We have been wanting to post pics of our recent experience in Round Top, Texas at the world renown Round Top Antique Fair while hunting for vintage treasures for TUMkt’s upcoming online market but have been a bit sidetracked. We had a blast from beginning to end just as we always do when we hit the road  for RT. We get such a big kick when we we see the first posted sign, “Antiques Sold Here.”  You see, all roads leading to Round Top have mini antique venues that pop up where you least expect to see one and finally you arrive at the big kahuna! There are over 60 venues and greater than 2000 vendors to check out during  Round Top antique week which spreads out for miles from RT to  neighboring communities. Once there, our best advice is to “gird up Gertrude” and put on your walking shoes. There is so much eye candy to suck up, and definitely not enough time to see it all. The experience can make the most seasoned collector’s head spin and mouth water with heart pounding anticipation.

A must see:  Cows  grazing in field and in lake a few yards from our first  antique show sighting. Where are we? We don’t know and it doesn’t matter.

Blue Hills Antiques. Our 1st official stop. Love this place.

Here, we met & fell in like with Randy of Antiques of Dallas. Lots of cool stuff here.  They feature American, English and the unusual.  Randy who has been collecting since the 1970’s  said, ” I love furniture and I love finding funky stuff.”

This shop was beckoning for us to come in and check out their Antique Furniture,Industrial & Architectural digs.We met some friendly sales people including a seller all the way from Japan.

Many of the store fronts are creative, fun and pretty like this red door at Summit Mercantile. Inside are lots of “the new modern antique” that we covet @ TUMkt.

Amelia & Mo (doggy) owner of  Summit Mercantile

BoBo Intriguing Objects has the coolest finds. | photos: The Upcycled Market

With over 100,000 visitors in a town with a est. pop. of 90, the two lane road in RT leaving The Big Red Barn and Marburger Farms heading towards the shops in Warrenton can back  up quickly.

In Warrenton, we met two very friendly dealers, Connie of Cowboy Memories and Pamela of Artisans Attic.

Hunger set in and we turned to the best food at the Warrenton show, Aunt Lou’s.  Lou and husband of 43 yrs, Johnny, have been cooking and dishing everything from fried ribs to buttermilk pie for RT goers and dealers for 23 years. Get there early, she sells out quick! Main store located in Bastrop on Chestnut st.


After getting very lost, we bunked at the secluded golf resort, The Falls, located 15miles away.

The next morning we girded up & headed back for more shopping

First, we had to stop for pics of the most beautiful Texas Bluebonnets!