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2012-09-20 / General Stories

Original Round Top Antiques Fair Celebrates 45th Year

Round Top, Texas - It’s a very special time in Round Top. The Original Round Top Antiques Fair is celebrating its 45th anniversary with the “Fall Show”, hosting over 250 dealers and thousands of visitors October 3-6, 2012. The show is the nucleus for a weeklong series of antique and designer events in the small Texas village of Round Top and a few surrounding towns, all of which attracts several thousand exhibitors from throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Shoppers who haven’t visited the Fair in a few years might not recognize it. Owner/managers Susan and Bo Franks have added the Big Red Barn Tent and the Continental Tent to mainstays the Big Red Barn and Carmine Dance Hall. This expansion has been largely in response to market demands from dealers who wanted to exhibit and shoppers who wanted to buy more European antiques and other vintage items such as industrial and mid-century modern. Franks says the response to their new venues has been tremendous.

Early October is still summer weather in Texas, so all facilities are air conditioned except the Big Red Barn Tent. Popular Royer’s Café provides food service on site at the Big Red Barn Event Center, which includes the Big Red Barn and Tent and the Continental Tent, while great Texas BBQ and homemade desserts are served at Carmine Dance Hall.

The Original Round Top Antiques Fair is an event that antiques collectors, decorators and designers alike will not want to miss. The Continental Tent features international antique collections from acclaimed dealers such as Al Tomlinson, who brings French and Italian furniture, accessories and art, especially picked for this show. The Big Red Barn Tent is the foremost venue to find fresh and trending styles. The Big Red Barn maintains its traditional American, Texan and even Native American antiques, and also maintains it’s strictly antiques format, with no reproductions allowed. In addition, the Big Red Barn features incredible antique porcelain, silver, art, jewelry, rugs, firearms, and the eclectic and unusual. Carmine Dance Hall boasts a collection of dealers, including some from the earliest years of the Antiques Fair, who offer a mix that includes silver, antique jewelry, earthenware, textiles and early home décor.

Go to :www.RoundTopTexasAntiques.com for show details, pictures, driving directions and lodging information, or call 512-237- 4747. TheOriginalRoundTopAntiquesFair isonTexasHighway237,whichisreachedby US 290 from the north or Texas Highway 71 fromthesouth.

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