Texas’ Best Antiques Events
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Head to the State’s Biggest Antiques Extravaganza
Last one to leave Houston for the annual Spring Antique Weeks, don’t forget to turn off the lights.
This famous statewide and nationwide shopping frenzy returns to Round Top from April 2-7 and to more than a half-dozen small rural towns between Houston and Austin. Some shows begin as soon as March 16, so check with the cities’ convention and visitors bureaus for the latest on dates.
More than 2,000 independent dealers welcome shoppers searching for the perfect buy, perusing in stores, under tents, in dance halls, churches, grocery stores and barns.
Bring your camera, too, as March and April in Texas mean bluebonnets and wildflowers in full bloom.
You’ve arrived at the antique mecca of Texas. Rows of big white tents and more venues filled to the brim are ready. For your convenience, we’ve researched and put in alpha-order some of the hot spots for antiquing, lodging and just having a great time. Shop on!
ABBIELAND ANTIQUES SHOW
2336 Highway 237 South, located next to Marburger Farm
ALOHA FARMHOUSE ROUND TOP
307 N. Live Oak St.
ARBOR INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES & INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW
American Legion Post No. 388
1503 Highway 237 North, one mile north of Round Top
BIG RED BARN EVENT CENTER
475 Highway 237 South, between Round Top and Burton
BLUE HILLS AT ROUND TOP
1701 Highway 237 North
THE BOHO COTTAGE
CHELSEA’S MEADOW ANTIQUE SHOW
1465 Highway 237 North
2550 Highway 237 South
1925 Highway 237 North
near Florida Chapel Cemetery Road
DYD SQUARE FAIR
100 Main St.
GASOLINE HILL & ANTIQUES
1901 Highway 237 South
GONE TO TEXAS
Round Top RV Park
601 W. Washington St.
HENKEL SQUARE MARKET
201 N. Live Oak
MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW
2248 Highway 237 South
in Round Top
MCLAREN’S ANTIQUES & INTERIORS
1745 Highway 237 North
BILL MOORE ANTIQUES
1350 Highway 237 North
OLD DEPOT ANTIQUES
550 N. Washington St.
OLD GLORY ANTIQUES
206 S. Washington St.
OLD HENRY FARM
2000 Highway 237 North
ORIGINAL ROUND TOP ANTIQUES FAIR
475 Highway 237 South, between Burton and Round Top
Includes The Big Red Barn & Tent, Continental Tent and Carmine Dance Hall
RECYCLING THE PAST
1132 FM 1291
2425 Highway 237 South
ROUND TOP HILL ANTIQUES
1500 Highway 237 North
ROUND TOP VINTAGE MARKET
1235 Highway 237 North, located one mile north of Round Top across from Jaster Road and Festival Hill
TEXAS ROSE ANTIQUE SHOW
2075 Highway 237 North, across from Marburger Farm
101 Bauer Rummel Road
THE VINTAGE ROUND TOP
1450 Highway 237 North
You’ll travel the Texas Independence Trail along the historic La Bahia Road when you turn onto Highway 390 to go to Burton from Highway 290. Home of the celebrated Texas Cotton Gin Museum (www.cottonginmuseum.org), the sleepy little town offers a quaint antique/gift shop owned by three antique dealer couples. Ten cents for every dollar spent at their creation, Flown The Coop (www.2flownthecoop.com), goes to support The Burton Bridge Ministry. Once you’re back on 290, don’t forget Bootleggers Antiques and Unique Decor. In additional to antiques, the roadside store now stocks live edge slabs and boards in a variety of woods, rustic weathered wood and reclaimed lumber, too.
LA BAHIA ANTIQUES SHOW & SALE
Highway 237, just south of U.S. 290 West
SHELBY TEXAS ANTIQUE SHOW
509 W. FM 389
THE WHITE HOUSE ON THE HILL & THE BARN
5025 Wickel Road
Santa Fe, N.M., may have its Canyon Road, but Carmine has some of its best antiquing along Thigpin and Sylvan streets, aka the east and westbound feeder roads of Highway 290. The majority of shops are open Thursday through Sunday, with some open daily. JW’s Steak House (www.jw-steakhouse.com) and The Pie Shack will dissolve your hunger pains and get you back on your way with a smile.
CARMINE DANCE HALL ANTIQUES SHOW
300 N. Hauptstrasse St.
COUNTY LINE ANTIQUE SHOW
Highway 237 at Spur 458
GRACE'S ANTIQUE TREASURE HUNT
Highway 237 at Spur 458
GYPSY ROSE ANTIQUES
Highway 237 at Spur 458 in Carmine
La Grange celebrates its 20th anniversary as a Main Street City this year. You’ll find the town rich in historic assets, Old World charm and lots of downtown shopping. Be sure to stop by Le Petite Gourmet Shoppe (979-968-4000, www.lepetitegourmetshoppe.com) for all your cooking needs, from high-end gadgets and appliances to gourmet food selections.
THE ANTIQUE MALL
561 E. Colorado St.
FIRST STOP LAST STOP ANTIQUES
3618 Highway 159
Warrenton is jam-packed with antiquing opportunities, including a handful of fields that open as soon as March 16. Early shopping dates run through March 28, with the regular antiques week set March 29 through the weekend of April 7-8.
BAR W ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS
4001 Highway 237 South
BLUE BONNET FIELD
THE CAMPBELL BUILDING
4328 Highway 237 in central Warrenton
THE CHICKEN RANCH
4150 Highway 237 South
Highway 237 and FM 954, between Warrenton and Round Top
COLE’S ANTIQUE SHOW
Corner of Highway 237 and Willow Spring Road
DAS BLAUE HAUS
4337 Highway 237
DAS GRUENE HAUS
4418 Highway 237
4407 Highway 237
GRANNY MCCORMICK’S YARD
4246 Highway 237 South
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE HILL
THE LONE STAR GALLERY
4212 Highway 237
THE MARKETPLACE AT WARRENTON
3960 Highway 237 South
NORTH GATE FIELDS
Highway 237 in Warrenton
OLD FEED & GROCERY
Highway 237 in Warrenton
RENCK HALL & FIELD
4123 Highway 237 South
TREE PARK FIELD
4635 Highway 237 South
WARRENTON GROCERY & SHOW
4309 Highway 237 South
WARRENTON-ROUND TOP SHOW GROUNDS
North end of Warrenton across from the World’s Smallest Catholic Church
Two miles south of Warrenton on Highway 237
ZAPP HALL ANTIQUE SHOW
4217 Highway 237 South in central Warrenton
ANTIQUING ACROSS TEXAS
By Mary Chavoustie
Ask your BSF (Best Shopping Friend) to name a favorite antiquing town and no doubt you’ll hear a variety of replies. Antique lovers now span generations, with the word “antique” meaning everything from iridescent Carnival glass to that retro black trunk you took to college.
Check out these BSF top-ranked stops next time you’re traveling Texas — and buy your piece of history.
Once you find Room Service Vintage (www.roomservicevintage.com), you’ll wish you’d discovered it 35 years ago when the owners first opened their doors. Whether it’s a ’50s sectional or Chubby Checker
on vinyl, expect to stay awhile because you won’t want to leave.
Bluebird Off the Square’s owner proudly admits her “passion has always been junking!” (www.bluebirdoffthesquare.com). Debbie Schmitz’s talent for taking what’s old and combining it with what’s new brings a style all its own to home decor. JR’s Antiques & Collectibles’ “vintage” location (circa 1885) blends naturally with the aisles of collectibles, antique furniture, linens and home goods that are housed within. Today and Yesterday (www.todayandyesterdayantiques.com) is located inside the former 1872 Brenham Grand Opera House, a product of Texas architect George E. Dickey — an apropos setting for an array of glassware, antique toys and furniture, memorabilia and beautiful stained glass windows.
Visitors to Leftover’s Antique Home Mercantile (www.leftoversantiques.com), just west of Brenham, are more than happy to linger in the store’s 17,000 square feet of bliss. Maybe it’s the aromatic soaps and perfumed lotions that draw you inside or the European furnishings that let you consider gifting yourself. Leftover’s own sweet potato pecan butter and Gala apple preserves are equal draws, antiques aside!
Don't wait for First Monday Trade Days to go to Canton. Local antique and specialty stores in Historic Downtown Canton are open throughout the week. Dish Warehouse (www.dishwarehousecantontx.com), Texas largest Fiesta® outlet, probably has that Cobalt or Scarlet dinner plate you’ve been missing.
Take a midday break from your Hill Country wine tour and step into the Comfort Antique Mall. Aisles and aisles of beautiful glassware, vintage brooches, lamps and collectibles are all neatly displayed. Antique chests and armoires, too. Take the virtual tour at www.visitcomfortantiquemall.com.
So much to do, so much to see! Who could pick just one of anything in beautiful Fredericksburg? Step back in time to a peaceful oneness with textiles and wood as you walk through Carol Hicks Bolton Antiqüités (www.carolhicksbolton.com). You’ll find yourself getting lost in the romance and the story that each piece still holds.
Giddings is the perfect tantalizer for those traveling eastbound. Whistle Stop Antiques-Auction has something for everyone with its 40-plus dealers continually updating their niches. Simply Spruced will show you the meaning of “upcycle” with its take on painted furniture, making that salvaged “diamond-in-the-rough” the envy of your friends.
Surely you know Gruene Hall and its A-list of performers, but have you walked the 6,500 square feet of Gruene Antique Co.? It’s only fitting GAC is housed in the historic H.D. Gruene Building (1903), where tenant farmers once bought their wares.
The Rusty Chippy, Vintage, Hippy & Garden Show, set
March 10-11, has a following all its own with its 65-plus dealers. The Huntsville Antique Show, planned for the air-conditioned Walker County Fairgrounds on Sept. 15 and 16, is another show not to miss. Repeat visitors plan their day with a stop at their favorite dealers, eager to find what pieces have made the journey to Texas. www.huntsvilleantiqueshow.com
Bring your best walking shoes for the 20,000 square feet of multi-floor bliss at Sunrise Antique Mall. What better place to build or expand your vinyl collection from their over 4,000 records in stock.
Barbara Canetti, Mary Chavoustie and Barbara Kuntz contributed to this article.