ROUND TOP, TX — The spring Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas is rapidly approaching, and come March 31-April 4, thousands of collectors, dealers, interior decorators, historians and anyone else with a fascination with antiques and collectibles will be on hand.
With ten tents and 12 buildings filled with 350 antiques dealers and artisans, there is a lot to take in.
Dallas interior designer Kim Turner of KT Designs has shopped for clients at Marburger Farm since its very first show in 1997. “The thing about designers is time.” says Turner. “A good designer does not have time to shop the world or every market nearby. Marburger dealers are professionals at what they do too—they spend the time scouring the planet for the best antiques and they have the contacts all over the world. That’s what designers find at Marburger: not bulk bargains, but the absolutely best and most wonderful things in the world. Turner is also Vice President and Director of Dwell with Dignity, an organization of interior designers who create home interiors for families recovering from poverty and homelessness.
Dealer Stanley Hildreth of Sebasky & Hildreth from Staples, Minnesota will offer 18th-19th century furniture and decorative arts, including Staffordshire, sterling and early textiles. A stunner from a Minneapolis estate will be an 18th century Queen Anne Chinoiserie secretary in red and white lacquer. Hildreth says that cost is a factor for designers, in comparison to the cost of buying new objects. “When it comes to the quality that a good designer wants, they can buy much more quality, dollar for dollar, with an antique than with high-quality new items.”
The Marburger Farm Antique Show opens Tuesday, March 31 with early buying from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for $25 for adults, free for children 15 and under. Regular admission is $10 and gates open at 2 p.m., March 31. Admission is good all week, and show hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.