Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Most Anticipated Events in Antiquing

An education professional with a PhD in instructional systems and education media, Pam Northrup offers consultation services on the role of strategic innovation in training and higher education. An avid traveler, Pam Northrup also enjoys antiquing, especially the spring and fall antique fairs in the area of Round Top, Texas.

The antique fairs in Round Top are huge events for antique lovers of all sorts, from casual collectors to professional dealers. The fairs started in 1968 as a two-day event. Today, there are three fairs annually, in the spring, fall, and winter.

The fall and spring fairs last two-and-a-half weeks and attract about 100,000 visitors; the winter fair, a recent addition, lasts just half of a week. The pandemic forced the closing of all three fairs in 2020, but the 2021 schedule calls for a fall fair from Thursday, October 14, to Sunday, October 31. The next winter and spring fairs will be held in January and in March 2022.

The fairs comprise multiple shows at multiple venues, more than 60, in Round Top and the surrounding communities. Most of the shows and parking are free.

Visitors looking for the best deals should come near the end of a fair when dealers are more inclined to cut a deal and eliminate the cost of transporting items to the next venue. Visitors who don’t like crowds should go early each week, from Monday to Thursday, since most visitors go on weekends. Those seeking the best selection, however, should go early, while inventories are large.

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