Happy Monday & my latest vintage finds!

Hey there friends.  I hope the day started off great for you.  Between Day Light Savings Time and insomnia, I woke up feeling gloomy.  After getting dressed, I did some mediation followed by a cup of tea and those two things helped me refocus and re-energize.

I’ve meditated on and off over the years but after getting away from it I’m trying hard to make it a daily practice.  It really does make a difference in how I manage my day and most importantly how I feel. If you’ve never tried mediation, here’s a great article that outlines 8 Way Meditation Can Improve Your Life. 

Now on to the fun stuff…

Over the weekend I did sneak in some time to hit up one of my favorite antique stores.  I haven’t had time to go antique shopping lately so I took my time walking the aisles of the store.   Here are a few things I found.

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The last few months, I’ve  been selling lots of Ironstone in my Etsy shop so I’m on the hunt for some new pieces.  This sugar jar was a great find and I love the design.

Vintage Ironstone Sugar Container

I already own one of these mini blue and white garden stools so this one will go in my shop.  It would look great on bookshelf as a bookend.

Vintage Mini Blue and White Garden Stool

The pattern on this creamer grabbed my attention and I love the design of the handle.

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This large blue and white floral pitcher was just sitting in the corner waiting for me.  Sell or not to sell…that is the question?

Vintage Blue and White Pitcher

I purchased a similar elephant the last time I was in Oklahoma for my Etsy shop so I didn’t hesitate when I saw this one.  I’m going to keep it and use it as a perch to hold a plant or stack of books.

Vintage Elephant Stool

Did anyone else go thrifting over the weekend and if so, what did you find?

 

 

 

My Latest Flea Market Finds–Road Trip Treasures

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Whenever we drive to see my mom in Oklahoma, we plan a few pit stops at flea markets and antique stores along the way.  I typically find an item or two but nothing to brag about.  This trip however was different.  I lucked upon lots of unique pieces at great prices. Most of what I found will go in my Etsy shop but I am keeping a couple of items for myself.

Staffordshire dogs are really popular right now and I found a couple of different dog pieces.  The first was this single dalmatian figurine.  I know these were originally sold in a set as bookends but as a single it makes a great decor pieces for a bookshelf.

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The other dog pieces I found was this set of dalmatian bookends.  I’m tempted to keep these but into the Etsy shop they’ll go.

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This blue and white lidded jar is so cute.  If it wasn’t for its petite size you’d think it was a garden stool.  I snapped this piece up for $5.00 and I’m going to keep it for myself.

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I’m also on the look out for brass trays and this one had beautiful details.  It’s pretty large in size and would make a great bar tray.

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I love milk glass and see these bowls quite often but have never purchased one.  The embossed fruit motif on the bottom is so intricate and pretty and the bowl is super heavy.

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I don’t know how long the brass pineapple trend is going to last but I keep buying them if I can find them at a good price.  I already own two so I’m going to be listing this lidded piece in the shop after I clean it up a bit.

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This pretty brass letter holder has me in a quandary…sell or keep?  The design is really pretty and you can tell its a great quality piece. Since I have good luck selling letter holders in my shop I’ll probably sell this one.

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I also found a silver-plated one that needs some TLC.  It was less than $3.00 so if it doesn’t clean up well I’ll just keep it.

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My favorite find of the trip was this ceramic elephant stool.  It’s in great condition and I practically stool it from the dealer with the price they had on it.

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Don’t you just love my latest flea market finds?  

For those of you living in Memphis, you might want to check out the Antique Mall Warehouse.  I found most of the chinoiserie  and brass pieces there.

If you want to check out my Etsy shop, head here.

Happy hunting!

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Becoming An Expert Flea Market Shopper (5 books to own)

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One of the things I love most in life is shopping flea markets.  There is something exciting about looking for a hidden treasures amongst piles of dirty, dusty and cast-off relics.

Shopping flea markets isn’t something I’ve done all my life, I’ve only been treasure hunting for about the last 6 or 7 years.  In that time I think I have become pretty savvy at vintage shopping, partly because I’ve taken the time read about, study and research the craft.

