It's hard to believe we've only been in Texas for four days, given the amount of (literal) acreage we've covered in such a scant amount of time. And though the food has been delicious, we tire a bit of the ubiquitous "sneaky meat" that seems to make its way into every dish. Looking forward to Kombucha and avocados and Westside traffic, we spend our last morning at Round Top shopping. (Of course) As the days have passed, more and more dealers have shown up, more tents have opened, and more containers have arrived, so we're determined to make use of our last few hours. And we do!
Visiting with the charming, adorable French dealer Richard Hartmann, who runs his booth with his Tennessee native ex-wife (one of his four ex-wives and the third "also has a tent in this field," he gestured with his hand), we were won over by his enthusiasm and his wares, eventually purchasing a beautiful striped Turkish kilim (56" x 119") and wishing him the best for the remainder of the show. We then stopped to check out some incredibly detailed carved cow skulls with Jeffree Turney, a Florida-based dealer who specializes in unique Swedish country style. These skulls are shipped to a remote part of Sweden, where they're hand-carved by an 86-year-old artist. They are nothing short of magnificent.
Our last lunch in Round Top required a final plate full of meat, so we made our way to the nearby Methodist Church barbecue, ostensibly legendary around these parts. While wiping our hands on paper napkins and sipping sweet tea and finishing our barbecued chicken sandwiches, we made our plans to hit the road for the Austin airport to catch our flights back to Los Angeles that evening.
Throughout our Texas travels, not only did we come across some incredible pieces from dealers all over the world and meet some amazing people, but we brought some truly spectacular, one-of-a-kind pieces back to rumba! Keep your eyes on our 1stdibs page, where many of these Round Top beauties will be making their online debut and up for grabs! As for you, Round Top, we'll see you again in October.