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I made a last minute trip to Texas last week to address work issues related to Hurricane Ike, and I went to stay in the Texas Hill Country over the weekend. I had completely forgotten that it was Round Top week, but stopped by an antique store on the way from Houston to Austin, and they told me about it, so I was able to hit some shows on Saturday and Sunday. The really top end shows were not on yet, but it was an amazing experience.

Not too many silver dealers at the shows I went to. I found that coin silver was a better buy than sterling; I did score one really good find-a Hayden & Gregg punch ladle.

I did find that there was a bigger leaning at some of the shows towards crafts vs. antiques and many booths appealed more to the decorator crowd. I was also obviously unprepared for purchasing larger items (I did manage to get all my purchases into my carry on suitcase, which included a great brass dinner bell with wall mount, which the TSA guys thought was pretty neat!).

I'd love to hear from others about their experience there, particularly whether the "better shows" are better for silver buying (or gawking).

There was one dealer who shall remain nameless, but he/she had 3 long tables lined up and just a pile of sterling and coin flatware and serving pieces thrown across the table-there were thousands of pieces. I spent most of my time on Saturday at that booth. No rhyme or reason to the pile, which made it fun. Some bargains were found.

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