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The New Round Top Phone App – Shopping for antiques is now mobile!

10 Apr

I was so excited yesterday to share what I learned watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Forks Over Knives, I completely forgot to share my Round Top purchases with you.  I didn’t buy anything for personal use…only things we can use for our new coffee shop.  So these things probably don’t seem that exciting but they are to me because they are much needed in our soon to be coffee shop – Revolucion Coffee + Juice! Woot!

Bought this light fixture to hang above our large community table.  It is made from an antique holder used on a pot strainer.

These metal arrows will be used to hang above two counter areas…one will stay “Order Here” and the other will say “Pick Up Here”.

Antique women and men’s bathroom signs.  Still not 100% sure about using these but they only cost $5 each so I picked them up just in case.

My final purchase was this large metal antique letter “J”.  I thought it was very unusual since it was two toned blue and metal.  It will be perfect to use on the wall to spell out the word Juice.

I also already own a large C (I bought in October’s Round Top) that can be used to spell out the word Coffee.  I am probably going to spell both words out with different lettering – somewhat like Jack Pierson has done on the two pictures below.

That will look bright and lively on the wall don’t ya’ think?  I don’t have the “offee” or the “uice” letters required to finish spelling out the rest of the words.  I’ll probably make them because buying more large antique letters was too expensive.

While Carrie and I were grubbing down on pimento cheese and chicken salad sandwhiches, we shared a table and conversation with two very interesting people. One was David Athey who owns the Round Top Inn and the other was  Gretchen Von Rochow who co-wrote the book The Round Top Experience.

Gretchen is not only an author but creator of the phone App Round Top which allows shoppers to search for items they want to buy in Round Top.

Shopping in Round Top and surrounding areas is very difficult because it is literally fields and fields (and miles and miles) of booths.  It involves walking in the hot sun and dirt and basically just hunting and searching for items you want to buy.  This phone App helps shoppers find what they want to buy and provides maps and other instructions on how to get to that particular vendor’s booth. BRILLIANT!  And it’s FREE!

The phone App can also be used for:

  • Finding a place to stay, dine or shop.
  • Accessing map, photos and videos.
  • Learning how to shop the show.
  • See what’s happening year round.

It was completely random Carrie and I ran into David and Gretchen and got to spend lunch together.  David and Gretchen probably think Carrie and I are a little quiet but we were just so tired from shopping in the hot sun all day!!  Also we were in complete awe hearing all they had to say.

I can’t wait to read The Round Top Experience.  And I really can’t wait to use the Round Top App next year to shop for antiques.  Can you believe Gretchen actually created a phone app?  She’s genius.  To learn more, check out her website here.

And…I know where Carrie and I are staying next year at Round Top.  The Round Top Inn!  It’s a gorgeous inn that offers morning yoga and a happy hour during Round Top festivities!

Round Top Inn:  Built in the 1800s, the Round Top Inn is a local icon and historic landmark, located within the Golden Triangle of Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas. The inn pairs modern amenities with rustic charm, offering guests a luxurious stay in peaceful, picturesque surroundings. Seven beautifully restored guest rooms and cottages are nestled among majestic oak trees and manicured grounds—an ideal setting for those seeking a relaxing country getaway.  To book your stay or obtain more information click here.

Best wishes to David and Gretchen.  Hope we run into them again next year :)

- Angie

Happy Friday :: Round Top Recap Part II

6 Apr

What makes me happy today?  All the things Carrie and I bought and witnessed at Round Top this week!

I am  a little embarrassed to publish this post because my pictures are not as pretty the ones Carrie posted yesterday.  Carrie took great pictures and even used a cool photo app.  Carrie is straight up awesome! Um…well…I didn’t carry my weight as a co-blogger at Round Top. I was quite lazy and maybe a little too excited to be at Round Top to focus straight.  Sorry about that! Maybe you’ll forgive me because the things I am about to show you are way cool (even despite the bad photography.)    :)

Here’s are all the amazing junk I think you’ll love to see!  So many fantastic ideas and lots of inspiration.

So here ya go…enjoy!

How lovely is that turquoise clock?  And what about the color combination with the bright couch and cushions?


More crazy bright color…look at this chair. Orange has always been one of my favorite colors and it’s really bold and nice here mixed with the dark upholstery.

I believe Carrie said these chairs were being replicated now by Pottery Barn. I forgot what style the vendor said they were called.  These chairs are actually replicas also and made to look old.  A couple of vendors at Round Top do replicas of just about everything and make it look like antiques.  Although I love the style and they look amazing…think I’d prefer to actually have originals.

Necklaces made from cut up license plates.

I’ve been wanting something like this for a long time to use as a jewelry case.  What they did here was creative..basically they used an old window frame and then built a base and stand for it.  I thought long and hard about buying this but I have no where it will fit in my house. And my mom has a ton of old windows so if I ever do find a place, I think I’ll try to make something similar myself.

Flattened and stamped silverware.  I’ve been wanting to learn how to do this.  I saw a tutorial on another blog and it looks pretty easy. Maybe one day! :)

Painted croquet balls?  Just decoration?  Pretty whatever they are!

The picture doesn’t justify but this chair was gorgeous with beautiful green upholstery with grey accents.

Antique corrugated metal used as a cabinet base.

Carrie had a great idea for this old industrial antique – use as a coffee cup holder.

I really wanted to buy one of these old oil lights…

Old pot strainer holder made into a light fixture.

Lots of pretty glass items.


These are old antique metal tiles that would be beautiful used as ceiling tiles.  Some were even painted and even more lovely.

This is a table with a steel top.  I’d love to know where or how it can be done because I have a wood table that would be perfect topped in steel like this. It would give my table a nice industrial look and be very durable.  There is no way a steel top like this could get messed up with crafts, cooking or any other type of heavy messy work.

Another one of my favorite things in the world…typography!!!  These were especially nice because they were giant numbers.

An interesting military style case.

These are lamp shades made with a burlap type material.  They probably produce nice ambient light.

Handbags made from coffee bags.

This was a long industrial table with iron cylinders on the top.

Quite a bit going on in this picture but if you look at the top, you’ll see an old fan made into a light.

Old pieces of metal cut into arrows.

An industrial material converted into a planter.

I had no where to put these giant antique fuel pumps (nor the money to afford them) but I loved them!

Lots of good ideas right?  Want to know what I bought?  Stay tuned Monday! :)


Junk and a Cheap Hotel.

3 Oct

What a weekend!!

junk round top texas antiques

And worth every mile we drove, calorie we ate, and road we walked in Round Top Texas.

I’m completely exhausted after 12 hours of looking for the perfect pieces to bring home.

And although we do not consider ourselves hotel snobs…we decided to stay ‘cheap’ so we could save our money for things we really wanted.  Makes sense, right???

Not so much.

Well….we won’t talk about the hotel we stayed in…and we will definitely stay somewhere different in Brenham in the future.  Scary!!!  Slept with one eye opened!!!

We’ll share all of our finds this week along with lots of pictures throughout the day.

Angie and I did good…we didn’t go crazy, buying things we really didn’t love…and we got some great pieces that we are so excited about.

Now, I am off to love on my babies and snuggle in my nice, clean bed….and Angie is taking care of her precious mom who seriously broke her ankle over the weekend.  Say a prayer for healing and comfort for her…

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!


Carrie & Angie

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