If you love flea market shopping and want to learn how to find the best collectibles and vintage pieces, I have 5 books I recommend you read.  All of these books are filled with valuable tips on what to look , how to tell if an item has value and they highlight the best flea markets around the country.

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Because I’m a big fan of Better Homes and Gardens books, Flea Market Decorating was the first ‘thrifting’ book I purchased.  Included in this book is a state-by-state listing of flea markets and antique fairs and well as tips on refurbishing your vintage finds. There is also loads of decorating ideas using real room settings with actual vintage items. The cover alone should entice you!

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I stumbled upon Flea Market Secrets in a thrift store and gave it my usual flip through to get a feel for the images.  One of the best things about this book are the 10 Golden Rules of shopping flea markets that the author outlines.  The rules are tried-and-true and things you’ll want to employ no matter where you shop.  I also like that there are chapters dedicated to different types of items like glass, furniture, textiles and jewelry.  Each chapter give you in-depth information on what types of items to buy, what to pass up and how to care for your treasures.  You’ll also find the authors favorite flea markets around the world from Paris to Round Top, Texas.

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I remember when Lara Spencer first announced that she was writing a book of thrifting–I was so excited.  I’m a big fan of Lara’s, have watched all  her HGTV shows and love her design (and fashion) style.  Her book, I Break For Yard Sales is one of the best out there and I love the fact that it combines flea market and thrifting tips with great design advice and inspiration.  Page after page Lara shares her passion form shopping yard sales, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets.  You’ll learn her bargain hunting secrets and get insight from appraisers on what to look for when shopping.

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You gotta love that Lara isn’t above dumpster diving for a treasure!

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Lara’s second book, Flea Market Fabulous expands upon her flea market shopping tips by showcasing nine rooms that have been decorated with thrifted pieces. The book walks you through the entire process of decorating with vintage finds, from creating a design plan to building a mood board.  I also love the room illustrations and before and after photos of the DIY transformations Lara and her team pull off.

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And finally, my list of inspirational flea market shopping books would not be complete without Eddie Ross’ amazing book Modern Mix.  When you want to take you flea market and antique shopping to the next level, this is the book that will guide you.  Throughout the 8 chapters of the book you’ll find beautiful images of chic interiors, table settings, bars and parties created using vintage pieces.  And along with sharing his secrets to shopping, Eddie will teach you how to expertly combine colors and pattern, mix old and new & curate a high and low mix within your decor.

“Modern Mix cracks the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence.”

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And of course I had to share a few of my flea market shopping tips with you:

  1. Have a list of items you’re looking for but be flexible.  Shopping flea markets can be overwhelming and you can easily get side-tracked so it’s a good idea to have a list of ‘must have’ items to keep you focused.
  2. Let your creativity flow.  Whenever I’m out treasure hunting, I always stop and think about an item I’m interested in.  I think about the different ways I could use it in my decor or how I could transform it into something else.  Many of the items you’ll find shopping won’t be a perfect fit but with a little creativity and work they can be become real gems.
  3. If you love it, buy it.  We’ve all been there–spotting an item but then giving it too much thought and passing it by.  Then we have buyers regret and go back hoping the piece is still there but sadly it’s not.  I learned early in the game that if you love it and it fits your budget and needs then get it.
  4. Negotiate.  Flea market and vintage shop dealers are used to bargaining so don’t be afraid to negotiate the price.  And remember the more items you buy from one dealer, the better your bargaining strength.

For even more flea market shopping tips, read my 10 Tips for Shopping Flea Markets Like a Pro post.

Happy hunting friends.

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Treasure Hunting At Scott Antique Market

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve visited the Scott Antique Market and even longer since I’ve done a post about the market.

Last Thursday I woke up and decided to make the trek down to Scott’s to check out the show and see if I cold snag any great pieces.  The Scott Antique Market is definitely one of my favorite antique shows and every time I go I’m wowed by all the vintage, antique and sometimes new pieces that the dealers have.  This market I spotted lots of great pieces…

There were a lot of really great oversized mirrors.  I can envision this beauty in a foyer or positioned at the top of a stair landing.

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One of the great things about the Scott Antique Market is the number of custom furniture dealers that attend.  If you have a challenging area or simply desire a custom piece, you can find many options at this market.

