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A DesignDash Guide: Here’s What to Expect at Round Top 2024

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Set against a stunning backdrop of the Texas countryside, the Round Top Antiques Show is a beloved design and arts event that showcases a diverse range of antiques, vintage collectibles, and artisan crafts. It has evolved from a small gathering into one of the largest antique fairs in the United States that attracts collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. With multiple venues and a rich history, the show promises a unique shopping experience featuring local, national, and international vendors. Visitors can explore antique furniture, fine art, textiles, architectural salvage, contemporary crafts, collectibles, and curiosities. Round Top also offers live music and other attractions for shoppers to enjoy after visiting their favorite venues. Read on for more information about Round Top’s year-round vendors and special guests like Monogram, who will be at the fair for a limited time. We hope to see you at this year’s Round Top antique show. Venues open March 14th, so don’t miss out!

A Brief History of the Market

The Round Top Antiques Show has a fascinating history—tracing its origins back over 50 years to the founding of the Original Round Top Antiques Fair by Emma Lee Turney in 1968. What began as a modest event has blossomed into one of the largest antique shows in the United States—attracting collectors and enthusiasts from far and wide.

Origins and Evolution

In its early days, the Round Top Antiques Show was a laid-back affair—initially advertised as a German “Oktoberfest” with a charming biergarten alongside antique booths. The event gained traction as big city dwellers—including notable figures like Ima Hogg—sought to furnish their country homes in the picturesque surroundings of Round Top.

The show’s evolution can be attributed to Emma Lee Turney’s vision and the growing interest in restoring country properties in the Fayette County prairies. As antique dealers and buyers flocked to Round Top, the event expanded, with multiple venues and markets opening along Highway 237.

Growth and Recognition

The Round Top Antiques Show’s reputation as a premier antique destination continued to grow, attracting not only local enthusiasts but also national and international attention. Emma Lee Turney’s initiative in purchasing land and constructing iconic venues like the Big Red Barn added to the show’s allure—offering visitors an extensive array of antiques and collectibles spanning 30,000 square feet.

The show’s success was fueled by the unique ambiance of Round Top, steeped in history and architectural charm. The town’s German immigrant heritage—dating back to the 1840s—imbued Round Top with a cultural richness that resonated with antique aficionados and design enthusiasts alike.

Why We Love This Market!

Our team has been making the trip to Round Top for over a decade. It’s one of our very favorite places for art and design. Today, Round Top Texas is a nexus for interior designers, artists, and other creatives, celebrated for its vast and eclectic mix of antiques, art, and design elements. During the biannual markets, this tiny town transforms—drawing in a diverse crowd from across the globe. The allure lies in an incredible treasure trove of unique finds—from rare antiques and vintage pieces to contemporary art and high-end furniture. We are always wowed by the endless inspiration and resources for creative entrepreneurs like us looking to infuse their projects with distinctiveness and depth. 

Perhaps even more importantly, Round Top fosters a community of creativity and collaboration unlike any other. Here, designers, artists, and collectors mingle, exchange ideas, and share their passion for beauty and history. The atmosphere is charged with a sense of discovery and possibility—making it an ideal place for creative minds to converge. Workshops, discussions, and impromptu gatherings around town provide opportunities for learning and networking—further enriching the creative soul. This environment not only nurtures individual talent but also promotes a culture of collective growth and inspiration among professionals from various fields.

The scenic beauty and historic charm of Round Top itself serve as a backdrop that stimulates creativity. Its rural setting—with picturesque landscapes and historic architecture—offers a tranquil retreat from the fast-paced urban grind. This change of scenery can rejuvenate the mind and spark new ideas, making it a favored destination for those looking to immerse themselves in their craft. Whether it’s the quiet contemplation in a historic barn turned gallery or the lively exchange of ideas over dinner at a local farm, Round Top provides a unique blend of experiences that cater to the creative spirit—making it a beloved gathering spot for those in the artistic and design communities (including our team here at DesignDash)!

Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Round Top Antiques Show

  • Spring Show Dates: The show will run from March 25th to March 30th at the Big Red Barn.
  • Sister Venue Blue Hills will also be open from March 16th to March 30th, offering additional shopping opportunities.
  • Incredible Vendors like local modernMARLA and luxury appliance brand Monogram.
  • Show Hours: The opening day starts at 9 am and ends at 6 pm. From March 26th to 29th, the show hours are from 9 am to 5 pm. On the last week and day, March 30th, the show runs from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Future Dates: The Fall Show for 2024 is scheduled from October 14th to 19th. The smaller Winter Show for 2025 is set for January 24th and 25th, with Blue Hills open from January 23rd to 26th.

The Vendors: What to Expect in 2024

The Round Top Antiques Show always features a diverse range of vendors—including locals, national, and international participants. Visitors can explore a range of items, from fine antiques and vintage collectibles to modern artisan crafts. The show’s offerings include antique furniture, fine art, textiles, architectural salvage, contemporary crafts, collectibles, and curiosities—catering to collectors, decorators, and art enthusiasts with a wide range of tastes and interests.

At this year’s Round Top event, a wide variety of vendors will expand the Market with their diverse offerings, ranging from craftsman furniture during Antiques week to apparel, jewelry, and more. Some of the top vendors you might want to visit include Monogram Appliances Campbell Building, Cottonseed Trading Company, Humble Donkey Studio, Marburger Farm Antique Show, and The Arbors at Round Top. If you’re interested in antiques specifically, you won’t want to miss American Spirit Antiques, Antique & Estate Jewelry, and Antiques & Vintage. For those with a flair for the unique, Bader Ranch at Round Top offers a mix of European antiques and mid-century modern furnishings.

As always, the event is a treasure trove for those looking for a mix of the eclectic and the exquisite—from architectural pieces at Bader Ranch at Round Top to crafts and handmade items at Curate by Stash. Culinary delights are not left out, with Bader Ranch and Leftovers Antiques offering food alongside their main attractions.

We have listed a few of our favorite vendors below. For a more detailed guide and a comprehensive list of vendors, we recommend checking out the official Round Top websites and the AntiqueWeekend directory. These sources provide extensive lists of vendors, categorized by their specialty areas—ensuring that attendees can plan their visit to meet their specific interests and tastes. 

The Arbors

The Arbors is synonymous with luxury during Round Top TX’s famous Antique Week. For over two decades, it has captivated visitors with its opulent white tents showcasing European and American furniture, elegant rugs, captivating art, stylish fashion, and timeless antiques. This venue has certainly earned a reputation for its exceptional diversity and quality—attracting world-class dealers from across the globe. With more than a hundred dealers participating, visitors can expect to find a rich array of products ranging from contemporary fine art to vintage fashion items, including clothing, handbags, accessories, and jewelry​.

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The story behind The Arbors is as captivating as the treasures found beneath its billowing white canopies. The founder’s journey from a passion for “old things” to creating one of the most celebrated venues at Round Top showcases a blend of personal dedication and a vision for creating a unique space for both dealers and shoppers alike. With roots stretching back to a love nurtured in the homes of family members and honed through years of experience in Germany, the founder’s return to the U.S. eventually led to the establishment of The Arbors. This journey highlights the dedication and challenges overcome to offer a curated selection of antiques and more in a setting that prioritizes the aesthetics and experience of every visitor. The Arbors stands as a testament to the love for antiques, the commitment to quality, and a desire to create a legacy that contributes to the community and preserves the charm of Round Top.

For anyone planning to visit Round Top during the Antique Week, The Arbors is a destination that promises an experience filled with discovery, beauty, and an opportunity to connect with the stories behind each unique find.


modernMARLA is another vendor on our list of must-visits at Round Top. The brand has distinguished itself as Texas’ prime destination for luxury consignment, specializing in high-end fashion items. Adored by Round Top locals, this boutique stands out not just for its quality inventory, but for its unique setting and the experience it offers to visitors.

modernMARLA’s first physical store is situated in historic Moores Fort in Rummel Square, a location rich in history and charm. The store—through its vibrant orange-lacquered doors—offers an array of vintage womenswear, handbags, jewelry, and shoes from prestigious brands like Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Miu Miu, and Golden Goose. Many items are new with tags, alongside vintage furs and cowboy boots, catering to a range of tastes and preferences.

