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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! :)


Round Top Recap :: Spring 2012

5 Apr

I woke Monday with a text from Angie saying “good morning sunshine! see you soon!”  Both of us were so excited to get to Round Top!

Then it started raining at my house, the power went out as I was getting my daughter ready for school and I thought “oh no! please do not rain today!” Out the door in pouring rain, stopped at Bucee’s for a decaf coffee (my first in weeks, and my last for a while!) and drove north.  The rain finally cleared about halfway to the Hill Country.  Listening to 80s on XM…Hall & Oates, Prince, and the Go-Go’s kept me company along the 2 lane backroads to Round Top.  Lots of day dreaming about my future country home.  :)

We actually go to Warrenton, outside of Round Top.  Cheaper prices, much more laid back, and great people to deal with.

Angie and I pulled into our grassy parking lot within minutes of each other around 10am.

First stop:

Chorizo, bean, and cheese on homemade tortillas.  And a salty margarita.  Yes, at 10am.  It was awesome.

Here are some various things we found throughout the day.  Some quirky, some vintage, some I totally wanted to take home with me.

Pool table balls made into wine corks…


Huge gunmetal trunks…

Both of us were drawn to these posters set in old window panes.  I really wish I had bought one.

This piece was stunning.  Picture totally does not do it justice.

Every time I go to Round Top, I come home with less and less.  My first trip I came home with the motherload.  Now, I take my time, think about things, and sometimes come back later…if I can find the place again.

This trip, I came back with:

One older.  One newer.  Both out of circulation.  Love the colors mixed with my $0.19 mercury glass votive.

These signs came from old railroads throughout the United States.  We found this precious older gentleman who told us stories about all of the pieces around us.  He thought Angie and I were sisters…awesome.

I told Angie not to think I was crazy…but I had a vision of a sign with the number “40″ on it.  I saw it across the field and we beelined it over there.  The faded out “Do Not Enter” is going in my son’s room.  I noticed it when we bought our first pieces and it was still there when we came back to load up our finds.  I bought it for $10.  And right after I bought it, another woman came up asking how much.  The sweet man told her “sorry, the sisters just bought it!”  I hope he is at Round Top again.  Loved him.  And the “40″ already has a home on top of my armoire in the dining room.  If I ever get that thing repainted, I’ll show you how awesome it looks up there.

Then I found this:

I love the history behind this crate.  It says WILLOW SPRINGS on the ends.  Willow Springs is a small town in the Hill Country and most likely came from an old bottling plant years ago.  The gentleman I bought it from said the plant closed many years ago and he found it on the side of the road.  I rescued her…she is safe and sound now.

This was a last minute, pull up and park on the way outta of town, kind of purchase.  I loved it for my front garden and really wish I bought more.

But this vendor was a complete JERK.  If I didn’t have my heart set on it, I would have left it in the dirt.  Angie has a story about a jerk vendor too.  There always has to be one, ya know.

We had a great time.  I loved every minute of it.  It was a fast day, lots of driving, lots of walking, lots of eating.  We shared fresh bread sandwiches…one with homemade chicken salad and one with homemade pimento cheese.  If you’ve never had homemade pimento cheese, you are missing out.  I don’t think either of us took a picture of the sandwiches either…that tells you how fast we were eating.

We didn’t spend alot of money either which was nice.  And my garage is running out of room. HA!

Enjoy your day!




5 Apr


Forgive my absence yesterday….I was stilling recouping from a long and exhausting weekend which began on Friday organizing baby dedications…up at 6am headed for coffee and antiques aka junk…back home hours later to wrap up more baby dedications…up again at 6am headed for church to love on 19 families who dedicated their children and themselves to raising their children in Jesus Christ…back home with Sweet P’s long time friends from church.

I proceeded to take nap on Sunday…something I rarely do.

And woke myself up with my own drool.

Nice.  But I needed that nap.

Now that we got that out of the way….how was Round Top, you ask?

It was great.  Great because I found pretty much everything I was looking for…had fun with a friend…ate good food and enjoyed a margarita in the cool Hill Country.

Do I have pictures to show for it?  Umm.  No.

I only took 3 pictures.  I am lame.  I don’t know what I was thinking.

So here is picture #1:

And #2:

And #3:

The hubcaps were a find.  Bubbie is moving to a big boy bed soon…and he gets a new room along with it.  I told my husband I wanted hubcaps for the wall.  He looks at me like I am crazy.

Then we walked and walked…and found our favorite place.  An older gentlemen with his denim overalls, white beard, and straw hat.  We buy from him every year.  He is precious.

I spy the hubcaps laying in the grass…walk over and he immediately tells me “$5 bucks each and don’t try to talk me down because they are $15 bucks up the street!”

Okay, okay.  Geez.

So I start going through them and ask him over to tell me what model car they are from.

He sees one I have picked and says that he shouldn’t sell that one for $5.  I say “noooo, you told me not to talk you down!”  He laughs and says he sold a set of those for $400.

Score baby, score.

So $20 later, I have 4 1950′s-1970′s hubcaps for Bubbie’s room.

That was pretty much the day…lunch and a margarita, which killed our shopping mojo but I didn’t need anything else.

I’m sure my husband appreciated that.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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