Round Top "Round Up" {Insider's Guide to Fall 2015 Antiques Week}

Since Renovate officially launched in 2014, our most popular blog posts by far have been Cathy's "insider" guide to Round Top Shopping.

And if you know anything about Round Top, you know it's that time again... so we're back with an updated guide for Fall 2015! 


Keep reading for where to shop, what to take, and of course, where to eat!

September 18 - October 4

This fall, Round Top will see the opening of much-anticipated The Compound, so its sure to be busier than ever. Many vendors open Friday, September 18th through Sunday, October 4th. You can find a full calendar from the Chamber of Commerce here

Back-Roads Guide (available at Renovate!)

The ladies behind the Round Top Register have published a free 4-page guide that you can pick up at our studio! They were sweet enough to drop off copies just for our clients, hooray! You can also download or pick one up around the Roundtopolis, as they like to call it. It's an extensive list of vendors and a detailed map,  including vendor hours and who has restrooms and who doesn't. These ladies know what we need to know! 

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Where to Go

Cathy is often asked what her go-to stops are during Round Top. She says: I definitely have my favorites that I try to hit every year, but part of the fun is wandering around, not knowing what you'll discover or who you'll meet. 

Insider Tip: It's a great idea to go with a list of things you're looking for (ie, two nightstands, a coffee table, a chandelier) if you are on a mission. But, you can also just go with a sense of adventure and know what you like (or collect.)  

Cathy loves going to RT with friends and often isn't looking for anything specific. That's part of the adventure! 


You asked, we'll tell ya - here's a short list of Cathy's favorite destinations each year. 

With friends at the Arbors last year - Cathy's granddaughter Clare made her first Round Top appearance at just four months old. Start 'em young and raise 'em right! 

New This Year -  "The Compound" 

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You've likely heard the buzz about the newest exhibitor space, a 57-acre spread just two miles south of Round Top Square, called The Compound. We're definitely headed there to check it out - September 25 through October 3. The Compound was developed by Mark Massey, who's family had the vision for Henkel Square in Round Top. They'll have a gazebo with a coffee stand and plenty of well-known antique vendors, like one of our faves below...

Location: 2250 S. Highway 237

Old World Antieks - Sept. 25 - Oct. 3

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We can't get enough of Old World Antieks! We use their fabulous finds in our clients' homes throughout the year. They have a storefront in La Grange but their RT booth is always full of treasures. This year they've moved from Blue Hills to The Compound. 

The Arbors- Adams Furniture & Page Matthews

One of our featured artists and fellow Houstonian Page Gregory Matthews will have a Round Top booth for the first time this year. She'll be at The Arbors, which is also one of our favorite stops. Click here for a map of their tents. Also at the Arbors, a go-to of Cathy's, Adams Furniture. And, Christina Greene jewelry and R. Lusk Studios, as well as tons of other great dealers. 

source: Page Matthews

source: Page Matthews

Great finds at Adams Furniture

Great finds at Adams Furniture

source: Country Living 

source: Country Living 

Blue Hills, Sept. 19 - Oct. 4

We love Blue Hills! Cathy will tell you they've got the cleanest restrooms in the whole area. And, their BBQ/snack shack benefits a local Methodist church. Cathy loves to grab a quick bite and diet dr. pepper here, while listening to the "Texas Trove," a musical group of teenage boys playing gospel/blue grass music. You won't be able to stop yourself from singing along! 

Location:  off 237 between Round Top and Carmine. Free Parking

La Bahia, Sept. 25 - Oct. 3

La Bahia has multiple vendors and a wide range of items - you're almost sure to find at least one treasure here, according to Cathy. It's one of her top pics. Go explore! 

Location: off 290W at TX 237, Burton, Texas. Free parking. Website/Map

Warrenton, Sept. 24 - Oct. 4

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The fields of Warrenton are packed full of all kinds - and if you've been before, you know we mean all kinds.  It's hard to narrow down specific spots  - bring your walking shoes and wander. We've always down well at Robinson Field (maybe we're partial to the name) where parking is $5. The Show Daily has an extensive list of the different fields - find it here. We always hit the area near Zapp Hall - the surrounding vendors have great light fixtures, furniture, etc. 

