To find fine dealers in Carmine click on the area you want in the navigation column on the left.
March 24 - April 7, 2018*
*NOTE: Some show venues will be open slightly earlier. See links to individual shows & fields (listed on left) for exact dates of specific locations.
For more info please call Suzy Kirchberg:
Cell phone 979-966-7820
La Grange office: 979-249-4149
NOTICE:New advertiser deadline for spring 2018 edition is January 15, 2018.
See the videos of some of the show dealers, treasures, places and events here! http://www.youtube.com/user/ShowDailyMagazine
Carmine attracts new antiques / arts businesses
Anyone lucky enough to stop by central Carmine on Hwy 290 this Antiques Week is going to find that the beautiful country town is attracting more businesses, antiquers and artists than ever before. Among the newcomers are Al Friedman, whose House of Nostalgia specializes in vintage advertising. He made a splash at his new place near the Carmine Dance Hall last Spring. Friedman, who has been coming to the Antiques Week shows for 10 years, said he'd always wanted a place in the area and that Carmine was the perfect spot.
"It seems Carmine has really grown," he said. "There's a lot of new stuff going in there."
Shops, on the north side of Hwy 290, include Hill Country Collectibles, Jaynes Place, MJs Antiques Gifts and Collectibles, and Neeses all of which offer a great variety of antiques, collectibles and gifts. Shops on the south side of the highway include Stoney Creek Antiques, Unique Antiques and Whatever Antiques. Most of the shops are in vintage buildings, helping set the perfect mood for antique hunters.
"You couldn't afford to build this building again because of the wood in it," said Karen Springer, of Stoney Creek Antiques, of her 1920s building that used to be a farmer's hardware shop. Karen and Bob Springer are happily contributing to Carmine's growth with a Texas basketball museum.
One of the newest places in Carmine is J.W.s Steakhouse, also the south side of Carmine just off Hwy 290, which has been receiving rave reviews.
Carmine is attracting ever more artists to the area as well. Diane Tovey, who specializes in stain glass and mosaic art, was busily putting the final touches on her Carmine studio last Spring, out of which she runs her business, The Glass Anvil. Burt's Birdhouses, also draws a lot of visitors during the shows.
PJ Hornberger, a folk artist specializing in primitive paintings, wood carvings and clay, said Carmine was the perfect spot for her to have a house and studio. "The town was especially welcoming," she said.
"They did not complain when I painted my building purple," she said." They didn't say a word when I put the cupola on top. They just said, Welcome to the neighborhood.
It's perfect for an artist," she said.
"It's getting much more difficult to find good pieces and the pieces you find now are rougher than they were before and more expensive," said Craig.
"A few years ago, the demand for big pieces was higher. These days, folks are looking for smaller items like tables, chairs and shelves." Craig and Stateler also deal in smaller accessories to go with the furniture. "I call them tweeners, in-betweeners," said Stateler.
Word of mouth has sent them a steady stream of customers for the eight years they've done the County Line show, which, thanks to the great selection and the Moore's warm atmosphere, continues to get excellent reviews from shoppers and dealers alike.
"Sophie and Bill are just great folks to work with," said Craig. "We have a great set of folks here. Everybody takes care of everybody. Its kind of like a family."
The Carmine Dance Hall has been a part of the Texas antiques shows for several decades. It is located two blocks north of Highway 290 on N. Hauptstrasse Street.
Called the The Hidden Gem by some, the show at the old hall features exhibitors from around the country, including Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Missouri and Mississippi, who offer a vast array of strictly vintage goods. Besides the merchandise, the show also boasts a number of unique specialty services and award-winning barbecue.
The following is just a few of the items available for purchase: formal and informal antique furniture, antique and vintage jewelry, sterling silver, tea caddies, primitives, fine linens, Toleware and antique folk art.
While there are only about 15 exhibitors, there is plenty of selection to choose from. The unique thing about a smaller venue is that it allows for a cozy atmosphere with superior customer service.
We have something for everyone... from the advanced collector to novices, says regular exhibitor Hazel Giles, of Hazel Giles Antiques, Glenville, N.C. We have friendly exhibitors who are always glad to share their experience. Because of the size, we are able to give very personalized, undivided attention to shoppers.
In addition to the great selection of merchandise, traditional, award-winning German barbecue, cooked over an oak wood fire, is served daily thanks to the efforts of Cedar Creek Schuertzen, a local non-profit group.
The fare includes: brisket, pork, locally made sausage, sauerkraut, pinto beans and homemade desserts. Along with the great barbecue, Jan Leach, owner of Clifton House Antiques, says other special services -- porter and shipping -- make Carmine Hall one of the best shows around.
The great thing about the shipping is that if you buy something like large piece of furniture or lots of smaller things and have no room in the car, you can have it shipped at a reasonable price, says Leach.
The 4-day show kicks-off with hors doeuvres being served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The food will range from chips and dips to veggies, fruits and cheeses.
The Carmine Dance Hall, which is part of the Original Round Top Antiques Fair, run by Susan and Bo Franks, also offers free parking underneath shade trees, climate controlled shopping and indoor restrooms.
We look forward to seeing our regulars and hope those who come for their first time will enjoy it so much, they will come back, said Giles.
Admission is $10, good all days and all ORTAF venues, including The Big Red Barn and its tents. For more information, visit roundtoptexasantiques.com