Dispatches from Austin: Round Top Antique Fair

Contributor post by Tracy of Fair Morning Blue

Greetings, dear friends. This weekend, I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon wandering around the Round Top Antique Fair with my mom. I thought I'd pop in here and share a few of my photos. Round Top, Texas is a charming little town roughly halfway between Austin and Houston, with a population of only 91. 

For the past 45 years or so, Round Top has hosted an enormous antique fair every fall and spring. The fair has spread to neighboring communities and now includes over 2,000 vendors. Sunday was the last day of the fall fair, and my mom and I were disappointed to find that many of the vendors (especially the furniture vendors) were already packing up and heading out. 

We did find many booths still intact, though. I had a great time exploring the fair, seeking out treasures among the rubble. We found such a curious assortment of wares: an enormous collection of old roller skates, old gas pumps, grain sacks, wooden crates, and discarded mason jars.

Walking from booth to booth, I love imagining the stories behind the antiques. Who did they belong to? Were they treasured family heirlooms, or were they cast off, unwanted, in favor of something newer and finer? I am happy to give some of my favorites a new purpose in my own life. Next year, my mom and I plan to return to the Round Top Antique Fair, and this time we won't wait till the last day!

Tracy Castro is a native Texan and the artist behind Fair Morning Blue. Find Tracy on her blogfacebooktwitter, and pinterest.

Jan Halvarson


Julie Søndergaard said...

Looks fantastic! I wish right now, that i did not live in Denmark!

Those letters would look great at my wall.


Yelle said...

That sounds (and looks) like a wonderful weekend afternoon! So many great items like those crates.

Julia said...

looks amazing. seriously. how much did they want for the letters?

Tracy Castro said...

@julia - The letters were not marked, and I couldn't find anyone to tell me how much they were. Aren't they great? It was the last day of the fair, so many of the vendors were busy packing up to head out. A lot of the booths were not even manned. Next year, I won't wait until the last day!

Dolan Geiman said...

We'll be back in the spring in Tent G at the Marburger Farm Antique Show. Come say hello to the Artisans of Marburger.