Living in Dallas, if you are into decorating, you have probably heard of Round Top. It’s an antique show/flea market that happens twice a year between Houston and Austin. There are hundreds of vendors located in a variety of different venues each April and October. In 2019 the dates are April 2-6 and October 1-5. This guide will help you narrow down how to get the most out of the Round Top Flea Market.
The town of Round Top opens dozens of venues for almost two weeks, but the larger venues are open for a five day period that ends on a weekend.
Tip 1: If you want the most selection, try to go at the beginning before the crowds come. I like to go on the first Wednesday, there is a half day early bird market on Tuesday.
Tip 2: If you want the lowest prices go at the end because dealers don’t want to haul all of their stuff back home so they tend to deal more.
Best Venues at Round Top Flea Market
Round top has expanded to a dozens of smaller dealers/shops plus the original larger venues. Everyone with a store front or tent within 30 miles is part of the show. The original show included these venues: The Big Red Barn (plus the annex at the same location), Marburger and Carmine Dance Hall.
What to expect from Marburger Farm
Address: 2248 S. Hwy 237, Round Top, Texas, 78954
This venue is outdoors (and mostly outhouse bathrooms). It’s a series of giant tents filled with approximately 350 dealers. This is my favorite venue both for the prices and the selection. See some of my favorite booths at Marburger. If it’s raining, it can be a slog through the mud. General admission is $10.
I like to go to Marburger first because it is so big that it can take 4+ hours to see everything, even if you aren’t stopping in every booth. There are 6 giant tents plus smaller structures in between.
The highlights of Marburger is that it has from soup to nuts. You can find interesting furniture, dishes, silver, jewelry, collectibles to vast to list, linens, outdoor decor, artwork, lighting and pillows. I think there are better prices to be found at Marburger.
Many of the vendors will accept credit cards and they will help you load your finds (which I don’t always see at other venues). If you can’t bring it with you there are shippers on site to help with that for a fee. Vendors come from all over the globe, many from Texas but some from the UK and France, too.
What to expect from the Big Red Barn
Red Barn Address: 475 Texas Hwy 237 South, Carmine, TX 78932
This venue is air conditioned and the prices tend to be higher than Marburger. It includes one large barn plus an outdoor tent called the Annex. The Big Red Barn added a “winter” date in January, 2020. I’m not sure if this is the beginning of a larger trend but it will be open for two days in January.
General admission is $10 and there can be a line, especially on the weekend. You can pre-purchase tickets on their website.
What to expect from The Compound
Compound Address: 2550 S. Hwy 237, Round Top, Texas, 78954
This venue is outdoors. There are five barns plus a shaded eating area called “The Grove”. The Peck Barn is air conditioned. It’s 6300 square feet. The rest of the barns are more outdoor venues. Dealers at this venue are from as far as France and High Point, North Caroline.
If you are looking for larger items, this is a good venue to go to. They have lots of new and custom made furniture and even some modern style selection. It’s free and it doesn’t take long to walk through.
Where to Eat At Round Top Flea Market
The food selection has drastically improved over the last 15 years. Larger venues have church groups that cater on site plus food trucks. Marburger always has homemade BBQ but they had a taco truck and a salad and sandwich booth too.
The Compound has a collection of food trucks that range from soups and salads to BBQ.
Shipping from Round Top
All of the venues have shippers that can get larger items to you, but be prepared to pay. If you can drive and bring a larger vehicle you can usually find willing people to help you load up your purchases.