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Round Top Roundup Spring 2011

Now is the time when you sit through a bunch of grainy pictures I took last weekend and then you golf clap for us — a trio of dehydrated bargain hunters willing to brave the dusty Texas fields in hope of discovering hidden treasure. Unfortunately, we picked the last day of the market to shop, so let’s just say the glint of golden goodness was rare. However we did meet a lot of vendors desperate to lighten their loads before packing up and heading home, thus we did not go home empty handed. And in between wheeling and dealing Karly art directed me take a few pictures here and there, so to thank her you can throw your hands in the air and wave ‘em around like you just don’t care. Let’s do this.

Straight off the bat Karly scored this giant vintage anatomical chart for a whopping $35. Some little hussy was huffy because K got to it first, so picking it up later in the day as she stood by and watched her precious go home in the hands of another lover was awkward.

I really wanted to buy this vintage tole chandelier for the Inlaws’ new house, but then I remembered, oh yeah… it’s not my house. Dammit.

Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me? Dontcha?


Karly and I both spied the Dad pillow from across the proverbial room, but we were not so impressed by Mom.

We forced our Chinese friend Diana to buy this huge mirror because we’re racist like that, but it will fit perfectly in her entryway. Also, it was FIFTY FIVE dollars. Five – Five. Vintage 60s from a Palm Springs estate. We don’t see a lot of stuff like it around these here Texassy parts, y’all.

This is what we normally see around these here parts. I’ll give you a few moments to reflect on the full situation.

Love love love these ginormous Buddha heads. Love.

My megolamania appeared in full force, as I was mostly attracted to very large things. And obviously the giraffes and I have a mini affair brewing.

This hand hooked rug was large and in charge. I really like the colors.

Ok, so every year these dudes have a baby head display, but I felt that they really stepped up their game with the addition of creepy troll man .

Karly bought this bamboo lamp for $7 whole dolla billz. Despite her oft repeated mantra of “No more brass, no more horses,” she also bought some brass door pulls with horse heads that I forgot to take pictures of. Duh me.

She also talked me into buying this vintage Persian brass milking stool for $35. Ike thinks it’s his new drum, but Karly suggested we use it as a kid stool for later on. I’m hoping “later” will be about 10 years from now, since I am nearly apoplectic at the thought of Ike having access to the counters.

That’s it for this year’s tour of the dustbowl that is the Round Top antiques market, where you can buy leggings with bell bottomed ruffles sewn onto the legs.

I think you know why I didn’t take a picture of those.

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Good Gifts: For the Haute Hipster

Contrary to popular belief, not all hipsters are dirty. It’s true that many are mullety and mustached, but lately I have sensed an upwardly mobile air about the bright young things. Maybe it’s because they aren’t quite so young anymore and were forced to clean up for their day jobs at Apple, or maybe it’s just because style in general is trending away from whimsy. In an economy with an uncertain future, it’s expensive to be a slave to flash-in-the-pan trends, and on the streets I’m seeing a lot of timeless classics with funky layered twists. Aspirational? Perhaps. But the true hipster will still thrift it whenever possible. Fake it til you make it, bitches.

And in that spirit, let the world know who’s best in show with this vintage trophy inspired cream and sugar set. $18 from Etsy.

I’ve been snatching up vintage wool deck blankets by the dozens. I think I’m going to try to thrift some old belts or suspenders and rig up a carrying strap like so. If you’re a holiday procrastinator like me, then you can just buy this one as a gift. Tick tock, says the Christmas clock… $78 at Urban Outfitters.

You need an Antoni Tapies poster of his Ultramarine Composition. It’s like Yves Klein noir. $35 from All Posters.

Anything by Pierre Cardin is an acceptable gift (except for the perfume… you know what I’m talking about). These 70s French Opera style glasses are the bizness. $15 from Etsy. Pssst, if the glasses are not not right for your giftees, check out his vintage jewelry.

Neither inexpensive nor thrifted, this leopard pillow still hits all the right notes. Animal prints look cheap in the wrong fabrics, but this needlepoint cotton and wool number is klassy yet sassy so you can (safely) take a walk on the wild side. $215 from Ethan Allen.

Adjust your frame of reference to a geologic time scale with gorgeous agate bookends by Roost. Suddenly it seems the holiday madness will be over in the blink of an eye. $71 from Velocity.

