Trip Log: Texas Part Deux

For the second part of my spring Texas trip,  I met up with my mom and our family friends. Together we drove over to Round Top, Texas to explore the sprawling antique fairs on the rural farmlands there. We spent two days roaming the fields in search of treasures from the past. We started our hunting at Marbuger Farms. But Round Top is the créme de la créme of what they call "primitive american antiques". Surrounding all these major antique shows is a metropolis of other dealers sprawling out into the fields and along the roads. 

What's interesting to me about these shows is how a seemingly random object can create a reputation around itself based on its rarity or collectibility. Such as these pear shaped tea caddies from the Georgian era which apparently sell very high. My mom and I were fixated on this primitive barn lamp that had an interesting feature to light the candle within. The dealer saw us marveling and agreed "I've sold lots of barn lanterns, but none like THIS!" can get a little wrapped up in things while you're there. Before you know it, you're walking off pleased at having just bought an oversized llama throne for $900… sheesh. 

At night we put up our aching feet at an old farmhouse outside the fairgrounds. The house on the property was from the 1880's. Black angus cattle roamed around the ranch and bull frogs croaked at night under the live oaks. Hoping this turns into an annual thing.


Trip Log: Marfa, Texas

Earlier this spring I took a trip down to Marfa, Texas with some of my gal pals. I enjoyed it so much, I think I'll make it my tradition to take a trip down to the Southwest every spring. It is so beautifully rugged and wild down there.

The main attraction that drew us to Marfa is the Chinati Foundation. Started in the 1960's by Donald Judd, the old military base houses a permanent collection of works by Judd, Flavin, Chamberlin, and several other artists of the time. Most notable is Judd's 100 Works in Mill Aluminum. The giant aluminum pieces are housed in an two former artillery sheds. The light from the windows projects its desert hues onto the metal and creates shapes and forms within the boxes. I was completely blown away. 

Beyond the Chinati Foundation, we roamed the quiet streets of Marfa and popped our heads into various galleries and artist studios. The town is crawling with artists and creatives. We ate tacos at Boyz 2 Men taco trailer in the sunshine and ordered pizza at Pizza Foundation. I particularly enjoyed taking in all the signage around town. It seems like Marfa is perpetually stuck in the 1960's aesthetic. We spent our nights at El Cosmico, a self-described "18 acre nomadic hotel and campground".  El Cosmico was as much of a draw-in for us because of its vintage trailer, safari tent and tepee accommodations. We stayed in the Safari tents and rinsed in the outdoor shower every morning. I just can't say enough about Marfa, so I'll just stop myself here. But I will say, I will be returning.