Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Patriotic goodness & more at an occasional shop in Farmington June 28, 2014

Vintage Marketplace in Farmington

Vintage Marketplace in Farmington

I HAPPENED UPON a sweet little shop in Farmington today.

Nancy, left, and Nita.

Nancy, left, and Nita.

Nancy, the owner, and Nita, who sells at Vintage Marketplace, provided a warm welcome for my husband and me who were out on one of our “drives.”

This occasional shop at 302 Oak Street in the heart of downtown, is packed with antiques, collectibles and crafty goodness.

A summery patriotic scene outside the shop.

A summery, patriotic scene outside the shop.

With the Fourth of July only days away, I turned my camera lens to all things red, white and blue. Be assured, though, that this marketplace is filled with lots of great finds, not just Fourth of July related merchandise.

Here’s a sampling of the patriotic goodness you will discover inside:

Fourth of July, AMERICA


Fourth of July, embroidered flag


Fourth of July, banners


Fourth of July, Statue of Liberty


Fourth of July, light and banners


Fourth of July, star


Fourth of July, flag on ladder


However…if you want to purchase anything showcased here, you will have exactly five hours to do so. Nancy’s shop opens at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday, June 29) and closes at 4 p.m. Remember, hers is an occasional shop, meaning she’s open only two weekends a month and on the third Thursday for Ladies Night.

When the Vintage Marketplace reopens on July 17, it will be filled with completely new inventory, Nancy tells me.

This is definitely a shop worth visiting as much for the merchandise as the friendly crew who run it.

FYI: Learn more about Vintage Marketplace by clicking here.

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


13 Responses to “Patriotic goodness & more at an occasional shop in Farmington”

  1. Jackie Says:

    Your right….looks like a sweet little shop! i like the scene out front with the bike, fence and two flags 🙂

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    Love these kind of shops; especially the ever-changing inventory.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    It’s so wonderful to see all the red/white/blue items in this shop. Most holidays (any day!) such decor aren’t readily seen. Small towns seem to sport such a bit more and it doesn’t seem to be so commercial but rather like days of old when it was truly a heartfelt display.

  4. Beth Ann Says:

    Looks like my kind of shop. That bicycle looks like the one I photographed in Lakeside last week. Love the vintage look and all the red, white and blue definitely puts me in the mood for the 4th of July.

  5. Thread crazy Says:

    I just love to visit shops like this – never leave empty handed either!! I can only imagine what it’s like there at Christmas time!

  6. Love the Patriotism and the Pops of Red, White and Blue 🙂

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