Antiques Week, the largest antiques fair in the United States, is almost here. The wait is soon over for all of you antique-collectible-shabby chic-rusted-just-enough-distressed-anything-loving peeps that have counted down to the day the antiques festival kicks off once again.
Our enchanting Fayette County, from Warrenton to Burton, Texas, is transformed into a shopper’s paradise when over 100,000 visitors descend upon six tiny towns to discover that “perfect find.”
Salvaged wood, vintage finds and a sweet shortcut.
The festival actually lasts more than a week. Beginning on Thursday, March 16th and ending on Monday, April 3rd over 20 miles of antiques, show barns and tents will feature everything from couches to carved mantels, salvaged wood to vintage clothing and from turquoise to turbines.
From Houston, come through Fayetteville to save yourself from most traffic jams. Take I10 west past Katy and turn off to Sealy onto Hwy 36. From Austin, take 290 east and stay close to your traffic app. You can’t possibly walk it all, though you’ll want to, so park in a centralized location because you may want to come back, drop stuff off and load up again.
Eat, shop and play and we’ll clue you in on it all.
Most devotees make arrangements for lodging a year in advance but just start looking into all the cottages, motels and B&Bs you can. We’ve got plenty. The B&Bs usually require a two to three night stay. Eat and drink just about anything. Choose from family-style eating to roadside vendors to classic steakhouses. There’s food, music, invitation-only events and come-as-you-are-whenever-you-can options.
Antiqueweekend.com provides calendars, maps, and everything you need to know. You can follow them on Instagram (antiqueweekend), Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Pick up a free copy of The Round Top – Warrenton Show Daily magazine at any of the area show venues. A map marks dealers exact location, an index lists what dealers carry what and how to find them, plus information on show-related special events and local happenings. And check out our website for a list of shops that are extra special.
A few secrets we’re more than happy to share:
- Bring cash if you can – it’s faster.
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You’re walking through gravel, dirt and grass (you’re in the country).
- Wear a crossbody purse and a hat (gals, or well, guys too).
- Bring a wagon or a pushcart.
- Many shoppers bring ice chests for a place to sit and to keep that Shiner beer cold. Seriously.
Shoppers can’t have all the fun. We’ve got just the thing for you.
If you’re not into shopping, we recommend maybe avoiding SH 237 when you’re here during Antiques Week. You can take in the Best Little Cowboy Gathering in Texas (always the second weekend in March) in La Grange, the La Grange Uncorked Food and Wine Festival starting on March 17th and Asleep at the Wheel will be swinging on March 24th at Senglemann Hall in Schulenburg. Or just hang out. There’s always lots to do!
Refresh your idea of “country.” There’s so much to discover, so just come discover it.
In April, spring will definitely be in the air! From bluebonnets to sausage festivals, don’t miss out on all that’s happening next month.
Fayette County is calling. We think you should answer.