I remember sitting at Mary's (my mother-in-law) kitchen table — that red shoe-foot hutch table on our site — about 17 years ago, drinking wine, visiting and me playing with the stone fruit in the bowl in the center of the table.
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.
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.
Tin Cats Antiques is gearing up for the Original Round Top Antiques Fair, which will be March 28-April 2, outside of Round Top, Texas. We just received a bunch of new items that we will be bring to the show. We hope to see you there.
Some of my first antique purchases for our business were pantry boxes. I ADORE them, for so many reasons. I think I'm not alone.
I'm a big believer that the strength of a marriage comes from the differences between the partners more than the similarities, and with our Tin Cats Antiques business, I'm finding that to be true in our business partnership as well.
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.)
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.