The Jersey Picker • Texas Rose Field, Round Top TX

On The Crush List because…

He’s offbeat & off the beaten path.

Jersey P Painting's Sold

Randy gets around. And back around.  And around again. New Jersey to Texas to California to Alabama to New Jersey and then up and down and around again from there.  He’s a true backroads traveler and one of the most enjoyable Instagramsters I follow.  During the Antique Show he somehow manages to come to a complete stop for a few weeks to set up shop at the Texas Rose Field. His funky little building is a curiosity cabinet of of carefully picked and plucked travel souvenirs that reflect his idiosyncratic take on the world. What a Wunderkammer!

Jersey P Uchee Mermaid

Jersey P Baby Doll Parts

Jersey P Toe Slipper

Have you ever heard of a Flux Kit?  Maybe you call it a Fluxus Box. Maybe?  I got all worked up a few years ago when I stumbled upon the mazy details of the 1960’s NYC art world’s Fluxus Movement. As you might expect of a 1960’s NYC art movement, it encompassed life’s entire enchilada: art, music, film, architecture, culture, commerce, performance art, publishing, Yoko Ono, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, clear plastic suitcases, and a ‘let’s switch our clothes during the ceremony’ wedding.

If The Jersey Picker’s  slightly subversive, terrifically exuberant art-is-what-is assemblages tickle your fancy you might want to take a little Google Voyage yourself through the absolutely fascinating and inspirational Fluxus landscape.  It’s a long and deep road that’ll take some time to travel and I know you may be kind of busy right now, so just so I don’t leave you hanging, distracted all day wondering what the heck a Flux Kit is, here’s just a snippet of the Wikipedia description:

The second flux-anthology, the Fluxkit (late 1964), collected together early 3D work made by the collective in a businessman’s case, an idea borrowed directly from Duchamp’s Boite en ValiseWithin a year, plans for a new anthology, Fluxus 2, were in full swing to contain Flux films (with hand held projectors provided), disrupted matchboxes and postcards by Ben Vautier, plastic food by Claes Oldenburg, FluxMedicine by Shigeko Kubota, and artworks made of rocks, ink stamps, outdated travel tickets, undoable puzzles and a machine to facilitate humming. 

To facilitate humming!!

Jersey P Corner Cowboy

Jersey P Corner Art

Jersey P Mugs

Jersey P House

Jersey P Platypus

Jersey P Brushes

Jersey P Lady Liberty

Jersey P Pounders

Jersey P Call Randy

Rita Inc. • Burton, TX

On The Crush List because…

This spooky-fabulous historic feed mill offers antiques, real estate, location scouting, venue rentals, Costa Rican coffee & auctioneer services. You must need one of those.

RIta Glassware

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.

Burton Mill Ducks

Rita Shiner

Burton Mill Wide

Rita Inc Desk

Rita Ag Board

Rita Nun

Burton MIll Smiley Man

Rita Kennedy Portrait

Rita Sepia

Rita Shopping Basket

Rita China Cabinet

Rita Red Telescope

RIta Toilet


Rita Machinery

Rita Industrial

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