange to the town of Schulenburg. Our two previous visits have taken us to church and on a lovely history hike and I know you’re too polite to say it out loud, but you’re definitely thinking, “This has been such a great field trip but for heaven’s sake I’m absolutely famished. Could we maybe stop and get some lunch somewhere?”
So glad you asked. The Garden Co. Marketplace and Cafe is one of those oozy charmy spots that would be everyone’s favorite in any quaint town. Or big city for that matter. The decor is spot on country chic, mixing industrial with mid-century with vintage ruralist with cottage with repurposed. Servers are welcoming and enthusiastic, the food is just exactly what you hoped it would be and the store & nursery are hard to get out of without a purchase or two. A pepper plant and gauzy tunic top last time if you must know.
Of course you want to hear more about the food, so I’ll be happy to share descriptions from the lunch menu as you take your photo tour of the dining spaces and places. Don’t miss the farm tool chandelier in this very first photo…
Pesto marinated grilled portobello mushrooms topped with goat cheese and pecans served with field greens and balsamic drizzle.
Crisp boston leaf lettuce and and mixed greens topped with chimichurri marinated grilled hanger steak, hardwood smoked bacon, red onions, tomatoes and crumbled blue cheese with a honey balsamic vinaigrette.
Grilled sourdough bread with sharp cheddar, swiss, gruyére and bleu cheese served with side servings of dijon mustard and a fruit chutney.
Buttery toasted brioche bread with thick bacon, lettuce & tomato with roasted garlic aioli.
Here’s why the chill little seating area in the back is so great: Let’s say you and your friends have driven from wherever over to Schulenburg to meet for a nice dinner of seared duck breast and brussel sprouts. You’ve finished your meal and everyone’s thinking it’s probably time to get up from the table but you kind of want to spend a bit more time together since you’ve come all this way. It’s late, and it’s not Houston or anything, so there aren’t too many other spots in town to move to for a nightcap or dessert. Well how great, your group can go back to the comfy lounge area and hang out for a while. And how convenient that you’ll pass the wine bar on the way there!
Want to shop in the Marketplace & Nursery real quick before we head home? I thought you might!
P.S. If your field trip this time is to Round Top not Schulenburg, there’s also a Garden Co. Marketplace shop right across Henkel Square from Pie Haven.