Round Top and More

In my previous post of Deep in the Heart of Texas

I presented some places that I have been and lovely people that I have seen

and with some, met for the first time in person. 

From Dallas to just North of Houston and a day trip to Round Top, our adventures

were fun and filled with great people and antiquing.

So today, we have Round Top and More.

Let’s start off with the latter part of our day trip,

to the Round Top Winter Antique Show at The Big Red Barn.

And what I left behind . . . yes, that pretty blue wooden bucket!

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So tell me . . . when you go to an antique show, is there anything you particularly look for?

Well, for me, sometimes when I feel a bit overwhelmed, I tend to scan for color,

like white for ironstone and blues for transferware and “just blue stuff” 🙂

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Do you know what is awful about antiquing when you are traveling by plane? 

 You have to leave the really big stuff behind!

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While strolling through each aisle there was much to see

and you can tell what I was focusing on . . . the smalls.

Something I could tuck into my suitcase. Like a little ironstone creamer.

Or a pretty little transferware plate.

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Or what about one of these pieces of beautiful spongeware.

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I seemed to have passed up on a lot of these pieces in the past,

until I saw this amazing display by the style master Loi, of Tone on Tone.

that was on his Instagram.

Be still my heart.

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I decided to pass on those pieces and look elsewhere.

There was something for everyone. Lots of furniture, glassware, vintage

accessories, chippy architectural items and more.

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It was a good thing that this venue/show was indoors as it rained all day long!!!

Thanks to my hubby for dropping us off at the door and parking somewhere in East Texas

and running through the mud for us!

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My friend Martha was looking for an old table with benches for her patio.

However, this table below was not large enough to seat the number of people needed.

It was a great buy! 

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While in Houston in addition to meeting up with some fabulous blogging friends,

I took the opportunity to visit with a high school (and beyond) friend who relocated there.

Linda took me to a great antique mall that was 160,000 square feet.

And, out of all that square feet of goodies, I got one thing,

small enough to put in my suitcase.

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I actually offered it to Linda first, as she was thinking about collecting some

ironstone pieces…but then she said, “you take it” … then I said, “you take it”

That game sound familiar? . . . after she insisted, I took it.

Here is Linda and me taken at the hotel when she dropped me off after a long day of shopping!

We actually worked together for several years. She is an antique junkie too!

When we lived in South Florida, her hubby worked for one of the Big 3 TV networks and

he always got us the greatest tickets to the Orange Bowl parade.

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There is another little tidbit about Linda.

Most of you know that my hubby went to high school with me too.

Linda and my hubby were voted “Best Personality” for the Senior Class Superlatives.

We were a Senior Class of over 900 students.

Excuse the pic, I took the pic straight out of my Yearbook!

Our Senior Year yearbook pages were in sepia tones . . . I guess a trend back then.

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And here “we are” back in the days of High School . . .Yes, those were the days!

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Thank you for visiting today, tagging along with me on my visit to Round Top, Texas

and going down memory lane. My hubby and I have so many great school memories

and we are blessed to have maintained our High School and even Jr. High and

Elementary school friendships. You can say that many of us “grew up” together

and kept in touch and many have been a part of our lives, going through life together with

marriage, children, seeing kids off to college, their marriages, grandchildren.

How about you? Do you still keep in touch with your high school, etc. friends?

Have a most beautiful day everyone, making someone smile, or even better, laugh out loud!!

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  1. Shirley, I would have loved to have been tucked in your suitcase for this trip. I believe I would have purposely gotten myself lost and not to be found. What treasures you must have seen.

    My husband and I also went to high school together and were sweethearts. We both still remain in contact with several friends from those days – there is nothing like a friend who has truly walked through life with you.

    A lovely post – have a wonderful day !
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  2. What a great trip! Yes, I still keep in touch with many friends from high school. In fact, a few of us do a girls trip every year! I always love seeing your shopping trip posts. You find the best places!
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  3. Terri SantaColoma says

    what fun to see the high school yearbook pics. I lost my yearbooks in a flood many years ago!

