This week signaled the crescendo of the spring antiques shows that transform the Round Top area into the epicenter of internationally acclaimed antiquing. Since 1968, the twice-annual event has grown from a one-tent sale into a miles-long extravaganza. As we’ve noted in our comprehensive Round Top guide, it can all be more than a little overwhelming, which is why we decided to partner with Hotel Ella, a historic boutique hotel in Austin, to lead a field trip to “the biggest treasure hunt in Texas,” as we like to call it.

The day began with pastries and endless cups of coffee in the parlor at Hotel Ella. After fueling up, a group of around fifty (many of whom were making their maiden voyage to this antiques mecca) boarded the bus. The first stop was Marburger, where more than 350 dealers from across the world sell their well-curated wares twice a year. Then it was on to “shop the fields” in neighboring Warrenton, particularly Excess I and II, two warehouses packed with industrial and architectural salvage. The day of shopping ended at nearby compound Rancho Pillow, a colorful twenty-acre destination unto itself that celebrates the week with a multi-course Feast in the Field dinner each night.

The fair ends on Saturday, so you still have a couple of shopping days left, but go ahead and save the date for the fall shows, which kick off at the end of September. Here are some of the highlights from our day out in the fields.