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Mary, Dorsey and Jami Wilmarth at the Original Round Top Antiques Fair.

Mary, Dorsey and Jami Wilmarth at the Original Round Top Antiques Fair.

Hi, Everyone!

I can't even put into adequate words how great our experience at the Original Round Top Antiques Fair was. We met so many wonderful, helpful, amazing and knowledgeable people! While we had sales success, perhaps more valuable to us at this time was simply making contacts and establishing a beginning.

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By Dorsey, 03/29/2016 - 16:27

Original Round Top Antiques Fair favorites

Tin Cats Antiques booth at the Original Round Top Antiques Fair

This is the Tin Cats Antiques booth at the Original Round Top Antiques Fair.

You never know what you’re going to find at an antiques show.

As a dealer, you tend to think everyone will like the same things you do, and nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the category of “antiques” is extremely broad.

Check out a few of my favorites at this year's Original Round Top Antiques Fair.

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Influence of our other parents

Jim and Nick Wilcoxson

Jim and Nicki Wilcoxson, in the days before they passed and were living with Dorsey and me.

In October of 2000, my future mother-in-law, Mary Wilmarth, owner of Wilmarth's Antiques, took me to Round Top to help her and to experience the show. Her husband, Dick, was ill by that time, so it was just the two of us. (I remember having to drive all the way back from Austin in a moving truck by myself because Mary had had to fly home unexpectedly to be with Dick. That was scary; Siri wasn't born yet, and I didn't have great map-reading skills.)

By Dorsey, 02/21/2016 - 10:08

Start an antiques business?

Mary and Dick Wilmarth of Wilmarth's Antiques

Mary and Dick Wilmarth launched their antiques business after years of working for NASA.

Jami: "I want to start an antiques business."

Me: "Uh huh." (paying that sort of half-hearted attention that husbands reserve for when their wives say something crazy).

The next day, packages started being delivered.

"Oh crap," she's serious, I thought.

And sure enough, she was.