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Round Top Insider's Guide {Spring 2019 Antiques Weeks}

IF YOU’RE HEADED TO ROUND TOP, EVEN JUST FOR THE DAY, WE’VE GOT ALL THE DETAILS YOU NEED… OUR POPULAR BIANNUAL GUIDE TO TEXAS ANTIQUES “WEEK” IS HERE!THESE ARE OUR BEST TIPS FOR WHERE TO SHOP, WHERE TO EAT, WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU, AND UPCOMING EVENTS! *This is not a sponsored post. Purely Cathy’s opinion, just for you, no strings attached.   WHEN: MARCH 21 – APRIL 7.There is not one governing body that oversees the Show – it’s all individual vendors and venues, which can make the calendar a bit confusing! Everyone sets their own dates, and most folks are open by 9 am and close around 6 or 6:30. We’ve compiled a list below of our favorite spots and when they’re open.CATHY’S #1 PRO TIP: GRAB A COPY OF THE ROUND TOP ANTIQUES GUIDE!

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The guide is published by Katie Stavinoha of the Round Top Register and it is incredibly organized and detailed information. Cathy says their guide is basically your Round Top Bible! It is full of maps, dates, etc – copies are FREE and available at Renovate, and many places around the Roundtopolis – look on the porch of the real estate offices when you get to town. Yes, they’re free, so there is really no excuse for shopping Round Top without it! PS – Be sure to follow us on instagram @renovatehouston, we’ll share our finds-and shenanigans-as we shop in the next few weeks. Happy antiquing, y’all! And come say hey when you’re in Houston -our storefront is in the Memorial area – click here for directions.PRO TIP: IF YOUR SCHEDULE ALLOWS, GO ON A WEEKDAY!Book your stay in advance and plan an overnight with girls – but you really can go up and back in a day from Houston, y’all! We do all the time. Just have fun! And plan for a weekday to save yourself hours in traffic on those two lane roads. (But weekends are of course fun, too!) WHERE TO GOAnother pro tip: you cannot see it all in one day. Southern Living published a great article last fall with TEN pages about how they spent THREE full days in RT! Cathy recommends making a plan in advance of where you want to go, and schedule time to just take it all in, and enjoy! Here is a list of our favorite spots to shop, and we’ve included info like who has the best bathrooms (the Compound), where to eat, and more. So keep on readin’, y’all! We’ve got a lot of ground to cover! (Antiques Weeks spans about 20 miles!) THE COMPOUND, MARCH 22 – APRIL 6Put this one on your “must see” list! We have numerous favorite vendors here, including Old World Antieks, Nomad’s Loom, ReWorks, H&H Walker Co, and Alisanne Wonderland. Cathy always tells friends that this is a great place to get your feet wet if you’re a Round Top rookie- easy parking, air-conditioned potties, food on site, and friendly vendors! We use finds from The Compound throughout the year at clients’ homes. Compound Owner Mark Massey and show manager Kathy Johnston continue to outdo themselves bringing in great vendors and fantastic food. We love Simply D’Lish on site – salads, wraps, iced tea, etc. Open 9:30 – 6:30 pm. Located off 237 just past Marburger Farm if coming from RT.  If you need to stretch – how about yoga!? Yoga will be hosted by Kacey of The Space Studio March 30 and April 5 at 8 am or 6 pm – register at their website here. PRO TIP: TRY TO EAT EARLY OR LATE TO AVOID THE LINES- THIS IS TRUE OF ANY FOOD SPOT.

light fixture from ReWorks at the Compound


It’s not Round Top if you don’t go to the Arbors! At least in our book! It would be easy to spend your whole day browsing here. You can find everything from true antiques and fine rugs to artwork and jewelry… And this year you can find RENOVATE! We teamed up with Houston artist Page Matthews this year, so in her booth, along with her fantastic artwork, you’ll find Renovate furniture and home accessories! Page’s artwork was recently featured in Southern Home mag – don’t miss her booth, Tent E facing the highway. Courtney Barton of Mela and Roam is right next door and her collection is a feast for the eyes! Did you know Arbors has 100 vendors?! We mean it when we say it’d be easy to spend a whole day here. Tutu + Lilli tunics are also on site, our fave! Arbors has free parking, great food and clean potties in the building in the back. Ride a longhorn! Get your photo on a live longhorn from 12-4 pm March 29 + 30! $10. PRO TIP: THE BUILDING IN THE BACK OF THE PROPERTY LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE PRIVATE, BUT IT IS VERY MUCH OPEN TO YOU! THERE ARE CLEAN AIR CONDITIONED RESTROOMS AND REALLY GREAT FOOD! WE GIVE THE HOT BREAKFAST TACOS A TWO THUMBS UP. 1503 Hwy 237. One Mile North of Round Top Square and Six Miles South of Hwy 290MARBURGER FARM, APRIL 2 – APRIL 6