I loved this upholstered banquet which if just made for a breakfast or dining area.

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The turned wood arm-chair with grey linen fabric.  Perfect for a beach house.

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My friend Julie whose an upholsterer and owns The Upholstery Fashionista is known for her faux animal skin upholstered pieces.  She sells pieces in this fabric every month and these chairs were her newest pieces. She’s also known for the details she puts in every piece like the burlap back and sides of these chairs.

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Cut stools in a fun fabric.

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I spotted a lot of great farm tables this show.

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A pretty bench cushion sofa with great lines and a tufted back.

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I adored this bench and the fabric it was in.

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The table would make a great kitchen island.

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Lots of classic vintage furniture with beautiful hardware and details.

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Check out the carved wood detail on this piece.

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A beautiful buffet with gorgeous carved doors.

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There is always lots of blue and white chinoiserie pottery.  This bowl was oversized and I loved the octagon shape.

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These foo dogs were super-size.

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Lots of blue and white ginger jars and vases.

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This dealer has the most gorgeous preserved flowers and arrangements and his booth is always packed.

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I’m on the hunt for vintage Japanese calligraphy brushes but these were incredibly expensive so I passed.

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One of my favorite dealers always have unique bottles and jars.  Most of these were $35 or less.

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If you love industrial pieces you’ll find lots to choose from at Scott.

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May of the outdoor dealers sell vintage olive buckets which can be used for plants, magazines or just about anything.n

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There is always an abundance of wood crates..some old and some reproduction.

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One of the permanent outdoor dealers always have a good collection of brass door hardware.

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I’d love to create a wall display with a grouping of these brass numbers.

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I’ve mentioned before that the market is made up of two buildings so there are hundreds of dealers to shop from and you never know what you’ll find.  There are a couple of dealers that I always shop with and here are a few of the pieces I scored this market.

I wasn’t really looking for anything for me this show but was focused on finding a few items for my Etsy shop.  But I did find a few things I’m going to keep.

I sell a lot of these silver-plated toast rack so I buy them whenever I come across a great deal.  I also bought this brass shell dish which need some major polishing and this pewter pineapple dish.  All of these items will be going in my shop.

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Vintage globes are hard to come across at a good price so I was happy to find this one for less than $10.

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I bought this pair of brass candle holders for $6.00. Score!

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And lucked upon this brass book stand.  I’ve sold 3 or 4 of the in my shop before.

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I scored this beautiful oversized blue and white vase for $10–another great find.

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And I’m always on the hunt for Christmas items for the shop.  These napkins were just .50 cents each.

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And my favorite finds of the show were these acrylic drawer pulls for just $2.00 each!  These babies and big and chunky and I’m keeping these.

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And these Staffordshire Dogs which I scored for $20.

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I must say, I had a pretty good haul this show.

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If you’ve never been to Scott Antique Market before but are planning a visit, here are few shopping tips:

Tips for Scott Antique Market:

* The market opens at 10:30 on the second Thursday of each month (but get there about 20 minutes early as they tend to let cars in early)

* There is a shuttle bus (Fri, Sat, Sun) that will shuttle you between the two buildings (runs about every 15 minutes)

* There are food vendors on site and some of them look really good.

* If you want a great deal, shop the outdoor vendors. Many of them shut-down when the weather is not but those that stay open are willing to negotiate.

* Bring cash–a lot of vendors take checks but you’ll get a better deal if you’re negotiating with cash–{cash machines on site}

* Saturday night of the market there is an auction that takes place where great deals can be had. More details here.

* Bring your own tote bags or rolling bags. Most vendors have hand-me-down plastic grocery bags for you to put your treasures in.

* Plan on spending a full day at the show to see both buildings and the outdoor spaces.

Hope you enjoyed this overview of Scott Antique Market and hope to see you at the show next month.

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Round Top Antiques Market–An Inside Look

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I’m back today with at look at my trip to the Round Top Antiques Market in Round Top, Texas.  If you’ve never been to Round Top before, this post should give you an inside look at the market through the eyes of an avid antique and vintage shopper.

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Attending Round Top has been on my bucket list for some time now.  I’ve heard so many great things about the market and was excited to check it out for myself.

