Rust Piles

A market the size of Round Top Antiques Market brings in all kinds of dealers with everything from fine antiques to new t-shirts, vintage finds to new metal art, architectural salvage to vintage cars, and more.  One thing that seems more prevalent that anything else is the Rust Pile.

Every corner you turn, there are rust piles.  Every tent, every building, every open air space seems to have some sort of rusty pieces.  Pieces that can be turned into something for your yard or home,  turned into something that is totally different from its original purpose.  These abundant rust piles around Round Top Antiques Market sometimes are very organized, other times they are just what they are piles, big giant collections of rusty metal stuff just waiting for ingenuity to strike.

Regardless of the structure or non-structure of the pile, the rust piles in the fields at Warrenton Texas or any good antique/flea market hold a treasure trove of goodies just waiting to become something fantastic in your home or garden.

So do not look at a rust pile with disdain, look at it with an eye toward possibilities.  Possible furniture, possible garden features, possible functional art.  Whatever the use, re-purposing something from the rust piles recycles that item and keeps it from ending up in the trash heap.


Until October 6th or a little later,  I’ll be blogging from Warrenton Texas at the Round Top Antiques Market.  Follow me, learn about the quirky, strange and unusual items, people and things to see.  I hope you enjoy my trip as much as I. If you’re in the Round Top area stop by the Campbell Building and see us; our booth is Eye 4 Jewels.  Or you can check out the building’s Facebook page here.  For a calendar of events during the show and list of all the venues and their dates and times open here.


  1. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. We did several car boot sales when we were trying to get some money together to revamp our kitchen and replace the front fence with a higher one when we were selling the cottage. We had so much stuff we didn’t use, want or need, it all got trundled down and over the course of about four weeks we raised nearly £600 which was more than enough.
    We had junk buckets of 20p, 50p and £1 items for nothing in particular that might prove useful to someone else. Most items in them sold!

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    • True, oh so true. I think the fun for most market attendees is the thrill of the hunt….finding that one piece that fills your need, completes or adds to your collection or the one thing that sings to your heart. I think we’re all guilty of impulse buying but it’s even better when the item had no value to the owner till it changes hands. SOLD is the sign we all look for as dealers. Here’s hoping we get a lot of SOLD signs.

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