Owner Marla Hurley brings a personal touch to the boutique, working closely with clients to curate selections that resonate within her store. The boutique is recognized for providing a chic and elevated shopping experience in Round Top—enhanced by their absolutely effervescent hospitality. This attention to detail and commitment to luxury consignment have established modernMARLA as a must-visit for fashion enthusiasts and collectors alike.


A newcomer to Round Top, DesignDash sponsor Monogram Appliances offers a wide array of kitchen appliances—including refrigerators, ranges, cooktops, wall ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, and ventilation systems. The brand also features built-in coffee makers and wine refrigerators—catering to a comprehensive range of kitchen needs.

Monogram appliances are recognized for their sleek, modern designs that fit seamlessly into luxury kitchens. They often feature stainless steel finishes, though some models offer custom paneling options to match cabinetry for a more integrated look. The attention to detail extends to the user interface, which combines elegance with functionality.

Monogram incorporates advanced technology into its appliances—enhancing their functionality and user experience. This includes features like WiFi connectivity, allowing users to control their appliances remotely through smartphone apps, and precision cooking technology in their ovens and ranges for superior culinary results.

Built with high-quality materials and engineered for reliability, Monogram appliances are designed to meet the expectations of serious home cooks and professionals alike. The brand emphasizes durability and performance in its products—offering appliances that last.

Crafted from the finest materials and built to stand the test of time, Monogram appliances are more than an investment in your home. They are an investment in your lifestyle. DesignDash sponsor Monogram will be at Round Top for the final week of March, so be sure to stop by!

Other Vendors to Visit at Round Top 2024

Bader Ranch at Round Top European Antiques

While at Round Top, you can’t miss Bader Ranch, which offers an impressive 10,000 square feet space filled with meticulously hand-picked items by French dealers, showcasing the finest in traditional antiques, mid-century modern furnishings, and luxury fashion. With items sourced directly from across Europe—including France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, and Denmark—Bader Ranch provides a vast selection of unique statement pieces, ranging from furniture and art to lighting and architectural pieces. 

Each visit promises a new discovery, as no two pieces are the same, ensuring that designers and collectors from around the world can find something truly unique. Beyond the exquisite finds, Bader Ranch enriches the shopping experience with high-end fashion collections, five-star dining from Austin-based chefs, and world-famous margaritas​.

Maison Miral Fine Art & Antiques

Maison Miral Fine Art & Antiques is celebrated for its exquisite collections of fine art and antique furniture, embracing chairs, tables, chests, and decor accessories with unmatched quality and design. Their offerings reflect the mastery of French craftsmanship, bringing visual masterpieces from different eras into modern homes. Their dedication to preserving history through stunning design pieces makes them a notable destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike​

Susan Wheeler Home

Located at 145 Rohde Rd in Round Top, Susan Wheeler Home showcases Texas talents like landscape master William Anzalone, clay artist Pat Johnson, and photographer Laura Wilson. They offer a curated collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and photography that highlight the artistic richness of the region.

Vogt Auction

Based in Round Top, Vogt Auction is a leading appraisal and auction house specializing in antique furniture, Texan and European art, decorative arts, rugs, folk art, jewelry, coins, and sterling silver. With a history of over 46 years and more than $135 million in sales, Vogt Auction draws collectors and bidders to their specialized auctions, offering a wide range of high-quality art and decorative items for discerning buyers.

Hay There: Unique Textile Creations

Located at 145 Rohde Rd in Round Top, Hay There specializes in turning vintage textiles into handmade one-of-a-kind pillows. They also offer eclectic furnishings, lighting, and decor ranging from primitive to post-modern, with a focus on style, color, and fun.

Antiques & Vintage Round Top

Located at 3570 Highway 237 in Round Top, Antiques & Vintage Round Top is a wholesale and retail establishment specializing in French and European architectural salvage. They offer a wide range of furnishings and vintage finds, including reclaimed doors, salvaged shutters, French settees, balusters, beveled mirrors, and crystal chandeliers. With over 70,000 square feet of inventory, they provide end-to-end services from sourcing to logistics, making them a go-to destination for transforming spaces.

Marburger Farm Antique Show

Located at 2248 Texas 237 in Round Top, the Marburger Farm Antique Show is a great spot and has been a beloved source of antiques for 25 years. This biannual event attracts over 300 dealers from around the world, offering an extraordinary array of antiques catering to interior designers, collectors, treasure hunters, and shoppers alike. It’s an experience that blends tradition with discovery, making it a must-visit for antique enthusiasts.

