Your Ultimate Guide to the Round Top Antique Fair

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In two weeks I will be deep in the heart of Texas at one of the best antique and vintage shopping events: the Round Top Antique Fair.

This bi-annual extravaganza attracts visitors from all over the country and beyond, with its charming atmosphere and a vast selection of treasures to discover. If you’re planning to attend the market, be sure to read and save my post to get the most out of your visit.

Ironstone bowls and crocks for sale at the Round Top Antique Fair
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The Round Top Antique Fair

Round Top sign featuring "Population 90".
Deep in the heart of Texas lies one of the most beloved antique and vintage shopping events in the United States: the Round Top Antique Fair.

To be honest, I don’t need a thing.

But I am going anyway. So why you may ask?

This will be my sixth trip to the Round Top Antique Fair, a treasure trove of antiques, vintage finds, and eclectic items in Texas. And I am going with my four favorite vintage shoppers and even if I don’t buy a thing, I want to spend five days with them!

But don’t worry, I am sure I will buy plenty!

How to Plan a Trip to Round Top Vintage Market

Twice a year, the tiny town of Round Top (population: 90) transforms into a bustling marketplace, hosting tens of thousands of shoppers and vendors from across the country.

If you’re planning to attend this must-visit event, read on for insider tips on how to get there, what to buy, where to stay, when to go, how to shop, and everything you need to make your Round Top experience truly unforgettable.

Getting There

vintage cutting boards and wooden bowls at the Round Top Antique Fair.

The Round Top Antique Fair is located halfway between Austin and Houston, making it easily accessible for visitors from these major cities.

Here are a few ways to get there:

Driving: The most convenient way to reach Round Top is by car. From Austin, take US-290 E, and from Houston, take US-290 W. You’ll find several parking areas around the flea market but most times you can enter the fields and park in the back so arrive early, as parking tends to fill up quickly, especially on weekends.

RVs and Camping: If you want to make a weekend out of your flea market experience, you can bring your RV or rent a cabin near the event. Many visitors choose this option to enjoy the Texas countryside and maximize their shopping time at the market.

A good idea is when you pack, place a packed medium size suitcase inside a larger suitcase. When you get there, pull out your suitcase and you will have an empty suitcase to fill and bring home.

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I always rent a car, van, or truck in Austin and drive the hour-and-a-half drive to Round Top.

When to Go

Beautiful vintage items for sale at the Round Top Antique Fair

The Round Top Antique Fair occurs twice a year – in the spring and fall. The Spring Antique Week typically takes place in late March to early April, while the Fall Antique Week happens in late September to early October.

To find the dates for the upcoming fair, you can visit their official website ( or follow their social media accounts for announcements and updates. Keep in mind that dates may change from year to year, so it’s always best to check the most recent information available.

Each season brings its unique offerings and charm, but generally, the fall market boasts more temperate weather, while the spring event is known for its vibrant blooms.

Vintage wood ballisters for sale at the Round Top Antique Fair

Each market lasts for about three weeks so look at the schedule to determine when you want to go. I am going to the spring show which this year is March 16 – 30th. Keep in mind that some of the fields open early, so some of us might be going earlier. We like to go early to find deals and one-of-a-kind items but there is so much for sale I don’t think it matters.

I get asked all of the time how long should you plan to shop at Round Top. On most trips, I have stayed around five days but once I went for just one day and filled up an entire truck of furniture for our Waco Airbnb!

It all depends on how much time you want to shop!

Where to Stay

A red door entering a white vintage home.

The Round Top Antique Fair takes place in a small town called Round Top, Texas. Due to the limited accommodations in the area, it’s essential to plan your stay well in advance.

Here are a few options to consider:

Bed and Breakfasts: Round Top and nearby towns like Carmine, Fayetteville, and La Grange offer a variety of charming B&Bs that will make you feel right at home. Enjoy a cozy atmosphere, home-cooked breakfasts, and the company of fellow flea market enthusiasts.

Vacation Rentals: If you prefer a more private experience, consider renting a house, cabin, or cottage through platforms like Airbnb or VRBO which are especially great for larger groups or families.

Camping or Glamping: Embrace the spirit of adventure by camping or glamping near the flea market. Local ranches and properties offer a variety of options, from rustic tent camping to luxurious glamping tents with all the amenities.

Hotels: You can find hotels in nearby cities such as Brenham, Giddings, and La Grange which are about 3o minutes away and are just a short drive away from Round Top, and they offer more traditional lodging options.

Camping and RV Parks: If you prefer a more adventurous stay, consider camping at one of the RV parks or campgrounds in the area. The Round Top RV Park and Oak Motel & RV Park are two popular options.

What to Buy

Vintage items for sale at the Round Top Antique Fair

With thousands of vendors selling everything from antiques and vintage clothing to handmade crafts and unique home decor, you’re sure to find something you’ll love at the Round Top Antique Fair.

Here are some popular items to look out for:

A vintage long counter at the Round Top Antique Fair.
This very long counter is just incredible!

Antiques: Round Top is known for its vast selection of antiques, so you’re likely to find a one-of-a-kind treasure. Keep an eye out for vintage furniture, lighting, and decorative items to add character and charm to your home.

Vintage Clothing and Accessories: If you’re a fan of retro fashion, the Round Top Antique Fair is a goldmine. Browse through racks of vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories to find unique pieces that will make a statement in your wardrobe.

Handmade Crafts: Support local artists and artisans by purchasing handmade crafts, jewelry, and artwork. These unique, high-quality items make great gifts and help support the creative community.

Home Decor: Bring a touch of charm to your home with rustic and farmhouse-style decor, including textiles, wall art, and furniture and you’ll also find a great selection of garden and outdoor decor to spruce up your outdoor living spaces.

