As the saying goes, “everything is bigger in Texas”. And its premiere flea market is no exception. Several times a year, more than 100,000 people flock to rural Texas to shop at more than 60 antique, collector, decor and fashion shows in barns, halls, under tents and in fields that span over 30 acres along Highway 237, about mid-way between Houston and Austin. And, contrary to what its name may lead us to think, each edition of the Texas Antique Weekend actually lasts for more than just a weekend. The spring edition even lasts for several weeks!
Simply put: Texas Antique Weekend is not your regular flea market. This epic event regroups dozens and dozens of show sites in and around the communities of Round Top and Warrenton, in Fayette County, Texas. Antique Weekend Shows are scattered in Carmine, Burton, Oldenburg, Shelby, Fayetteville and points in between.
A broad collection of independent show promoters and local entrepreneurs provide space for more than 2,000 antique, collectible and craft vendors and dealers throughout the several small communities. Thousands of vendors from all over the country regularly attend the Antique Weekend, to showcase items like Majolica ceramics, mid-century holiday decorations, vintage chairs, glassware, china, crockery, silverware, trinkets, chandeliers, lamps, light fixtures, vintage clothing & accessories, linen, rugs, small Victorian items, ranch oak furniture and basically everything else in between.
To sum it up, if you want big, expensive items, they’re there. If you want junk, it’s there. It really has everything. Because of its massive size, diverse spread, and semi-annual schedule, there is no such thing as a casual visit to the Texas Antique Weekend. Whether you are a devout or amateur thrifter, make a shopping holiday out of it.
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The use of a smartphone for on-the-spot price comparison has given shoppers a new weapon to haggle with merchants. Once the origin of a particular item has been verified, its resell value checked, and its rarity ascertained, you will definitely have more leverage when it comes to negotiating a final price.
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