YOU DON’T NEED THAT, I remind myself as I covet the vintage mixing bowls, the floral apron, the whatever. I’m at that point in life when I feel the need to declutter, to downsize, to let go. Not acquire more stuff.
But that doesn’t stop me from looking. And look I did on Saturday at the Rice County Historical Society’s Spring Flea Market. For anyone who loves antiques, collectibles and waiting-to-be-discovered treasures, this proved the place to shop. An estimated 75 vendors peddled their goods to a large crowd gathered at the fairgrounds for the flea market and also the Cannon Valley Farmers’ Market and Fair Food Truck Days.
While I wandered among tables, pausing to chat with friends I haven’t seen in more than a year, I delighted in the beautiful spring day and the opportunity to be out and about among others.
With camera in hand, I documented some of the merchandise. I recognize that memories and personal interest draw me to certain items. Like the bag of Red Owl charcoal, a reminder of my brief cashier’s job at that grocery chain. Red Owl was also the “go to” grocery store when I was growing up.
An autograph book from the 1890s also drew me to flip through the pages, to read the messages written to Mary. I have an autograph book stashed in a closet somewhere. I ought to find it.
Print items and art and oddities focused my interest, too.
There was so much to take in at the flea market, before I moved on to the farmers’ market.
Given my farming roots, I admire and appreciate those who gather eggs, spin yarn, grow plants, harvest honey, cook jams and jellies, bake sweet treats and more for sale at farmers’ markets. Theirs is a labor of love. To share the bounty, the works of their hands, truly is a gift.
When I peruse market offerings, I also view products from a photographic, artistic and poetic perspective. The dark jewel tone of blackberry jam. The golden hue of honey. Both are beautiful to behold.
My final stop took me to the food vendors and the decision to purchase The Buffaloed Turkey Plate to share with Randy. Other food offerings were standard fair food. I appreciated the opportunity to order more creative, locally-sourced food from The Local Plate.
I love local events like this. They build community. And this year, more than ever, I appreciate local. And I appreciate community.
© Copyright 2021 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
😎 cool Audrey. Thanks for sharing this 🙂 ~Willy
Glad you enjoyed this post. It’s good to hear from you.
To all readers, if you would like to be a vendor or a shopper there will be the Fall Flea Market at the same location Saturday September 18th 2021 from 8am – 2pm.
Come and enjoy the flavors of the Fall at this event. For more information please call 507 – 332 – 2121 or also to reserve your vendor spot.
Thanks for the great article
Brian, thanks for sharing info about the Fall Flea Market. Be sure to read my first post on the Spring Flea Market if you haven’t seen it.
Love flea markets! My best finds have been books.
Gunny, it’s so good to hear from you. I’m not surprised that books top your list of “best finds.”
This was fun! Thanks for walking us through the farmers market with your blog.
You are welcome. I remember your directive to get some photos. And I did. Way more than I’ve posted.
😊 I know the feeling, I always take way more photos than I could ever use.
I know you love photography as much as me.