Author: Natasha Deighton

Northern Goshawk Print, 1929-main-10427M

How to Choose Antique Prints?

How to choose antique prints? It should not be difficult.  In our opinion Antique Prints are subject oriented and you need to use your brain to choose the piece that fits you best.  Original art on the other hand is impulsive, it needs to talk to you, we like to think it is where you use your heart.  (For artwork see our article on How to Choose Artwork.)
Here are 5 tips for choosing the perfect original old print for you.
1. Identify your interests.
Look through the categories on offer. When our customers visit us at an antique show or through our website they have many categories to choose from.  Look through the titles of categories that spark an interest.  You love your garden?  Then look for the Botanical prints category.  You studied interior design or architecture in College and loved it?  Then look for the Interiors & Architecture category.
2.  Determine your project.
This is where you determine what you are going to do with the antique print.  Is it a gift for your husband, child, friend, or even better yourself?  You have an empty space on the wall you wish to fill with old vintage prints?  You need to decorate the office, living-room, bedroom?
3.  Establish a plan.
You have a project, now you need to decide how much space you want to fill on that wall or how many gifts you need to get.  Write it down so you can focus on your goal, you are about to dig in and hunt for the perfect antique print!
4.  Dig in!
Let’s say that your identified interest was Bird Prints.  You have located the category.  You have determined that your project is going to be a wedding gift and your plan is to get six of them.  Now you have to find the best antique prints.  Start looking through what is on offer.  Every time you see a fine bird print, write down the reference number or add it to your wishlist.  You are looking for six pieces, pull out or choose 12 to 15 of your favorite antique bird prints.
5.  Choosing the best antique prints.
Spread out your selection to see the big picture.  Is there is one you don’t like, or that looks strange: good! Take it out.  Keep doing this.  By process of elimination you will narrow it down to the six you love.  Problem:  you can’t decide and you have eight bird prints. Start pairing your bird prints together and choose your favorite of the two.  Before you know it you are going to have your perfect six!
See that was easy!
Keep this in mind:
You want to choose what feels and looks right to you.  We are all different and we have different tastes.  Trust your judgment.  Do the colors appeal to you?  Am I comfortable with the size of the antique prints?  Are the prints within my budget?  These are valid questions and you are the best person to answer them.

Now is a good time to look at what we have on offer.  Visit us as MAPSandART.com to shop for authentic old vintage prints, original artwork on paper and antique maps.

Our Favorite Restaurants at Round Top, TX

What are our favorite restaurants at Round Top? Well, many people ask us “where should we eat when we come to Round Top?”.
There is an almost bewildering choice from small “shacks” and food trucks to restaurants that like to think that they are gourmet restaurants.
I have to admit that when we are doing Round Top, we don’t get to eat out as much as we would like to.  Our Blue Hills at Round Top location stays open until 6pm most nights of Antique Week, and even though that’s not too late, by the time we close up all David and I are ready for is a shower and sleep!  But over the many years that we have been coming to Round Top we have eaten in quite a few restaurants.  If you are coming to Round Top from the Big City, (well, most towns qualify as the Big City in comparison with Round Top’s population of 93) remember that restaurants close early here – best to find somewhere to eat before 8pm.
When we do get out and about here are some of our choices, plus recommendations.


Royer’s Round Top Cafe
Round Top,TX
They describe their food as “sophisticated comfort food”, also famous for their pies. Large portions.  Need reservations several days ahead for dinner during Antiques Week.  Gets very busy.

Brazos Belle Restaurant
Burton, TX
Country French Food.

Bistro 108
La Grange, TX
Reservations advised during Antiques Week.

JW’s Steakhouse
Carmine, TX
979-278-4240
Steak.

Methodist Men’s BBQ
Blue Hills at Round Top
Texas BBQ, and all profits go to charity.  Open 11am – 3pm only.

Rokujyo Japanese Woodblock, C. 1900

What is a Woodcut?

Here is a question that we often answer to our clients.  Woodcuts have a lot more work in them than first appears to the unpracticed eye.  Without actually seeing how the process is done, few people can grasp even the concept of how a woodcut print is made.

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) has some very informative videos that explain how woodcuts are made.  We suggest you take a look.  Click here to see the MOMA Woodcut Video

When is Round Top?

When is Round Top Antique show? This is a question we get quite often. Round Top happens twice a year in the Fall and the Spring. The show is promoted for what is called Antique Week, but this can be misleading as many venues at Round Top are open several weeks earlier.

This Spring 2016 Round Top is going on from Saturday 19th of March to Saturday 2nd of April. There are a whole bunch of different venues to shop for antiques, some open even before March 20th and all the shows are in full swing with the opening of Big Red Barn on Monday March 28th 2016 and Marburger Farms on Tuesday 19th March. You could say that the core of Antique Week is going to be Monday March 28th through Saturday April 2nd.  Everyone will be open, but some of the best things may already be gone! By Sunday 3rd April everyone is packing up with many antique dealers on their way home.

During Round Top we sell antique maps, prints and original works of art at one of the best locations of all the shows : Blue Hills at Round Top in Barn A.  Come and see us. There is more information about Round Top on our Blog. Check out our show schedule for more Round Top dates.

WIFI at Round Top, TX

Where can I get WIFI at Round Top?

Being out here in the middle of the rolling green hills of Round Top, TX is beautiful, and now there are options for getting WIFI.

Many people connect through their accommodation, and that would be the best bet, as the places below can get busy at peak times, meaning a very slow connection.

Zapp Hall Beer Garden in Warrenton, TX
The Lounge at Marburger Farm has WIFI, and encourages all Bloggers to sit down and write about the show whilst you are there.
Oaks Family Restaurant south of Warrenton on 237 towards La Grange now also has WIFI.  Sit under the trees and check your email.
If you need a computer the Round Top Family Library on the Round Top square has a couple of computer terminals.  Donations are welcome, but not necessary.

Where is the party at Round Top, TX?

Even though David and I are hardly ever awake past 10pm during Round Top, there are several places that cater to the party crowd, who have much more stamina than we do.  Here are some ideas to find a party at Round Top.

The biggest party at Round Top is Thursday of Antiques Week is the Junk Gypsy’s Junk-o-Rama Prom night which starts at 7pm.  It’s time to dress up and party. There’s a fun guide to what to wear at http://cactuscreekdaily.com/love-it/junk-gypsy-junk-o-rama-prom-what-to-wear-guide.

If you are in Round Top on any other night head down to Zapp Hall in Warrenton, TX where you can have a glass of bubbly – champagne or beer and listen to live music outside under the Texas stars.

Where should I stay in Round Top?

This article will give you some quick links on where to stay in Round Top. My advice is to book accommodation as early as possible.  Many of the best places are pre-booked 6 months in advance!
If you are looking for a room always call the local Chambers of Commerce as they keep updated lists of who has accommodation available.

Round Top Area Chamber of Commerce
Tel 979-249-4042

Carmine Chamber of Commerce
Tel 979-278-3273

Brenham Chamber of Commerce
979-836-3695

La Grange Chamber of Commerce
979-968-5756

Giddings, TX Chamber of Commerce
979-542-3455

Brenham, TX has several of the big chain hotels, such as Comfort Inn, La Quinta, Holiday Inn Express. Hampton Inn, Best Western, and Roadway Inn.

If you don’t mind the drive there are oodles of options in Houston (1 1/2 hour drive) and Austin (1 1/2 hour drive).

If you have an RV, here is a link to local RV parks
http://www.roundtop.org/group_listing.php?group_id=rv_parks 
Are you an antiques dealer?   You can often park your rv at the show.  Note that very few shows have sewage facilities, just water and electricity hook ups.  Always ask exactly what “full hook ups” includes, you may find it is a hose, 15 Amps of electricity and some grass.  I have seen some RVs having their tanks pumped by K & H Portable Toilets, telephone: (979) 836-0552.  Otherwise you will need to drive to one of the local RV parks to use their dump for a fee.