The Ones That Got Away | Thrifting Regrets From Round Top

We’ve all been there…shopping at a thrift store and coming across an item that grabs your attention.  You approach the item, give it a good once over and then rationalize the decision to purchase it or NOT.  The piece looks great, has so much potential and is priced right but the voice in your head says no.

You walk away.

You leave those amazing pieces behind and can’t stop thinking about the ones that got away.  That’s what happened when I was shopping during my trip to Round Top and the Hill Country.   I walked way!!

Before I show you the ones that got away, let me point out a few things…

  1. I consider myself a seasoned antique/vintage/thrift store shopper.  I can tell is a piece is quality and know if something is over-priced or priced right.
  2. One of my rules for thrifting is to buy it if you love it.  Even if you don’t have an immediate idea where something will go in your home or how you’ll use it, if you love it, you always find a spot.
  3. Another rule I have is to not overthink a purchase…if you gut says yes don’t let your mind talk you out of it.

So if I could click my heels and transport myself back in time, I would have bought these items when I was thrifting at Round Top…

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What I Bought At The Round Top Antiques Market (and a few other places too)!

Round Top Antique Market--2017

Happy Friday friends.  As you read this the hubs and I are headed back to Atlanta with my mom in tow.  She’ll be visiting us for a week or so before heading back to Oklahoma.

I wish you could see our car….it’s loaded to the gills with luggage and the vintage finds I picked up at the Round Top Antiques Market and beyond.   If you’re wondering what I mean by beyond, here’s the scope.  In addition to shopping Round Top, my travel buddies and I, Marsha, Wanda and Sherry also stopped at antique stores, flea markets and Goodwill stores during our road trip.  It was a thrifters dream.

Before I show you some of what I purchased, I wanted to share a bit more about our trip.

We left Dallas at 6:30 am on Saturday morning and made the trek to Round Top.  Dallas to Round Top is a 3 hour drive so we had time to chat and plan our shopping strategy for the day.

Once we made it to Round Top we spent the day shopping then drove to Saledo, TX where we were staying the night.  We stayed at the Inn On The Creek which is an adorable bed and breakfast.  I share more about the inn next week but here’s a little glimpse of this charming spot.

On Sunday morning we left Saledo and headed to Waco for more shopping and finally made our way back to Dallas last Sunday evening.

Two days….lots of shopping and a whole lot of fun!

Now let’s get to the really fun stuff…what I bought.

If you remember from my previous posts, I had a list of items I was shopping for including ironstone, blue and white pottery, old design books and vintage jewelry.  Although I wasn’t able to find everything on my list, I did find some plus a few things I didn’t have on my list.

WHAT I BOUGHT IN AND AROUND THE ROUND TOP ANTIQUES MARKET…

I had pretty good luck in the ironstone category.  I found this pretty ironstone pitcher at a thrift store in Waco and it is in great condition.

Round Top Antique Market--2017

I’ve sold several ironstone gravy boats/creamers in my Etsy store recently and was hoping to find some new pieces to add to the shop.  This one has a pretty leaf and vine design on it and it was only $5.00.

Round Top Antique Market--2017

This 3-piece English ironstone sugar/creamer set was a great find at a Goodwill we stopped at.  And you won’t believe the prices–$5.49 for all three pieces.

Round Top Antique Market--2017

I found this large ironstone bowl at Round Top and love the softly scalloped edge.  It’s a great bowl for fruit or serving salads or pasta.

Round Top Antique Market--2017

Another Goodwill score was a set of Federalist  Ironstone cups and saucers.  I’ve never come across this brand of ironstone before but couldn’t pass up the set which was priced at $5.49.

Round Top Antique Market--2017

Round Top Antique Market--2017

There were two of these blue and white gravy boats but one had a chip so I only bought the one.   And it was less than $6.00!

Round Top Antique Market--2017

My friend Marsha grabbed this blue and white vase but offered it up to me.  #goodfriendssharetheirthriftingfinds

Round Top Antique Market--2017

I found these blue and white bread plates at another thrift store for just $1.99 each.  They are English transferware from Lochs of Scotland.

Round Top Antique Market--2017

One of the booths I stumbled upon a t Round Top had bins of vintage lace for $1.00 per bundle.  You know I had to add a few to my collection.

