Thursday, October 3, 2019

Cottonseed Trading Company at Marburger Farms

Still roasting here in Texas, but we know its autumn 
when it's time for Round Top Antiques Week

Marsha Smith, of Cottenseed Trading Company
created the unique corn cob wreath above.
Step into her booth with me and 
take a look at her clever, artistic tablescapes
featured at the 2019 Fall Marburger Farm Show.           

Marsha often has a long farm table at the front of the 
 booth dressed to welcome her shoppers.
This year's table offered place settings for four, set with simple details, including framed images of Hereford cattle.

An antique copper wash tub was filled with dried wheat, 
catkins, sunflower pods, and orange pumpkins.

A vintage bible laid opened to Ecclesiastes.

Each place setting featured framed 
black and white images of Hereford cows.  
Sprigs of hay and a simple pine cone wrapped in a corn husk
were added for a rustic touch. 

Interesting fixtures made from farm equipment hung above.

A second long farm table with long benches was set for five guests.
All of the pumpkins on this chippy white table were already sold.

Each of the place settings included 
an open book atop a wooden bread board.
A stack of vintage plates held a feathered pumpkin.

You can count on Marsha to add whimsical, 
unexpected details to her tables.
One has to smile at the vintage wire rimmed 
spectacles added to each pumpkin.
The charming salad plates are Rosemary by Myott.

Marsha was very kind and sent me a photo 
of this charming plate and the mark.
Wishing I had come home with these.  
I love the colors for fall!

Eyeglass cases lined in velvet were laid 
open to hold the vintage siverware.
Ivy from the centerpiece added an artistic 
touch as it meandered across.

Wooden candlesticks, a stack of salad plates, and 
additional cases with glasses gave varried interest to the potted ferns and ivy at the center.

Marsha's booth is a favorite of Marburger shoppers.
There is always a line at the cash register.
If you are attending the Marburger Farm show this week
stop by and say hello to Marsha and tell her I say, "Hello!"
You can follow Marsha on Instagram

I've shared some of Marsha's creative tables before.
Click here to read about Marsha's spring table set in 2017.
Have you ever visited Round Top Antiques Fair?
Tell me about your visit!

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. All looks fabulous Sarah - still hope I get to Round Top some year!
    Love Marsha's tables and displays.

    Hot here to - 99F again today - breaking records for this area in Oct.
    But, leaving this afternoon for Europe, Morocco, Sahara Desert and Cape Verde Islands - and other than the Europe stops UK, Portugal and Spain, the remainder will I'm sure be very hot also!

    Enjoy Round Top.

  2. All these beautiful displays give me loads and loads of ideas!

  3. I miss Round Top so much! Great pics, sweet Sarah! Hope you and your handsome hubby have a wonderful, cool weekend!

  4. oh I love this Sarah, thanks so much for taking us along to Round Top!!! Love the tablescapes, such fun vintage details. the eyeglass cases are a wonderful touch!

  5. These are fine displays, Sarah! I love seeing vendors with creative flair like Maraha's. Did you get one of the feathered pumpkins?

  6. Ive never been to Round Top, Sarah. I appreciated that you shared some of the fabulous settings at your favorite booth. Happy Friday to you!

  7. I love when you take us there..So creative the tables!!!

  8. I love the pumpkin table Sarah! She combined so many unexpected elements and the glasses on the pumpkins are the best!! I know you said you were disappointed this year, but Marsha's booth had to be well worth the visit! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  9. Oh Sarah, Knowing how you love Round Top I'm sure you didn't let the heat spoil your fun. I know it was inspiring to see all the unusual touches in this vendor's booth. I have a similar copper tub I sometimes use, you've inspired me to do a centerpiece for autumn. Loved all the photos, going for a second look. Happy weekend dear Sarah.....

  10. Oh I so want to go to Round Top and shop the the Marburger Farm Show one day! I always love when you share photos and Marsha's creative tables with her finds. I'm looking at those wonderful feather pumpkins and wondering if there's a way to DIY them. I saw on the weather map that it looked like you might be cooling down to reasonable fall temps next week. Happy Weekend ♥

  11. Hi Sarah!
    Thanks for sharing about your trip to Round Top and the Cottonseed Trading Company. I'm letting you know that you're one of my features this week at Homestyle Gathering. Thanks for sharing!
    >>> Kim

  12. Thank you, Sarah! I'm glad you liked the share on Share Your Style #227 last week. It was fun featuring your Marburger post about the Cottonseed Trading Company. <3

    Happy fall to you,
    Barb :)

  13. It is a creative tablescape! Not what I was expecting...


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