Round Top/Warrenton Fields before and after Antiques Week
A few weeks ago I told you I spent a day with the kids tootling around the Round Top area…when antiques week wasn’t happening. I wanted to see what the fields looked like in the off season. BEFORE all the hustle and bustle begins.
It was hard for me to imagine what this sleepy little town looked like the rest of the year. Which buildings are permanent? What tents and stores call Round Top home year round?
I took a good amount of before pictures and will fully admit in my two trips back I didn’t take enough after pictures! I was too side tracked shopping and having fun.
It’s safe to say that people love a good before and after story.
This before and after just screams HARD WORK to me. I am utterly amazed at the transformation these fields and tents make. As a seasoned Round Top vet when I walk through the numerous shops I can’t believe they haven’t been there for years and years. To me they look like decades of treasures carefully curated and meticulously placed.
I promise you would be fooled too. Nothing looks new, just popped up last weekish. It’s like someone playing a mind trick on me to see the before and afters. SO MUCH hard work goes into creating this genuinely authentic stroll through the past in fields upon fields upon stores upon tents.
You’d never know things were ever any different.
Can you even imagine the loading and unloading, the packing, the placing, the sweat and the love that goes into each and every venue to make this show what it is?
I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
When I shift my thoughts to this perspective it gives me such a great appreciation for the massive effort given by each vendor. And it makes me think twice about why things are priced the way they are some times. Because a lot of time and energy went into getting that trinket right where it is!
The truth is years of collecting and experience is what lends itself to the vendors at Round Top. They can come and go and make thinks look ageless, experienced and fabulous because they have worked hard, practiced and perfected their craft.
Have you ever come across women at church or perhaps bible study and think they have been Christians for years? Think they could never understand where you are now? Think they have never been where you have been? Think they have never been “new” to walking with Christ? You can’t imagine they ever lived a different life?
I can remember feeling the exact same way about women in my bible study as I do about these fields. I thought I could never be like them, know as much as them and certainly never have it as together as they could. In my mind, they had been at this whole walking with Jesus thing their whole charmed life.
But that wasn’t truth.
It wasn’t truth that their life was charmed, that they couldn’t understand, that I couldn’t have knowledge and that I could never walk in grace like they did.
When you get to know those women (that you might or might not be slightly intimidated by) and really hear their testimony you’ll see yourself in them. In ways you never thought you could.
That lady, who appears to have it all going on has been where you are in some way, shape or form.
It does take time. And hard work. And practice. Just like anything worthwhile does.
At some point we are all an empty field with not much to offer.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 3:8
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10: 35-36
Remember friend…a lot of hard work goes into anything good. It won’t always be easy, it won’t always feel charmed and it may not be quick, but in choosing to leave the rocky road you’re on and follow Christ, you will never be alone. And you will never be the same.
Just let the transformation of these fields inspire the fullness of His grace that is yours for the taking!
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