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Outside Flea Market near Fayetteville Arkansas

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Looking north at part of the crowds waiting to get in the gate.

Last week, we decided to visit The Junk Ranch in Prairie Grove, Arkansas for the second time. The Junk Ranch is an outside flea market where old rusty vintage meets homemade signs and crafts. With a big dose of food vendors and garden items. Not exactly what we carry in the store, but it’s close enough to visit again and see what we could find.

On our first visit, in 2014, the flea market was just finding it’s legs. Now, they have the flea market game figured out. The place had three times the number of vendors and hundreds more visitors. They managed vehicle and pedestrians traffic well. We arrived about thirty minutes before the market opened on Friday, at 9:30 a.m., and the two entrance lines were already winding around the fences. It was a beautiful, sunny day, perfect for shopping in a field.

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Before the crowds.

The Junk Ranch is located outside of Fayetteville, in the middle of a big field around a big red barn. Most of the vendors are set up in tents, so if the weather hadn’t cooperated, you could have still enjoyed the day. Although there was a large crowd waiting for the gates to open, the crowds dispersed quickly because of the size of the venue.

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Typical items for sale.

So, what did we find? Not much that would fit into our store. English country house antiques can’t be found in a field in NW Arkansas. We did buy a few items. We saw a lot of country craft signs, old sinks, metal garden items, buckets, crafts, farm machines, old worn kitchen items, and lots of retro fans with frayed cords. We saw several buyers carrying small overnight suitcases and we wondered why. We made a couple of trips to the car, but our best buys were the extra large corn dogs!

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Some of the treasures we brought home.

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Two New-to-Us Fairs: Sandown and Sunbury

Kempton Park, just after the gates opened at 6:30 a.m. In less than 30, the asphalt on the lower level will be totally covered, as the dealers drag items out of their vans. The process was just begun in this photo. On the upper level, where this photo was taken, there are many rows of dealers doing the same thing.

Kempton Park, just after the gates opened at 6:30 a.m. In less than 30, the asphalt on the lower level will be totally covered, as the dealers drag items out of their vans. The process was just begun in this photo. On the upper level, where this photo was taken, there are many rows of dealers doing the same thing.

Conclusion of our spring antique shopping trip reports

In April, we visited many new-to-us shops, centres and fairs over a two-week period. We concluded our trip in London, where we visited IACF’s Monday Market at Sandown (Esther UK) and Sunbury Antique Market (Sunbury UK) at Kempton Park. Both are located at horse racecourses in urban areas and both have an array of antiques, vintage and collectibles outside and inside the grandstands. Both are close to Heathrow.

A purchase at Sunbury Antique Market. The orange tape is used to indicate our purchases. We went through a lot of it on the April trip!

A purchase at Sunbury Antique Market. The orange tape is used to indicate our purchases. We went through a lot of it on the April trip!

The IACF’s Monday Market at Sandown Racecourse is the smaller of the two. We finished it in less than two hours. It opens at 8 a.m., so we recommend getting there right at 8 a.m. to avoid Monday rush hour traffic. They won’t let in before that time. Parking is $5 per car. The outside pitches didn’t offer much, but we found some wonderful Black Forest pieces inside the grandstand. There is an indoor café. It’s a small relaxing collectors’ fair with a few bargains.

Philip is standing with Mark, one of our packers, outside the grandstand at Kempton Park.

Philip is standing with Mark, one of our packers, outside the grandstand at Kempton Park.’s

In comparison, Sunbury Antique Market is not relaxing and finding a bargain requires effort. It opens at 6:30 a.m. (before the sun comes up) and the sellers start packing up by noon. It’s very crowded. Parking is free. Come early and line up at the entry gate, where once the gates are open, there’s a mad rush to be the first one to buy the great piece. As we stood in line, we chatted with a young man who was there to buy some mid-century and over-sized furniture pieces for his recording studio. Not the typical antique buyer, but we’re betting he found it. Nevertheless, we found some great pieces of art and some interesting smalls. The indoor pitch space seemed to be completely full and there were tons of outdoor pitches. We saw one food truck. There is no signage and it’s hard to distinguish one row from another. Our advice: if you have to leave your purchase to be picked up later, count the light poles around the track and note the location of the pitch to the nearest light pole. It will help you identify the pitch later.

We hoped you enjoyed our reports. It was a great trip and we can’t wait to show you the one-of-a-kind treasures that we found for our wonderful customers! Keep a watch on our Facebook page to find out when the new items are at the store.

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Focused on the English Antique Market.

IACF Newark

IACF Newark

This is the last of our blogs on our 2014 antiquing trip to the Cotswolds and beyond.

Flea and antique market shopping is different than shopping for antiques in clean, cozy buildings. Spending the entire day, usually outside, moving from booth to booth may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t beat the selection or the prices.

Cool model of spiral staircase at IACF Newark.

