Thursday, July 14, 2011

Flea Markets and Bucket Lists

     I love a great antique, vintage Flea Market and show and I'm blessed to be in Texas where some of the best ones (in my humble opinion) take place.   Just this month two of my favorite "junking/antiquing" magazines came out with their lists of the best flea market/barn sales in the U.S. and one of my favorites was listed in both magazines- Antiques Week or as it's referred to more commonly: Round Top- Warrenton and also Marburger Farm.  The first two are the main towns where the show takes place and last is the Grand Daddy of shows within the many shows that comprise this week.
Here's the magazine covers and pages from both magazines, Country Homes and Romantic Country

Have you been to this show?   My sister in law and sister and I have been going to the fall show for eight years and make it our "girl friend" weekend of shopping and enjoying Junk Gypsy Prom Night, etc. 
Aren't we some "Hot Mamas!"  The first pic is from the Gypsy Prom night and the second was a 70's Party one of the venues promoted. 
 The cool thing about this "show" is that it's about 30 shows or more within one Big show, expanding almost two weeks for some venues.  It deserves the attention these magazines have given it, but at the same time it got me to thinking about my "Bucket List" of antique show and flea markets that I'd like to attend some day around the good ole USA.
       The one I almost attended this year takes place the first week of August and is called the World's Longest Yard Sale  It actually spans 5 (or 6) states and has gotten a lot of media coverage over the years.  I planned vacation time to attend this antique/junk event but couldn't get any of my antiquing buddies to attend it with me, so I guess I'll wait until next year! ;(
    Others that  I hope to attend some day are the Pasedena Rose Bowl Flea market in California and Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts along with the Springfield Antique Show in Ohio and The Farm Chicks in Washington.  I think the Junk Bonanza and Oronoco Gold Rush Days in Minnesota would be fun as well.  Texas has a monthly show collectively called "Canton", First Monday, located  East of Dallas which I attended back in the 80's but I've been informed by many that I wouldn't even recognize that show today.  It's HUGE and on my list as well.
     So does anyone have any other favorites for their Bucket List?  I'd also love to hear some first hand accounts of any of the events I listed.
   Speaking of shows, a great little under-rated monthly show that I participate in called Fredericksburg Trade Days happens this weekend.  Here's the linkFredericksburg Trade Days  Come on out and have a "hot" time in Fredericksburg.


  1. Hi Betsy!
    It was so nice getting to meet all of you this past weekend. I know I'll see you again very soon. :-)

    And thank you for sharing the story in Romantic Country which featured my photos, I was so happy thst they chose the ones I took of Theresa's and Christie's spaces. Both such sweet friends.

    Can you believe that I've never been to the Junk Gypsy Prom? I think I'm overdue, hopefully in the Fall.

    Have a wonderful week, and I'll see you in August at Trade Days!


  2. I'm so glad you mentioned Gold Rush in Oronoco. We lived very near there for 11 years until we move to TX in 2000. We lived in the country and had to drive through Oronoco to get to the 'big city' of Rochester, ha!

    Anyway, my family would always come to visit that weekend. The guys would go golfing, the kids stayed home and played, and us gals went shopping! We'd meet up for dinner. I finally went again last year, after missing it for 10 years, and am going again this year. Yeah!

    One thing I like about this show is that it's a good size, you can see it all in 2 days. (Round Top is amazing but you could never see it all unless you had 2+ weeks.) It's put on by the town as a fund raiser. And prices are good. There is also Gold Rush in Rochester, the 2 fight over who is the original, the same weekend. We'll probably do Oronoco Friday and Sat. then Rochester on Sunday.

    I consider it my old stomping ground so it has a soft spot in my heart.

    You also like to go to some of the other shows you mentioned on the east and west coasts, need to start a bucket list, I'm not getting any younger! Good luck with your list!