Almost Time for Marburger Farm


Can you believe it’s almost time for spring Antiques Week in Round Top and Warrenton? Have you planned your road trip to Marburger Farm‘s show yet?

One of the few bonuses of our long winter this year is that it might give us a very pleasant spring antique show. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

If you’ve never experienced Round Top Antiques Week, Marburger Farm is a great place to start. Miles and miles of pastures full of tents and vendors can be intimidating, but Marburger has so much in one (large) location. The farm has really become a beautiful venue (they even host weddings and parties when it’s not Antique Week!). They have moved about a dozen historical buildings to the site. They also have a city of tents and permanent pavilions to house all the vendors and restaurants. And, yes, you must experience the food and drinks–so many tasty options to keep your energy up for shopping!) They also bring in air conditioned porta-potty trailers for the event. You definitely won’t find those in the other fields!

Here’s a little taste of the fall 2013 Marburger Farm Antique Show

As always, I’ve tried to give credit to the vendors and, if possible, provide links for their beautiful work. Many vendors don’t have active websites, but Marburger Farm provides a map with all the vendors when you visit, so you can easily locate your favorites. Tell them you saw them on The Shady Acre!

The Old Red Lumber Yard

How beautiful is that organic shaped bamboo table!

Harmon Antiques

I have a thing for old wooden dollhouses. In the right setting, a collection of these would be sweet. I found a few more you’ll see later in this post. That’s one of the great things about Antiques Week–you can start a collection in a few hours that looks like it took years to procure.

John Petty Antiques

I also have a thing for metal tables, especially if they’ve been made from repurposed materials. Patina meets function.

Don and Marta Orwig

Don and Marta Orwig’s booth was wonderful–a great mix of industrial and architectural pieces.

Don made these tables using airplane pistons and parts from an industrial creamer.

I saw several tables wrapped in metal similar to the one above. Surely they are made by the same artist. I need to do some investigating, because one of those might be a future splurge. Gorgeous! The finish looks very similar to the galvanized metal that I acid-treated for our air conditioning ducts. If you know anything about the source, let me know!

The Garten

The Garten is based in Fredericksburg. (Many of the vendors have store fronts around the state and country, while some of them only sell at shows like Marburger.)

Leftovers Antiques

Leftovers has a huge store just outside Brenham, and they always have beautiful things. Lots of European furniture and smalls, and their vignettes are little masterpieces.

I fell in love with the gray cabinet above. I really like turned-wood furniture, and this is such a gorgeous piece.

Yesterday’s Treasures Antiques

The Vintage Round Top

It was the first time at Marburger for The Vintage Round Top, but they have landed on the Round Top map with a strong presence. Owners Paige and Smoot built their current venture around a farmhouse in Round Top that they discovered a few years ago on a weekend drive through the country. Now that farmhouse is a thriving B&B that has been featured in Country Living magazine. See more of their story here.

A. Tyner Antiques


Jerry Earnhardt Antiques

I love the cabinet above. I think I would paint the inside shelves white.

Parkhouse Antiques

Signs, architectural salvage, furniture–this vendor had so many yummy treasures. I can’t wait to see what they have for the spring show.

B Kelley Antiques

Suzanne Fox Antiques

TUSK Old World Antiques

Rebecca Looten’s Monsoon Imports

I blogged about Rebecca’s booth last year, and it’s still one of my favorites. I love her blend of American and imports.

The woven charpai beds were beautiful!

Kara Fogertey’s Studio F

There’s another one of those metal wrapped tables! That sure would look good in my living room… Kara’s booth was another one of my favorites. I think she sold over half of her wares on the first day–almost all of her larger pieces had “sold” signs by the time I got there! I’m looking forward to visiting her booth again.


House Wren


Selina Vaughan

Cottonseed Trading Company


5¢ Mercantile

I know I keep saying this, but this booth was one of my favorites! She had the same type of items that I pick for my booth, but she had a lot more inventory.

Carla Murphy

A Jenny Lind doll bed? How sweet is that! If I had a little girl, that would’ve been hard to resist! It would also make a cute dog bed…

Recycled Relics/Peter’s Lamps

If the cord on the fixture above had been long enough for our 12-foot ceiling height, it would’ve been perfect for our kitchen island. I love the mix of industrial and the rustic architectural piece. He had some beautiful and unique lighting, and I thought his prices were very reasonable–especially for one-of-a-kind pieces.

The Red Door Antiques

Those red chairs! Oh, how it hurt to not take them home. Chairs are like coats and tall boots, in my opinion. It’s very hard for me to resist them. And these were in excellent condition. But I graciously left them for someone who needed them more than me.

A wall clock was actually one of the things on my short list of specific things to look for. If this one (above) had been larger, it would have been perfect! I actually found one recently that I’ll have to share in another post.

Willow Nest

Lynda and Ludmil of Willow Nest are two of the most talented and interesting artists I’ve met. I actually wrote an article and photographed their home and studio when they lived in Burton. (They have since moved back to California). Lynda’s vignettes and layers of texture always draw me in. And Ludmil has all the knowledge of an engineer combined with the creativity of an artist. I think he could design and build anything. He’s very well known for his aviaries made from recycled materials. They have quite a following, so, of course, they had already sold most of their large pieces before I arrived.

I’m looking forward to sharing more about Lynda and Ludmil soon!

Bluebonnet Interiors

Bluebonnet Interiors had some great vintage kids’ decor.

J Hill Designs

Fields Antiques

I love all the colors and vintage patina!

Well, that’s a wrap! Just looking at the pictures makes me giddy that the spring show is less than two weeks away! April 1-5

Here are some tips I’ve shared before…

-I highly recommend wearing comfortable boots or some type of close-toed shoes. Remember–for most of the year this is a pasture. If it’s dry, your feet will be covered in dust; if it’s been rainy, you’ll have mud. These are not conditions suited for flip-flops!

-Dress in layers. The mornings might be cool, but it will probably be warm by lunch time.

-Come early. If you’ve ever been stuck on Highway 237 in traffic, you already know the benefit of arriving early in the day. And you’re going to want to spend the entire day at Marburger!

-Don’t leave without eating at Legal Tender Saloon.  Their pimento cheese sandwich is worth almost getting a ticket from the grumpy DPS officer. (Their original location is right on the highway near Zapp Hall in Warrenton. Sadly, they are only open during the antique festival.)

-If you’re going to take pictures for your blog, try to ask for permission and give credit to the vendors. These vendors work so hard to bring their wares and create beautiful displays–they deserve the credit!

Don’t be afraid to ask for a better price. Most sellers expect it to a certain degree.

-Bring a cart or a large tote to carry your treasures.

-If you love it, don’t wait to buy it. It will be gone. You will be sad.

For more info, visit Marburger Farm’s website.

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