ROUND TOP, Texas – Spring at the Marburger Farm Antique Show, March 31-April 4, is a time to be transported out of winter, out of the daily spin and into a world resembling the great antiques fairs of Europe.
“Marburger is a close as to a European market as you get in the United States,” says exhibitor Shannon Poppino of Clutter Antiques. On Tuesday, March 31, through Saturday, April 4, look for 350 antiques and art exhibitors encamped on 43 acres in Round Top, Texas. It’s as beautiful as an Italian market, but a lot closer and with bluebonnets and margaritas.
It’s not that all the treasures are European. It’s that everything has been gathered fresh for that show, all set out at one exhilarating moment – fresh, exciting, current. Poppino, for instance, is looking for woods that are lighter in tone and for classic pieces of all eras that mix well together – not too stark, not too dark, just right for now. She’ll offer a light-colored Fruitwood chest with softer corners, inlaid veneer and bronze hardware – “Very pretty,” says Poppino. Nearby will be pairs of Italian and French midcentury modern chairs with simple lines that complement traditional pieces, including Impressionist art, a pair of French Greek-key trimmed mounted consoles with painted faux marble tops – “Very Park Avenue,” she adds.
“A great antique show is fashionable, just like clothes,” says exhibitor Shelli Alter of Indiana’s Dinner Party Antiques. “It’s got to be cool. It’s got to be relevant.” For Alter, like a European vendor, that means starting a collection from scratch for each Marburger Farm Show. “Business was good in 2019, so I’m buying, buying, buying from Palm Beach to Paris.” The hunt is on for art. “Art is the icing on the cake, the patina that brings every room to life.” Buying one piece at a time, her goal is to offer at least 100 pieces of art, mostly midcentury modern, all presented in 19th century wooden and gilded frames. “We love Marburger,” says Alter. “The weather, the dirt – it doesn’t matter. It’s the best of the best.”
One of the best things about opening day, Tuesday, March 31, is that early arrivals will discover “Tailgate Tuesday” from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. You’ll find a complimentary Continental breakfast, easy parking, and preshow shopping with the dealers in buildings along the Tailgate Tuesday corridor. This includes the exhibitors in the Marburger Dance Hall, the General Store building and many others.
The show’s nine huge tents and other buildings will open with the celebratory ringing of the bell at 10 a.m.
Marburger Farm Antique Show will open Tuesday, March 31 through Saturday April 4. On opening day, March 31, early buying opens at 10 a.m. for $25 admission – or come even earlier for Tailgate Tuesday Breakfast at 8 a.m. Regular $10 admission begins from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. that day and continues on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One admission is good all week. Your admission includes free parking and wifi. Advance tickets and group tickets are available.
See information on travel, maps, vendors, prizes, special events, lodging, on-site shipping/delivery and the Marburger Cafe at www.roundtop-marburger.com or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799. Follow show news on Facebook and Instagram @marburgerfarm.