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Round Top Round-up

Twice a year, thousands of vendors set up shop in the tiny town of Round Top, Texas, population 90. Together they draw crowds upwards of 50,000 seeking out priceless antiques, vintage finds, or just a quirky souvenir. Conveniently located only 65 miles outside of Austin, the show is a must-visit for all design lovers. Whether a seasoned professional or casual browser, you're sure to find something you love - and lots of decorating inspiration!- at the legendary show.

To say the show can be overwhelming is an understatement. Venues line a 20 mile stretch of Route 237 in a mix of temporary tents and permanent structures, and those without a plan can quickly become exhausted. A few of our favorite stops are listed below.

The 2021 spring show runs from March 29 to April 3, and the fall show is scheduled for October 25 through October 30

Market Hill

At over 100,000 square feet, Market Hill plays host to dozens of antique dealers and artists selling beautifully curated collections. It also has air conditioning and indoor bathrooms - a rarity at Round Top! A few highlights this year were the always amazing vintage upholstery finds at Amelia Tarbet, and the dreamy, evocative paintings of Paul Meyer.

The Compound

This cluster of barns - and one carriage house - holds vintage furniture dealers, antique rug vendors, and purveyors of jewelry and art. Don't miss one of favorites, Nashville-based Eneby Home, on your Round Top tour. Their gorgeous (and cozy) sheepskin chairs are the perfect place to take a break after a long day of sifting through antiques.

Marburger Farm Antique Show

One of the few venues at Round Top to charge admission, Marburger Farm houses over 350 antique dealers and draws A-list designers from around the country to its tents. Although prices here tend to be on the higher end, we think it's well worth the ticket price to experience the unique array of rare items on display.

The Halles

A new addition to the Round Top lineup, The Halles is curated by Paper City and offers a treasure trove of both new and antique offerings. Favorites this year were sculptural stone fireplaces by Chad Dorsey, and unique textiles and accessories from Kufri.

Bader Ranch

Another permanent structure at Round Top, Bader Ranch offers a selection of fine European antiques interspersed with smaller booths displaying the wares of contemporary craftsmen. Outside, Lady Elaine, an airstream trailer turned bar, offers cocktails and coffee that can be enjoyed while taking in pastoral views of wide open green fields. You may even see a cow or two if you get lucky!

Wear comfortable shoes, drink plenty of water, and make sure you have some extra room in your car for any unexpected purchases! Round Top is an amazing resource for all Austinites on the hunt for something unique for their home, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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