I thought I would provide a helpful guide to all those Round Top newbies out there. Note, these are just my opinions and suggestions. Feel free to explore on your own and make your own discoveries. Report back though! I’d love to hear from my fellow Round Top junkies.
Where to Stay:
Option 1- book your hotel/motel/house/B&B as far out as possible, even consider doing it a year before. As soon as the Round Top weekend is announced, rooms go fast. And I mean fast. Two months out, my mom and I decided we were going and the closest hotel we could find was a sketchy no-name motel 45 minutes away and that was the closest by a long shot. I did find out that Rachel Ashwell (founder of shabby chic, duh) just opened a bed and breakfast in Round Top with rooms starting at $200 a night. Might as well live it up. Her place is called The Prairie- check it out here.
Option 2- find a friend with a house in the area, like we did! It was great! No packed hotels, no noise, just the relaxing feeling of the country (and a few scorpions, although by the amount my mom and I killed off that weekend their numbers should be dwindling). It’s definitely the way to go… but, obviously, a rare find.
Where to Shop: Everything is along 237, beginning in the town of Round Top and heading north until 290. Here’s a breakdown of a few of the more popular places.
Marburger Farms: This place features, by far, the most booths (more than 350!). They have ten huge tents and 12 historic buildings on property for you to peruse through. This place is many people’s favorite, and only, stop. It is on the more expensive side but if you’re looking for clean, organized booths with less clutter and more of a retail feel, this is the place for you. There are some really unique finds here but they come with the retail price.
Big Red Barn and Continental Tent: This is the original Round Top experience, started in 1968. This is the second largest space in Round Top and features a lot of true antiques, both early American and European styles. Being true historical antiques, the prices are on the high end. The barn has close quarters but is set-up well with distinct aisles making for a pleasant shopping experience. Oh, did I forget to mention the A/C? Remember, it is Texas which means September will still be warm.
La Bahia: This is the first spot for many when venturing into Round Top as it’s the first place that pops up when going south on 237. It’s more clutter and less retail, which means more great deals and negotiating galore! This is where I found my metal numbers and my mom found her big O. It’s on the smaller side so you can get through it pretty fast.
Blue Hills: This is another smaller place that features items from all ends of the spectrum: from the less expensive oddball items to the more expensive antique furniture pieces.
Of course, we stopped at a handful of unnamed, unmarked places on the side of the road. That’s where you can find the best stuff sometimes!
For $20, you get to park in the grass and rummage through old junk. What a deal!