Round Top Antique Market--2017

I was excited to come across a dealer at Round Top that was selling design books for 50% off the marked price.  The books I purchased,  were published between 1993 and 2008 and cost $6.00 each.

Round Top Antique Market--2017

I spotted this beautiful silver-plated bowl in an antique store in Waco but it didn’t have a price tag on it.  When I took it up to the counter to check the price I was expecting them to say something like $48.  I was surprised and thrilled that it was only $12! #winning

Round Top Antique Market--2017

One of my favorite finds was this cute elephant planter/vase.  There were people around me when I spotted it so I played it cool and grabbed it when they weren’t looking.

Thrifting tip:  be ruthless in the pursuit of a unique treasures

Round Top Antique Market--2017

This cute plaid ice bucket and glass set (6 glasses) was a find at an antique store outside Ft. Worth.  What a fun set for someone to use for summer entertaining.

Round Top Antique Market--2017

These are just a few of the items I purchased on the trip.  I’m coming home with tree boxes full of goodies, most of which I’m planning on putting my Etsy shop.  I’ll be sure to let you know when the items are available.  If you see something you’re interested in, just leave me a comment and I’ll email you the price.

Before I sign off, I did want to share an unexpected find.

Last night we stopped by my cousins’ house.  I’ve been in her house many times but didn’t realized she was a blue and white collector.  She has some beautiful vases, ginger jars and a full set of Blue Willow Dinnerware.  When I spotted it, I commented how I’ve been looking for Blue Willow chins. Then she said something I didn’t expect…she said I could have it.

I’m happy to say that I am now a proud owner of a full set of Churchill Blue Willow dinnerware.

Round Top Antique Market--2017

As I pointed out in yesterday’s blog post, it pays to go off the beaten path when antique shopping in and around Round Top.

Until next time…

5 Tips For Shopping Round Top Antique Market {and a few gems I spotted}

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you know I was at the Round Top Antiques Market last week.  And boy was it a blast.

I know you’re dying to see what I purchased but that will have to wait until tomorrow.  I’ll show you what I bought along with more highlights from my trip.

Today I want to share some tips I have for shopping the mega Round Top market in case you ever want to attend.

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

If you’re never been to the Round Top before let me give you a few market stats…

  1. The Round Top Antiques Market has been going on for 20+ years.
  2. The show originally started in a single barn facility and now spans miles and miles over several towns.
  3. The population of Round Top is just 99 but during the market season the number of people in town swells in to the 1000’s.
  4. There are over 350 dealers at Round Top (actually, it feels like more than that).
  5. Dealers comes from all across the US and the world.  And some dealers even bring containers full of European goods to sell.
  6. Several venues charge a fee to get in (usually $10 or less) but the majority of shopping sites are free. Parking is free in most cases as well.
  7. The market is set up to accommodate cars, vans, trailers and even small trucks and buses.
  8. Shipping services are available if you happen to find a furniture piece that won’t fit in the back of your car 🙂
  9. Lots of the items are Round Top are EXPENSIVE but don’t let that scare you off because there are tons of affordable items too.  There really is something for everyone.

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SHOPPING ROUND TOP ANITQUES MARKET

#1. Plan To Spend Multiple Days Shopping.  There are two major Round Top Antiques Market shows each year, one in spring and one in the fall. Each show last 5 days with many of the vendors actually setting up shop and selling a week or two before the official opening date.

The show spans over several miles with venues set up all along the main route and off the side roads.

 

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

 

Because the number of dealers is so large, the range of items that you’ll find for sale is beyond the imagination.  There is literally something for everyone and items are every price-point.

In order to see all that Round Top has to offer, you need to plan for 2 to 3 days of shopping.  Map out the areas you want to visit ahead of time based on the kinds of items you’re shopping for.

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

#2. Know What You’re Looking For. Everyone that attends Round Top has their own shopping list in mind.  While many people are looking for large furniture pieces others like me are looking for smaller collectibles.

To keep me focused on what I’m shopping for, I’ve found it helpful to make a visual shopping list with photos.

