When people hear that we've moved the Beyond Her studio to La Grange, Texas, they often say, "Bet you're going to the Round Top Antiques Fair, right?" The truth of the matter is, we had never been, or really even heard of, this 10-day bi-annual event for shoppers of all ages, lifestyles, ilks.
Turns out, it is like Burning Man for decorators -- people wear costumes, decorate their handcarts, and evidently end up howling at the moon if their finds are good enough. You'll see everyone from restaurateurs, to soccer moms, to celebrities out pecking through the fields in Warrenton, and the high end markets in Round Top.
Are there finds to be had? Well, there's always an "it" item or look - which last March was shabby chic. If you like the current trends, you're gonna find something. Last spring I was enamored with a lot of the upcycled furniture and art.
But a lot of it is what might be gently referred to as "junque." As a friend of mine who had recently cleaned out her parents' house, remarked, "I just keep wondering how much of this came out of my mom's basement." You've been warned.
A Veteran Takes Us in Hand
The good news for Beyond Her is that we have found a permanent home right in the heart of Round Top. The Gallery at Round Top (see TGART's website here) has been carrying BH since August, along with beautiful fine art, gorgeous artisan jewelry and woodworking, and even handmade soaps and honey.
Owner Karen Vernon (herself an accomplished artist) offered to host a Trunk Show for us during the busy Antiques Fair (Sept 26 - Oct 4). Wow! So we're taking just about everything over for a Her Extravaganza! All those new products you've seen on FB and Instagram? They'll be there! And so will I -- at least on Saturdays.
It's a great honor, a great venue and a great opportunity. If you are hankering for a Road Trip into the best of Central Texas, pack your bags and get there early (the traffic can be horrendous). We'll leave the light on for ya!
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