I just made my fifth trip to the Round Top Antiques Show. I love it and today I am sharing how you can plan a trip to the Round Top Vintage Market.
I have been to a lot of Vintage Market shows. You know, the kind of shows where vintage items are lined up for yards, acres, or miles and there are amazing bargains to find. I think my favorite just might be the Round Top Vintage Market.
How could it not be? Almost every single vintage piece in our Waco Home is from the Round Top Vintage Market.
I am finally sharing all of my tips about how you can shop this show, have a fabulous time, and find some great bargains too!
It’s Time to Plan a Trip to Round Top, Texas
It’s fun to realize that a little tiny Texas town called Round Top, which has a population of about 90, welcomes about 40,000 visitors twice a year when it hosts Round Top Market Week.
And they do it so well!
I just returned a few days ago from attending my fifth Round Top show.
It was as wonderful as ever, and I realized I really need to share with all of you all of my tips to attend a Round top Vintage Market.
If you are not familiar with the Round Top Vintage Market, it is held twice a year in the spring and fall. I must admit that the scheduling of the show has always confused me. I finally figured out that there isn’t one group in charge of the Round Top Antiques Market. It is actually multiple independent events, and each one has its own vendors. Also, Round Top isn’t located just in Round Top. It is also in Warrenton and Carmine.
To be honest, my favorite vendors are in Warrenton.
I linked a map from the Spring 2021 Round Top show which includes a schedule of the vendors broken down by the cities of Warrenton, Round Top, and Carmine. This might help you get a better understanding of the show.
The Best Way to Get to Round Top
Round Top is located right in the middle of Austin and Houston and is less than an hour and a half drive from each city.
The closest “major” city is La Grange, and we actually stayed in La Grange the last time we were there.
If you are flying, you should fly into Austin, and rent a car at the airport. It’s a very easy drive. You can take the Toll roads, but they are very short and likely will save you about five minutes. Since most rental car companies charge a daily rate for the ability to use toll roads, I do not use them. (You have to have the tracker to use them.)
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Where to Stay in Round Top
Most of the times I was at Round Top I stayed with friends in Warrenton and La Grange. But there are a lot of places to stay in Round Top and the surrounding cities.
I would definitely suggest that you check Airbnb and VRBO. There are some hotels in La Grange, which is about 20 minutes outside of Round Top. I stayed at the Hampton Inn once and it was fine. Check Expedia for listings of hotels near round Top.
There are some private homes to stay at that come highly recommended. I put together a list with links and photos. You might like these!
Where to Eat in Round Top
My favorite restaurant in Round Top is The Garden Company. It’s an adorable house with fabulous outside seating on a deck under a gorgeous tree. Every item on the menu is amazing and the Brussel Sprouts are to die for.
Lulu’s has really good Italian food.
While you are shopping there are a lot of places to eat on the fields. The food is pretty good. Especially the BBQ sandwiches!
There are certainly other options but I haven’t actually tried them so I am hesitant to make any recommendations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Round Top is actually a lot of different groups of vendors or shows. One show, titled Marburger, requires a paid ticket to enter. All of the others do not.
The Round Top Vintage Market is held twice a year in the spring and fall. I must admit that the scheduling of the show has always confused me. I finally figured out that there isn’t one group in charge of the Round Top Antiques Market. It is actually multiple independent events, and each one has its own vendors. Also, Round Top isn’t located just in Round Top. It is also in Warrenton and Carmine. You can find the dates here.
The Round Top Antiques Show
I have been to a lot of Antique Flea Markets over the years. I went to Brimfield many years ago and I have been to the Rose Bowl Flea Market almost every month for years.
I have also been to the Scott Antique Flea Market in Atlanta, and of course The Round Top Vintage Market. Next month I am going to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas.
So which one is my favorite?
I love that I can get to the Rose Bowl Flea market in ten minutes (we live that close!) But my favorite is definitely Round Top,
I even made a list as to why.
- The people are the nicest I have ever met.
- The selection is incredible. If you are looking for chippy items, you have come to the right place. I have never seen so many gorgeous pieces of old furniture that would all look great in my home in one show. I am not kidding!
- The prices are even better. The prices are very affordable and you can negotiate a bit.
- You can shop for days. The fields go on for miles and you don’t really run out of places to shop.
Here are three cabinets I bought at Round Top for our Waco home.
What To Pack
You have to have comfortable shoes. The Spring show can be cold and rainy so bring layers. The attire is very casual so plan for comfort over fashion.
Most of the vendors take cash, credit cards, and Venmo. So bring a good over-the-shoulder bag to keep your belongings. The cell service in the fields isn’t great so sometimes it might take a bit of time for the credit card and Venmo purchases to process.
Bring a light rain jacket as the weather can be unpredictable. The fall show can be really warm so bring sunscreen and light clothing. And a water bottle.
Tips to Shop the Show
Round Top lasts for a few weeks. It’s confusing since the different vendor areas don’t coordinate together. So you may see shows listed over different dates. All that means is that the show is open over all of the dates. A few don’t overlap but I think the show is better at the beginning so I highly encourage you to go as early as possible.
Another thing I love about round Top is that you don’t have to carry all of your purchases with you the entire time. I
There are a lot of parking options at the show. You will see sign all along the road offering parking for $5. I usually park in the middle, shop at the fields nearby and leave my larger purchases in the booths. (Of course I write down where I left them!). At the end of the day I get my car and drive the fields and pick up all of my purchases from the vendors.
Sometimes I shop the show with a rented SUV or a Cargo van or a truck! When I was buying furniture for our Waco home, I filled up an entire truck!
I always start shopping in Warrenton and work my way toward Round Top.
There are so many great items to find!
Where to Find Information About Round Top
The Fall 2021 dates have been released. If you see the dates below, you can see the show lasts from October 14 – 30th. I recommend you attend the show as early as possible.
Warrenton – October 14 – 21, 2021
Round Top – October 25 – 30
For more information about the Round Top Show, click here.
Now is the time to plan for the Fall show. Pick some dates, find a place to stay if you need it, and get ready to have some fun!
Links to the Items Shown in This Post
I know a lot of you won’t be able to shop at the vintage show, so I have included some similar items that are well priced and my favorites. I already ordered the milk bottles!
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