Cool model of spiral staircase at IACF Newark.

Cheltenham Boot Sale.

Cheltenham Boot Sale.

We buy most of our inventory of smalls at flea/antique markets in England and Europe. It’s our sport of choice. It’s all about finding a great bargain that we can pass onto our customers. Something new or different is just what we are looking forward to finding. We cover as much ground as possible, at all sorts of venues.

This ice cream truck seemed to follow Philip to several fairs.

This ice cream truck seemed to follow Philip to several fairs.

It’s fun but this is kind of shopping is not for the faint of heart. It’s not comfortable, nor clean. Portable toilets are the rule. Food is purchased from trucks. Often, the weather will not be perfect, so you are working against time. If the weather turns, the dealers are gone in a flash. We are up early, moving fast and staying until the dealers pack up. As the day comes to a close, you can find the real bargains, as dealers prefer not to lug their items back home.

Griffins ready to go into the shopping trolley.

Griffins ready to go into the shopping trolley.

Trio shopping at Arthur Swallow Lincolnshire Fair.

Trio shopping at Arthur Swallow Lincolnshire Fair.

On our last trip to England in 2014, we visited more fairs than we normally do and because of that, we’ve have some awesome bargains coming in the next container. Here are the fairs we visited:

  1. Stow on the Wold Flea and Collectors Fair
  2. Cheltenham Boot Sale
  3. Malvern Flea and Collectors Fair
  4. Great Wetherby Racecourse Antique Fair
  5. Magnes Antique Fair
  6. Swinderby Village Hall Antique Fair
  7. Winthorpe Antique Fair
  8. Pride of Lincoln Antique Fair
  9. Arthur Swallow Lincolnshire Fair
  10. IACF Newark Fair
The gang's all here!

The gang’s all here!

Here are some of our survival tips for flea market shopping.

  • Start early. We hate to be late; Philip always feels like he has missed something of value if we aren’t there when it opens.
  • Wear comfortable all-weather shoes. You may be stomping in mud puddles and standing all day.
  • Carry more than one collapsible tote bag. If it’s a good fair, you may need to unload several times during the day and it’s a long walk back to the car.
  • Bring a small note pad and pen to track your purchases. At the end of the day, you won’t remember how much you paid for which item.
  • Bring cash, in small bills. Don’t count on the presence of an ATM.
  • Dig for items. Scanning a booth from the aisle won’t cut it. Look under tables and through boxes.
  • Travel in light layers, adding or shedding as the sun plays peekaboo.
  • Buy quickly and keep hold of the item until you finish the sale.
  • It’s ok to haggle, but only if you are serious about making a purchase. If the dealer can’t come down to your price, make sure you still thank them.

 Magna Carta Pub in Lincoln with Stephanie, Suzanne, Peter, and Philip.

Magna Carta Pub in Lincoln with Stephanie, Suzanne, Peter, and Philip.

At the end of the day, it’s great to settle around a table at the neighborhood pub and share our stories and finds with friends.

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Antiques for Miles and Miles

Excess Antique Fair, Warrenton

The September Texas Antiques Show Trip.

Last week, we locked up the store and headed on a 1570 mile road trip. We worked the Texas fields at Round Top, Warrenton, Carmine and a few others to find new inventory for the store. We bought from our old friends and from some new ones. Each town offers a wide variety of shows and venues, from flea market finds to the best collector items. We shopped early and stayed until they turned out the lights. Through temps in the 90s and the dust and the rain showers, we kept our eyes on the antiques.

We’re tagging the new finds and carting them over to the store. Stop in and take a look. And watch Facebook, where we’ll be highlighting some of our finds.

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Springfield Symphony Guild Antique Show

October 12 & 13, 2012

Supporting the Efforts of the Springfield Symphony

We are honored to be featured on the 2012 Show Poster for the Springfield Symphony Guild Antique Show this coming October. The organizers had a photo of our booth from a previous show and asked to use it for their poster. Unfortunately, we were overcommitted that weekend and won’t be exhibiting at this show.

However, the show promises to be a fun time, especially since appraisers will be available on Saturday from 10-3. We know a lot of people who will want to bring in their special items to get an appraisal.

So mark your calendars now! And support the Springfield Missouri Symphony Guild.

When you’re out and about visiting the show, stop by the store and see our latest “new” antiques.

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2012 Antique Shows and Festivals in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas

Plan an outing and add to your collection!

Here are some dates of upcoming antiques shows in our area.

July 14 & 15, 2012 – The Antique Festival of the Ozarks at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Springdale, Arkansas.

July 28, 2012 – The Fort Smith Vintage Flea Market, Fort Smith, Arkansas. 8am-4pm on Saturday.

September 15, 2012 – The Fort Smith Vintage Flea Market, Fort Smith, Arkansas. 8am-4pm on Saturday.

