Round Top Texas Antiques Fair

Round Top, Texas, is a small town on Route 237 between Houston and Austin. For most of the year, it’s a quiet little country town with a population of under 100. But three times a year, people from all over the US and around the world flock to Round Top to search for one-of-a-kind treasures at its famous spring, fall and winter Antiques Shows. During the shows, Henkel Square and the cow pastures surrounding it become an antiques mecca for A-List interior designers, casual browsers and the occasional celebrity alike. 

Emma Lee Turney founded the Original Round Top Antiques Fair in the fall of 1968. The first show lasted two days and had 26 dealers selling mostly investment-quality American antiques, with around 6,000 people in attendance. Turney was an antiques purist with very strict standards for authenticity and provenance. 

The show has grown over the years and is now one of the largest antiques shows in the country. Thousands of dealers from around the world fill countless fields, tents, and barns along Route 237. It’s now so much more than just antiques. Think of it as part treasure hunt, part festival. Vintage French china, English silverware, Moroccan rugs, vintage clothing, jewelry, pop-up restaurants and live music make Round Top a favorite destination for collectors and design junkies. The spring show attracts around 150,000 visitors.

RoundTop Antique Fair Barn


The staggering size of the show can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. Make no mistake, the Round Top Antiques Show is huge; it’s the Coachella music festival of antiquing. To get the most out of it, it’s a good idea to plan your visit ahead of time. There are multiple independent venues covering a stretch of over 20 miles of rural Texas, each with different vendors and specialties. Not all the venues follow the same opening schedule, so check beforehand if there’s a particular one that you want to visit. 

There is something to suit every style and budget at Round Top. If you buy more than will fit in your trunk (easily done, believe us!), don’t worry. Many of the vendors can recommend a shipping service, usually for an additional fee. 

Traditionally, the Spring Antique Week ends on the first full weekend in April. This year’s spring show runs until April 2nd. Madame de la Maison will be there from Thursday March 17th until Friday April 1st. You’ll find us at Bader Ranch, a venue boasting 10,000 square feet of fine European antiques, mid-century modern furnishings, vintage fashions, hats, our linens and a full service restaurant and bar. Over the next few days, we’ll introduce you to vendors we work and camp with over the two weeks who have become like family. Drop by, shop, grab a margarita and say hello!

- by Louise Chamberlain 

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