Shabby Slips

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Renea Abbott’s life has been somewhat of a treasure hunt. At a young age, she took off to design school in New York City. She would frequent the consignment shops on the Upper East Side during the week and comb the 26th Street Flea Market on Saturday mornings. After acquiring her degree and amassing quite a collection, she moved back down South to open Shabby Slips, a custom slipcover shop that has grown to become one of Houston’s premier interior design businesses. She now has a second shop in River Oaks.

“I started making Round Top part of my business plan every year because my favorite place to be is a flea market,” Renea says.  

“Round Top is one of the best places in the world to go on that elusive treasure hunt.”

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“Market Hill brought a more permanent presence to Round Top making it easier for dealers and buyers to shop in good lighting, climate-controlled environment (air-conditioning is much needed!), and a great restaurant to meet a friend for a glass of wine after the shows. It’s a very comfortable shopping experience, and it is a very eclectic mix of dealers and merchandise – old, new, vintage, antiques and period pieces,” she says.

To the spring show, she will be bringing “fun lighting, a few antique fixtures, some interesting casual dining tables and chairs.” Anything else, she says, “will be a surprise! I aimed to make this show more buyer-friendly. Everyone can afford something that I hope they leave with. Happy shopping and come see us for Sip and See each afternoon at 5 o’clock!”