You know the thrill of the hunt that comes when you’re scoping out those prized Round Top antiques? We’ve got good news, friends. In our humble opinion, that’s just the start of where things get good. Sure, perusing venues, finding that one-of-a-kind item and makin’ things official with a purchase feels pretty good, but think about once you get home!
When you turn off that engine and unload your finds, that’s when they become positively, absolutely yours. (And at that point, it’s all about makin’ them into exactly what you want them to be.) Whether you’re planning on keeping your Round Top antiques largely as they were then they came home with you, or you’ve got big ideas for a modern twist, they’re gonna require a bit of TLC. Here are a few things to consider as you step into that next stage.
Get Your Round Top Antiques All Spic and Span
There’s a difference between farmhouse chic and somethin’ straight outta the barn. The truth is, even cared-for antiques are bound to get a little bit dusty during the show process or on their way home. A quick clean can do them a world of good. (Of course, you’ll need to go about it the right way.) Harsh cleansers can spell trouble for certain finishes and fabrics, while scrubbing too vigorously — or with the wrong tool — can do more harm than good. Porch.com offers a helpful overview of exactly how to go about safely cleaning your finds.
Track Down the Story of Your Round Top Antiques
There’s a reason these treasures are called “conversation pieces,” folks. Everybody who sees them will want to know all about them. If you think about it while you’re at the Round Top Antiques Show, ask the vendor you’re buying from what they know about the piece. Then, once you’re home, carry out searches online, drop by your local libraries and consider checking in with like-minded folks in social media groups. (Honestly, this part of things can feel like a treasure hunt all its own!) If you’re at a loss for exactly how to get started, The Spruce Crafts offers some pretty great advice.
Get Creative When Incorporating Your Round Top Antiques into Your Space
Ever had the experience of getting home with a piece you love and then thinking, “Well, where’s it gonna live?” (Don’t worry — we’ve all been there.) The trick is to go with your gut — and not to feel like all your antiques have to sit together in one spot. Blend those old-time finds with your modern-day accents, and do what makes you happy. And if you’re really wantin’ to go all in? Consider painting or staining them to better suit the space! (It’s important to remember, though, that once you take such a step, you can’t always reverse it.) Pinterest is packed with design ideas, but you can find inspiration all over the place. From your favorite cafés and shops, to the shows you binge on Netflix, just keep an eye out for looks you like.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about the upcoming Round Top Fall Antiques Show! Be sure to drop by the Explore Round Top website to map out your game plan and get geared up for all the Round Top fun on the way. We’ll see ya soon!