Location: On TX 237, about 4 miles from Round Top and 8 miles from La Grange. 

Marburger Farm, September 29 - October 3

source: Marburger 

source: Marburger 

Forty-three acres of tents and higher-end items, like true European antiques, make Marburger a "must" for many Houstonians. While you may not find a "steal" here, their 350 vendors have plenty of treasures for you to choose from. $10 admission is good for the whole week, or you can go early on Tuesday 3/31 for $25. Includes parking. Check out their website for more. 

Location: 2248 TX 237, Round Top. 

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source: Pinterest

source: Pinterest

Zapp Hall Area

In Warrenton, we always hit the field area surrounding Zapp Hall. We grab a fresh lemonade and mosey! Don't miss the incredible light fixtures from J. Tedder Design, located right by Zapp Hall. Cathy's daughter Courtney has a wine bottle chandelier in her kitchen from J. Tedder's booth last fall. Also look for Tony McCray of "Rust in Peace" - Cathy loves Tony and consistently finds great pieces there. 

source: j. Tedder design

source: j. Tedder design

source: Rust in Peace

source: Rust in Peace

Check these out, too!

We've heard great things about Flown the Coop and hope to stop by this year. We also love Old Glory Antiques, and Leftovers Antiques located in Brenham. And we cannot neglect to mention the uber-popular Junk Gypsy girls. They have their own building now - look for the pink old suburban. Free parking and great finds, for sure. Don't miss their instagram: @junkgypsy. 


Don't Forget Fayetteville

We spend a lot of time in New Ulm and Fayetteville during the year, and Cathy says the square has really grown over the years for Antiques Week. She loves the quilt vendor! The Fayetteville square is a great destination, too, and just down the road from RT/Warrenton. 

source: instagram

source: instagram

source: instagram

source: instagram

Drink Yer Water, Y'all

Last fall, Cathy overheard an EMS respond-er say that they had a record number of people passing out from the heat during the show. Hydrate, baby, hydrate! With that in mind, here's a quick packing list: 

  • Bottled water
  • Comfortable shoes (were those boots made for walkin? No? Then leave em at home!) 
  • Sunscreen, chap-stick, and a hat - the sun can be bright in those fields! 
  • Cash and/or checkbook (vendors prefer over credit cards)
  • Reusable tote bags 
  • Fully charged cell phone, car charger for re-powering

 We recommend an SUV with space for larger items. Don't be afraid to ask vendors their "best price" but don't be surprised or offended if some won't negotiate. 

Time to Refuel! Where to Eat

Many vendors have food options on site, and we mentioned earlier that we love Blue Hills' for lunch or a snack. But there's several restaurants in surrounding towns we definitely recommend. Y'all be sure to tell 'em Cathy sent ya!

  • Royers in Round Top will be packed during the show - call for a reservation or brave the wait. If the weather's nice there's plenty of sitting-room on their front porch. It's famous! Put it on your bucket list if you haven't been at least once. 
  • Royers Pie Haven - The Royer's daughter opened a bakery on the square - YUM. Check their hours for antique week on their website. Finger-lickin' good sweet treats, they also have whole pies to take home, smoothies and great iced/hot coffee drinks. 
  • Scotty and Friends - in Round Top at 109 Bauer-Rummel Road, great porch in nice weather, good sandwiches and burgers. 
  • Bistro 108 in La Grange - a longtime favorite for delicious lunch or dinner. Closed Mondays. 
  • Joe's Place on the square in Fayatteville - we go here year-round when we're in New Ulm. 
  • Orsak's on the square in Fayatteville is also tasty home-cookin. Their burgers can't be beat and the grilled chicken sandwich is just delish.  
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With friends at the Arbors last year - Cathy's granddaughter Clare made her first Round Top appearance at just four months old. Start 'em young and raise 'em right! 

Happy Antiques Week, Y'all! 

*please note: none of the vendors mentioned have sponsored this post. purely Cathy's two cents, for you, fo free!

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