The White Barn at The Compound

Situated at 101 Compound Lane in Round Top, The White Barn is part of The Compound, offering over 6000 square feet of air-conditioned space for sublime shopping experiences. Open every Thursday to Saturday and by appointment, it’s a contemporary artisan and craftsman hub showcasing unique furniture pieces and artistic creations. 

Big Blue Treasures

Also situated at 2550 Texas 237 in Round Top, Big Blue Treasures offers a wide range of collectibles, including antique and vintage jewelry, coins, and religious artifacts. Their collection caters to those with a passion for unique and historical items, making them a must-visit destination during antique shows at The Compound. Many amazing options are available all year round. 

Market Hill

Curated with the finest pieces from around the world, Market Hill gathers a remarkable cast of vendors within its expansive space, designed to offer a welcoming, comfortable, and hassle-free shopping experience. Open year-round during specific hours and expanding its reach during the celebrated antique weeks in Round Top, Texas, this venue has become a must-visit destination for collectors, interior designers, and enthusiasts alike, seeking the unparalleled and the unique​.

Its evolution from a 15-acre cow pasture to a sprawling 135,000-square-foot venue encapsulates a vision of growth and transformation, spearheaded by Paul Michael and his team. This transformation aligns with Round Top’s emergence as a year-round destination, catering not just to the antique shows but also to visitors outside these events, offering a balanced array of goods across 25 dealers. The inclusion of special studios, a commercial kitchen for on-site dining, and enhanced amenities highlights Market Hill’s commitment to providing a rich and varied experience for all its visitors​​.

How to Make the Most of Round Top: Tips for Navigating the Market

Navigating the many markets of Round Top can be an exhilarating experience for treasure hunters, interior designers, and antiques enthusiasts alike. With venues sprawling over miles and offerings as diverse as the imagination, a strategic approach can enhance your experience significantly. If you’re a first-timer, here are some tips from the seasoned Round Top visitors at DesignDash to make your journey through the fair as enjoyable and productive as possible!

Remember That the Early Bird Gets the Worm!

Getting there early—whether it’s at the start of the show, early in the week, or early in the day—can make a big difference. The crowds are thinner, and you’ll get first dibs on unique finds before they’re snapped up by others.

Do Your Homework!

Doing your homework before arriving can save you from feeling overwhelmed. Know what you’re looking for and which venues are likely to have it. Planning your route and scoping out free parking in advance, starting from the farthest point and working your way back, can also save you from battling traffic twice.

Practice Your Negotiation Techniques

Don’t hesitate to ask vendors, “Is this your best price?” Remember, cash often carries more bargaining power. If you’re eyeing a big-ticket item or buying multiple items, vendors are more inclined to offer you a better deal.

Prioritize Comfort and Preparedness

Wear comfortable shoes and layers; the Texas weather can be unpredictable. Also, prepare for a lot of walking and potential muddy conditions if it rains. Some areas offer parking for a fee, but parking strategy can save you time; consider parking once and exploring an area thoroughly before moving on.

Check Out Available Lodging and Local Eats

Options for eating have diversified over the years. Whether you crave the simplicity of a brisket sandwich from a local barn or a slice of famous pie in Round Top, there’s something for every palate. Staying overnight can offer a more relaxed pace and a deeper dive into what Round Top has to offer, with many bed and breakfasts available in the area for a cozy stay.

Embrace the Experience

Embrace the unique atmosphere of Round Top. The camaraderie among shoppers, the diversity of items, and the sheer joy of the hunt make it a special experience. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned visitor, Round Top has a way of bonding people with its unique charm and endless treasures.

We Can’t Wait to See You at Round Top!

From gorgeous antiques to the latest in smart home tech, this market is a must-visit destination to fuel your creativity and find those one-of-a-kind pieces that set your work apart. While you’re exploring this vibrant marketplace, don’t miss the chance to stop by Monogram for an exceptional selection of high-end appliances that can elevate any design project. Embrace the unique spirit of Round Top and make the most of everything it has to offer. We promise you’ll be back for the Fall and Winter markets once you give the Spring show a visit!

By Anila Hasnain.