Nicki Clendening is just one of those people who somehow seems to do it all. Clendening can often be found fielding PR requests for Rizzoli Publications in New York, but also trots the globe in pursuit of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. And now, thanks to Clendening’s recently launched business, Beetle, you can purchase her finds online. However, for those more interested in Clendening’s expert shopping tips and travel-savvy ways, we have you covered. Below, Clendening shares her A-to-Z guide for the best flea markets in the U.S. and Europe. In other words, it’s everything you’ll ever need to know about where to go, how to get there, and what to look for.
Round Top Antiques Fair
Two times a year, in the spring and early fall, antique dealers from all over the world bring their best wares, set up beautiful booths, and take over the tiny town of Round Top, Texas. Because the fair can be overwhelming in terms of its sheer size (2,000-plus vendors spread out over a 15-mile radius), I always start at Marburger Farm because it has the most incredible selection of European antiques. One of the best vintage turquoise jewelry dealers in the country, Nancy Rose, is also here. I’ve been buying pieces from her for years and I’m always excited to see what she has at the show.
In terms of getting there, Round Top is located almost halfway between Austin and Houston, so you can fly into either city. It’s almost impossible to find accommodations in Round Top as they typically book out years in advance. Try looking at neighboring towns such as Smithville, Bastrop, and Brenham to find lodging on Airbnb. If you do fly into Houston, set aside time to visit the Menil Collection with it’s exceptional Cy Twombly Gallery. It’s worth the detour!
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