Journey 101: Vintage Market Days of NW Arkansas

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Today I attended a wonderful event in Arkansas, for the first time, the Vintage Market Days of NW Arkansas. Accompanied by Greg, and daughters Elissa and Adriel, we ventured into the fairgrounds in Bentonville to try out this open air market. Actually, the vintage market was located in the livestock building at the fairgrounds, with additional booths set up in a large tent outside. Even more booths were clustered near the entrance to the building. We had the pleasure of meeting Greg’s cousin Pam there, along with her daughter Charity and grandson Braeden.

vintage market Pam and Braeden

Pam and Braeden

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In my family, we enjoy hunting for treasures at flea markets, junk stores and vintage shows. I wasn’t sure what to expect, this being our first visit to the Vintage Market. We loved it! The livestock building was transformed into a bustling market with many, many booths filled with all kinds of wonderful vintage items, painted furniture, metal pieces, fabric, artwork and jewelry. We spent a leisurely morning and early afternoon browsing and exclaiming over finds and deciding what to buy and what to leave behind.

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All the lovely booth photos from Vintage Market’s Facebook page

…because my photos were full of people and looked like this:

vintage market crowd

Outside there were marvelous food vendors, selling everything from cinnamon roasted nuts to stir fry vegetables with rice or noodles and chicken to beans and cornbread to ribs. For kids there were corndogs and sandwiches as well. We took a much deserved break to rest for a bit and have lunch. Well, two of us ate healthy lunches. Two in our party ate giant shortbread cookies with icing on them! I won’t name any names. Pam, Charity and Braeden finished their meals before we got started, so I can’t vouch for the healthiness of what they consumed!

vintage market cookie

Beautiful and tasty cookies…or so I was told 🙂

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I saw so many unique items, different from some of the shows I’ve attended in the Joplin area. That’s the benefit of attending different shows in different areas. I did run into Joplin friends at the market and recognized several businesses from here as well, set up in booths. We had a wonderful time. The girls each made purchases and I found a large metal tray or box. I’m not sure if I’ll use it indoors to hold collectibles or plant flowers in it out in the garden.

vintage market Elissa and Adriel

Adriel and Elissa

vintage market pig

The girls found a baby pig…fortunately, she was NOT for sale.

Surprisingly, the booth we spent the most time in sold canvas prints and bookmarks with whimsical artwork on them and inspirational sayings. We spied a canvas that seemed ideal for a nursery or child’s room and then saw an amazing assortment of sayings and artwork. We started in the first bin and sorted through every piece. I bought a stretched canvas print and two loose canvas prints and a variety of oversized bookmarks.

vintage market purchases

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I love the larger piece that says, “Blessed are the gypsies, the makers of music, the artists, writers, dreamers of dreams, wanderers and vagabonds, children and misfits: for they teach us to see the world through beautiful eyes.” That one will hang in my creative space, near my writing table. The booth was Bless This Earth, owned by Jason and Natalia Ramsey, out of Texas. Their booth was an oasis in the midst of vintage items and collectibles and we smiled, laughed and even teared up over many of the works of art.

vintage market blessed are the gypsies

We decided we will definitely attend the Vintage Market Days of NW Arkansas again next year….and bring a truck instead of a car. This is a three day event, and I can see the advantage of attending on multiple days. The booths restock overnight, with fresh items. There was so much to see, and so many people filling the building, that I am sure we did not see it all. Still, I enjoyed chatting and looking, spending time with Pam, Charity and Braeden, and tossing around creative ideas with Greg, Elissa and Adriel. Great show, Vintage Market of NW Arkansas. See you next year!

vintage market exterior

Day 165: The Screen Door


Family gathered today for an early Father’s Day celebration for my step-dad, Walter. We enjoyed lunch together and this evening, a time around the fire pit in my backyard, chatting, laughing, sipping drinks, toasting marshmallows and making S’mores. In between those two activities, the ladies slipped away to do a little junkin’. For my first today, I visited The Screen Door, located at 112 E. 4th, on the square in Carthage, MO.  My mom and sisters, Debbie and Linda, accompanied me.