October 12 & 13, 2012 – The Springfield Symphony Guild Antique Show & Sale at Remington’s, 1655 West Republic Road, Springfield Mo. Show hours 10:00 – 5:00

October 27 & 28, 2012 & February 9 & 10, 2013 – The Antique Festival of the Ozarks at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, Missouri.

November 10, 2012 – The Fort Smith Vintage Flea Market, Fort Smith, Arkansas. 8am-4pm on Saturday.

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2012 Area Antique Show Schedule

We’ve just received news on some 2012 Antique Shows and thought we would pass on the information to our readers.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI

February 11 & 12, 2012 – ANTIQUE FESTIVAL OF THE OZARKS
 October  27 & 28, 2012 – ANTIQUE FESTIVAL OF THE OZARKS
 OZARK EMPIRE FAIRGROUNDS – E-PLEX East – 3001 N. Grant

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TULSA, OKLAHOMA

February 17, 18 & 19, 2012 – VINTAGE TULSA SHOW
EXCHANGE CENTER AT EXPO SQUARE, (Tulsa State Fairgrounds) – 21st & Yale

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SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS

July 14 & 15, 2012 – ANTIQUE FESTIVAL OF THE OZARKS
NWA HOLIDAY INN CONVENTION CENTER, 1500 S. 48th St., Springdale, Arkansas

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FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS

January 14, March 10, May 12, July 28, September 8, November 10. – FLEA MARKET

 PHOENIX EXPO TRADE & EVENT CENTER, 4600 Towson Ave., Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Fall Antique Shows in Springfield Missouri

We are excited to tell our readers of two upcoming antique shows this fall in Springfield.  We will not be exhibiting in either show this fall, but highly recommend that our customers consider visiting them. In the past, we have exhibited at both the Antique Festival of the Ozarks and the Springfield Symphony Guild Antique Show and Sale. Both are professionally run and pull exhibitors from around the Midwest.

In the plethora of flea markets and junking opportunities in town, the Ozark’s antique collectors have limited choices. These two shows will be bringing in professional collector/dealers who will feature the best examples that come into the marketplace. It will be a chance to talk with experts and compare what you collect with the items they have available. Expect to find a lot of glassware, jewelry, dinnerware, figurines, advertising, etc. Don’t expect a lot of furniture or English antiques; for that, you should stop by and see us!

Here are the ads from both shows:

 

ANTIQUE FESTIVAL OF THE OZARKS

Springfield, Missouri – October 29 & 30, 2011

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds: 3001 N. Grant 

HOURS: (10/29) Sat. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – (10/30) Sun. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

ADMISSION: $5.00 – Kids 12 & Under-Free

COMBO ADMISSION TICKET W/ ARTISAN EXPO: $8.00

Antique Festival of the Ozarks returns to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, MO for another great show with even more vendors and more great antique and vintage merchandise!

Right next door to the Antique Festival of the Ozarks – fill your weekend with unbeatable browsing and fun as you peruse over 150 booths of hand-crafted artisan crafts, home decor, artwork and much more!

 

SYMPHONY GUILD ANTIQUE SHOW AND SALE

Springfield, Missouri – November 4-5, 2011

Remington’s: 1655 W. Republic Road

HOURS: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: $5

Trying to find that special antique or collectible? On Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, the Springfield Symphony Guild will be holding their semi-annual Antique Show and Sale at Remington’s, located at 1655 West Republic Road. Many well known antique dealers from the surrounding area will be exhibiting a wide variety of fine-quality antiques and collectibles.

Antique appraisals will be available on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at a cost of $5 per item with show admission. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. For more information call the Springfield Symphony office at 417-864-6683.

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Spotlight on Blue Hills at Round Top Show

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For the past several years, we’ve been going to south central Texas for the bi-annual Texas Antique Week shows. There are literally hundreds of shopping venues along Highway 239, from Burton to Warrenton. We never know what we’ll find, but the minivan usually gets filled up fairly fast. A fall trip to Texas is a hot, dusty time, but we love the challenge.

 

This year, we bought the most at Blue Hills at Round Top venue. Instead of individual tents, the show has several large open-air pavilions filled with dealers featuring everything from European antiques to Texas collectibles. Parking is convenient and the restrooms are great (which means a lot in the middle of cattle country!) We found the variety of this show to be one of the best of the week. If you’ve been in our store, you know that we feature European antiques and fine furnishings, hand picking each piece. Blue Hills is a dream location for us since you can purchase English, French, Belgian, American, New Designer Products, Garden Decor, Architectural Elements, and much more in one location.

That's Close Parking!

http://www.bluehillsatroundtop.com/

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Stop by and See Us at the Fairgrounds!

Robertson Gallery and Antiques will have a booth at the Ozarks Antique Festival Show

Mark your calendars!

February 12 & 13 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri.
Quality antiques brought by vendors from across the country!
Hours: 9am-5pm Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday

 Website: http://www.OzarksAntiqueFestival.com

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