When you make your shopping list, take time to study the types of items you’re looking for. If you’re a real collector, you want to know the real thing from a reproduction.  And even though many of the dealers are selling authentic vintage and antique items you will run across reproductions, found objects and even a few ‘garage sale’ type finds.

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

#3. Wheel and Deal.  If you’re not a natural born negotiator, make sure you have someone with’you that is.  Like all flea markets and antique shops, the dealers are ready and prepared to negotiate price.  So as not to offend a seller, you always want to ask for a better price in a polite way.  I’ve found that asking the question, “what’s the best price you can do” always gets some type of discount. If the price still isn’t what you want to pay, throw out a price and see if the dealer bites.

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

Tip:  If you see multiple items at one dealer that you are interested in, ask the dealer what discount they could  offer if you purchased them all.  Typically dealers will knock 10% to 20% off the price.

#4. Go Off The Beaten Path. One of the things we discovered last year headed to Round Top is that there are lots of great antique shops in the small towns outside the main market area.  Most of the shops had a great selection of small items like collectibles, tabletop items and small furniture pieces.  And the prices were more reasonable than the what you find at Round Top.

** Favorite local shop:  Whistle Stop Antiques in Giddings, Texas

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

#5. Plan To Have Lots Of Fun. There is a lot to see and do in Round Top so a fun time is guaranteed.  In addition to shopping, make sure to visit the ‘city center’ where Royers restaurant and pie shop are located.  And keep you camera handy to snap photos of the beautiful farmhouses and churches as you pass through the city.

Round Top Antiques Market-2017

I’m already looking forward to attending Round Top again next year because there’s still so much to see and experience.

 

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My Round Top Antiques Market Shopping List

Round Top Antiques Market Shopping List by ConfettiStyle

If all goes according to plan I’ll be shopping up at storm at the Round Top Antiques Market in just a few days.

I attended Round Top for the first time last year.  Even though I had an idea of what I hoped to find, the magnitude of the show (and the cold weather) stopped me from doing my best shopping.  This year it’s going to be a different story.  The weather is going to be warm, I’ve been brushing up on my vintage shopping skills and I’ve got a LIST!

Over the years I’ve found that shopping with a list when I go to a flea market or antique store keeps me focused and yields better results. So when I hit Round Top this year not only will I be shopping with a written list but I’ll also have photos to serve as inspiration.  Want a peek at what’s on my shopping list…check it out below.

Round Top Antiques Market Shopping List by ConfettiStyle

Since I love all things chinoiserie, I’ll be on the hunt for anything in that genre. I’m hoping to luck upon some Staffordshire dogs in white both for me and my Etsy shop.

I’ll also be looking for vintage fashion books.  I may have mentioned this before but I have a degree in fashion merchandising and spent most of my corporate career as a buyer and merchandising executive.  My love for fashion runs deep!

Round Top Antiques Market Shopping List by ConfettiStyle

 

Right up there with my love of fashion is my love of vintage jewelry.  I love finding pieces that I can use to make my own custom jewelry and anything tassel and bejeweled is what I’m looking for.

Round Top Antiques Market Shopping List by ConfettiStyle

One of the things I sell a lot of in my Etsy shop is vintage toast racks.  I show them as a desk accessory holding stationery and notecards which is such a fun way to use these days.  I found a couple last year and Round Top and hope to find some unique pieces this market.

One of things on my personal shopping list is vintage dinnerware.  Even though I can find pieces locally, I hoping to find a few unique designs to add to my collection.

 

Round Top Antiques Market Shopping List by ConfettiStyle

 

Two items that I think I might not have luck finding are vintage wallpaper rolls and Asian art brushes.  I don’t often see these items when out shopping but I’m hoping that Round Top will deliver.

Round Top Antiques Market Shopping List by ConfettiStyle

Also on the chinoiserie list is a monkey bowl and a pair of bamboo stools.  I lucked upon a blue and white monkey last year and posted a photo on Instagram.  One of my followers wanted to purchase it so I sold it to her.  Now I’m on the hunt for another one which I will be keeping.

Bamboo stools….wish me luck!

So there you have it, a look at my Round Top shopping list.  And in case you were wondering, I’ll have my eyes open for other items as well like ironstone, blue and white pottery and brass pieces.

You can check out last years trip to Round Top here.

