In the beginning the stands at Marburger are bare empty. The antique dealers come from all over the Untied States, they come with years of experience, a love for antiques, a crazy passion, loaded trucks and antiques they have paid dearly for by their TIME to find them, the energy it takes to restore them, by the miles they have spent driving around looking for them, the money it costs to pay for them...
...and the creative pulse it takes to put it altogether: To unpack, set up, arrange and rearrange and then to start all over again.
It helps to have a partner, Tot has a good one.
You gotta love antiques to be in the business... it is that simple... to see beauty in whatever comes your way, to find a way to display objects as art.
After your stand is in place, you spend hours hanging-out while clients come by, pick around, touch everything, hem and haw and hopefully buy.
In the meantime it is good to have something to do to pass the time... this antique dealer plays the banjo, most read, or talk to others...
I do not play the banjo, but I love to talk shop.
Shelley, comes up with many clever ideas on how to use old things.
Door Knob candle stick holders on a vanity tray. Reinventing, seeing something in a new way, inspiration often blooms when antiquing.
Neutral colors seem to be the big thing at the antique show, that and the word TEXTURE, using different elements and layer them together.
Bed-spring as wall art.
White iron stone seen at Marburger.
Another trend is to cover French antique armchairs in rough linen.
Found, for the Home... had a booth at Marburger, I found their name the most fitting.
They had a classy way of mixing rough with elegance.
Basket weave, a cornucopia display.
Linda at Willow Nest's style is pure eye candy.
A pleated underskirt. I wish I had bought this... I have not bought anything, but I have soaked up a ton. There are so many wonderful antiques and vintage elements, I could have bought everything... that is why I bought nothing. Plus my suitcase cannot carry the entire Marburger fair. Darn it.
Ludmil, (Willow Nest with Linda) sets up.
In the beginning it is hard work.
Judy Hill's bed linens a new design with an old feel.
In the beginning .... A home along the roadside to Round Top.
Home in the end is where the heart is, and antiques add a touch of atmosphere.
Note: I am off to Austin on a overnight trip.