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Winter Weather Fails to Dampen Round Top Show

Bridget Green | January 24th, 2014

Gorgeous, rich greens come together in this Haitian painting from the 1970’s. Fred Cain of Naples, Florida, called it Children of Paradise and priced it at $1800.

“Whoever buys it gets to figure out how to open it!” Nancy B. Cooper of Austin, Texas, said of the secret drawer in this novel cabinet. It was handmade by a sea captain, and Cooper priced it at $395.

“Talk about somebody having a lot of time!” exclaimed Dan Pruitt of Lady & The Cowboy, Granbury, Texas, about the work that went into this log cabin from the early 1900’s. Pruitt said every part of the cabin is handcrafted but admitted to adding his own personal touch to the cabin, a small wreath on its front door. The log cabin was priced at $425.

The cobalt blue color is what really sets this Wedgwood cow apart from the rest, which were normally made in a slate gray color. “This is the second one we’ve had in twenty-two years. That’s how rare it is,” said Donald Webb of Flow Blue Brothers, Lewisville, Texas. The set includes a large serving tray and four matching plates and was priced at $3000.

Myrleen Harper of Harper Antiques, Pasadena, Texas, showcased this beautiful 18th-century English oak bench, priced at $1895.

Round Top Winter Antiques Show, Round Top, Texas

Texans are not so accustomed to winter weather and are most definitely not used to driving in it. The night before the Round Top Winter Antiques Show began on January 24, temperatures dropped to dangerous lows and left roads across the state iced over.

“People called and said, ‘Are you open? Are you open? Are you open?’ and I returned every call,” said owner and show promoter Susan Franks. “Yesterday was so treacherous. It took me an hour to get from my hotel to here. We didn’t have many customers at first, but then it started picking up.”

Pick up it did. The show had around 140 dealers and maintained a strong flow of customers by its second day on January 25. The good turnout may have had something to do with the show’s expanding presence on social media, said Tricia LeTempt-Gray, who over the past few months has created a strong Facebook following for the show.

“We’re trying to build our base. We’re not out buying ‘likes,’ so we’re getting ‘likes’ that really want to be connected to us,” said LeTempt-Gray. “We actually had some stuff that we previewed [on Facebook] before the fall show that was sold before show time.”

LeTempt-Gray said the show will continue to increase its on-line presence to try to create an easier and more enjoyable experience for its customers. “We’re going to put a new Web site together and are trying to get it up by the spring show. We are going to definitely do more photographs in a gallery style. We’re also going to get into Pinterest boards, and we’re going to separate those by the venues, so that if somebody comes to look, they can see what’s available at all the venues and what to expect before they come.”

Visitors can expect other changes as well. “We’re going to do a mid-century modern spring show. It’s not going to be very large to begin with, but it will be interesting, and we’re bringing new people in,” said Franks. “We hope to have a food court and have several different food vendors, and we think that would be nice so that people don’t have to stand in line and can pick and choose what they want to eat.”

Attendees will definitely need to fuel up on some lunch as there will be much to see at the April 2-5 spring show, which will mark the show’s 46th anniversary. In addition to the main venue (the Big Red Barn) and the new Mid Century Modern Tent there will be three additional venues—the Continental Tent, Carmine Dance Hall, and the Big Red Barn Tent.

While about 30% of the winter show’s dealers are regulars for the larger spring and fall shows, visitors to this winter version of the show had the opportunity to see many dealers and specialty items that won’t be featured in April. “This is a group of dealers for this show that aren’t consistently spring show dealers. They’re dealers who maybe set up somewhere different for the spring and fall shows, so it gives a chance to have a more eclectic mix I think of items, where the Big Red Barn is more concentrated on antique goods and fine items for the big shows,” said LeTempt-Gray. “This is really a way to put dealers that wouldn’t all necessarily be vendors at the barn during the big show all under one roof for a more eclectic and casual show.”

For more information on upcoming Round Top shows, visit the Web site (, follow the Original Round Top Antiques Fair on Facebook, or call (512) 237-4747.

Donald Webb of Flow Blue Brothers, Lewisville, Texas, showcased a pair of beautiful early Meissen porcelain candlesticks from Germany. Webb estimated their age to be least 100 years and tagged the pair $1295.

Priced at $3500, this mule chest from the early 1800’s was used as a blanket box and features its original paint and a drawer with hand-cut dovetails on the front and back. Dan Pruitt of Lady & The Cowboy, Granbury, Texas, said that’s not the only use for a mule chest. “We talked to one couple who said they had a similar piece and used it to hide their booze in whenever their mother-in-law would come to visit.”

This early 19th-century door has undoubtedly been the gateway to many fun nights, coming from a New England pub on the North Shore of Boston. Fred Cain of Naples, Florida, acquired the piece from several Cape Cod dealers. He said he’s never seen a design quite like the one on the door’s top and priced the door, which is coated in its original paint, at around $900.

Originally published in the April 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest

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