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Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days is an antique show and flea market event filled with goods from different places and times. It can be intimidating for beginner shoppers to navigate the lingo. To help you ease into the weekend, we compiled a list of the most popular words you might hear at our show to help you make the best decisions possible while shopping at Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days.

Antique vs. Vintage These are arguably two of the most used words you will hear at our event. So what is the difference between antique and vintage? Antiques are considered to be a piece of furniture, work of art or collectible object that is 100 years old or more. Vintage is similar but is aged at 25 years or older.

Smalls People often use the word "smalls" to describe small vintage or antique home decor items and accessories. Other worse to describe these little items of value are knicknacks, baubles and Tchotchkes.

Collectible Any item that is regarded to have value or interest for collectors is considered to be a collectible. Collectibles are often times worth more money than they were originally sold for.

Primitive To be considered a primitive, an item must be hand made, and utilitarian - think wooden bowls, spoons and such. These items were often made by untrained people. Primitives are generally very old and usually older than 100 years and therefore considered antique.

Folk art Folk art is antique or contemporary art made by hand by craftsmen, not artists. Folk art is similar to primitive but can be It is expressive and often colorful. Hand made picture frames, wooden toys, and cigar boxes are some examples of items considered to be folk art.

Upcycled This is a fairly new term used to describe a form of recycling. Up-cycled tend to be pieces of low value that are changed and become a product of higher quality and thus value. Jack-o-lanterns made from old gas cans are a great example of an upcycled item.

Art Deco A style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. Art Deco features bold geometric shapes and patterns accented by high shine gold or chrome and the colors navy or black. The movie Great Gatsby is a great example of the art deco style.

Mid Century Mod This type of decor is having major come back thanks to shows such as MadMen. This style from the 50's and 60's is sleek and simple. The furniture often features bright colors, gold metal, laminate tops, narrow or hairpin legs and is usually made out of walnut or teak.

Chinoiserie -This European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian art is often found featured on beautiful pieces of furniture and porcelain. Beautiful vases and screens are often mediums for this type of art.

These are just a few of the words you will hear falling from the lips of our vendors and shoppers during your trip to Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days and we hope you find the knowledge helpful. While we are happy to provide this information we'd be remiss if we didn't tell you that the secret to learning the most about the goods at our show is to ask the vendors. Vendors are a treasure trove of information and are more than happy to share their knowledge with the shoppers! Make sure to stop and ask about that interesting piece that catches your eye during the show. You might just get a little lesson in history and you will definitely walk away with a great story and maybe a new treasure!

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Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days is not only an amazing antique show and flea market, but it is also the largest non-profit organization in Oronoco. Each year following the event, we ask for donation requests to be submitted. These requests are reviewed and voted on by the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush committee in October. In 2018 we were happy to give back to the following organizations in our community.

  • National Night Out
  • Oronoco VFW
  • 4th of July Fireworks
  • Warming House Window
  • Oronoco Food Shelf
  • Oronoco Presbyterian Church
  • Grace Lutheran Church
  • PI Area Home Services
  • Oronoco VFW Auxillary
  • Oronoco History Center
  • Oronoco Fire Department
  • Oronoco First Responders
  • Boy Scout Pack 69
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Oronoco Senior Center
  • Holly Jolly Lighting
  • Oronoco Cemetery Association

Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days is happy to help fulfill the needs of it's citizens throughout the year. Being a non-profit in the world of flea markets and antique shows presents some unique challenges but we wouldn't have it any other way!

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written by Beth Gauper

Every August, treasure hunters converge on a southern Minnesota village.

 

This article was so nicely written by Beth Gauper. A couple of minor changes were done to give you the latest updates since this was last updated in December 2017.

Every August, on the third weekend of the month, the tiny southeast Minnesota town of Oronoco becomes the mother lode.

Tents full of carved armoires and sideboards pop up along the town's narrow streets. Yards sprout crates of antique lunch boxes and duck decoys.

The church ladies bake pies, the VFW folks flip pancakes and firefighters put hot dogs on the grill. Then the people come, stampeding through the streets like sheep to salt.

This is the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush, when 50,000 to 100,000 visitors hit the town of approximately 1500, in search of pay dirt. Bits of gold actually were discovered here in 1857, sparking a rush, but the miners dispersed when no more was found.

The antiques show and flea market has lasted much longer. Started in 1972 as a swap meet by local dealers, it grew to 1,200 booths and now is a summer tradition for antiques buffs.

When I arrived the morning of the first day, yellow Post-It notes marked "Sold'' already were on some of the furniture in the first booth I visited.

I looked at a walnut cylinder secretary desk, $3,195, and a group of three carved oak dressers from the early 1890s, $2,200, and asked proprietor Helen Peterson of Kenyon if people should bargain for discounts.

"It's just in their blood, so yes,'' she said. "There probably are only one or two customers in the show who don't.''

I walked on, pausing to look at WWI die-cast doughboy action figures, $10-$30, and a WWII German steel helmet, $195, on which an address in Ohio was painted right next to a swastika and Iron Eagle.

I pondered antiques I thought ugly — a gold Pickard bowl for $55, an amberina footed bowl for $38 — but obviously were valuable to someone.

Then I found antiques I could understand. John McMurray of Shipshewana, Ind., had brought wooden troughs full of marbles, 40 for $1, and he was happy to see me filling a box for my children.

"Kids today, you have to show them how to get down and play in the dirt,'' he said, warming to the subject. "They know how to surf the Net, but not how to talk to their neighbors. It all started with television . . .''

A block later, I saw another display of marbles, three for $1. I'd gotten my first great deal — but not my last. Walking along, I saw an unusual chair with high arms, a flat black-leather seat and vaguely Norwegian carving.

It was marked "unusual oak chair.'' Even without a pedigree, I loved it.

Then I saw six matching oak Mission-style dining-room chairs, just re-glued; Loren and Julie Blosmore, who run a folk-art shop in Milwaukee, gave me all seven chairs for $865.

And I hadn't meant to buy anything.

"The selection here is so much bigger and better than other shows; there are more interesting things,'' said Richard Sonnek of Mapleton, Minn., whose collection of die-cast fire engines I had stopped to admire. "You'll find literally everything from soup to nuts.''

Trip Tips: Oronoco Gold Rush in southern Minnesota

Getting there: Oronoco is off U.S. 52, just north of Rochester.

When to go: It's Aug. 17-19 in 2018. It goes from sunrise to sunset, (7 am to 6 pm) with some dealers packing up earlier on Sunday to exit, at the 2 pm close of the show.

The early bird gets the worm (in other words, go Friday for the best selection). Discounts of 10 percent are common. This event is actually a non-profit event and all proceeds go toward the City of Oronoco community projects.

Accommodations: Rooms in the area sell out.  For help, call the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-634-8277 or 507-288-0320. Or http://goldrushmn.com/oronoco-lodging/

InformationOronoco Gold Rush ,  507-367-2111; Oronoco, .

 

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