The Round Top Antiques Fair never fails to disappoint and this year’s Spring show was no different. I traveled with my blogging buddy, sissy and friend on a road trip we won’t soon forget.

Tip #1 Drive a vehicle with plenty of room for the loot you will find along the way.
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My friend saved the day with her big SUV and each of us claimed our own section so there wouldn’t be mutany on the road. We drove through McDonald’s for an un-healthy breakfast and kept moving.
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Tip #2 Don’t waste time sitting down for a relaxing breakfast! Remember, you are on a shopping whirlwind and every second counts. We traveled the back roads through the hill country and oohed and aahed over the miles of bluebonnets and Texas wild flowers.
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Tip #3 as tempting as it might be to pluck a few bluebonnet blossoms refrain, or you may end up spending your precious shopping spree behind bars because picking the state flower is forbidden. Don’t pass up a bargain trying to get to the promise land. Every little town is stocked with antique stores and they know “Roundertopper” roustabouts are passing through by the thousands. We stopped at several along the way and to our surprise we scored on a few items.
We arrived in Round Top just as the shops were opening for trade. 17 miles of vintage, antiques and collectibles can be over whelming but we did our homework. Tip #4 Make a list of things you are on the hunt for, read up on the shops participating in the market(online), have your cell phones fully charged, travel off the beaten path for hidden venders who love to bargain and plan a minimum of two days to shop.

We shopped on the last day of the fair hoping to score from vendors, exhausted from the week and dreading the task of packing up their goods. Tip #5 If you are shopping on the last day, hit the shops a couple of hours before or while they are tearing down their booths. You are sure to get an extra discount on that treasure you can’t live without. The Round Top Antique’s Market opens three times a year, Fall, Winter and Spring. Check their website for details.

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