Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Vending rural & rustic in Zumbro Falls October 7, 2016



TIS THE SEASON OF FALL occasional sales.




Although I haven’t shopped one yet, I showed up a day early for The Rustic Hinge Fall Gathering in Zumbro Falls. Not on purpose. My husband and I were on a day trip, no specific destination in mind, when we happened upon a yard full of stuff in the heart of this small southeastern Minnesota river town.




Stuff would be defined as collectibles, antiques, primitives and such all with a definitive rural and rustic theme.




My disappointment rated high when I inquired and learned the sale opened the next day. And nope, no early shopping. Except window shopping, minus the windows. Too bad for me.




I glimpsed new, aged, repurposed and other merchandise in the Hinge’s outdoor lot across the street from a building presumably packed with lots more.




You have three more days to shop this occasional sale. That would be today (Friday) from 1 – 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

You can’t miss the sale. Downtown Zumbro Falls is only a few blocks long.

TELL ME: Do you have a favorite occasional sale that you shop?

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


12 Responses to “Vending rural & rustic in Zumbro Falls”

  1. I have a few unique places I shop at to hopefully find treasures – love the hunt and love a great bargain even more 🙂 Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

    • “Love the hunt and love a great bargain even more” are words I hold also.

      I hope you are safe down in Florida.

    • We are safe and had a family member arrive last night to stay with us who is from the Jacksonville area. We appreciate you thinking about us 🙂

      • Glad your family member is safe at your home.

        Yesterday I was in Le Sueur and saw a couple get out of a car with Florida license plates. They opened the back hatch to reveal a car packed with suitcases. My husband and I looked at one another and thought, “evacuees.” Probably not, but it made us laugh.

      • It is like the Great Migration here in Florida right now. We are experiencing lodging, gas and water shortages. Cash may be next, especially if banks/atms do not have power. We are prepared as can be. There are very few airports open and that creates congestion on the roads. Plus Florida is not that wide, so trying to find the middle ground is not easy in escaping water surges and high tides.

      • We’ve been hearing all about your situation up here in Minnesota. I had the same thought–Florida is not that wide. We’re used to wide Minnesota.

  2. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    It looks like some really cute stuff too. We all need that kind of stuff

  3. Aaron Says:

    I’ve been in the mood for rustic/ salvaged things, I haven went out searching either.

  4. Beth Ann Says:

    Looks like a great place and all that salvaged stuff is so great. There are so many more places that are doing creative things with salvage items now and I just love it.

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