Hear that? It's the rattle and hum of excitement rolling into Texas for Antiques Week! Twice a year, the tiny Texas town of Round Top (population 90) becomes the destination for weekend antique’s warriors and serious collectors that make the pilgrimage to the now legendary antique shows that line the rolling hills of Texas State Highway 237 halfway between Austin and Houston.
Tens of thousands of shoppers endure the unpredictable Texas weather, heat and dust to experience the shows with dealers set up in some of the most creative booths; one could easily find themselves shopping in a barn, a dance hall, a cow pasture, a tent, a field, a grocery story or a vintage air stream travel trailer. That’s what makes Round Top one of a kind.
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It’s not uncommon to see shoppers arrive by truck, limo or helicopter to experience this show and it's why this quiet stretch of Texas Highway is quickly becoming known as "The Hamptons in the Hill Country".
I'll be there for a day or two, so if you see me, please say hi. Or follow me on Instagram for quick pics of some fun flea market eye candy if you can't make it.
If you're going, here are some links to help you plan your trip:
Who's going? Who's never been? Who has it on their bucket list? Who wants more information about what it is and how to best navigate the miles of tents, barns and pastures that make up this wonderful bi-annual event that makes up Round Top/Warrenton/Margurger Farm and the many other shows that are Antique Week?
I get asked about Round Top all the time and even though I've gone to the shows for years, it's almost impossible to describe how big it is and how it works.Wanna know how big it is? Well, I always say it's three weeks big.
It would be nearly impossible to see it all. New shows and venues are being added every show and it's grown exponentially since it began. Here's the biggest insider secret I can share with you....it's happening right now. No matter what any schedule you are looking at says, if you get in your car right now and head that way you will get to do some shopping. If there's a specific show you like, check the schedules (info below) and plan your trip for that day.
These images are from my trip to Antique Week earlier this year for the spring shows:
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The Show Daily is the shoppers and dealers Bible during Antique Week and can help you plan your trip.
And, don't forget that the latest issue of Souvenir Magazine has an article written by yours truly, with more information and links than you can shake a sausage on a stick at. So you should read that, too, before you go :)