YOU are Invited, Friend.

I love that I love my job.

I’ve had the privilege of working for Marburger Farm Antique Show for many years and I believe I have the best job in the world.

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Antiques speak to my soul. They have stories and I am all ears. Perhaps it was one too many bedtime reads of The Velveteen Rabbit, but when I see something that needs a home or holds nostalgic value or just whispers of an age gone by, well, I perk up. The craftsmanship, the history, the timelessness…. I could go on and on.

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So, that makes my job amazing but what puts it over the top is the people. I LOVE meeting shoppers from all over the world. I get to hear their stories, help them find items they are looking for and share in an incredible life experience with them (yes, Antique Week is that awesome).

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I also love the folks I work with. Each morning I drive into the gates during show week I am greeted by the gate crew who have worked for Marburger for years. They are family to me. The owners, office staff, the porters, the parking crew, vendors, dealers…I mean I literally work (and by “work” I mean have the best time of my life) with hundreds of folks who have become family and friends to me.

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Another joy I have is to work with the crew of Distinguished Transport. They are our on-site shipping experts. I’ve watched these guys run all over our 43 acres picking up purchased items, treating them as if they were their own family heirlooms and deliver them all over the world. They work hard and treat people like family.

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Recently I was asked what makes Marburger so special, so different. And I believe the simple fact that we have the very best, the most knowledgable, reputable dealers from all over the world assembling a 43 acre treasure hunt for people is amazing. But what makes it special? What puts it over the top? The fact that you’ll be welcomed into this antique wonderland as family and friends.

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I’m inviting you to throw down that pile of work, grab your BFF, jump in the car and join us. Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2014 we want YOU to join us and experience it for yourself. See you there. I’ll be the one grinning ear-to-ear.

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Show starts in 48 days,

tara

 

 

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Golf Cart Reservations

One of the greatest things about Marburger Farm Antique Show is that our incredibly knowledgeable dealers travel the world gathering all of the most amazing antiques and bringing them to a central location that is easy to get to.

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Located smack dab between Austin, San Antonio and Houston is Round Top, Texas. Marburger Farm Antique Show is one of the many venues that sets up for Antique Week twice a year.

We have 43 acres, 10 gigantic tents and 12 historic buildings for you to shop until you drop.

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And the really good news?? WE HAVE GOLF CARTS!!

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So whether you need some assistance moving around the property, or want to ASSIST your not-as-fast-walking-friend we’ve got you covered.

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Golf cart reservations can be made by emailing info@marburgershow.com or calling 800-947-5799. Here’s a link with more info: GOLF CART INFO.

If you wanna give a friend a lift or think you might wanna take it easy while shopping reserve your cart now.

See you in 53 days!!

tara

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Our Shopping Guide- The Howdy

We are roughly 64 DAYS away from our Fall show and that means we are picking up steam and getting everything in order for our most incredible show yet.

Each show we create a publication called The Howdy. It is the shopping guide to Marburger Farm Antique Show. We publish and distribute The Howdy to thousands shoppers, dealers, vendors, interior designers, decorators, and businesses. The online version can be viewed here.

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Every single shopper at Marburger Farm is handed The Howdy where they can find a listing of every dealer, where the dealers are located, maps, services and more.

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This presents a wonderful opportunity for our dealers and businesses to place an ad in The Howdy and draw attention to their booth, antique store, or service and promote their business. The ads are also featured with a link to their website on a tab on our facebook page. This tab is periodically promoted on our facebook wall.

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If you are interested in applying for an ad space in The Howdy, please email me at tara@marburgershow.com for details.

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See you SOON!!

Tara

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Antique Decorating For Your Modern Home

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Antiques are not meant to live in your attic or garage, collecting dust. From the elegantly carved wood wardrobe your grandmother cherished for decades to the tiny glass sculpture you found at a second-hand store, vintage pieces can give your home a unique sense of character. There are several ways you can incorporate antiques into a home with modern furniture and decor for a stylish and eclectic look in each room of your house.

A Romantic, Whimsical Bedroom

Mixing traditional comfort with contemporary style will give your bedroom a whimsical and romantic ambiance. Overpowering wood antiques can make your room seem cluttered and outdated. Instead, mix one or two pieces with contemporary wallpaper for a stylish mix. Better Homes and Gardens recommends using a large piece for something other than its original purpose or using it in a room you wouldn’t normally place it. You can use a glass-front china cabinet in the corner of your bedroom to display books or photos. Antique chairs aren’t restricted to dining areas or living rooms. Stage your chair strategically in your bedroom with a small bookcase to create a cozy reading corner.

An Industrial-Era Kitchen with Modern Flair

Don’t fall under the misconception that your kitchen has to be rustic or modern. Incorporate vintage industrial elements into your kitchen for a hip yet functional cooking space. Home Stratosphere suggests using exposed bricks, joists, beams and lighting fixtures to transform your kitchen into a sleek industrial space. Decorate with antique copper pots and vintage bar stools. Mix low-hanging vintage-inspired lighting with contemporary track lighting for an eclectic complement to your industrial look. Complete the room with final touches like minimalist metal countertop surfaces or hang avant-garde pieces of art on the walls.

An Eclectic Living Room

Don’t be bashful—get creative with your living room decor. The living space should be a warm and inviting reflection of you and your family. In an interview with design and architecture magazine Freshome, Toma Clark Haines, an antiques specialist living in Berlin and antiquing across Europe suggests the most boring thing you can do is decorate a room all in one style.

“If you’re not an artist but a scientist, approach mixing antique periods and styles as if it were Newton’s third law of motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,” Haines said.

Contrast light with dark, glitzy with sleek. A curvy antique chair or sofa can be paired with minimalist side tables or a tall, angular lamp. Traditional long, dark drapes should compliment wide, bright contemporary windows.

As Haines recommends, a home should be collected, not decorated. “Our homes should tell a story—where we’ve been and where we’re going—and what moves us,” she said.

A Luxurious Vintage Bathroom

Create the ultimate relaxing bathroom with modern luxury and vintage style. Modern hardware is ideal for functionality, but the simple addition of a large vintage mirror or porcelain claw-footed bathtub can add a sumptuous, elegant look. Take a cue from designer Paolo Moschino, who paired an elegant freestanding tub with an antique secretary desk against the backdrop of a large window. This combination of light and dark creates a unique focal point that also provides storage and functionality.

 

A special thank you for this article written by guest author Maria Springs.  

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Weather Forecast: ANTIQUES

In Texas during the summer, the weather can get temperamental.

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As we watched the Hurricane roll up the coast recently, it made me think of all the communities past who had seen and experienced some of the hurricanes or crazy weather years before us.

I remembered the beautiful weather vanes I’d spotted at the Fall show and realized, before computers and the technologies of today, they actually counted on and used weather vanes.

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This one is on the Silver Dollar Saloon building and always gets my attention.

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As I thought about the wind and rain I realized how through the years we have used and needed the seasons. These windmills which at one time were an essential tool now are beautiful and reminiscent of days gone by.

I love the scale of this huge windmill.

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And this great little windmill would be beautiful in a garden.

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And this wonderful partial windmill is stunning.

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Don’t forget to enjoy the season, the wind and the rain.

 

See you SOON! Next show is Sept 30-Oct 4!

Tara

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