If you live in Texas (or are an avid vintage shopper), then you’ve probably heard of this little Antique Festival that is RoundTop. Stretching more than 20 miles, you’re greeted with thousands of vendors selling their antique pickin’s on the side of the road, aka my dream come true. The festival stretches from the town of Warrenton to Burton, and you’re possibilities here are seriously endless. Unless you come prepared, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be overwhelmed by the amount of treasure picking that you can partake in. Life could be worse. I decided to spend my Sunday, a couple weekends ago, with some friends antiquing around and snapped a few photos of the show.
There are technically two shows per year – one in Spring and one in Fall, while many of the venues are also open year round. Either way, whenever you decide to go, make sure to bring a large car to haul your goodies back. You won’t see any Honda Accords here. Find a field to park in, no sense in wasting time sitting in traffic trying to find a lot; you’ll be traveling mostly by foot anyhow. So clearly, your best walking shoes are a must. Here’s a breakdown of the number of places to check out in total:
- Warrenton: 28 venues, 1000+ vendors.
- Round Top: 24 venues, 1000+ vendors.
- Carmine: 5 venues, 50+ vendors.
- Burton: 3 venues, 80+ vendors.
You’ll find practically everything here – furniture, home decor, gardening tools, clothing, metal works, you name it, so make sure your bartering skills are up to par. Also, bring cash, make a budget and stick to it. If there is something specific you are looking for, determine how much you will pay for it before you start negotiating.
There are plenty of food vendors at the show so make sure you fuel up, because at the end of the day, you will be exhausted from the shopping and Texas sun. But it is oh so worth it! Unless, you get a farmers tan, because that could take an entire summer to fix. The Texas Rose is probably one of the largest and most famous venues of the Round Top Show (and one of my personal favorites) because you can find practically everything here. Blue Hills is another :) Make time for these and you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Download this guide for details on which venues are where. It is the best guide I have seen to date! Do you have any favorite spots? Let me know, I’m already gearing up for my next trip!