I just don’t feel like I can wrap up a Design Crisis gift guide without something gold and wildly expensive… Let’s just say that this diamond studded, gold plated swiss army knife costs thousands of dollars, but I’m definitely feeling that a sweet vintage pocket knife is a good gift. Check your local pawn shop — seriously. I mean, have you seen Pawn Stars? Madness. And because I know some of you want an online hookup, there’s also a somewhat lesser version of this knife (but still gold!) available through Victorinox’s online store for $145.

Don’t you feel richer and more expensive, yet still edgy and cool just from reading this post? If not, go back and reread… you must have missed something. It can’t be my fault. (Can it?) At any rate, I hope you got some good gift ideas. Now go buy something.

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My List, Your List, Craigslist

As per your excellent suggestions, I have been feverishly scouring Craigslist for a credenza with sliding doors that will hide our fugly electronics. Last week, I found an insanely underpriced six foot long teak masterpiece that was practically located in my backyard (which matters because I am way too lazy to drive across town for even the bombest piece), but when I called it was gone. HELLFIRE. I am still obsessing about that stupid credenza, so note to CL sellers: delete your ads once items are sold, otherwise you are just a flagrant tease. Anyhoo, I thought I might toss a few goodies your way that I’ve noticed while searching for my own treasure. Hopefully there is something in here that will make you pee your pants with joy.

Let me tell you what makes me feel a lil leaky: Jack Lenor Larsen. I really love his vintage psychedelic prints, but you can be sure that the understated cobalt velvet upholstery on these fly chairs is still P.I.M.P. Buy them before a dealer (or I) get to them first. They’re even close to my house… $150.

It’s vintage 60s, it has a wooden frame (mahogany, according to the ad, but I doubt that is actually the case), and the upholstery is stupid good. Could it be a reupholstered Lafer on rosewood? Or is that the og fabric on walnut? Inquiring minds want to know. Buy it and tell me all about it. $300.

Vintage Wassily chairs “purchased decades ago at a Scandinavian store.” $225 is not a bad price, but they have been reposted several times. Lowball these suckers.

Four shell chairs with Herman Miller bases, if you’re into that kind of thing. $250 here.

Vintage chrome, lucite, and smoked glass, dinette. Change that upholstery, stat, and you’ve got yourself a winner. It’s taking all my energy not to buy the set just for the chairs. $150 here.

80′s black lacquer and brass bedroom set, made by Lane so it should be real wood under the lacquer. Comes with a six drawer dresser, vanity, corner unit, nightstand, and a full/queen headboard… All for $95. Say what??? That price is dumb. Snatch these puppies up for your disco shag coke pad.

Ok, this gem comes courtesy of a person that Karly and I can only refer to as troll lady — I would recognize that filthy gravel trap of a yard anywhere. Friends, I shall never deal with the troll again (even though I see her EVERYWHERE around town, even at our very own garage sale), but if you do deal with her, don’t take her meandering directions to her house in BFE for the gospel truth, and make sure you spray yourself for mosquitoes and chiggers. Also, I hope you like dogs and cats and chickens and geese and other wild animals. Motherbleeping chupacabra probably lives out there. It is a really cool coffee table, though — reverse painted glass on iron, and a very nice size. $125. Check it out here, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Yep, it’s that table. You know… THAT table. $99, which is half of what reasonable vintage dealers around town are currently charging. Offer less, because for some reason this gal has been up for a while. Buy it here.

Chintz is back, beeyotch! Even better when paired with woven rope end pieces. Such nice colors. This dude is a nice dealer, and he delivers. $300 here.

$50 for a two tiered, shapely glass and brass table that will go anywhere. Get it.

Is it wrong that I really like the cushion fabric? $35 here.

This fabric, however, is downright bilious. Someone PLEASE rescue these adorable Thonet cafe chairs (so hard to find with arms!) and rip that vile fringe off and burn it. $55 here, and consider your purchase to be a mission of mercy.

That’s it for today’s goodies — get them while they’re hot. I think I’d like to end with a little checklist for buying stuff n things off Craigslist:


Don’t jack around — leave your name, number, and email address, when responding to ads.

Follow up IMMEDIATELY, like within 2.2 seconds, if the seller responds.

