I saw it...and I wanted it. That's my mantra while shopping the Round Top Antiques Festival. Another round of the festival has come and gone. Let me show you a few of my finds...
This cabinet is actually a find from a previous Round Top trip. And, when I say "Round Top" that includes the town of Warrenton where I actually do most of my shopping. If ya'll haven't shopped the festival, or have never heard of it (the horror!), it's a bi-annual junque hunter's dream; tents and stalls for miles around, filled with all manner of stuff, in all price ranges.
You can find pretty much anything you're looking for, if you can stand the heat! The spring festival can be blazing hot. Matter of fact, so can the fall festival!
I was actually looking for a cabinet full of drawers, when I ran across this one...in the perfect size and price. In fact, the gentleman who sold it to me graciously came down on the price. Yay!
I'm pretty sure it used to be a tool box because it was really dirty and kinda greasy. It took quite a lot of cleaning...quite a lot.
Originally, I had intended to load this baby up with all of my stones. Aren't they pretty? But I've recently decided to unload it and re-load with my collection of turquoise and silver jewelry.
Which leads me to my finds from this trip... Bestie, Diane Cook, and I got caught up at the shop of Sandy Schor. Best advice? Do not get caught up in the shop of Sandy Schor for too long! Sandy is overloaded with good stuff...stuff you can't live without.
Which is how I ended up with this glorious box bow squash blossom necklace. The box bow gets it's name from the shape of the blossoms. The flower part of the blossom is soldered to a plate shaped like a bow. The bow has a box in the center where a stone is set. This style of necklace is also called "bow tie", for obvious reasons. These older box bow necklaces date from the 1930's to the 1950's. This one is probably a 40's version.
Notice that amazing leather camera bag? I didn't pick that up at Sandy's but it makes a great photo prop. Also, I can now store my camera in a bag that I can just leave laying about, because it's so stinkin' beautiful.
See? Perfect photo background. I didn't get out of Sandy's with just one thing... I also picked up that lovely silver hair stick.
I've been wanting a bear paw belt buckle since watching season 4 of Longmire, on Netflix. If you haven't seen it, you gotta. It's pretty good watching, especially if you're from Wyoming, or think you're from Wyoming, like me. So, I grabbed this fab shadowbox buckle, and that interesting Chinese (?) incense burner from another vendor.
I got this buckle because I loved it but on further research, I discovered that it's by Navajo artist Wilbur Muskett and quite a lot more valuable than what I paid for it...quite a lot. Good for me, not so good for the vendor. Internets! Love, love, love this buckle, so much. Now I can pretend to be tough and cool like Sheriff Longmire.
The little (only about 3 inches high) bunny burner was something one of those "I saw it and I wanted it" things, but I was going to dump it when my eye caught the belt buckle. But then, for some inexplicable reason, the vendor threw it in during the purchase process. Go figure! He said the white stone is white jade but I really couldn't tell. I did a little internet research but couldn't figure out what the stone is or even if the incense burner is Chinese or Japanese...or what. Anybody know anything about this kind of thing? Great piece, though.
Well, these things are some that I picked up right here, around the Houston area. I'm including them in this post because they're just so danged good. The box is a Japanese smoking box, also called "tobako bon." It's covered with cherry bark. Cherry bark work (Kabazaiku) was a handicraft in Japan, going back hundreds of years. Cherry bark has humidity fighting properties...and it's real pretty. The little cast iron bowl is a hibachi-like vessel used to keep burning coals for lighting pipes, etc. I had no idea what it was when I bought it but the fact that it had a nifty little drawer and a little lidded compartment, made it irresistible, to me. Sheesh. Again...internets to the rescue. Lots of info to be had, there.
The groovy things inside the drawer are other little treasures I picked up. The sterling arrow dealy-do is, I think, a pickle spear. I'm envisioning a bangle. The small sterling bell was part of an antique baby rattle and the other little things are tin characters from I-don't-know-where.
I really can't talk about Round Top, Texas without mentioning the fact that I'll be going back there, in a few short weeks, to teach at The Prairie. Check out this venue...it's one of my very favorites! Gorgeous grounds, quaint shabby-chic accommodations and a big variety of creative classes...not to mention the fantastically friendly student body...make this event one that you shouldn't miss.
Hope you enjoyed a peek into my treasure hunt...