Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Few of My Favorites at the Marburger Farm Antique Show

As I have mentioned before, here, it is antique season in Texas.

 One of my favorites, and one of the largest venues for finding just about any vintage or antique treasure you might imagine, is the
  Marburger Farm Antique show.

Several of my absolute favorite dealers anywhere will be here again and promise not to disappoint.

Janet, from
  Talk Sweet Talk,

 will be set up in the old farm house at the show.

I first met Janet when she was set up at Cole's several years ago. I have not seen her in a while, but I follow her most creative and inspiring blog. She has the best eye and I was smitten immediately with her knack for display, her collections, and her sense of design in setting up her booth at the show.

 Like so many of the people I have met in the antique business, she is just the nicest person and a delight to visit with.

 Talented and clever,  and you will love what Janet does with

Another favorite, whose booth I fell in love with before I ever met her, belongs to Nance.

Nance writes a blog, My Favorite French Antiques, and her booth at the show
promises to tempt me, again, with antique paintings like this one of two dogs......

Gorgeous, yes?

Nance also has tons of beautiful French furniture and accessories.

Paintings, architectural fragments, tapestries, mirrors............
Nance's booth will not disappoint you!!

Setting up at Marburger for the first time,

but a long time vendor at the square in Round Top,

 is Richard Schmidt.

I have only met Richard and his wife Janet a few times, but they are guaranteed to be a hit at Marburger.

Ohmygosh, I'll take one of each please!

As life would have it, and not surprisingly, Richard and his wife are
friends with another longtime favorite of mine,

Vintage Sculpture creators,

Brad and Sundie Ruppert.

I have several of their charming and oh so clever sculptures and it has been fun watching them grow in recognition and popularity over the past years.

"Let Your Love Shine Thru"
I bought this fabulous piece quite a while ago and love it more every day.
 It has moved around my house and sits in my bedroom now. Like any piece of good art, it intrigues me every time I look at it, noticing different details Brad and Sundie created.

Sculptures range from folky angels, horses, hearts and arrows and fabulous mirrors.

Every size and color imaginable and the most clever combination of materials you will ever see!

I have longed for this piece ever since I saw it.
Full of personality and color, it is a prize example of their work. I case you can't find room for a cupboard, they make tons of smaller pieces of folk art that are just delightful.

Old friends, Alan and Lindra of Parkhouse Antiques  set up at Marburger and always have the most beautiful booth.

These photos were taken last year.  I can't wait to see what they do next week!

I have shared with you just a smidge of what you will see at this show.

From the most elegant to the most quirky, and everything in between, this show gets better every year. Be sure to visit the website and try to get here any time next week between Tuesday, March 29 and Saturday, April 2.

If you have favorite dealers at Marburger, or you are a dealer at Marburger and would like to be featured here at Hill Country House, please leave me a comment and I will be happy to post about you!

All photos used in this post either my own or were taken from the site referenced.


  1. If only I could go! Those booths look simply delicious!

  2. I had wanted to go so badly this year! Looking forward to your pics so I can virtually attend.

  3. Hi Anne,
    we are so looking forward to our day of shopping next week and have a list of things we'd love to find if the antique gods are smiling. Nothing big, just some trinkets. But I love those folk art sculptures by Brad and Sundie Ruppert! You have an incredibly broad knowledge of all things artful, one of the things I love most about reading your blog. Hope you have a wonderful time there! (also sorry to hear your parted with your camp blankets, you had an enviably beautiful collection, hope their new home is a loving as yours)

  4. Looks like some great finds! I understand Eddie Ross is coming as well. Should be a great show.

  5. Hi Anne- Unfortunately I'm unable to head out there next week. Do you happen to know if they'll be selling to the public during the preview this Sunday in Warrenton? I don't care too much about Round Top but was hoping to hit Warrenton in search of a settee.

    Thank you!

  6. I'm counting down the days until Marburger! Just got back from the fields yesterday. So many treasures! xo Lindley

  7. Loved the post! Drop by to see our fabulous imported French Basketeer Giveaway. To quote Andrea plastic bags are “so passé!”


  8. You should work for the tourism board as this post makes to want to GO.
    Love your favorite dealers and I am sure they love you.

  9. We had hoped to go to Warrenton this past Friday, but couldn't...I'm so hoping I'll get out there this week sometime....
    love the artists you referenced....

  10. Hi Ann!
    Here we go again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Nice heads up for the people coming out for this......Maryannexo

  11. Is it that time already, Ann?!!
    Love the painting of the two dogs. I have this room in CO where all my art is a salute to man's -- and woman's -- best friend.

  12. Oh my, I love elegant and quirky, and everything in between, I'll be there next year! Have been one time and I loved it. Thank you for this great post! I'm a new follower too!


  13. ann, thanks so much for the shout out and kind words!!!! great show. great time. great friends. wonderful place!!!!!
    sundie and brad

  14. Such gorgeous things! Looks like it
    was a great show.
    I think I need to move to TX.....
    it's official!

    So pretty~



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