The Round Top area hosts the nation’s largest antiques, vintage and junk show twice annually. Venues, permanent and pop-up, are open in Round Top as well as the surrounding communities of Burton, Carmine, Warrenton, Fayetteville, Oldenburg, Kenney; collectively, they’re known as as the Round Top Antiques Show. (See what the Texas State Historical Association says about Round Top’s history.)
Generally the two big shows are the spring show that takes place the last two weeks of March and the fall show the last two weeks of October. The fall edition, 2021 will run from Oct 14-31. A winter show occurs at the end of January; not all venues participate.
The show can’t be described quickly, but we’ve pulled together a bunch of resources to help you get the big picture of this big extravaganza.
Round Top Antiques Show Guide: Our Guide includes essential maps of the entire antiques corridor, individual shopping areas and year-round local businesses; schedules organized so you can see what is open at a glance or by shopping area and date; is available (references maps and advertisers in the Round Top Antiques Show Guide; as well as our best tips and all the insider info we can gather on food, lodging and special events.
If you are looking for lodging ideas, we have them as well. Recommendation: start early and recognize that there are many options from RV parks and guesthouses to B&Bs, glampers and hotels (historic and chain) and motels. Many boutique guest accommodations are owned by designers so they’re inspiring destinations in and of themselves.
When it comes to shopping, the entire area is a wonderland. If you’re a first-timer, expect to be overwhelmed. Twenty-plus miles of fields, barns, yards, buildings and acres and acres of tents can leave the uninitiated (and even the veterans) a little breathless.
Bottomline, don’t try to see it all in one day. If you only have a day to shop, spend some time on social media looking at what others buy/post to help you narrow down the fields/venues that may strike your fancy. And talk to people…Round Top vendors and shoppers are friendly and ready to help other people find their treasures.