Marburger is about inspiration almost as much as it is shopping – the vendors from all across the country are incredibly talented at styling unique vignettes year after year. It’s one of the largest shows and a “must” for many Houston ladies. Your ticket is good for the entire week – $25 for opening day April 2, or $10 any day after. Check out their website for details. Don’t miss: The Brown Shed, Cotton Seed Trading Co, Perspective Design, and the Garden Co., to name a few. Marburger has numerous food options, too. PRO TIP: WE START ON THE WARRENTON SIDE OF THE VENUE, IT TENDS TO BE LESS CROWDED. TENT H IS A MUST SEE! AND THE TEXAS SIGN IS A GREAT GROUP PHOTO-OP SPOT. WARRENTON, MARCH 21 – APRIL 7

We love the fields of Warrenton, and never leave empty handed. Bring your walking shoes and wander. We’ve always done well at Robinson Field (maybe we’re partial to the name) where parking is $5. And we ALWAYS hit the area near Zapp Hall – check the Round Top Antiques Guide for specific dates within the Warrenton area. We usually park in one spot and wander, and then drive back around to pick up our finds if needed. There are food vendors scattered everywhere – grab a lemonade and enjoy the hunt! Location: On TX 237, about 4 miles from Round Top and 8 miles from La Grange.JUNK GYPSY WORLD HEADQUARTERSIf you’ve never been to JG, add it to your list. It’s an institution! They have their own building with plenty of parking in Warrenton – 1215 S Hwy 237. They have a cult following on instagram, too so check that out – Large Marge, their pink suburban, is a popular photo op spot. And they’re BFFs with Miranda Lambert, so that’s cool!  Also in the Warrenton area: Bar W Field, and EX-CESS I & II, recently featured in Southern Living!OLD GLORY ANTIQUES, MARCH 28 – APRIL 6Old Glory is one of our favorite RT destinations during the year, and when it’s showtime, we make sure to stop in – their visuals are unusual and inspiring. Holly and her store manager Debbie bring their a-game! NOT TO BE MISSED:Holly Mathis from Brenham is having a pop up shop this show, and we can’t wait to go by! She’ll have her own finds, as well as art from Jamie Sawicki and Holland and Birch jewelry. March 29 + 30 next door to Royers Pie Haven in Henkel Square. Look for Holly’s front porch pop up. The Porch is also top of our list, don’t miss it. Their vignettes are wonderful, and we like their prices, too. Look for a small permanent building that faces 237 just past the square towards 290, before the gas station. Leftovers has a store year-round in Brenham and we love their style and antiques. They’re also at Market Hill during the show, a great venue with free parking. True Blue Home is a darling store that we visit as often as we can – they’re right off 290. Townsend Provisions is next to the new restaurant (also top of our list) The Garden Co in RT – Ryann and Nick have the cutest finds and TONS of cowboy boots. We never leave empty handed. Blue Hills is a longtime favorite, and we are excited for all the updates under their new ownership this year. Lots of fun vendors that we can’t wait to check out. Free parking, and a great spot for lunch that benefits the Methodist church in nearby La Grange. We love Bybee Square in Round Top. La Bahia has multiple vendors and a wide range of items near 290. Nutmegs at Henkel Square has darling kids clothes – we love that square, too!Don’t forget Fayetteville: their vendors stay open late to 9 pm, and you can hop on I-10 from here in a jiffy! The town of Fayetteville has excellent food options – see our list below – and plenty of shopping, too. 3/22-3/31 for Fayetteville shopping. ARE THOSE BOOTS MADE FOR WALKIN?Don’t forget: wear comfy shoes, and drink plenty of water. We hear stories of people fainting EVERY single year! With that in mind, here’s a quick packing list: 

