Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Music & merchandise at Flour Sack Antiques January 17, 2018

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THIS MARKED A FIRST for me, hearing accordion music inside an antique shop. I rather enjoyed the rhythm of songs as I eased around corners, dipped into rooms and keyed in on merchandise inside Flour Sack Antiques just south of Pequot Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I don’t recall the songs performed during my mid-September stop here, I remember how fitting the music for a place brimming with all things aged, all things vintage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you visit a few antique shops, they often blend into a sameness of overstocked shelves in too tight quarters. But the Flour Sack I’ll remember for the two musicians squeezing music from boxes while seated behind the front counter.

 

 

And I’ll remember, too, the handwritten receipt penned by the male accordion player/shopkeeper.

 

 

Joy comes in music. And joy comes in memorable nuances of a place like the Flour Sack.

 

 

FYI: Flour Sack Antiques is located along Minnesota State Highway 371 at its intersection with County Road 168 two miles south of Pequot Lakes in Central Minnesota.

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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16 Responses to “Music & merchandise at Flour Sack Antiques”

  1. Marilyn Donnell Says:

    Were there any tips about what to do with a stash of old flour sacks? All flowers, none matching. Not suitable for quilting or clothing. All I can think of is pillow covers, but there is a limit to how much of that I can handle!

    • I don’t recall seeing a single flour sack in the shop.

      I don’t have any ideas. When I was growing up, I wore clothes stitched by my mom from feed sacks. Our farm family didn’t have much money.

      • Marilyn Donnell Says:

        Me, too.Dresses and blouses, sheets and pillowcases Mom and Grandma made a lot of things from them, but they would use several sacks in the same pattern, or maybe coordinating patterns. Cravesadventure mentions wall art . . might do. I’ll have to have another look through.

    • Marilyn – What types of flowers on the flour sacks? May make some great wall art pieces.

  2. I love places like this! I can spend HOURS. Nice pics Audrey.

  3. Beth Ann Says:

    Memorable indeed. Fun place to visit and browse and be entertained as well, An unexpected pleasure.

  4. Valerie Says:

    Thanks for the info…I may have to stop there next year when I go up north. I love the idea of the accordion players accompanying you while you shop!

  5. Joan Ignaszewski Says:

    Will need to check this out in the spring. Haven’t been to Pequot Lakes for several years. Most of my clothing was made from feed sacks when I was young. Many memories. Thank you for sharing.

    On Jan 17, 2018 4:02 AM, “Minnesota Prairie Roots” wrote:

    > Audrey Kletscher Helbling posted: ” THIS MARKED A FIRST for me, hearing > accordion music inside an antique shop. I rather enjoyed the rhythm of > songs as I eased around corners, dipped into rooms and keyed in on > merchandise inside Flour Sack Antiques just south of Pequot Lakes. ” >

  6. Littlesundog Says:

    Wow! What a great place… so charming and inviting. You know I love antiquing… I don’t usually need anything but it’s fun to look. Did you notice in the second to last photo, that milk container with macrame draped around it? What a strange idea.

  7. This looks like another fun place to browse through


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