The Round Top Antiques Show is a massive event that draws crowds of thousands to Round Top and the surrounding areas along Texas Highway 237. To newcomers to the world of antiquing or Round Top itself, the show can feel pretty intimidating. Nobody likes not knowing where to start! That’s why we decided to break down a few of Round Top’s most prominent Antiques Show venues:
Marburger Farm Antique Show: One of the largest venues of the Round Top Antiques Show, Marburger Farm is an admissions-only show – this year, it’s $10 per person to shop there April 2-6, with a $25 early buying special from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on April 2. Housed in large white tents south of downtown Round Top, Marburger is the place to find high-caliber, classic artistic pieces that tend to have a higher price point.
Market Hill: Located in a newly-built facility, Market Hill is 119,000 square feet of three distinct and varied buildings separated by alleys and connected under one roof. Inside, 19 vendors flank Paul Michael Company’s Round Top store, selling unique antiques, furniture and decorative art. There is plentiful free parking, air-conditioned restrooms and an onsite restaurant for when antique hunting works up your appetite.
The Compound: True to its name, The Compound is a 57-acre event and entertainment venue consisting of five barns that comes alive with shoppers during antique season. Each barn hosts antique vendors during the show, and admission is free. There are food and drink options available onsite, and The Compound is also known for hosting late-night shopping days complete with cocktails, snacks and live music.
Big Red Barn: Also known as The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, Big Red Barn hosts the show that started it all – Emma Lee Turney, considered an early founder of antiques shows in the area, purchased the land it sits on. For over 50 years, Big Red Barn has been a provider of unusual antiques in the style of early Americana, Texas primitive and Continental furniture and accessories. The iconic red barn can’t be missed from Highway 237, and the Continental Tent is just steps outside of the south end of the building. It’s an admission-only show, with general admission tickets for April 2-6 at $10 and VIP early shopping passes for April 1 at $20.
Blue Hills at Round Top: This 25-acre property is comprised of 80,000 square feet of shopping space and over 50 curated vendors. With its rustic vibe and picturesque pole barns, Blue Hills boasts exquisite booths and rare antique pieces. They also hold “Sip & Shop” events – where you can enjoy shopping while sipping on wine, beer or a mimosa.
The Arbors: Located across the street from Market Hill, The Arbors houses dealers in their signature large white tents. The show is well-known for fine European and American furniture at a higher price point, but is building a reputation for its contemporary fine art and artists, as well as clothing, handmade handbags and unique jewelry, both new and vintage. The Arbors has over 90 dealers, an on-site café and happy hour every day of their show (March 27 – April 6) from 3-6 p.m.
There’s a joyous energy that runs through the town of Round Top during the Antiques Show, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Good luck y’all, and happy hunting!