Offer less than the listed price. Always. Well… almost always. Don’t be an asshat.

Go look at this crap before you buy it.

Have a plan of action to pick up said crap. This may require requesting dimensions beforehand. Duh (and that is really a “duh” to myself).


Offer less than the listed price in your email to the seller. Do your dickering in person.

Respond to the seller’s ad with vague inquiries and possibilities. Save that fun for later.

Give anyone your address unless you’re sure they will follow through on delivery. And that the sellers aren’t psycho killers.

Buy anything from the troll lady. Ha! Just kidding… that’s totally up to you. Sucker.

Practice safe craigslisting and see you dudes Friday!

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Round Top Round Up (part 1)

Hello all!  I am back from 2 long hot days in the fields of Round Top.  For those of you new to the blog (welcome!) Round Top is a big, fat flea market that takes place about an hour outside of Austin twice a year.  It’s hot as hell and, despite the fact that I always make it a 2 day affair, I’ve never seen the whole thing.  I always return with a car full of war prizes obtained at bargain basement prices, but don’t be fooled: Round Top is not the Shangri La of mid century modern finds one might hope.  

First, there’s the heat.  As in, drink 4 large ice tea slushies, a bottle of water, and a diet coke and don’t visit the porta potty once.  Second, there’s miles and miles of “antiques,” shabby chic decor, and waayy too many country crafts.  But, with Jen and Freda by my side on Friday and Erin co-piloting on Saturday, I managed to make some awesome scores.  First, a few pics of goodies I saw but declined:

Erin spent the better part of Saturday trying to convince me to get these for my bedroom.  6 months ago I would have jumped at the chance for this $130 pair, but I have since decided that I want table lamps so I had to go with my gut.  I, of course, appreciate having a buddy that has my home’s best interest at heart, especially when she has such a good eye.  Who could ask for more?

I know it’s kinda hard to tell what’s happening here, but a few obsessed readers will recognize this welded chain table base.  I’ve posted this room twice and we swoon over the custom table every time.  While this base is obviously for a smaller, round table, it’s just as delightful and if it hadn’t been $650 it would be in my house right now.  

Erin and I spotted this glorious industrial floor lamp in a booth that was well out of our budget.  Rather than haggling over this out-of-reach gem, I snapped a picture and gave it a crappy photoshop treatment.  Well, if I hadn’t, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish it from the background.  It was pretty stunning in person.

Equally amazing and expensive were these crystal(??) lights.  At $1950 Erin and I had to wonder if the vendors had heard about this pesky little recession we’re in.

(BTW, i forgot my camera on Day 1, so you’re only getting pics from the trip I took with Erin)

Normally the homemade crap at Round Top makes me want to stab my eyes out, but this giant planter tugged at my heart strings.  I can’t remember how much it cost, but it was too rich for my blood so we get pictures instead.

OMG Ribs & Brisket!!!  There’s lots and lots and lots of BBQ at Round Top so choosing a vendor can be hard, having a hilarious sign helps to tip the scales.  The ribs were amazing, fyi.

What are these assholes thinking?

$700 for a 4 foot golf ball and tee?  Almost worth it.

OK, now for the items that I did bring home:

Pair of lucite and gold table lamps with gold shades: $50.  As in, $50 for the PAIR.  Here’s how they look now:

What do you think?  I love them in person much more than the in the photo, but should I have gone with the hanging lights?

1 cantilevered floor lamp for my office $10.  Yes, $10.  

Giant rattan hanging lamp to be cleaned and repainted white and hung in my office to replace the ceiling fan: $20.  Let me stress that this thing is HUGE.  $20 was a steal.

And finally, la piece de resistance:

Female Nude, Creepy Rock Man looks on, giant original painting signed & dated 1960, $40.  That frame is getting painted black and it will be hung in my dining room.  Appetizing, isn’t it?

Side note:  the vendor actually said “it will be a mighty fine painting if you just paint over that guy on the rock, I don’t know what idiot put him there.”  Are you kidding?!  That guy rulz.  He stays.

I think Erin is bringing part 2 of the round up tomorrow, so tune in.  But then again, maybe she’s not, in which case you’ll have to wait until April for more.  But Erin will be here tomorrow none the less so, stop on by now, ya hear?

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