Bottled waterComfortable shoes Sunscreen, chap-stick, and a hat – the sun can be bright in those fields! Cash and/or checkbook (vendors prefer over credit cards)Reusable tote bags Fully charged cell phone, car charger for re-poweringHand wipesWe recommend an SUV with space for larger items. Don’t be afraid to ask vendors their “best price” but don’t be surprised or offended if some won’t negotiate. Also, know that you’re in the country, and cell service will be spotty. WHERE TO EAT (AND DRANK)

All that shopping can make a girl hungry – or hangry! Many vendors have food options on site, and there’s lots of restaurants in surrounding towns we highly recommend. Y’all be sure to tell ’em Cathy sent ya!If you’re just there for the day, why not eat dinner in the Roundtopolis and skip Houston traffic? There are numerous new spots this year – top of our list is The Garden Co. of Schulenburg, and Armando’s, the infamous TexMex of Houston has opened two spots. GREAT DINING OPTIONS ALL ACROSS THE AREA: Royers in Round Top will be packed during the show – call for a reservation or brave the wait. If the weather’s nice there’s plenty of sitting-room on their front porch. It’s famous! Put it on your bucket list if you haven’t been at least once. Royers Pie Haven – In our opinion, you just can’t come to Round Top without at least one slice of Pie Haven’s heavenly creations! Check their hours for antique week on their website. Finger-lickin’ good sweet treats, they also have whole pies to take home, smoothies and great iced/hot coffee drinks from Two Sparrows Roasting Company. The Garden Co Cafe is a must in our opinion. Call for reservations. We love owners Stevie and Jeff – the food is as good as the inspiring decor! Even go just for a cocktail under the giant oak tree. Manditos is in the old Los Patrones building, and opened by Armando’s of Houston Tex-Mex fame. Their other spot, Lulus, has pizza, pasta, and an Italian vibe. Both located right in Round Top. Call for reservations. Teague’s Tavern is on the square in RT and sure to please everyone in your group. Fried Pies – Farmhouse Round Top Cafe – look for the food truck at the triangle on Hwy 237. The BEST fried pies, not to be missed. They melt in your mouth! Count yer calories another day. Bistro 108 in La Grange – a longtime favorite for delicious lunch or dinner. Closed Mondays. They have a pop-up location in Henkel Hall and we’ve enjoyed lunch there with friends in the A/C. Joe’s Place on the square in Fayetteville – we go here year-round when we’re in New Ulm. Orsak’s on the square in Fayetteville is also tasty home-cookin. Their burgers can’t be beat and the grilled chicken sandwich is just delish.Prost in Round Top – cute wine bar in a historical building. Make a meal out of their charcuterie boards. Food Trucks – scattered throughout Warrenton, also delicious bites at The Compound and ArborsTin Lizzy’s in New Ulm – Their grilled chicken salad may be one of the freshest we’ve EVER had. Seriously. If you’re driving anywhere near New Ulm, stop here for lunch or dinner. Yum. Call to check their hours during the Show. (This is true for every restaurant.) Momma’s Icebox in Warrenton – don’t miss her cute little red trailer for sno cones!  

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WHERE TO STAYIf you can nab a spot at The Vintage Round Top, it is incredible! Paige and Smoot have created such a special place in the heart of Round Top. If you can’t stay at their venue, which seems to be featured everywhere including Southern Living, you should at least follow them on instagram! Over in Chappell Hill is Cottage Blue on Main, which is a mother-daughter collaboration, so of course we’re fans! We also love The Round Top Inn – our family stayed there during Cathy and Robbie’s wedding weekend and we would love to go back sometime! Also the Frenchie is so cute inside – every room is just waiting to be instagrammed! We’ve toured it but never spent the night – it’s walkable to the Round Top square, too! HOW TO GET IT HOMEOur go-to if you need a professional to haul your finds is Jarol Garcia – tell him Renovate sent ya! 832.798.9362. We’ve also been known to pile on our friends’ lap in order to make room for goodies in our car! Dealers will often mark things as sold and hold it for you until the next day, or until you can schedule transportation. HAPPY ANTIQUES WEEK, Y’ALL! We hope you enjoy the Show! Thanks for browsing our guide and sharing it with your friends! Much love, Cathy, Courtney and Team Renovate!PS REMEMBER TO COME VISIT OUR STOREFRONT IN HOUSTON AND SAY HI! DIRECTIONS HERE. Pro tip: we’re registered on google maps. Tues-Fri, 9 am to 4 pm. Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm. We love local!

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