 Here’s what I thought of the market, what I saw and a few things I purchased.

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The Round Top Antique Market spans over about a 15 to 20 mile stretch of road.  There are buildings and tents all along the route selling antiques and vintage goods and even some vendors off the main road selling odds and ends.  Unless you attend the show for a number of days, there is no way to stop at every shopping spot.  If you are only attending the market for a day or two, you’ll definitely want to plan ahead and determine which spots you want to shop.

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La Bahia Antiques Show is one of places we stopped and shopped.  This area is made up of permanent buildings and tented vendors and you’ll find all types of vintage decor and housewares here. I spotted lots of great items and although many were in my opinion were over-priced, most of the dealers were willing to negotiate.

This outdoor vendor had an amazing selection silver-plate items but most were very over-priced and when you asked for his best price he seemed offended. Needless to say he didn’t get our business.

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One of the best blue and white tabletop dealers is located at La Bahia and his selection of items was impressive.  His prices were a bit stiff but he was willing to negotiate which gave him two thumbs up in my book.

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After La Bahia we stopped at a barn along the road where ‘Poor Richard’ was selling goods.  He had a mx of items including large furniture pieces and miscellaneous tabletop and decor items.  And Richard was a nice as can be so shopping with him was a pleasure.

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This oversized brass urn was $25 dollars but was a bit worn for my liking so I passed.

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I did buy these beautiful ironstone bowls for practically nothing! A definite score!

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Poor Richard was also selling these amazing tree stumps…so gorgeous!

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There was a lady near Poor Richards selling items for $1.00 and my shopping mates scored big with her.  They  had picked over the table by the time I made it over there 🙁

Our next stop was the Big Red Barn.  This is one of several sites at Round Top that charge a fee to get in ($10 at the Red Barn).  If you are shopping for high-end antiques this is definitely a place you want to check out.

Check out this antique ribbon holder. So many beautiful details including some of the most beautiful brass pulls I’ve ever seen.

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This scale was amazing and I think it was around $2700.

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I had a vintage paper roll rack on my shopping list but every one I came across was several hundred dollars.  This one was amazing because it held three different size paper rolls.

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There was lots of ironstone (check out the prices)

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After the Red Barn we traveled up the road and stopped a several different places.

Lots of beautiful Staffordshire Dog statutes…

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Beautiful blue and white antiques…

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Isn’t this the most beautiful chamber pot you’ve ever seen.  I really, really wanted to this piece but couldn’t pull the trigger on the price.

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Old doors with lots of charm and character…

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I spotted several dealers that also show at Scott Antique Market here in Atlanta and was happy to see that they didn’t increase their prices on some of their tried and true items.

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The one place that we didn’t stop at but I will be sure to check out the next time I’m there is the Warrenton area.  This area was loaded with tented vendors and the selection of items appeared to be good as we drove through.

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All in all, Round Top Antiques Market is a great show and has something to offer everyone. Here are a few tips I have for shopping the market:

TIPS FOR SHOPPING ROUND TOP ANTIQUES MARKET

  • Create a shopping list so that you stay focused on the items you are looking for.  Doing a little research before hand will also help you think about what you’re willing to pay for an item and it will help you when negotiating with dealers.
  • Take a camera or make sure your phone is fully charged so you can take pictures as you shop.  You can always turn around and go back to a location you saw an item at and picture of the piece and location will help.
  • Take cash.  I did see some vendor accepting credit cards and checks but cash is king and you’ll get a better deal if you are negotiating with cash.
  • Carry a tote bag or rolling cart.  Many of the shopping areas are large and you’ll want to be comfortable carrying your purchases as you shop.
  • Take it with you or have it shipped. There are several shipping business located throughout the show so if you see something that won’t fit on the plane or in the trunk, consider having it shipped.
  • Dress in layers.  Our shopping day started out nice, then it rained a bit and then it got super windy and cold.
  • Visit the free shopping areas and by-pass the paid spots like the Big Red Barn and Marburger.  I promise you won’t miss anything and you’ll find everything you can image in the free tents and buildings.
  • Negotiate.  Most dealers are prepared to negotiate on the price and many of them will offer you a fair deal.  Several times I looked items up on Etsy and Ebay in front of the dealer and they offered better pricing because they saw I was up to speed on the prices.
  • Plan to spend a little time in downtown Round Top which as some cute shops, restaurants and outdoor vendors that set up during the show.
  • Like most antique markets these days, you’ll see lots of vintage and antique reproductions of if you’re not sure what you’re looking at, ask the dealers to tell you a bit about the history of an item.  And, keep in mind that in most cases when you see a true antique, you’re not going to see multiples of the same item.  Multiples of an item often signals a reproduction especially with furniture, lighting and some tabletop pieces.

