Founder and creative director Mark Sage started BOBO Intriguing Objects in 2005, after being an antiques dealer for 14 years. BOBO is unique in its design direction in that all of the products come directly from antique pieces, meticulously reworked to complement a modern design aesthetic. Working with factories in Belgium, Vietnam, China, India, Brazil and Nicaragua, BOBO creates unique pieces that are both beautiful and well-made.
“Vintage is really where my heart beats,” Mark says. “When I go to a new barn and someone opens those doors, my heart jumps. I am an antiques dealer. I love the hunt, the stories and the people. I hold a particular fondness for circus paraphernalia, motorcycles and my collection of religious Santos.”
BOBO has been at Market Hill for three shows now.
“For me, what sets Round Top apart from other shows is the energy, the diversity of the people who attend the show. BOBO is primarily a wholesaler; we sell most of our antiques to businesses who resell the product. At Round Top, you’re dealing with a much more diverse crowd. It’s a party. It’s a pilgrimage,” he says.
“It really does have a unique vibe unlike any other antique show in the world. Plus, the area is simply beautiful.”
Mark has spent a lot of time over the years doing just about every show, and he says Market Hill is the easiest for him as a vendor. “Level floors, wide doors, A/C, being out of the elements. It’s all been well thought-out and planned. The assortment of dealers at Market Hill is also very well curated. Paul has really chosen very nice dealers with great antiques.”
As for special finds Mark is bringing to Market Hill, he says, “I really don’t ‘edit’ the pieces I bring to Round Top. Cool, beautiful finds at a great price will sell any market.”
Like the name suggests, you can expect intriguing objects. Come meet Mark, and see what unusual finds he’s brought to us this time.