We girls have a good time, no matter what adventure we set off on. We love to browse in flea markets and vintage stores. Although today I didn’t have any particular items that I was searching for, my sister Debbie was on the hunt for specific treasures to use for Halloween decorations. The Halloween Party War is on, between Debbie and her daughter, Ashley, and my daughter Elissa and grandson Dayan. Both families throw amazing parties, and it’s all in good fun. For the rest of us, we get the benefit of enjoying two outstanding parties.

I’ve looked forward to visiting The Screen Door. I’ve read good reviews and seen pictures that piqued my interest. I was not disappointed. This is a very cute, very clean shop, full of flea market type items, vintage pieces and antiques. There is truly a bit of everything here. We took our time wandering around, looking at treasures, discussing what we could make with them. It is always fun to discover an item that we had as kids or remember a grandparent using, like ice tongs.

Debbie scored with a vintage wicker doll carriage. With some slight repairs and Debbie’s or Ashley’s handiwork, it will make a great addition to their Halloween décor. I foresee a zombie baby or other creepy kid nestled within it. Debbie was delighted with her find.

I found many interesting items, including fun pieces for the garden. I didn’t purchase anything today, but I will certainly return and check this store frequently. That’s part of the fun of junkin’ and visiting flea markets, seeking and finding and walking out of the store, feeling like I’ve found a treasure and a bargain.


Day 96: Go Junkin’


Great sign at Tartan Traders


Today’s first was fun! I’m looking for primitive pieces or items that can be repurposed for my backyard garden and for the house. This afternoon, I went junkin’. My mom, sister Linda and I went to several stores that I’ve visited before, but had not purchased from yet. The trip was part scavenger hunt, part girls’ shopping trip and totally fun.

After picking up my junkin’ partners, we headed first to Tartan Traders, located at 300 Hodgdon Road in Joplin. This delightful shop is just west of Range Line Road, near the Northpark Mall in Joplin.  I was drawn to this place initially because of the obviously Scottish name. And for good reason. Patrick Mcglashan is from Scotland. He and his lovely wife Debs own and operate Tartan Traders where one can find antiques, primitives, collectibles and lots of other great items. I met Debs the last time I visited the store. Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick. It is always awesome to meet a facebook friend in person!

We enjoyed browsing and listening to Celtic music as we shopped. I found a large old metal bucket to use as a planter in the backyard and a book I’ve wanted for quite a while. There are several other items there calling my name that I’ll have to go back for soon!

Our next stop was Country Pickins Antique Mall, located at 5836 N. Main Street in Joplin. I loved the large assortment of primitive and industrial items here, tucked among treasures . The store is arranged well and metal buckets just seemed to materialize everywhere! I could have purchased 20 of these and may eventually do so! I want metal containers of all sorts in the backyard to use as planters. I settled on three great buckets, including a tall one that will add interesting height to a group of metal planters. I also found a shallow red ceramic bowl and an amazing large antique sifter. I will use that sifter as a tray that will hold a spring vignette. So excited about that find!

After a drink break via Sonic’s drive through, we made our last stop of the day at the new Goodwill store, located at 2102 S. Range Line Road in Joplin. Sadly, the old Goodwill store was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado. The new store is great….large, brightly lit and wonderfully organized. Here I found a white decorative bowl and three white teacups that will soon serve as tiny planters for spring pansies. I also purchased a couple of men’s long sleeve shirts at a great price. I love wearing those lounging around the house. They make great sleep shirts too! Mom and Linda found bargains as well.

We enjoyed our afternoon of looking and buying. Since new items are added daily at all three of the stores we visited today, I’ll be a frequent customer. I know what I’m looking for. Part of the fun is the hunt and the thrill of discovery. And then there is the surprise find that I didn’t even know I needed, until I come across it! Isn’t life like that too? We make plans, set goals, go after what we want, enjoying the journey as much as the destination, open to being surprised and delighted along the way. I love how even something as fun and simple as an afternoon of junkin’ reminds me of what’s true in my life and hints at the larger story that’s unfolding!


The large round sifter that I bought at Country Pickins Antique Mall