I’m pretty sure this was the most amazing antique/thrift/flea market shopping I’ve ever done. How have I lived in Texas all this time and not known about the antique shopping around Round Top?!
My sister (1 of 3), Kelly, and I headed out of Austin early on a Tuesday morning. It was the only day I had off work, so we had to take advantage of it. We stopped at Cafe 290 in Manor, Texas on our way for coffee and breakfast tacos. Such. A. Good. Idea.
The drive was about an hour and a half and went so smoothly until we saw this site…
Yep, that’s a line of cars, trucks, vans, and RVs all waiting to get into Marburger Farms. Crazy. I honestly didn’t expect this. Well, as first timers to this antiquing awesomeness, we didn’t really know all the places there were to go. Marburger Farms had absolutely beautiful things, but it was PRICEY by comparison to the other shopping. I mean, really expensive. Example: This beautiful very large piece of furniture was $5000! It’s more than likely something that was used in an old hardware store to sort nails, screws, and such.
So after we left there, we went down the road and we discovered miles of antique shops. I had no idea. It was an amazing site and it also dawned on me that I wasn’t wearing the right shoes.
We stopped in at Zapp Hall which was recommended to me by a friend. I’m so glad we did. Things are not presented as beautfully here as they are at Marburger, but I love that. I love to see the potential in a piece of furniture.
We were here for like 6 hours and bought very little. I think we walked around in a daze and next time we will be prepared. Since these shows happen TWICE a year! We will for sure be back in fall between September 21st and October 2nd! Also, there’s Kettle Corn everywhere…yummm!
So, if you’re planning on this adventure. Here’s my tips:
1.) Wear comfy shoes. It’s mostly outside on concrete, dirt, grass, and gravel.
2.) Everybody is willing to take some off their prices. Just ask.
3.) Take your time and maybe even a couple of days if you have it.
5.) This is of course a personal preference, but bring a back pack or comfortable tote. You never know what you’re going to find, so having something comfortable that can carry bulky items helps.
6.) Eat some Kettle Corn, drink some sweet tea, and say y’all as much as possible!
I’ve linked this up to Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures