Field Trip :: Round Top Antiques Fair

By Jenn Rose Smith

Our latest Field Trip took us to a longstanding Texas institution — the biannual antiques fair in the small town of Round Top, located just an hour and a half southeast of Austin. Thanks to a few tips from friends who had been before, we were able to navigate the somewhat overwhelming fairgrounds and head straight for “the good stuff”. In an era of big catalog retailers, the thrill of antiquing has never been better: you get the chance to find something no one else will have, was made in Europe or the USA, and most likely reflects the craftsmanship and quality of a bygone time. For me, these are the items that define the chicest homes and interiors. And for those who are willing to rise with the rooster and hit the road to Round Top, Texas, treasures abound.

*photography by Buff Strickland

Our favorite section of the fair was definitely Marburger Farms. The curated selection of vendors with their gorgeous displays of European and American antiques were worth every bit of the ten dollar entrance fee. We challenge anyone to leave empty-handed. None of us could!

Our contributor Claire tipped us off on Clutter, a super cool shop located in the Warrenton section of the fair. We loved their collection of salvaged sign letters.

We found an incredible selection of antique iron beds in Warrenton as well. This prompted an in-depth discussion between Chanel and myself on the subject of future kid’s rooms!

A metallic array of pewter pitchers and goblets.

A whimsical and colorful vignette at Clutter.

Camille scored a great deal on these chic industrial baskets — you would never guess that they were once part of a deep fry! One of the best parts of our Round Top experience was talking with the dealers and discovering the stories behind the items for sale.

A colorful collection of vintage glassware.

Gorgeous gilt frames for sale in Round Top.

Chanel checked out a pair of vintage cream cowboy boots in a tent at Marburger Farms.

Camille found this antique rattan child’s chair — perfect for Phoebe’s nursery!

Beautiful antique crystal chandeliers hung from a barn at Marburger Farms.

By midday we were completely spent! If there’s one thing about antiquing in Texas, the little old ladies have it right — you’ve got to get up early to beat the heat.

photography by Buff Strickland