wheelin and dealin in Round Top

4 Oct

It was my first visit but I’m a fast learner.  And it’s your lucky day because I’m going to share secrets and tips. Antique hunting in Round Top (and Warrenton), Texas can be a rough sport.  In order to be a fierce competitor, it’s important to follow these four rules:

Rule #1 – Start out with a margarita at 10am.  Hey, don’t judge…it should be seriously considered since it’s over 90 degrees in Texas heat.  It’s important to stay hydrated isn’t it?  And a little liquor might help gain more courage for Rule #2.

Rule #2 – Always offer less.  The worst that can happen is that the seller can say no.  What’s more important, pride or a fat wallet?  Pride is really overrated.

Rule #3 – Be ready to sweat and get dirty.  There is no way around this. The pathways are dirt.  And there’s some intense heat and not many of the booths are not covered with tents. However, after seeing all the amazing sights like these you just won’t care about the heat.

It’s exciting.  And fun.  It was so exhilarating at times our hearts were racing!

Rule #4 – which is the MOST important rule: If you see something you really want, grab it immediately.  If not, some other lucky hunter is going to get it. If it’s a MUST HAVE, you can’t chance it.  Especially in Round Top where there are seas and seas of competing shoppers.  You might hear friends say things like “Oh let’s keep looking and we’ll come back”.  Don’t listen because it will never happen. If it’s not already sold, you will never be able to find that booth again.

If someone stayed at Round Top and the neighboring antique markets for a week, they may never be able to see it all.  It’s miles and miles of antiques. Carrie and I loved it all and can’t wait to go back in April!  (And the weather will be cooler – woot!!)  Here are some more of the most interesting things we came across.  If you want to see even more goodness, check out our entire Round Top/Warrenton picture gallery on Flickr here.



We scored some awesome finds!!  And great deals.  We were lucky and able to negotiate at least 30% off most of our finds.  Getting a great deal made our success even sweeter! Wonder what we bought? Well here ya’ go!

Carrie bought this sign for her son’s bedroom.  She’s going to hang it on his wall.  How cool is that!!??  Interesting piece isn’t it?  It came from a circus. One of the great things about it is despite the large size, it is surprisingly lightweight.

Carrie also bought this pink iron dress form for her daughter.  Her daughter has been wanting one for quite some time.  Well the search is finally over. This is not a traditional dress form but will work great in her daughter’s room.  She can even put things on the lower shelf like books.

Now for my goodies! I bought this huge letter C.  I have been on the quest for a large C for at least a year.  Most people probably just use random letters or numbers when they decorate with typography but I really wanted a C because our last name starts with a C. This one used to be in a McDonald’s playhouse. It’s perfect because the color will mesh great with the room I want to hang it in.

I found the outdoor chandelier I was hunting for. I adore this one. It’s large and made of heavy old iron. I got a deal on it and it’s going to look great hung from a tree above our patio table outside.

Some of the these pictures don’t look great because they were taken from our phones.  Sorry it was late at night and hard to have photo sessions in our garages. We really think these items will look amazing once we get them installed and put in use. Overall, we did well and didn’t go crazy shopping.  We stayed way under our budgets.  We didn’t get to find some of the things we were hoping for but we both found two items we loved and came home happy.   Can’t wait for April to come!

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5 Responses to “wheelin and dealin in Round Top”

  1. Sonia van der Zwaan October 5, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    Hi, just found your blog via google looking for bakelab pictures and got hier stucked! so nice…. To see how you do live and share the same interests over seas. It’s all there, interior, cooking, travelling. Keep the good work! Kind regards from Holland!

  2. Jess October 9, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    My best friend and I hit up Round Top with her mom on the last weekend…I had SO much fun. They have been going for years but this was the first time I was ever able to join them, and I am already looking forward to April. I haggled too and got some awesome deals…I could have bought SO much more but my wallet and the limited space left in my Honda Fit agreed that I had done enough damage. :-)

    • Angie & Carrie October 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

      We went the last weekend too! I love Round Top so much. I can’t get enough of it…and Angie is in love now too! :) We’d love to see what you came home with!!

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