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

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    A Well Styled Life | October 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I would have taken some of those wall scones home with me. And if those were alabaster lamps in the same booth, they be at my house now too. Looks like fun!!

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    celine {aquahaus} | October 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Marburger was awesome with everything was so perfectly curated. But there is something really fun about Warrenton. There is definitely a thrill in having to dig to find treasure. Great finds!

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    Elizabeth | October 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    So many great finds! Nothing beats antiquing and being able to add unique pieces to your home. Those baskets and the frames (if not so expensive!) would definitely have been top picks for me!

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    Delia | October 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Camille would love to see what you do with the baskets/bdeep fry ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lindsay {Everistta} | October 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Love antique shopping! What a fun trip!

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    diane smith | October 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Ditto on the fun trip! I want to go next time!!!
    I love to go antique shopping. This looks like
    a wonderful place to find some treasures.

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    Kristy | October 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Love this feature! Round Top treasure hunting is the absolute best! You ladies look way better than I did out in the fields. It was a little sultry out there ๐Ÿ˜‰

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