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So, I know you’ve been waiting to see what other goodies I bought so here’s a look at a few of my favorite purchases…

A beautiful brass tray

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blue and white ironstone plates

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a larger ironstone mold

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 Bucket List:      Round Top Antiques Market     √

On Monday I’ll be sharing the rest of our road trip including our visit to Magnolia Market in Waco.

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A Sneak Peek at Round Top, Austin and Waco

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Hello friends.  I am absolutely swamped catching up from my trip to Texas and I’m dealing with a bit of a cold but I did want to pop in and share a few sneak peeks of the trip with you.  There was so much to see and do so I’ll have part one of my trip for you on Wednesday.

Until then, be tantalized by these photos…

Round Top Antiques Market was awesome but prices like these were few and far between…

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There was tons of silver…some good and some bad and some dealers were just not dealing…

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Along with some amazing antiques, there was lots of vintage (real and reproductions) throughout the show…

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I spotted something on my shopping list but the prices were definitely not what I wanted to pay…

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Gorgeous blue and white chinoiserie everywhere and lots of unique pieces I’ve never seen before…

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My one regret!  I wish I would have pulled the trigger on these grapes…

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We dined at Royer’s Cafe in downtown Round Top and had the most amazing pies….

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We visited the Capitol building in Austin and I was mesmerized by all the stunning trims, molding and woodwork…

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even the door hardware was amazing.

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We made our way to Waco to visit the world-famous silos and Magnolia Market.

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The only words to describe it are…so Chip & Joanna, crowded beyond belief, cute as a button and BIG!

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They’ve cornered the market on cute magnolia designs like the hand-drawn magnolia flower.

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and Chip’s red truck was too cute!

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I can’t wait to share the rest of the adventure with you.

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Round Top or Bust–A Antique Market Dream.

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Today is a big day!  Today I’m checking off a bucket list item and heading to Round Top, TX to shop the famous Round Top Antiques market. I’ve wanted to go to Round Top for years and the planets aligned this year and I’m doing it….

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Thrifting Finds–All About The Brass

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On Valentine’s Day the hubs took me out for a day of thrifting.  Lately when we’ve gone thrifting we’ve shopped at my favorite antique stores and flea markets so this time around we decided to stop by several of our local Goodwill stores.

Shopping Goodwill is definitely hit or miss experience.  Sometimes you can score some great pieces but more often than not, the shelves are filled with undesirable pieces.  I’ve also noticed that over the last year or two, Goodwill seems to be increasing their prices so the deals you once could find are harder to come across now.

 The stars and planets must have aligned for Valentine’s Day because I found several awesome brass pieces and a few blue and white gems.

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This tulip shaped brass planter was in perfect condition and I’m thinking I’ll put a maiden hair fern or orchid in it.

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I also found these brass containers and will most likely sell these in my Etsy shop.

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Here’s some vintage brass inspiration for you…

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These blue and white tea cups were too cute to pass up especially for less than $3.00.

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 I love this Chinoiserie blue and white flower frog/brick and can image it filled with tulips.  After doing some research I discovered this piece was made in Portugal and was designed for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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And I scored these petite brass pots for .50 cents and think they’d be great for succulents.

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a little something like this…

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While I was thrifting, I also picked up a few pieces that I’m sending off to a fellow blogger as part of the Ciburbanity #SwapItLikeItsHot blog swap.  I super excited to be participating along with a slew of other bloggers and can’t wait to share it all with you in April.

If you haven’t honed your thrifting skills yet, you can read my thrifting tips here and my flea market shopping tips here.

Happy hunting!

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