Tag Archives: Arkansas

Outside Flea Market near Fayetteville Arkansas

image

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.

image

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.

image

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!

image

Some of the treasures we brought home.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Antique Shows

Antiquing in Hog Country.

Three Cheers for The Junk Ranch.

Great fall decor, using shovel heads.

Last weekend, we did some antiquing in NW Arkansas. We headed south on Interstate 49, from Joplin Mo down into Razorback country. Interstate 49 crosses the state line at Bella Vista and continues south through Fayetteville. It’s hard to tell one town from the next and we visited them all. Bella Vista, Bentonville (home of Walmart), Rogers, Lowell, Tontitown, Springdale and Fayetteville (home of the University of Arkansas). All together, we visited 26 antique malls and shops over a three day weekend.

We would like to report that we found tons of treasures in NW Arkansas, but, alas, that was not the case. Treasures were hard to find. There are two uber-expensive French antique stores in Fayetteville, but the rest were lousy and loosely classified as antiques. The majority were garage sale junk malls featuring classics from the 1980s. There were a few exceptions, such as the Somewhere in Time in Rogers, Tontitown Flea Market and the Bella Vista Flea Market.

Behind the house at Junk Ranch, Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

All was not lost! The best portion of the trip was not any mall or market. A tip from a fellow shopper led us to the Junk Ranch. This made our trip. The Junk Ranch is held twice a year, on a Friday and Saturday, on a farm south of Prairie Grove (southwest of Fayetteville). It’s an outdoor antiques/vintage fair. Fairly new on the antiques fair calendar, this promises to get better and better.

Philip working the fields at Junk Ranch.

The Junk Ranch dealers presented worthy items to browse and shop. You can find antiques, vintage, industrial, crafts and enjoy live music and concessions. There is an old farm house, a good sized barn, and many tents around the property. We wondered if this is how the Round Top Texas antique festivals got their start. If so, Junk Ranch may give them a run for their money soon.

Good stuff at Junk Ranch, Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

We arrived at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and were hauling items to the van by 9:10. Cars and trucks filed into the farm, bumper to bumper. There is no fee to park, but the entry fee is $4 on Saturday. It was well run and the dealers were friendly and willing to negotiate. We took a look at all the booths and filled our van with fresh stock for the store. Because of the crowd on Saturday, we figured we should have gone on Friday, thinking we could have found even more.

The barn at Junk Ranch.

Our weekend away wasn’t just about antiquing. We managed to squeeze in a visit to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Nestled in the Ozark hills, the museum is a breath of fresh air for any American. From the landscapes of the American movement west to Mary Cassatt’s impressionistic paintings to Andy Warhol, the focus is on America, in all its breathtaking glory and resplendent talent.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

We enjoyed our weekend get-away and we’re ready for the Christmas rush in November and December. Come see us soon!

New stock from our NW Arkansas trip.

Leave a comment

Filed under Trips

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Antique Shows

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

_____________________________________________________________

 

TULSA, OKLAHOMA

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

_____________________________________________________________

 

SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS

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

_____________________________________________________________

 

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Antique Shows

Father’s Day 2011 Road Trip

Down Highway 65 from Springfield, Mo towards Clinton, Ark.

We crossed the Missouri/Arkansas State Line, where United States Highway #65, enters Arkansas and starts its southerly journey through the hill country of Arkansas. Always on the lookout for antiques, we stopped in Harrison, Leslie and Botkinburg.

Purchased French Oak Cabinet

One of the items that we purchased was this French oak cabinet. It was easy to transport since it is two pieces. The bottom has wonderful scroll work and two drawers. The top has three doors. It’s in great shape with the original locks and hinges.

Need some stained glass windows?

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Trips