Architectural Salvage: If you’re a DIY enthusiast or love repurposing materials, look for architectural salvage items like doors, windows, and hardware. These pieces can add character to your home renovation projects or be upcycled into new, functional items.

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How to Shop

The East End Salvage Tent at the Round Top Antique Fair.
The East End Salvage shop is amazing and can be found at Blue Hills.

Navigating the expansive Round Top Antique Fair can be overwhelming, especially for first-time attendees so here are some tips on how to make your shopping experience enjoyable and fruitful.

The Round Top show starts in the town of Warrenton and spans down the highway to Round Top, Carmine, and more. We like to start in Warrenton and work our way down toward Round Top. On the fields, you will find open booths, tents, and permanent buildings which are more like shops. All of these are great places to visit and shop.

Lots of white vintage items for sale at the Round Top Antique Fair
Have you ever seen so many vintage collectibles?

Plan ahead: Research the various venues and vendors in advance. The Round Top Antique Fair spans several locations, each with its own character and merchandise. Some of the well-known venues include Marburger Farm Antique Show, The Big Red Barn, and Blue Hills at Round Top. Prioritize the areas you’re most interested in, but also allow for some spontaneity and flexibility.

The line of cars waiting to get into the Blue Hill show at Round Top.
Cars lining up at 8:00 am for the Blue Hills show on Friday. Guess whose car was first?

Dress comfortably: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, as you’ll walk and browse uneven terrain for hours … one day we shopped from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm! Dress in layers, as temperatures can fluctuate throughout the day. We braved winds and temperatures in the low forties, rain, and a few warmer afternoons in the low seventies. Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses for sunny days, and a raincoat and umbrella for the occasional shower.

Bring supplies: Pack a tote or a small cart to carry your purchases, as well as water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat for sun protection. A folding cart or wagon can be handy but we often left our parge purchases with the vendors and went back later and drove on the fields to retrieve everything. Just remember to take photos and good notes so you don’t forget anything!

Vintage cutting boards for sale at the Round Top Antique Fair
Breadboards are so popular and if you want to buy some, reach out to Debra Hall Lifestyle as she has a lot!

Arrive Early: Arriving early ensures you’ll have the first pick of the best items and a better chance of scoring a great deal.

Bring Cash: Most vendors at the Round Top Flea Market accept cash, credit cards, and mobile payment options like Venmo. However, it’s always a good idea to bring cash, especially if you plan on bargaining with vendors. There are some ATM machines on the fields, and many vendors accept credit cards and mobile payments, cash is still king at flea markets.

Large vintage ceramic pots for sale at the Round Top Antique Fair
I love these vintage pots and I bought a few. Debra Hall Lifestyle has a lot of these to sell!

Stay Hydrated and Nourished: Bring a refillable water bottle and snacks to keep you going throughout the day. While there are food trucks and vendors on-site, having some sustenance on hand can save time and ensure that you’re ready for a full day of shopping.

Bring a Measuring Tape and Photos: If you’re shopping for specific items, take measurements of your space and bring photos for reference. This will help ensure that your purchases fit perfectly in your home.

Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask vendors about the items’ history, age, or intended use.

Ball jars for sale at the Round Top Antique Fair

So What About the Prices?

Prices at the Round Top Antiques Fair can vary widely, as the fair features a diverse range of vendors and items.

Generally speaking, I would say the prices are a bit higher than they have been in previous years but I almost didn’t even mention it, because I always find amazing deals on furniture, glassware, and collectibles. Every vendor is different!

It’s important to remember that prices at antique fairs are often negotiable. It’s common for buyers to haggle with vendors to try and get the best deal. To make the most of your experience at the Round Top Antiques Fair, it’s helpful to research the items you’re interested in beforehand and have a sense of their market value. This will help you determine whether the prices at the fair are reasonable and guide your negotiations with vendors.

So What Did I Buy?

I bought three cabinets (the first two photos are purchased here), some large pots, lots of ironstone, a marble bust (who just happens to be wearing a bathing suit), and lots more! I bought two silver lamps, a battery jar, some cutting boards, a few glass jars, some art, and more collectibles that I can’t even remember.

Natashia, Shauna, Debra, and Leslie in Round Top Texas shopping for vintage items.
Shauna, Debra, Me and Natashia

Last year our group of friends rented a truck and a driver who delivered everything to Los Angeles. All of my purchases were for the beach house and they are some of my favorite items in our beach house.

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  1. Thank you for your post regarding round top! The only thing stopping me from going is how do I get things sent back to me in Pennsylvania? Thank you!!

    1. Hi Amy! You’re so welcome ☺️ So we hired a truck and a driver, but in years past, I flew in, rented a truck and drove home with all of my goodies!

    2. There are reliable companies there that will ship to you.
      It’s a great adventure. You have to add this to your bucket list.

  2. Thanks Leslie for the info on where to shop. I’ll give Round Top another chance now with concentrating on the Warrenton area this time instead of the larger vendor buildings. Hopefully I will have a better experience next time! Can’t wait to see all the treasures you found.

    1. Of course! Yes, I hope this changes the experience for you, it really is the best when you know the good spots 😉🙌🏻 Can’t wait to share more!

  3. Round Top just became #1 on my list of to dos. We have one kid with two grandkids living in Austin and have heard about Round Top. Thank so much for the viral on it.
    Ann Kehl

  4. Hi, Thanks for your time.
    Do any of the areas allow handmade? I make a product that upcycles items into an interior rustic/nature vibe, old instruments, etc.The website states that it is strictly antique/vintage. ???

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