Lewis and Clark Expedition Mural in downtown Kansas City.
Our son lives in the Kansas City area and we went to see him over the week preceding the Labor Day. So, of course, we planned to antique while he was at work. As it turned out, we spent most of our shopping time along the Missouri River, the old Lewis and Clark stomping grounds. We grabbed our map and emptied the van.
On the first day, we headed north of Kansas City to Platte City. As luck would have it, the best shopping was found at our first stop, at W.D. Pickers. It’s an actual “antique” mall with over 100 dealers. They carry antiques, not flea market/garage sale leftovers. The staff was friendly and the mall was clean and well organized.
Helpful staff at W.D. Pickers in Platte City, Missouri.
From there, we joined up with the Missouri River and toured Weston Missouri. Heading north, we passed the Lewis and Clark Lake, where in 1804, the expedition passed and noted the large amount of baby geese. They named the lake “Goslings Lake”. We crossed the river into Kansas at Atchison and explored the town and did some limited shopping.
On the banks of the Missouri River at Atchison, Kansas.
The Amelia Earhart Birthplace and Childhood Home is a National Historic Site, high on the west bank of the Missouri River.
Early the next morning, we drove to the Sparks Kansas Antique and Collectible Flea Market. National magazines have grouped Sparks in with Brimfield and Round Top, so we were anticipating finding treasures galore. Big disappointment! This market cannot hold its own in the leagues of other national markets. The magazines got this one wrong. There are many vendors, but the choice items were non-existent. It took us less than 4 hours to walk the entire town and neighboring farms.
Finding stuff in a barn in Sparks, Kansas.
Yay for shade trees at the Sparks Kansas Antique and Collectible Flea Market.
With temperatures in the low 90’s, we decided to move on to the next town, White Cloud. So following the Missouri River, our small expedition loaded into the van and headed north to the Nebraska state line. A small main street with shops and tents lined the way to a field where a tiny cluster of tents were set up.
Traveling on the roads and enjoying the scenery is a perk of antiquing. The flood land is flat near the river, but in this part of the four states, the rolling hills are steep, and towns are built on the bluffs. The glaciers that forced into the area 600,000 years ago made beautiful landscapes. We did one more stop in Leavenworth and went back to Kansas City for dinner with our son.
The next morning, we shopped on the First Friday weekend at the West Bottoms. We’ve written about West Bottoms before. It’s still a shopping destination and parking lots were full. We were there for the better part of a day. This is a good source for us to spot trends. The sellers are good at design and vignettes. We saw a lot of painted furniture and signs, and industrial seems to still be popular.
The picking was good in the West Bottoms of Kansas City.
Most of the venues in the West Bottoms are located in huge old warehouses, which is part of the charm.
Others were having good luck picking at West Bottoms.
On Saturday, we headed up to antique stores in Parkville, Missouri, again on the Missouri River. It’s a cute little town, but no antiques that interested us. Over to Claycomo and then, crossing the river, we headed to the River Market. They have a Facebook page and it looked interesting; however, they don’t have our kind of stuff. Mostly 1960s retro. We’d say skip it.
Andrew is working on a project in Parkville, so we had to check it out.
River Market was a bust for us.
It was a great week; we covered the Kansas City metro antique area (much more than we listed here), bought new inventory for the store and spent several evenings visiting with Andrew. A shout out to Damian and Alvina, who minded the store while we were out and about, following the river.
Hope you enjoyed our travel tale. Stop in the store and take a gander at the pickings!