Browse antiques, collectibles, fine art, vintage clothing, and traditional yard sale fare twice each year at Antique Alley Texas, which covers a circle around all of Johnson and part of Ellis counties.
Held in the spring and fall each year, the antique festival is a veritable treasure hunt and has grown since its 1999 inception. Antique Alley Texas now includes sales in seven participating cities, as well as numerous antique shows held in farm fields and barns along the route.
Because of its similar atmosphere, the area between Grandview and Cleburne is frequently referred to as "Little Round Top."
The route of Antique Alley Texas covers more than 30 miles of sales from Cleburne to Maypearl. Participating cities along and surrounding the route include Grandview, Maypearl, Sand Flat, Venus, Alvarado, Keene, and Cleburne. Check the Antique Alley website for new additions and the most updated information before planning your trip. To get to Antique Alley, drive south on FM 916 and FM 4. Here's a map of Antique Alley Texas.
Dates and Times
Antique Alley Texas is held annually on the third Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of April and September. The spring dates for 2018 are April 20 through 22. The sales are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the festival, rain or shine.
Along the Way
Visit the downtown area as you pass through each city to check out sale vendors, food booths, and live music. Watch for food vendors along the route selling everything from homemade ice cream and kettle corn to smoked turkey legs and barbecue. Food offerings in Grandview include Mennonite baked goods.
If You Go
Here's where to park, how to haggle, and what not to miss on your trip to Antique Alley.
- Don't miss the Sew-n-Sews in Grandview. They're a non-denominational group of women (ages 50-ish to 90-ish, as described by the organizers) who set up at the First Baptist Church parking lot. They offer home-sewn quilts, aprons, bonnets, and potholders.
- Do not park on the highway or shoulder. It's a safety hazard for you and the other drivers, and the Highway Patrol will be writing tickets. Watch for designated pasture parking instead.
- In Grandview, free parking is available in church parking lots, such as the lot behind the First Baptist Church at 401 East Criner St. and on railroad easements.
- Keep an eye out for antique sales in local shops, empty fields, and downtown areas.
- Pay particular attention to the area between Grandview and Cleburne. More pasture shows are opening each year, and you'll find hundreds of vendors at each one.
- Stop by "Junkin Along the Tracks" while you're in Grandview. It's a new section of vendors along the railroad track that runs through the middle of town.
- Learn how to haggle so you get the best price.
- Pick up official Antique Alley Texas maps for free at Pop and Gran's Antiques and More, 300 East Criner St. in downtown Grandview. The tri-fold maps include directions and shopping tips.