The weekend before last Adam and I went to Round Top for their giant antiques fair, which is one of the biggest and best in the country.
Last year I went for the first time and was blown away by how insanely huge and amazing it is. It is miles and miles and MILES of fields and pastures, barns and tents bursting with unique old things. It’s kinda what I imagine heaven is like, if heaven was chock full of old rusty crap. Maybe it is, I don’t know. One can hope.
This year I insisted that Adam join me in Round Top (he didn’t go last year). So he took off work, we booked a hotel in a nearby town, ditched the older two boys with the grandparents, borrowed a truck for hauling all our goodies home, and set out with our baby, our orthopedic sandals, and the list of things we we’re looking for. On the list was..
- Old doors – we have six sliding barn doors in the new house and I want them to all be different.
- Mirrors – two for the kids bathroom and master
- Furniture – mostly looking for cool pieces to turn into vanities for the bathrooms, but we need most other furniture too
- Glass door knobs
- Anything we couldn’t live without
So, want to come shopping with me? Throughout the day I snapped pictures of some of my favorite things, here are a few of them.
This chippy blue set of doors was the first thing to catch my eye, aren’t they absolutely amazing? ($550 for the set)
I’m not exactly sure what these next things are, but I see them as perfect for holding ice and drinks at parties. Or planters…anything can be a planter.
Adam really wanted to take this rusty metal cart home and turn it into a coffee table (or something)… but they wanted almost $400 for it, so it stayed.
These wooden pulleys kept calling my name…
This metal piece was the perfect size for the kids bathroom, but we weren’t sure how to make it work with two sinks. ($650)
Wire tables, $85 (these would be so easy to make!)
Around every corner were amazing light fixtures….
Also, lockers everywhere (these were $150)
Wood and glass doors, $900 for the set…perfect for double sliders over the office nook.
I saw these little metal chairs and said to Adam “those are cute…I bet they’re comfy too” to which he replied “Those little torture devices? No way” and sat down…for a long time, because of how horribly uncomfortable they were, I’m sure.
This was one of my favorite finds of the day, I’m pretty sure there isn’t a single thing I don’t love about it ($650)
And if I had a daughter, this little mirror would be in her room ($70)
This metal cart was my husbands favorite find of the day ($875)
This vendor had a barn full of furniture that was all to die for, this piece was $2600.
These galvanized arched mirrors were perfect for the boys bathroom ($285 each)
I wasn’t interested in buying this mirror, but I had to snap a pic because it’s such a great idea for a DIY project or gift. It’s made of scrabble tiles and is chock full of uplifting quotes and sayings. ($700? I can’t remember, but it was a lot).
This piece, ugh….so amazing. ($1,250)
Turkish pillow that would look right at home in the master bedroom ($165).
After searching for a while Adam and I finally found a bunch of glass knobs. As much as I wanted to take them home, we couldn’t figure out how we could make them actually function with the doors we bought. So sad.
I feel like I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when I came across this door just before we left. The color, the hardware, the design in the panel… yes to it all ($1,450).
So, do you want to see all the goodies we ended up taking home with us?
That’s right, we didn’t end up buying a single thing. Not ONE thing. The only thing we went home with was lunch in our belly and a wicked bad sunburn.
Let me explain.
Everything was so expensive. Prices are obviously negotiable, but there really isn’t a point in negotiating down a door that is $1400 when you really aren’t wanting to pay more than $400 or $500 for it. Last year when I went I got some great deals, and this year I couldn’t find anything that was worth parting with our hard-earned money. I was complaining to Adam about the prices when he stopped, got real quiet and said “I think I know the problem…just listen. Everyone is talking about Fixer Upper.” So I stared listening. I’d hone in on strangers conversations while in tents and looking at awesome rusty junk…and dang if he wasn’t right. Every freaking one of them was talking about Fixer Upper. After a while it’s all I could hear…it was deafening. I’d like to slap Chip and Joanna Gaines for making the rustic/industrial farmhouse style so poplar. (Not that I don’t love me some Fixer Upper, I’m not a monster.)
And so, that was our trip to the Round Top Antiques Fair. We didn’t come home with anything, but we had a great time nonetheless. I mean, I was antique shopping with my husband and without 2/3 of my kids… and the 1/3 of our kids we brought with us was great the entire time.
(He even furrows his brows in his sleep, a look that has earned him the nickname “Judge Judah”.)
In conclusion, I’ll be going back next year. Have any of y’all ever gone?