By Tom O’Hara
ROUND TOP, Texas – Crowds filled The Big Red Barn in this tiny village half way between Houston and Austin for the Friday and Saturday show, January 18-19, 2013. With more than 120 exhibitors, the event center was filled to its winter capacity with antiques from Texas, New England, Europe and more. There were also collections of art, folk art and even many of the later trends in home décor and style.
Susan Franks, show manager and owner, said, “The change this year from Saturday and Sunday to the Friday and Saturday format seems to have been a good boost in
attendance, and sales were great!” She said the dealers were shipping furniture and selling small pieces in good quantity for the two-day event.
The Vernons from nearby Brenham, Texas, sold several pieces of furniture; blue transferware was moving well from several dealers and silver, art and jewelry found new owners.
Status Symbol Antiques, Lynchburg, Va., came with a large collection of Georgian-era furniture and decorating accessories, while Woowoo Antiques from Dallas was selling from their inventory of French and American copper kitchen ware.
A New England room from the 17th century was the exhibit from Chappell Hill, Texas, dealer Patti Walsh. Another New England dealer, Fionda Antiques, New Ipswich, N.H., was showing a collection of American and Continental antiques.
Coming from Ohio, Atticturnovers, LLC was showing a collection of repurposed and vintage furnishings. The center of the group’s exhibit featured a maple topped work bench with a
finished base, to be used in the home as a work station and storage.
This show was founded by Franks after Susan and her husband, Bo, purchased thevproperty that included the famous Original Round Top Antiques Fair each April and October. Now for the fifth year, the show is a popular venue for dealers and shoppers alike and a break in the winter where people go to find some additions to their homes and collections.
The Original Round Top Antiques Fair is just weeks away, June 21-22, 2013 at the Big Red Barn in Round Top, Texas. Admission is just $5 and good for both days.
For more information, call Susan Franks at 512-237-4747 or visit www.roundtoptexasantiques.com.