I went to Round Top and Warrenton Saturday with my sister. It was creatively inspiring and incredible to see so many artists that have have truly taken flight with their art or biz. I just looked on in awe at what these women have accomplished! What I loved most was that these women were being exactly who they were in the way they dressed, the road they have pursued, and have said "to heck with what anyone else thinks", and you know what? They are all more successful for it because people recognize the uniqueness of their gifts and talents and crave to find the same thing within themselves by looking at others who have.
While there were hundreds of magazine spread worthy antique dealer booths dealing the good stuff at lofty prices (12K for tables, etc.), I was more drawn to the fabulous "junk" and repurposed potential finds I discovered while traversing the long miles through Warrenton. If you only had a hundred bucks or even tens of thousands to spend, there were zillions of things for you to more than willingly drop your cash on. There were no high powered sales pitches. No one was twisting anyone's arm to buy anything. Isn't that the way it should be? There was soooo much there, we could have easily spent three or four days and not seen everything there was to offer!
I just had to share my three favorite gypsies of Gypsyland.
This gal aka "Paris Montana" traded in her Mercedes and big corporate job to start a vintage eclectic salvage jewelry biz straight out of an airstream which she had decked out in lace and pearls, leaving the big city behind her and nothing but the open road ahead of her. She compares Round Top and Warrenton to her first love: Paris Flea Markets.
You can find her blog here.
These next two sisters traded in their business suits and pointy heels for tattered jeans and boots to follow their dreams of owning their own business. Junk Gypsy has some celebrity fans, which after five seconds in their bohemian/country/vintage (very Anthropologie with southern charm) outdoor store at Warrenton, you wouldn't be surprised at all.
When I got home, I started researching Round Top and came across this gypsy (who is also a vendor), but I didn't happen to find her there this time, but I am so looking forward to finding her in the fall. Can you believe this first photo below is inside her airstream? You must go to her website and view her one-of-a-kind lace clothing pieces!
Tips for being a happy artist per my observations from Round Top:
Huge thanks to the very talented April Pizana Photography of Houston for letting me use some of her photos from her own Round Top weekend excursion!