MY ROUND TOP ANTIQUE MARKET SHOPPING LIST

Round Top Antiques Market Shopping List by ConfettiStyle

 

p.s.  In route to Round Top we’ll be stopping in Jackson, Mississippi so if there are any great antique stores or flea markets in that area leave me a comment and let me know.

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.

Vintage Blue and White Creamer

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?

 

 

 

New Entertaining & Design Books To Love

Design books are one of my guilt pleasures!

Yes, I use them for design inspiration and decorating but books just make me happy.  Every January and July I pop into my favorite book wholesaler  at the Atlanta Gift and Furniture market and treat myself to a few new books.  The vendor I shop with has most of the new and upcoming releases so I can actually flip through the book to get a feel for the images and content before I purchase. I don’t know about you but when it comes to design books the images can make or break a purchase.

Here are the books you’ll want to check out and add to your bookshelf …

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017

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Country Living Salvage Style.  This is a must is you love to shop flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops.  The book is published by Country Living and is filled with beautiful and inspirational images of vintage treasures restyled in decor settings. The cover alone will make you want to buy this book.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Salvage Style by Country Living

Old Home Love.  This book was written Andy and Candice Meredith the couple behind HGTV’s newest TV show of the same name, Old Home Love.  The book shares the passion the couple have to renovate old homes in Utah.  If you’re a fan of DIY decor and rehab style you’ll find lots of inspiration and maybe even the desire to purchase an old home.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Old Home Love

Verandah Entertaining.  If you love to entertain and create beautiful tablescapes you’ll want to get this book.  The book walks you through every aspect of entertaining from table settings and food prep to decor and flowers.  No matter what level of entertaining you do, big or small, formal or casual, you’ll find the tips and inspiration you need to throw a stylish party.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Verandah Entertaining

Flea Market Style.  This is a great book that will speak to those of you that love the thrill of the hunt.  Published by Better Homes and Gardens, the book shows you inspiring design ideas using thrifted finds. And there are lots of tips for shopping flea markets and thrift stores.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Flea Market Style by Better Homes and GardensThe Decorated Home.  Interior designer Meg Braff shares her personal style plus the essential design elements she thinks every room needs. The book is beautifully written with captivating photos.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--The Decorated Home by Meg Braff

I also ordered a few titles that have been on my shopping list for a while…

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017

Cottage Style: A Palette of White
Designed in White
Simply Styling: Fresh and Easy Ways To Personalize Your Home
Tracery: The Art of Southern Design

Happy Reading!

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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.

Flea Market Finds

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.

Flea Market Finds

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.

Flea Market Finds

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.

Flea Market Finds

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.

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

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.

Flea Market Finds

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.

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

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.

Flea Market Finds

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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On A Personal Note–Vintage Toast Racks

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I’ve mentioned before that I have an Etsy shop where I sell vintage decor and handcrafted items.  One of my best-selling items are vintage toast racks. Whenever I come across one in good quality I pick it up.  You might be thinking that I sell these rack to use to hold toast but you’d be wrong.  After buying my first toast rack and styling it as a stationery/letter holder, that’s how I’ve been promoting them ever since.

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Most of the racks I’ve round have been silver-plated but you can find them in brass, milk glass or even decorative ceramic styles like this blue and white beauty. #yesplease 

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Toast Racks are the perfect chic storage piece to hold thank-you notes, bills or small electronics like your cell or linens. During the holidays, they are a great way to display Christmas cards without taking up a lot of room.

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They come in all shapes and sizes and prices can range from as little as $5.00 up to hundreds of dollars.

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Designs range from ornate and Victorian to simple and classic and some designs have more slots than others.

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When shopping for vintage toast racks on Etsy, use these search terms to narrow your findings:  toast rack , letter rack, card holder, letter holder, Victorian rack

I’ve made shopping easy for you and rounded up a few of my favorite toast racks, all under $20!

 This one is for all you blue and white lovers.

This one is perfect for a desk and can hold more than just stationery.

If your style is art deco, you’ll love this one.

And I love this brass swan piece.

We’re heading off on a road trip tomorrow and I plan to stop at a few flea markets along the way.  Fingers crossed that I score a few toast racks.

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