  4. Those antique shops look filled with such wonderful things! How great it is that you remained friends with your classmates!
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  5. Your hubby is so good about supporting your yen for adventure. With all those tempting goodies at the barn, you must have left with something. Sounds like you did make it to Houston as well.
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  6. Oh you have the best trips and shopping places to go to! I saw many things I loved! However, the HS pics of you and Tom are ADORABLE!!!! What a beautiful couple you are! I am so glad you could meet up with your friend, Linda! Yes, I stay in touch with HS and even elementary school friends! We actually had a 50th elementary school reunion that was well attended!!! And we try to all get together once a year for dinner. What a blessing to have all these friends still!!!
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  7. Nancy Hisaw says

    Shirley, please stop in to see my friend, Nedra O’Brien, at Carmine Dance Hall next trip to Round Top. She is on her way to 50 consecutive shows at Carmine! Her booth is full of 50 years of collecting Antique Linens, with pieces you will never see anywhere else! She also has a wide variety of Antique smalls that are so unique! She is a Silhouette Artist and displays her hand cut silhouettes in Civil War era Daguerreotype frames.

  8. Shirley, the shopping looks wonderful. It would have been hard to have walked away from all those wonderful things! I absolutely loved going down memory lane with you! I love your high school photos of you and Tom! How fun that you went to school together! Psst, I may have some high school photos in a post! Happy Tuesday!
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  9. Shirley, This was delightful! I have wanted to go to Round Top for years. One day, I’ll make it there.
    I adore your high school pics. My husband and I were high school sweet hearts , too.
    How wonderful to keep up with friends.

  10. Love the yearbook pics, Shirley!! Speaking of love, those ironstone and spongeware – OMG!!! Want them. Thanks so much for the shout out Shirley. Luv ya lots xoxo

  11. Every time you mention Round Top I just want to cry! Tears of joy for all the fabulous stuff you and others are able to find there, and tears of anguish because I can’t be there! Ramon and I rarely fly, opting to drive instead. Not only does this provide an opportunity to have his undivided attention for the duration of the trip to discuss everything I’ve had to put on the back burner, but I’m also able to transport back home most things that I find while shopping! I’m always on the hunt for beautiful white ironstone pieces, especially pitchers, teapots, and soup tureens. Man, I hope someday to get to Round Top!!

  12. Linda Ramsey says

    Hi Shirley, it was so wonderful spending the day with you catching up and trying to get down all those many isles at the antique mall. I must get down to Round Top soon, I’m drooling at all those beauties you posted. Oh my, those pictures from our high school yearbook bring back such fund memories. You and Tom were adorable then and still are. Thanks for the visit, can’t wait til next time.

  13. This was a fun post to read. The antiques/collectibles were to die for, but then we have the same tastes. The personal part of your post was so cute. Friends for a long time are a treasure. You are so lucky to have those connections. Thanks for sharing, Sandi

  14. OMG…ironstone. transferware. everything. I would be in heaven!!! And that picture of you, and Tom, so darling. <3

  15. Love all the antique goodies, but the best part is that you have such great friendships that span back for many years. Not many can say that.
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  16. Oh my gosh, Shirley You ALL were and still ARE beautiful souls! I could feel both the excitement and anxiety of that overwhelming sensation you described that an antique junkie gets when going into a new arena, especially those which are Texas-sized! How fortunate you were to have a friend with you who at least had been to the rodeo before and could show you the ropes! I think I just go in with eyes wide open, and open to any and all possibilities of what might catch my eye or heart when I shop. I love your piece you brought home. What caught my eye was that beaded case on that cart of spongeware – it looks Native American. And, of course, I hone right in on dishes – ironstone, transferware, anything that’s pretty in display. Thank you for taking us along on this trip – it was fun!
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  17. Norma Rolader says

    Oh my what great inspirations from the RoundTop

  18. I saw a lot of treasures on your trip! I admire your restraint. Great pics from high school….such a cute couple! 😉

  19. Shirley, those high school pictures…….priceless! Love, love , love the French ironstone tureen! Great find!

  20. I hope Linda still has that gorgeous dress! Looks like the ones the younger members of British royalty are wearing! Classy and beautiful!

  21. Shirley, I love when you share personal stories! What a beautiful, young couple you were and still are!

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