ROUND TOP, TEXAS – While other antique shows are trying to attract younger buyers, the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas, strategizes how to make the aisles big enough for baby strollers to pass both ways. Younger shoppers in their 20s, 30s and 40s abound at the blockbuster show, held twice a year in central Texas and featuring 43 acres of antiques assembled by 350 top exhibitors from across the United States and around the world.
“Marburger Farm attracts younger buyers because it is not a traditional antique show,” says exhibitor Christopher English of Antediluvian Antiques & Curiosities from Lake Placid, New York. “Just the amazing booth displays at Marburger are worth the trip, plus such exciting merchandise — there is no other show like it.”
What do younger shoppers like? “They like old things, but with a ‘wow’ factor,” English continues. “Weird things like Victorian taxidermy and tramp art, the unusual and the curious.” English will arrive in Texas with plenty of curiosities, including lodge and Adirondack antiques, high-end decorative antiques and a life-size carved wooden cow from the Borden Dairy family estate.
The mix of show merchandise spilling out of 10 huge tents and 12 historic buildings includes French, Swedish, English, American, Asian, and Industrial influences, Mid-Century Modern, jewelry, art, silver, rugs, lighting, folk art and more.
The Marburger Farm Antique Show opens Tuesday, Sept. 30 with early buying from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for $25 for adults, free for children 15 and under. Regular $10 admission (good all week) begins Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. Show hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance tickets and group tickets are available. Parking is free. See information on travel, maps, vendors, special events, lodging, on-site shipping and the Marburger Cafe at www.roundtop-marburger.com or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799.