Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Round Top Warrenton Four Inspirational Gypsies

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This photo courtesy of Wheatfield on Etsy.


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.

Paris Montana

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.

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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.


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Magnolia Pearl

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!


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Tips for being a happy artist per my observations from Round Top:


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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!

9 comments:

Catie said...

OMG That necklace.. those crowns.. the beautiful upholstered furniture. Stuff of my dreams for sure!

fabriquefantastique said...

what a fun post

sweeter than cupcakes said...

Warrenton is my happy place!! I made the trip from Mississippi to meet up with my friends for the fabulous shopping. We try to make it both times a year. Junk Gypsy is a dream come true!!

LittleBlueFeather said...

Stunning photos! I love the tips for being a happy artist at the end of your post. Sometimes we all need reminded of those things!

Katie, Trevor, and Baby Probandt said...

I was at Warrenton this year and had a blast! I used to work for the Junk Gypsies a couple of years ago and I'll say with confidence, that they are some of the most creative, sweet, genuine, and hard-working people you will ever meet in your life! They are truly amazing and I learned so much from my time with them. I still miss them very much but I love to watch their success!

Amanda said...

Wow, when is the next one? I'd love to go to something like that!!!!

Elizabeth said...

This was a really inspiring post! I loved it. It is amazing to see some of the stuff they have I would die for that pink couch!!! They sound like such strong women to truly live their dreams! =)

Snazziedrawers said...

Katie, so awesome you worked at Junk Gypsy. How fun that had to have been!!
http://roundtoptexasantiques.com/
Here is the link to their site for Round Top. The next one is Sept 28- Oct 1. I highly recommend chatting with someone who has been before though to know where to go because it is crazy overwhelming once you get there. The festival is in a few towns and there is just so much to see you can't believe it.
Thanks for commenting!

jammertail designs said...

Looks like a blast! I love all the wonderful pictures...I'll have to say that necklace is absolutely Fantastic! Not to mention everything else....

Wow...That's one crazy beautiful Airstream! I grew up traveling with my folks on vacations in one...they are great trailers...but ours never looked like that...wow! Fancy.....
xo Sally