Sauls sells Marburger Farm to Mebus family

ROUND TOP, Texas – Once again the Oct. 2-6 Marburger Farm Antique Show was hot – the weather, the crowds, the merchandise and the news. The hottest news of all was the announcement by show founder John Sauls that he has sold the 400-dealer event to the Marsh family of Tyler, Texas.

At a meeting with the show’s vendors, Sauls introduced his long-time friend, Margaret Marsh Mebus, and the members of her family who will take over the show that he launched in 1997.

“I wish the new owners all the best,” said Sauls. “And I offer a big Texas thanks to all the vendors, shoppers, press and to everyone who had a part in the success of Marburger Farm.”

Mebus met then-quilt dealer Sauls when she convinced him to conduct the sale of her aunt’s estate 16 years ago. That launched his career in estate sales and their friendship. Her son-in-law, Rick McConn, will manage show promotion, while daughter-in-law Ashley Ferguson will oversee finance and office operations. Other Marsh family members and the long-time Marburger Farm Antique Show staff will work alongside the new leaders. Sauls has reserved the restored Gulf Warehouse as his booth at Marburger Farm for the next five years.

“We want to listen to vendors and customers and find out their ideas and concerns and do things that are helpful,” said Mebus. “We are grateful for the legacy that John Sauls has created and we plan to build on that going forward.” Rick McConn summed it up: “As a family, we will do everything that we can to build on the excellence that is the Marburger Farm Antique Show.”

The next show is scheduled for April 1-5, 2008. For information, visit or call 800-999-2148 or 800-947-5799.