ROUNDTOP, Texas – What happens when you cross America’s favorite “junk-diva” with the blockbuster Marburger Farm Antique Show?
“We’re gonna mix it up at Marburger,” says Sue Whitney, co-founder of www.junkmarketstyle.com, about her upcoming appearance at the March 31-April 4 show. “We’ll find the best antiques to buy at Marburger Farm and show how to mix in re-purposed items, with a twist of Texas.”
On a national tour for her new book, Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition (Taunton Press 2009), Whitney will land amid the bluebonnets with plenty of copies to sign for Marburger Farm shoppers. With this book, Whitney up-cycles vintage items into beautiful outdoor vignettes. Many Marburger Farm exhibitors also offer their best antiques for gardens and outdoor entertaining at the spring edition of the show. Following the Marburger visit, Whitney will head to New York City to appear on The Today Show.
At Marburger Farm, Whitney will go on a shopping spree paid for by the Marburger Farm Antique Show to showcase the antiques available from the show’s nearly 400 exhibitors. On March 31 she will sign copies of her book and sell her Marburger Farm buys, as well as antiques donated by generous dealers, to benefit Houston Habitat for Humanity. A portion of each book sold at Marburger Farm also benefits the charity. Whitney will offer a dinner for two, as her guests, later that evening.
A “Green Ribbon Tour” of the show, led by Whitney and her Marburger Farm hosts, will award green ribbons for the best antiques at several price ranges. “We’ll have prizes for the best high-end and bargain antiques,” she says. “Creativity comes in all price ranges. Texans are not intimidated by antiques. They know how to make it fun. They enjoy their time together as families in this grand Round Top tradition.”
Sue Whitney’s schedule at Marburger Farm will include:
Tuesday, March 31, Noon-3 p.m. Book-signing of Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition outside the Marburger Farm Cafe with a sale of antiques selected from or donated by Marburger Farm exhibitors to benefit Houston Habitat for Humanity and a free drawing for Sue Whitney’s dinner guests.
Tuesday evening, March 31, 7 p.m. Marburger Farm opening day dinner at Royer’s Round Top Cafe, with Marburger Farm owners, invited guests and Junk Beautiful prize winners.
Wednesday, April 1, 9 a.m. Green Ribbon Tour of the show, starting in the booth of Sundie and Brad Ruppert of Vintage Sculpture in Tent Ga2, with books available for signing along the route. The tour will end at the booth of Shelley Weidner of Cibilo Creek Antiques in Tent Ab7 with a book signing there from noon-2 p.m.
Friday, April 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Book-signing and repurposing demonstration outside the Marburger Farm Cafe, with an emphasis on creativity for gardens and outdoor living spaces.
The Marburger Farm Antique Show runs Tuesday, March 31-Saturday, April 4. The $10 admission is good all week. Early buying runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday March 31 for $25, with regular $10 admission starting at 2 p.m. For maps and more information, visit www.roundtop-marburger.com or call Rick McConn at 800-999-2148 or Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799.