For those that have never been to the Round Top Antiques Fair, it’s hard to imagine the ‘circus’ that comes to town twice per year. Attracting both world-class designers and local antique lovers, there’s something for everyone in the fields. It’s a marathon of sorts -- walking miles in the fields, hunting for treasures, deliberating purchases, hauling your finds -- certainly not for the faint of heart!
Before you head out, you should go with one of three things — a specific list, a totally open mind, or a certain theme in mind. By putting together a list of items you’re searching for, it keeps the overwhelm at bay and allows you to scan the booths for those specific items. Going with a totally open mind can be really exciting, and allows you to find pieces that catch your eye and evoke some sort of reaction. There’s never a shortage of unique and interesting finds, so the overwhelm feels a little more manageable when you’re shopping for all kitchen items, or all furniture, for example. We’ve put together a few items to look for based on certain themes below!
For the entertainer:
Cutting boards, cutlery, servingware, runners, wine openers, old vintage napkins, vases
For the decorator:
Pillows, books, mirrors, bowls, postcards, photos, frames, bottles, unusual/unique finds
For the industrial enthusiast:
Metal drums (can be used as decor to throw in a bunch of dried branches or made into a light), gas can, old wheels, metal letters, antique signs
For the collector:
Ironstone, books, shells, patches, pin cushions, sports or army memorabilia
Our personal favorites:
Boxes, clocks, books, typography, botanicals
A few pointers to make the most of your shopping experience:
Bring a big bag to put all your small items in
Bring a notebook to write down vendors, dimensions, etc.
Pack baby wipes to clean your hands throughout the day
Sunscreen and a hat are a must — the weather is as unpredictable as what you’ll find in the fields!
Bring a measuring tape (and take measurements of areas in your home, just in case!)
Golden rule: If you love it, buy it! Shopping the fields can be a tricky game — you never know what you’re going to see! Chances are, that item you were coveting won’t be there when you come back. I can’t tell you how many pieces became “the one that got away.”
You can find our full Guide to Round Top Antiques Week here, including our favorite shows, what to wear, where to park, and how to get all your treasures home. We can’t wait to see you in the fields!
If you can’t make it to Round Top or would prefer for someone else to do the shopping for you, check out our web shop full of curated vintage finds!