Sunday, April 5, 2009

My Adventures with Sue Whitney and the Junk Gang at Round Top, Texas!

I returned home late Friday night and though I'm still recuperating, had to share some of my fabulous week with you. Texas was a more fun, jam-packed week than I could have expected. The friends, finds, and food were absolutely perfect.

I flew into Austin on Monday early in the evening with Kimberly (Melamad), and I'm so glad I had her for company and conversation. You couldn't find a sweeter girl. Love her! She's a contributor and stylist for the new book, Junk Beautiful - Outdoor Edition, by Sue Whitney of, and is very talented in her own right. We were picked up at the airport by George Terrell, of Georgia Moon in Grover Beach, California, and Elizabeth Whitney, Sue's daughter, after they had made a slight detour to other parts unknown. Ha! Sorry, Georgia, but I just had to share that! And that's just the beginning of our adventure!

We stayed at a lovely retreat facility called the Heartland and we had such gracious hosts. I sure know now what they mean by southern hospitality! Thelma, was an older woman who ran the place and she made sure we had everything we needed. Shelly Weidner of Cibolo Creek Antiques in Bulverde, Texas, the coordinator of our stay, was equally as wonderful and what a hoot she was. I don't think I've ever laughed so much! Along with her was her cousin, Karin, and friend Kathy. They were there helping Shelly out at her booths in Round Top, one at Marburger and one at the Big Red Barn. And my goodness, what great gals they all are!

Early Tuesday morning we headed in to Marburger, a huge sale in Round Top, Texas. We had started setting up the Junk Market booth late Monday, but hadn't finished it. There, Sue, Kimberly, Elizabeth, Georgia, Doug (the welder) and myself, worked on the finishing touches. Sue would be signing her books there and a portion of the book sales along with items sold in the booth, would be going to Houston's Habitat for Humanity. The day started out very cold and windy and made for a difficulty time. But that doesn't mean to say we didn't make it fun. There were amazing things there to work with and it came together quite nicely. Here are a few pictures of the booth. More pictures from the rest of our trip will be coming shortly.


Marge of Emmas Nook and Granny said...

I have been waiting for you to post all about your trip! Sure sounds like you had a blast. Can't wait to hear more. Glad you are home safe and sound.

Gretchen said...

Hey Lani-
Your photos are great and so far it feels like I'm there with you. Way to go with your posting. Anxious to see more, but enjoyed what you were up to posting thus far. The booth looks great, and I recognized a box in the background. Thought I'd never see it again. lol Did it sell?
Let me know when you post again.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Sounds like a super fun time! :) Can't wait to see more pics from your trip! Also pics of any fun finds!!

Cassie said...

I enjoyed viewing your pics! Looks like great fun. It was great meeting you in person and hearing your stories...I look forward to seeing more of your fun photos!
You MN gals are a hoot!

Erin said...

wow! I wish I could have made it to TX this year for the show! the booth looked amazing!! Pop on over for my 100th post give-away!

Kathy said...

Lani - Great pics - what a great trip you had - fun with Sue, meeting new junk friends, and the fleamarkets...sounds like the perfect vacation!

The booth looks awesome. I love that wire garden chandelier thing...I think I'll try to make something like that - have lots of the glass insulators.

Can't wait to see more! Kathy

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