Last Friday, I drove to Round Top for their annual spring antique weekend. I try to go at least once every year, and always have a wonderful time and find some great treasures. It is hosted annually in the spring and fall, so this was actually the first time I'd been there in the spring. It was a beautiful drive and the weather on Friday was perfect. The wildflowers were out in full bloom, and the drive down Round Top Road is lovely.
I love exploring the different booths in Round Top and Warrenton and then the shops in Carmine. I took tons of pictures along the way to share with you here and fell in love with more than half the furniture I saw. Fortunately, I always set myself a strict budget and bring a list of items I'm looking for, so I never allow myself to go crazy and buy everything in sight. As you look through all these photos, let's pretend you joined me for the day. We would have walked for miles through booths together, pointing out fun decorative accents and furniture worth restoring. Then we would grimace together at some of the stranger items in certain booths, and when you fell in love with something unique and too beautiful to pass up, I would have shared a few tips on bartering. What treasures would you have brought home?
As I mentioned, I loved all the furniture and kept an eye out for some antique dressers for my mom's house but all were more than I was willing to spend. I wished I could figure out something for all the milk crates and letters I saw, but we really didn't have a need for them at our house. And I'm trying to control my desire to become a hoarder. I may have been most obsessed with that schoolhouse map from a shop in Carmine, and if we had a large open wall, I would have brought it home with me. Instead, I limited myself to two items that I'm planning to use in others' spaces.
I bought an old French wine crate and a wool rug, for a combined $70. I'm currently planning on using the wool rug as a wall hanging at my mom's house. I'm planning to add casters to the bottom of the wine crate and thought it would be cute as a toy box in my friend's travel-themed nursery, but after starting set-up this past weekend, I'm not sure there's a great space for it. If it doesn't work there, then we might use it in Keith's office as extra book storage or in the guest bathroom for hand towels.
So have I convinced you to come antiquing with me this fall now? It's not quite as dorky as you originally thought, right?