One of my goals for 2018 is to take a monthly day trip and blog about it. I have 3 days left for January and I needed proof that I did the day trip and I had to tell you all about it! So here it is, I went to Round Top to go antique shopping with my boyfriend. I went with some friends a few months ago and I knew he would love it. A 2 hour journey full of breakfast tacos leaking in his lap, one missed turn, and good conversation was the perfect setting for an amazing day.
Can I tell you that it poured rain in Round Top yesterday. We got there and there was NO cars and where were all of the vendors?!? I freaked. We had waited months to make this happen. I added every Round Top Antique Winter Show Facebook Event created. I looked multiple times. I even found a map. Did I get this wrong?!?
We started out at Chelsea Meadow and my poor TOMS quickly let water come in and I started to get a small idea of how wet the ground was under my feet. There were some interesting items but the one that caught my attention was the old McDonalds Hamburglar playground toy. Last time I came, there was an enormous cheeseburger for sale also!
I am glad I didn’t let the muddy walk up to second stop discourage us. It was for sure my favorite of the day. McLaren’s Antiques & Interiors and this was the coolest place. Far better than old stuff in a field. Sadly, my bank account and their prices made my love of the tables, and the lights, and the doors – Oh the amazing doors – just a love story for the books. The lovely owner shared with me that one of the perfectly British red double decker buses out front is a cafe in the spring and summer. How fun is that?!? Okay, I tried not to take a ton of photos but I took the one of the table because I keep thinking the parquet floors that might be torn up soon would be an amazing headboard. Who can feel that with me?!!?
Stop three was Moore’s Antiques and they had the biggest mud pit for a parking lot which told me they were a popular stop the day before. This place was such an interesting collection of things. I almost wondered if they bought a church and tore it down and brought EVERYTHING to the store. You want a confessional?! They got it! Tons of old linens. Crosses, pews, pub booths, urinals, glass bottles, enamel covered bowls, and so much church stuff. It was interesting and more than anything, I wanted to know the story of the items that built their collection.
We got in one last place (name forgotten) before lunch. It had a fun collection of vendors. I didn’t take pictures of everything but the fun ways of re-purposing items. I wish I had taken photos of the ways the used license plates. clipboards!!!
And then there was lunch at Royer’s Cafe. Yep, the place with the world famous pies. I tried the Buttermilk Delight with Blue Bell. You can never go wrong with Blue Bell! And then we wandered around the corner to a fun shopping area. My two favorites were the Humble Donkey Studio (hello mimosa!) and Two Sparrows Roasting Company (which filled the air with the most amazing roasted coffee smell…ahhh!) I need you to know there were two Bluebonnet paintings at the Humble Donkey that I fell in love with. The first was undoubtedly out of my price range while the second is a possibility. I might have included it in one of the photos below so I can keep looking at it and try to talk myself into bringing it home!
Alright, next stop was Warrenton, TX which had antique shopping from big areas to roadside collections. I can’t remember the name but the front shopping area might have been the Crazy Chicken and the back booth and house was the Cajun (Something or other?!). I fell in love with this table, but it didn’t seem stable and I don’t refinish furniture. Definitely not to this degree. But it has such pretty potential.
Okay last stop on the way home was Junk Gypsy which was filled with some amazing things. I debated a few tshirts but it’s the end of the month and my checkbook was like “Kelly… Do you need another tshirt?!” I do, but I need money more. You get it. Ugh, but all the pretty things. And some old school retro things. Like the amazing lip gloss from 1983?!?! Yesssss! This part of Texas is pure country and there were longhorns next door. Of course, my boyfriend had to take pictures because he likes the Longhorns… My question is… how do they sleep with those horns?!?!
My recommendations on Round Top… Go with friends willing to look at all of the random things and laugh. Share stories of 4th grade lip gloss, old bedroom furniture, and life around the kitchen table with THOSE bowls. And take time to imagine the lives of the items. All of the families that sat at the table, drank from the glasses, shined the light from the ship, and drove the red double decker bus. Only use your phone to take pictures and enjoy a slow easy day. Consider taking something home and how you might re-purpose it. Could you make the letters from the old Radio Shack work when you get them home?! And where could you hang it up?! Most important, enjoy your company and remember that Not All Who Wander Are Lost.