NYC

Too busy, too crazy

Too hot, too cold,

too late I’m sold again on NYC

ANNIE – N.Y.C. LYRICS

 

NYC never disappoints.

In April, it was busy and crazy and hot and cold, with a few April showers. The flowers were gorgeous and the city’s pulse was full of excitement.

NYC View

NYC View

The visit was mostly for work, our business, but I mixed in a little fun:  museums, plays, business contacts, dining and shopping. Since I have been many times, I actually did not do much that would be considered “touristy.”

I did make the trek to Brooklyn (30 minutes on the 3 train) to see the Cherry Orchard at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It was absolutely beautiful and incredible. It is definitely worth the trip from Manhattan to see the flowering trees.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Flowering Cherry Trees

Happy Spring!

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Round Top Roundup

Round Top

Round Top is the largest antiques fair in Texas and the Southeast. Our booth is at the Big Red Barn, part of the Original Round Top Antiques Fair.

Campbell's Melange Booth

Campbell’s Melange Booth

 

Blue and White Porcelain with Fruit Prints

Blue and White Porcelain with Fruit Prints

Now in its 45th year, Round Top is held the first week of April and the first week of October. Started in 1968 by Emma Lee Turney, Susan and Bo Franks are the current owners. Centered around the town of Round Top, Texas, the fair’s tents spill into the countryside to the towns of Carmine, Shelby and Warrenton.

Moove Over!

Shoppers make semi-annual pilgrimages to the fields of Texas to find that perfect treasure. Many of the shows are in fields where pastures grew just a few weeks prior! The cows move out and the tents go up! I’ve tried to take pictures of the tents and fields over the years, but it’s hard to capture the vast feel of it—miles of tents! The Show Daily puts together an excellent guide to all of the shows.

Tent View from the Car!

Tent View from the Car!

In the spring, Bluebonnets are in bloom, creating a gorgeous carpet across Texas. Thank you, Lady Bird Johnson!

Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets

Cactus

Cactus

 

Hotels and restaurants are booked six months to a year in advance. Shoppers have their favorite shows, booths and routine!

World Globe Lighting

World Globe Lighting

The Globe lamps are from Rust in Peace

Bubble Lounge

Bubble Lounge

 

You must have a Mexican shirt and boots when you dig into the BBQ!

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Cowboy Boots

Cowboy Boots

 

Texas Monthly published a great piece this month on the shows and the hunt for the best finds. It’s not online yet, just on the newsstands.

Texas Flag

Texas Flag

Over the years, we’ve made friendships with the dealers and designers we’ve met at the shows. A few are: Blacksheep Antiques, Holly Mathis Interiors, My London Flat, The Old Grey Mare, The Red Door, and The Urban Market Houston.

 

And some of it, you just can’t make up!

Vintage Tupperware- Ours is probably at Goodwill!

Vintage Tupperware- Ours is probably at Goodwill!

 

Astronaut and Earth Hanging on the Side of the Highway!

Astronaut and Earth Hanging on the Side of the Highway!