Round top Antique Market Updated for 2021
Round top is back in full swing in 2021. The dates for the Round Top antiques market in 2021 are from March 29-April 3 for Spring and October 25-30 for the Fall.
One of the benefits of the Round Top antique show is that many of the venues are outdoors. If you are starved for antique shopping, this is the place to do it safely in 2021.
What is Round Top Antique Market?
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 antique dealers located in a variety of different venues each April and October. This guide will help you plan 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 – Best Selection: If you want the most selection, try to go at the beginning before the crowds come. I like to go on the first day before it is completely picked over. I have tried going at the END when there are more likely to be deals, but a lot of the good stuff is sold. Vendors often stick tags on sold items so you can see what you missed. 🥲
Tip 2 – Best Prices: If you want the lowest prices go at the end because dealers don’t want to haul all of their stuff back home. You can make them an offer and they are likely to deal.
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 three 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 Marburger Farm 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. If it’s raining, it can be a slog through the mud but deals tend to improve as dealers want to be rid of things with smaller crowds. 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 highlight of Marburger is that it has from soup to nuts. You can find interesting furniture, dishes, silver, jewelry, collectibles too vast to list, linens, outdoor decor, artwork, lighting and pillows. I think there are better prices to be found at Marburger than at the two other major venues.
My find from Marburger one year was this coffee table made from reclaimed wood and filing cabinets.
Most 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
This is the original “Round Top” venue.
Red Barn Address: 475 Texas Hwy 237 South, Carmine, TX 78932
This venue is air conditioned and indoors. In general, 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 each year.
General admission is $10 and there can be a line, especially on the weekend. You can pre-purchase tickets on their website. The booths at the red barn tend to have more antiques and fine goods.
Carmine Hall is the third of the original venues. It is inside a dance hall. Their web site has not been updated since 2019, I will post an update on whether it’s still part of the antique weekend soon.
What to expect from The Compound
Compound Address: 2550 S. Hwy 237, Round Top, Texas, 78954
This compound 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.
Where to stay when you come to round top
This is a two part answer. If you decide to come and it is MONTHS before the date you might be able to book one of the B&Bs in the area. Here is a list of the B&Bs near the venues.
If you don’t book months in advance, these will all be full. In fact, they are probably booked by the time the show ends for the next show. If that’s the case you have a few options for booking a room that are within a 60 minute drive.
Here is a list of towns that are within an hour.
- Elgin – 48 miles West (very close to Austin)
- Carmine – One of the venue towns.
- Warrenton – One of the venue towns
- Giddings – 18 miles away (has a Best Western)
- Brenham – 18 miles away (has a Holiday Inn Express)
- Bastrop – 48 miles away (home of they Hyatt Regency which is VERY nice)
- Columbus – 39 miles has a Holiday Inn Express
Elgin is close to Austin if you want to be near a city with and airport. Elgin has a Holiday Inn. Be sure to read reviews, these are small towns and some of the hotels might not be what you are used to.