Antiques

Kris Tinkham, owner of Seeing Pink Elephants, sells vintage barware. She said that younger buyers who didn’t actually live through that era are drawn to the classic styles, and love having the stuff their parents or grandparents now shun.

“This was the era when you didn’t know what everybody was doing all of the time. You had to go to people’s homes and sit down and chat and it was a very social experience,” Tinkham said. “Even if you didn’t drink or drink heavily, you always had a well-stocked bar or bar cart because people came over.”

Tinkham, of Houston, sells her wares at the Nutcracker Market and The Woodlands’ Junior League show. In Round Top she will have a booth at The Compound, which at other times of the year is an entertainment venue. She sells sets of eight glasses for around $200 but also has other barware.

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Original Round Top Antiques Fair

What: The iconic Big Red Barn, its annex and the Continental Tent

Where: 475 S. Texas 237, Carmine

When: VIP shopping 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 25 and general admission 1-6 p.m. Oct. 25; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26-30

Admission: VIP shopping pass, $20; general admission, $10

Information:roundtoptexasantiques.com

Marburger Farm Antique Show

What: More than 350 dealers spread through nine tents and 12 historical buildings

Where: 2248 Texas 237, Round Top

When: Early buying 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26 and general admission 2-6 p.m. Oct. 26; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27-29; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 30. (Gates open at 8 a.m. Oct. 26 and at 9 a.m. Oct. 27-30.)

Admission: Early buying $25 (Oct. 26); general admission $10; buy tickets on site or online

Information:roundtop-marburger.com

The Compound Antique Show

What: Five barns filled with vendors and concessions

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9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct 31

Where: 2550 S. Texas 237, Round Top

Admission: Free

Information:roundtopcompound.com

Henkel Square Market

What: Vendors in small shops and pop-up booths selling a variety of goods

Where: 201 N. Live Oak, Round Top

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (hours may vary)

Admission: Free

Information

:henkelsquareroundtop.com

Round Top Antiques & Design Center

What: Several vendors who sell antique and vintage goods year-round

Where: 199 Henkel Circle, Round Top

When: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Oct. 31 (closed Monday-Tuesday the rest of the year)

Admission: Free

Information:henkelsquareroundtop.com/rtad/

The home bar just might be the “It Room” of the coronavirus pandemic, with people entertaining at home and in small groups, and turning little-used rooms such as dining rooms into lounges or bars. Those who already had home bars or bar carts have experimented with craft cocktail recipes and invested in new barware.

“One that people always remark on is the size of the glasses. They’re smaller. They want the giant martini glass, which is a modern invention,” Tinkham said. “The original martini glass came with ‘The Rule of Three:’ three ounces, three ingredients and consumed in three sips. Then you refresh so your drink remains cold.”

The pandemic sent people to their backyards, too, and Beaumont dealers Shonte and Rodney Cooley will will take their wares from their Urban Habitat Antiks shop to Marburger Farm for the first time after prior years at the Rendezvous across from The Compound.

Some 20 years ago, Shonte Cooley sold a lot of dark, heavy furniture, and that trend gave way to shabby chic-style painted pieces. Now, though, she sells a good deal of industrial-style decor and can barely keep concrete garden urns in stock.

“I started selling concrete garden decor during COVID and my sales tripled,” Cooley said. “No one could go anywhere and families were off work, and the only thing they had to do was work in their yards. I stayed open and posted things on Instagram and Facebook and had curbside pickup or delivered to their door.”

Suzanne Coppola is a longtime Houston and Round Top antiques dealer who this year will sell from The Compound and at the Round Top Antiques and Design Center, which opened in January in the town’s Henkel Square. The show there opened last weekend to brisk traffic and heavy sales.

Demand for European antiques — Coppola’s specialty — remains strong as homeowners appreciate authentic antiques even if they don’t want to fill every room with them.

“We’re doing a lot with burled wood, French Louis Philippe commodes and Belgian antiques, too,” Coppola said. “And mirrors — Louis Philippe style mirrors are getting harder to find. I never thought that France would run out of antiques, but it’s starting to happen.”

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Longtime San Antonio interior designer Gwynn Griffith has returned to the Alamo City after spending the past eight years in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She’ll have a booth at Marburger to sell from her vast collection of antiques. This will be her first show as a dealer after decades of time spent as a Round Top shopper.

Griffith’s inventory includes Italian and Spanish Colonial furnishings from the 17th and 18th centuries, and Flemish paintings from as far back as the 17th century.

“I have seven storage units full of things and this is a good way for me to purge. It’s ridiculous how much stuff I have,” Griffith said. “I think this is going to be fun. I’m praying I don’t find something I think I need to buy.”

Julie Bailey Burns will have inventory from her Beaumont antiques store, Burns Antik Haus at The Compound and the Round Top Antiques and Design Center, from midcentury-era furniture to antiques from France, Belgium and Germany.

Known for her collection of Royal Delft blue and white pottery, she’ll also bring sets of oyster plates, bars and barware and faux bamboo furniture.

“Faux bamboo is very on trend right now. I also have a great solid oak Louis XVI bar. We can’t keep bars and barware in stock,” Burns said. “Even if you’re not an avid antique collector, they’re something that adds warmth to any décor.”

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Source : https://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/home-design/article/Midcentury-barware-and-antiques-Trends-to-watch-16552016.php

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