Round Top preps for spring show: March 29-April 2

ROUND TOP, Texas – Where do 350 exhibitors and thousands of antiques and collectibles enthusiasts gather to find items to add to collections or redefine the decor of a home or business? In

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Home decor and design ideas are plentiful, as are the antiques and collectibles needed to achieve these looks, in the miles of displays at the show. (All photos courtesy Marburger Farm Antiuqe Show)

10 giant tents and 12 historic buildings on 43 acres in Round Top, Texas, between March 29 and April 2.

The Marburger Farm Antique Show, Round Top, Texas, draws people from across the country, and features antiques, collectibles and vintage furnishings acquired from around the world.

“I am constantly looking,” says Indiana exhibitor Shelli Alter of Dinner Party Antiques. “I drive across three or four states to a special sale or auction. I travel or search online late into the night, in all times zones. You have to be constantly looking so that you can act when you see something incredible. Run of the mill doesn’t cut it for Marburger.”

During the March 29-April 2 show, Alter will offer finds from five states, including large scale Mid-Century abstract art, huge oils by a Savannah artist in 19th century water-gilt frames, bronzes, brass and leather accessories, Baccarat and Murano boxes, 1950s marble sculptures and other eclectic and fresh finds.

“We make accessorizing easy for shoppers,” says Georgia exhibitor Gayle Baker of Acanthus Studios. With her days often starting at 4 a.m., Baker shops estate sales in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida. “You have to be there first. You have to know the design trends and what customers want.” For this show, Acanthus Studios has found vintage zebra hide rugs and upholstery, bar carts by Maison Jansen, brass animals from the 1950s to 1980s, French chairs and lamps made from horns, geodes and tall slabs of Selenite.

Like most Marburger vendors, Seattle exhibitor Susan Wheeler of Susan Wheeler Home travels to buy. “I handle the details — and it’s all in the details whether a piece is the best or not. It’s all about details to get the piece to Marburger Farm from wherever I find it.” Wheeler’s loot for the spring show includes upholstered vintage furniture, functional and ready to go, as well as a set of Mid-Century Modern Italian chairs and abstract art. She also will offer a collection of 1910-20 small diamond rings and wedding bands.

Show amenities include: free parking and a shuttle, full-service breakfast and lunch cafe, show-wide WIFI, golf carts available for rent, and air-conditioned restrooms.

The show opens Tuesday, March 29 with early buying from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at a price of $25 for adults, and free for children 15 and under. Regular $10 admission begins that same day at 2 p.m. Admission is good all week, and show hours are March 30-April 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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