My wild and crazy Pokeeno group and I just got back from a trip to Round Top, Texas. For those of you who have no idea what or where that is – it is 17 miles of antique venues and flea market fields on highway 237 in the cities of Carmine, Burton, Round Top and Warrenton, TX. The fields in between these cities are also full of permanent buildings and tents filled with vendors from all over the United States selling everything old and new. It’s BIG people! For those of you who follow Amie and Jolie Sikes, you know that Warrenton, TX is the headquarters of The Junk Gypsies. Today is Part 1 of Round Top Texas.
Day 1: We started early and drove the 3 1/2 hours to Sommerville, TX where we stayed. Be sure to book your lodgings as far in advance as possible. The closer to the antiquing week the further away you will have to stay. There are people who go every year and book a year in advance. After checking in we headed out to shop.
We started in Carmine, TX. The first day was super warm and sunny. Carmine is cute and quaint with several stores off of highway 290 and stretches out- with plenty of rural land in between- to highway 237.
These stores looked like old downtown stores of yesteryear and were filled with antiques, junk and all manner of funky things. They also had some of the prettiest planters filled with spring flowers!
I also found this funky fertility god just hanging out… can you say UGLY??? Not creepy at all!
Most places close down at 6:00 p.m. so after hitting all of Carmine it was time to head back to the hotel room and regroup for the next full day of shopping. OK… there may, or may not, have been a few margaritas calling our name!
Day 2 found us in Burton and Warrenton, TX. I didn’t get too many pictures of Burton as it was dark, cold and very misty and most of our adventures were in outdoor flea market fields filled with tents and a few permanent buildings. Not the best pictures to be had for sure!
By the time we hit Warrenton it was humid, the mist had burned off and we had horrible hair. But, we did have fun!
Warrenton has a little bit of everything – new crafts….
Antiques… these would have looked great in my sisters bungalow kitchen!
Tons of girl shopping!
Cute clothing of all kinds…
Zapp Hall is the place to eat lunch, have afternoon cocktails or eat dinner and listen to live bands. Super friendly service and the staff definitely has a sense of humor. It is also the venue for the Junk-O-Rama Prom hosted by the Junk Gypsies.
And just when you think that you’ve seen it all, you realize that you haven’t. A stuffed coyote for $425.00! Is it just me or is he smiling?
Anyone want to buy a photo prop? No?
If you are junking there are stalls galore just waiting for you. Warranton is fun, crowded, and has more shops than you can visit in one day. It is truly a full day event.
We left Warrenton proper and headed a mile or so east of there to visit the Junk Gypsy Headquarters to finish off day 2. That visit is for a whole other post!!!
Day 3: The weather was again misty and gray… we only had a half of a day before we needed to head home, so we finished our girl trip in Round Top, TX , population 90. If you are going to Round Top be sure and eat at Royers. I have heard it is the place to eat, so if you go, be sure to make dinner reservations ahead of time. We had planned to eat lunch there, but unfortunately they are not open for lunch!
As you can see, they knew I was coming and had marked a parking space just for little ole me!
Round Top is mostly made up of a few business around the square and a lot of the cutest houses you’ve ever seen. I was so busy looking at the houses that I forgot to take pictures of the craft fair on the square. ADD much?
Round Top was the perfect ending to the perfect girls get away. We laughed, shopped, and ate our way through that part of Texas and didn’t let the dismal weather slow us down one little bit. I’d say it was a success!
Come on back next week when I will finish up with Round Top part 2. I’ll share our visit to The Junk Gypsies, what I bought and the do’s and don’ts to help you if you decide to visit the Round Top antique festival yourself.