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Round Top March 2021

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A fter the remarkable success of the Fall 2020 Marburger Show in the peak of the pandemic, show director Ashley Ferguson will repeat the same plan. "The dealers, staff, and shoppers worked together to make the fall show as COVID-safe as possible," she says. "We all know what to do, and we're doing it all again." This includes contactless ticketing, expanded cafe seating, and the surprisingly fun horse troughs repurposed as hand-wash- ing stations across the show. You'll also see plenty of friendly posters: "Masks Required, Smiles Still Encouraged." On opening day — Tuesday, March 30 — those who meet at Marburger early can enjoy Tailgate Tuesday from 8 to 10 am, with complimentary coffee, mimosas, breakfast treats, easy parking, and pre-show shopping with dealers in buildings along the Tailgate Tuesday cor- ridor, such as Marburger Dance Hall, the General Store building, and others. With coffee in hand, meet your girl- friends at Zieger House and find the world of Jill Garber Couture and Le Nouveaurose. Antique embroidered silk and miles of vintage fringe-embellished clothing made for today, plus cameo, pearl, and turquoise jewelry. Garber describes Marburger as a unique shop- ping experience: "No other show has the incredible displays that dealers here create. Marburger is true to Marburger. No reproductions to wade through. I can invite my West Coast customers to meet me here with confidence in the whole show. It's amazing." The West Coast brings exhibitors Carolyn and Richard Machtolff of Machtolff's Mercantile, who will show folk art such as samplers and early de- coys, as well as weathervanes, Vienna bronzes, and homespun linen textiles and pillows. Richard Machtolff says, "We've had quite a few customers email us to make sure they can meet us at the show — and to tell us what to bring for them. Marburger is our favorite show, and we look forward to seeing everyone." "I'm eager for designers to meet their clients in my booth," says Charleston, South Carolina, dealer Letha Polk of Le Petit Treésor. "They're ready to buy for projects that were stalled. And, with the shortage of new imported objects, they've rediscovered the beauty of vin- tage and antique options." Here they'll find objects from all over the world, all fresh from East Coast estates, including French iron and garden pieces mixed with colorful mid-century modern, includ- ing an extraordinary Vladimir Kagan sofa in Tiffany blue. Florida exhibitor James Herron will bring vintage bamboo and rattan furni- ture, large Italian Murano glass chande- liers, and a massive painted case-piece that features three china cabinets in old mottled gray-and-white paint and original wavy-glass panes. It's more than 100 years old and almost 100 inches by 100 inches. Herron also offers pairs of large mid-century modern lamps that are state- ment pieces. "Meet me at Marburger," he says. "I'll be there. People are eager to buy and sell. With the vaccines now, our business is getting back to normal. Marburger will be a great reunion for our antiques family." 93

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