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Research…Getting Ready for Round Top, Texas

Packing up, pages from my books, my walking vintage Frye’s and my custom made vintage fabric, ToTem handbag, that I can sling over my shoulder.

I love research, I mean if I didn’t I would not have been able to write two books, that’s for sure. So as I prepare to do a book signing at Marburger Farm Antique Show at Round Top, Texas, I want to make sure I get all my ducks in a row for the extra time I have for SHOPPING! I’m going to spend Wednesday shopping and Thursday morning, 9 to noon is my book signing (hope you drop by). I’ll also be raffling off some cool stuff!

Photo by Meghana Gandi, Full Article, Huffington Post

According to an article from The Huffington Post, Round Top, is the best antique fair in the world! “Touted as the largest antiques fair in the United States, the event, which has been around since the 1960s, attracts more than 2,000 vendors who descend upon a 25-mile stretch of Highway 237 from Burton to LaGrange.”

Yikes, I don’t think I gave myself enough time to check it out! Next year…

The Howdy is the program for the Marburger Farm Antique Show. Here is just one of the many pages…

But for those of us who love more than antiques, will be thrilled, because the show has everything…antiques, vintage, retro, modern, crafts, architectural salvage pieces, repurposed materials, and flea market goodies. A cornucopia of beautifully displayed salvage goodness! At Marburger Farm, where I’ll be this time, they have a program called the Howdy, which lists all the dealers, where they are and gives helpful tips and information to all who visit.

Joanne shopping at vintage fair

I always try and wear a hat, that covers my face but isn’t cumbersome, when I’m at shows, fairs and flea markets.

So what am I going to bring, water, cash, checkbook (some dealers don’t take credit cards) and a great attitude! Looking at the maps (which I love by the way) I have found where I want to stop for food, where I can ship stuff and how I can get some WIFI, since I hear reception can be spotty. I’ll check the weather in advance and bring the sunblock (I am coming from Vermont, where the lake is still frozen over) and a jacket I can wrap around my waist if need be. I’m bringing along my sisters as well, more hands to carry stuff (but don’t tell them that).


Bev, the owner of Bel Sole, is a salvager as well, and has transformed this home into a beautiful B&B. I can’t wait to see it!

Thankfully, I’ve book at room at cute B&B, less than 10 minutes away, Bel Sole, so I’ll be well rested and fortified for a second day of treasure hunting.

Here are some other folks articles about what to know about visiting Round Top. Hope to see you there!  My best, Joanne

Rachel Ashwell’s Tips

Country Living Magazine’s Guide to Round Top

The Vintage Round Top Best Tips


Marburger Farm Antique Show at Round Top & West Elm in Austin!

At my book signing at the Marburger Farm Antique Show at Round Top, I’ll be raffling off these Long Horn vintage wood coasters I made, along with a vintage Vermont hunting vest. Stop by, say hi and enter to win! Looking forward to wearing my cowboy boots.

I can’t wait to go to Texas! I’ve never been to Round Top Antique Fair or Austin, so I’m thrilled to say, I’ll be heading to both. On Thursday, April 2nd, I’ll be signing books at Marburger Farm Antique Show from 9 a.m. to noon and EXCITING NEWS!…on Friday I’ll be giving a How to Design & Decorate with Salvage and Vintage Goods talk at West Elm in Austin from 5:30-8 p.m. (This was just announced, only 30 seats available. RSVP)

AT MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW… I’m also bringing a little Vermont to Texas! Besides signing my books, answering your questions, you can enter your name in a raffle for a vintage hunter’s vest from Vermont and Longhorn coasters I made from wood from an 1800’s barn in Vermont. So stop by and say hi and enter to win. I’ll be near the Promenade (close to the café). Can’t wait to see you there!

You have got to check out their website. Full of amazing information about the show!

You have got to check out Marburger’s website. Full of amazing information about the show! Check out the map!

At West Elm on West 5th Street in Austin, on Friday, April 3rd…coming join me for a presentation, slideshow and Q&A about Salvage Design.

With over 75 slides of amazing salvage design and DIY projects, Joanne will show you how to add it and where to find it. Don’t miss out on the presentation. It will be fun, funny and filled with great design ideas!

More information and tickets available HERE! The Naples, Florida event sold out in a week, so don’t miss out! Tell your friends in Austin.

I’ll be talking more about Texas, styles, designers, and some inside scooping about shopping Round Top! Plus a DIY Post on how to make the Longhorn Coasters! So make sure you follow along on the blog (see the email sign-in on the right).

Till then…Y’ALL have a great day!

My best, Joanne