ATTENTION ALL PICKERS, collectors, decorators, flea market lovers and anyone who’s interested in vintage junque.
Park along the edge of the circle drive or on Frontage Road and then amble up to the Barn Sale. And, yes, the barn is packed with stuff.
Loren Martin, food scientist by day and picker on the side, is offering a farm yard full of eclectic old merchandise at his annual Barn Sale in rural Medford today (Saturday) and tomorrow. My husband and I happened upon the sale this afternoon while driving home from Owatonna.
The sale is located along Frontage Road East, about a mile south of the Medford Outlet Center round-about off Interstate 35.
This is the third year Loren has held his third weekend in July sale at this location, 5415 Frontage Road East, just across Interstate 35 from the Medford Outlet Center. However, he’s been a picker in southern Minnesota for 30-plus years, scouting for goods in barns and elsewhere. He’s from a family of pickers.
One of several vendors.
Folks, this sale is worth your drive. In addition to Loren’s finds packed into a barn and sheds and scattered around the farm yard, several other vendors are also peddling their wares.
A snippet of the merchandise for sale. See that striped table in the center. Should have bought it for $20.
The hot items this year, according to Loren, are anything wine or garden related. And galvanized. Furniture for repurposing is also popular with shoppers.
There are lots of vintage wooden pop crates for sale.
This picker’s finds are also sold at Urban Finds at the Medford Outlet Center. And, if you’re looking for something specific anytime, ask Loren. He’s always picking.
You’re in the heart of farm country in Steele County, Minnesota.
You’ve got until early evening today (Saturday, July 18) and tomorrow, beginning at 8 a.m. until early evening to shop in this rural setting next to busy Interstate 35, rural Medford. Even if you don’t purchase anything, browsing junque on a farm yard next to tasseling corn fields will give you your country fix.
Lots of rustic and country, including this old door.
A vendor grabs lunch and settles in next to a bear he’s selling.
If you’d rather have a deer mount than a bear, another vendor had that. I asked why I often see deer heads at flea markets. The vendor answered, “Because they never sell.”
A Hardware Hank statue.
There are some great old outbuildings on-site, including this corn crib.
And inside the corn crib, this chandelier was for sale.
A vendor’s dog.
Rural art and more.
A cupola country touch on the corn crib.
The farm yard and buildings overflow with vintage finds.
FYI: Check back tomorrow for more photos from my time at the Barn Sale.
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