Twice a year the tiny town of Round Top, Texas explodes with shoppers. But not all of them venture out to the fields of Warrenton for some of the best vintage shopping you’ll ever find!
We’ve been to the show in Round Top at least once every year since we moved to Texas and we love shopping the fields of Warrenton more than anywhere else!
(Check out this post: What I Wish I Knew Before Our First Trip to the Round Top Antique Show.)
Here are 3 reasons you should shop in Warrenton!
There is so much to see when shopping ‘the fields’!
They call it the fields because that’s exactly what it is. For 2 weeks in the spring and summer, a stretch of cow pastures in Warrenton is covered in tents and makeshift parking areas to make a giant outdoor shopping venue.
Warrenton has at least 32 different show areas and 7 permanent food providers. Every time we’ve been to the Round Top Antique Show we’ve stayed for a weekend and only covered a fraction of the vendors there. (You can find a list of all the different shows in the area here.)
In addition to the fields of tents, there are several permanent structures, stores, and huge buildings that look like a mix between storage units and warehouses that also have vendors set up inside.
Renting a golf cart makes it easier to cover more ground. And it makes trips back to the truck a lot less strenuous. You can rent golf carts and mobility scooters from a tent behind The Gin in Warrenton.
The main reason you can find us shopping the fields in Warrenton is because it’s cheap!
As a military family that lives on a single income most of the time, we are no strangers to sticking to a budget. So, when we’re looking around the Round Top Antique Fair, the fields are our first stop.
Bar W Field in Warrenton has the motto ‘Shop where the dealers shop!’ And it’s not wrong. I wouldn’t be surprised if other Round Top dealers bought their goods at bargain prices in Warrenton and marked them up to put in their booths in town.
The prices in the Warrenton fields can’t be beat! We have found so much good stuff. We come home with a literal truckload after every trip and have never spent more than $300-400 in a weekend.
(I love when the vendors get creative with their staging!)
You Can Find Anything!
There is something for everyone in the fields of Warrenton, Texas!
Here are just some of the things we’ve seen for sale:
- furniture (certified antiques, already refurbished, or busted project pieces)
- toys (mostly vintage)
- antlers & animals skulls
- canoes & sailboats
- vintage books & records
- architectural salvage pieces (beams, mantels, fireplace surrounds, corbels, doors, windows, etc.)
- creepy doll heads & mannequin pieces
- hats, clothes, & jewelry (both new & vintage)
- vintage linens
- geodes, crystals, fossils, & petrified wood
- knives, guns, & ammo
- tools (both antique & modern)
- art from local & regional artists & photographers
- plants, vintage terracotta
All of that and MORE! Seriously, I can’t explain all of the odd things we’ve seen when shopping the fields of Warrenton.
Some of my favorite things in my home have come from this flea market!
It’s where we bought the vintage motel chairs and metal bar cart that we refurbished for our back porch. And where I bought the vintage books with which I used to make paper roses and Christmas ornaments.
Warrenton’s fields are also where I bought some of my favorite home decor pieces like a concrete bust, brass duck head and petrified wood bookends, a hand-carved wooden aviator, vintage prints in oval frames, a vintage globe, and so much more than I can list!
If you ever get the opportunity to go to the Round Top Antique Show, DO NOT skip shopping in Warrenton! It’s worth the drive every single time!