top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… you meet the nicest people on the internet. Last year when I began tweeting, one of my first twitter connections was @TopBrokerOC, a charming man named Robert Watson who lives in California and shares my passion for antiques and European Travel. Needless to say, we were fast friends! When I found out that Robert’s company Transantlantique would have a booth at the Marburger Farms Antique Fair in Round Top, Texas I knew I had to tell you about him and Kathy Klingaman, his wife and life partner!
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to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TJxVmBU_U8I/AAAAAAAAFI8/BHRg-YT8CXQ/s400/Transatlantique+Antiques+2.jpg” border=”0″ />Born in Paris, Robert spent a good part of his life living overseas and collecting his own treasures. He lived in London and Wiesbaden, trolling the local markets for antiques and learning quickly that some of the best pieces are found at the source; boot sales in England as well as braderrie and removal sales on the continent. He’d pick up the latest copy of “Aladin” or “Troddler” magazines and hit the road for his next shopping adventure. One of his and Kathy’s favorite places to shop is Arezzo with the small brocantes all over the place. It wasn’t hard to decorate a home with some great finds and some very inexpensive prices.
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(seen right with my cowboy boots in honor of Round Top, Texas!)
Over time, The Other Toma began reading my blogs and before long we became modern-day pen pals, discovering that not only were we name twins but that our interests and hobbies were strikingly similar! She’s an Estate Sale Diva with an incredible network of fabulous haunts in the Midwest USA for antiques, vintage and just plain junk! Lucky for you, she has recently started a blog called toriancobweb.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>Victorian Cobweb giving estate sale advice and telling readers about tips and treasures in her “neck of the woods” in southern Oklahoma!
Today she posted such a fabulous tip that I couldn’t let it go unnoticed by Diva Readers! Sadly I’ve never been to this fair, but next year I’m thinking “The Two Toma’s” should do the fair together – Diva Style!
The Antiques Diva™
P.S. Should you know another “Toma” please do email me – firstname.lastname@example.org. We might just start our own club with all our exclusive name twins!
Just around the corner is the antiques show of the year for the South Central Region of the United States and……….I’ve Never Been! I’m talking about Round Top – Texas that is. Opens September 30th and closes October 4th this Fall, the Sprtop.jpg”>ing dates are March 31st to April 4, 2009. So mark your calendars and dust off your walking shoes because this is the biggest show this side of the Mississippi!
top.jpg”>top.jpg” border=”0″ />It started about 40 years ago by an enterprising little lady by the name of Miss Emma Lee Turney and her company Antiques Productions in the old Round Top Rifle Association Hall. The Round Top Antiques Fair, Round Top Folk Art Fair, Antique Annex, Carmine Dance Hall and Show Tent are still the biggest and best shows of the whole fair that has grown to include small towns in the area; Round Top, Warrenton, Carmine and Shelby, plus smaller shows along the way.
Dealers start setting up as early as 3 weeks in advance…. so early shopping would be the ticket to the treasures!
If you are making plans to go this year, keep in mind this late in the year you probably won’t be able to find lodging very nearby (especially considering all the evacuees from Hurricane Ike). But plan now for next spring and fall.
Happy Treasure Hunting!