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10/3/04

Proud Of East Texas: Roundtop Antiques Show

The Roundtop Antiques Show is sometimes described as shopping from cow pasture to cow pasture.  One of the most popular cow pastures in Roundtop belongs to John Sauls of Tyler, who admits he's a longtime addict to collecting.

Sauls says he's convinced himself that he has turned the addiction into a positive outcome. A positive outcome which includes 32 years as a successful antiques dealer in East Texas, New England and Roundtop, where he owns the Marburger Farm Antiques Show, one of the most popular in the country.

Sauls had 31 dealers his first year to own Marburger. That number has increased to 350, plus a long waiting list. There are an estimated 5,000 antique dealers who set up twice a year in the Roundtop area.

Often called "The Biggest Little City In The World", Roundtop's population of 77 swells to over half a million during the shows. John Sauls, who began his career at garage sales and is now one of the top dealers in the country, calls his career a blessing.  A blessing for a man addicted to the thrill of the hunt.

Joan Hallmark, reporting. 

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