Why the Round Top Antiques Fair Should Be Your Next Texas Road Trip Destination

Twice a year, hundreds of antique addicts and self-described “junkers” descend upon Round Top, Texas (population 90) for an all-out shopping soiree. The Round Top Antiques Fair started 49 years ago and has since become a spring staple. The 2017 Spring Antiques Fair opens on March 27. Here’s why you should go, what you should know and how to bring home the antique find of your dreams.

Antiques Abound
Usually all that can be seen on the side of Highway 237 in Fayette County is bluebonnets and Hereford cows. But in late March, roadside tents start popping up from La Grange to Schulenburg, part of what’s known as the “Roundtopolis,” where dedicated antique-slingers can be found selling their wares. The massive antique show can be a little overwhelming to the novice shopper, so don’t try to see everything in just one day. To start, here a few of the big names in the world of antique dealers.

The Big Red Barn

This antique show in a 30,000 square-foot barn is part of the Original Round Top Antiques Fair and is known as the show that started it all. The success of the first gathering lead to more and more antiques shows each year. The Big Red Barn show is meticulously curated and specializes in early Americana and Continental furniture. Go here if you’re looking to find the perfect piece to complete your living room set. They even have folks onsite to help you carry and pack up your finds. The show runs from March 27 through April 1.

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The Beauty of Early Walnut

There are two periods of English furniture when walnut was the most popular cabinet timber. The first, known as the ‘Early Walnut’ period dates from 1680 to about 1740, or sometime during the reign of George II, when the newly imported mahogany began to gain in popularity.

Much prized by cabinetmakers for its strength and decorative figure, “Juglans Regia” or English walnut, was not in fact native to England, but was introduced from Europe, possibly by the Romans.

 

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