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5 {More} Tips to Shopping Round Top

I am back from another trip to Texas Antiques Week, and just like I shared before here - my time visiting/shopping/antiquing did not disappoint. My sister is a PRO at everything antiques week (check out Jill Allison Designs on Instagram and Facebook); I learn so much from her each time I go. This time, I left with a car full of fall décor, graphic tees, tables, and more.

Round Top and the surrounding small towns are in between Austin and Houston, Texas. This gorgeous countryside becomes the setting twice a year for antiques, collector's items, decor and fashion. No matter if you are looking for a unique piece of furniture or some cute clothes - you will find it ALL. Even better? Once you park, you can load up a cooler of your favorite adult beverages and just walk and shop.

To be honest, it's tough to put the experience into words, so I collaborated with the best to give it a try. Thanks again to my sis for her collabs on five MORE tips you need to know for Round Top.

ONE - Make it a Girls' Trip

It's time to rally your troops. Grab those tired mamas and make your plans. You are in a gorgeous part of Texas with a great opportunity to shop until you drop. And when that dropping occurs, retire to your very own little cottage and/or farmhouse.

Check out Air BnB or VRBO for places to stay in Carmine, Round Top, or Fayetteville - all tiny, precious towns surrounding Round Top with easy access to the shopping. The Lone Star Gallery has these "glampers" as a possibility - how cute are these? Head over to see their availability and even more snapshots. I am OBSESSED.

TWO - Get Ideas to DIY

Raise your hand if your crafty side is lacking. Round Top is the perfect place for inspiration. Even if  you do not have a long shopping list, check out the beautiful things these vendors make and get some ideas for your crafty self. I found a few things that I loved and know that with patience, I just might get creative.

THREE - Preparation is Key

Pack light and comfortable. I made the mistake of wearing my favorite sandals this weekend, and they did not pair well with the dirt roads and gravel. Think baseball cap, shorts, tennis shoes/cowboy boots, or even workout gear. Get comfy - you've got shopping to do!

Make a list of things you are looking for because there is SO much to see.  My son loves all things football so I knew I needed something that would compliment his football room makeover. I also needed fall and/or Halloween décor because I do not have much. I found this sign from Pinky Promise that is perfect for this Texas girl.

Plan out where you want to go. You will first approach Round Top when driving in, but there are other locations for shopping. After RT, you will hit Warrenton - my favorite. Big tip - bring cash and park behind Warrenton grocery store/gas station. Once you are there, you are in a prime spot - including Zapp Hall where you will find shops, live music, and the beer garden. Everything is walkable from this spot including the fields, Bar W, Northgate, Tin Field, and Dillard's Field.

FOUR - Treat Yourself

My sister is a vendor and has met some fabulous antiques week friends who all say the same thing - if you see something you want, BUY IT right away.  You will either forget where you saw it or it will be sold by the time you return. Trust me on this one! I almost lost out on this sweet picnic table for my little. And look how happy she is!

Now to the FOOD - Round Top has the BEST food/drinks on every corner. From iced coffees to sangria to margaritas - they have you covered. Walk around with your favorite beverage as you shop. Or, want a juicy burger? A sweet treat? Barbecue? They have it all - no worries either because you will be walking so much, you'll work it off! Here are a few favorites.

Fredericksburg Mini-Donut Co.
Royer's Café at Zapp Hall
Lone Star BBQ in Warrenton

Royer's permanent location is in Round Top, but during the show, they are set up at Zapp Hall. Enjoy dinner under the stars while enjoying live music and dancing. Try the steak tenderloin or penne pasta. As for Lone Star, get their grilled chicken sandwich. Eat there or get it to go - and eat lunch early or they run out of chicken! You also can't go wrong with their burgers.

FIVE - Save the dates

The Spring 2017 dates are up so start making plans. I have already reached out to my buddies and booked our accommodations. We would love to see you there!

But, take note - the shows do begin on different dates based on location. For example, Warrenton Fields open early while Zapp Hall and Dillard's don't open until the second week. Check out this map so you can see the vastness of antiques week.

Even if you can't get away from the kids, wrap up your sweet babe or load the kids in the wagon - it is kid friendly. PIN THIS and start your planning. If you are not close, you can fly into Austin or Houston and get there just as fast. Trust me, it's worth the trip.

Be blessed, my friends, and happy shopping!


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