On Earth Day 2019, we invite you to do the earth and yourselves a favor by planning to shop second hand at Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days, August 16th, 17th, and 18th.

Flea Markets and antique shows are full of second hand items just waiting to be repurposed, reimagined and ultimately recycled. Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days is no exception.

Shopping second hand not only helps the Earth; there are also social and personal benefits to visiting your local flea market or thrift store. We've highlighted our favorite reasons why we think you should consider this option when shopping for clothing, home decor, furniture and more.

ENVIRONMENTAL

When you purchase a piece of clothing or furniture second hand, you are playing an important part in reducing the consumption of energy and resources that are necessary in producing new items. You are also giving new life to something that may have otherwise been tossed. Be proud of your second hand items and your positive impact it has on this earth!

SOCIAL

Shopping second hand at a flea market ensures that you will be supporting small and local businesses. This support of local businesses will keep your dollars close to home, multiplying their effect throughout your community. The small but impactful decision to shop second hand can have many positive outcomes on your life, and the lives of your friends and neighbors.

PERSONAL

The most obvious benefit of shopping second hand is that it can be significantly less expensive than buying new.  The not so obvious benefit is that you are able to put your own personal touch on your purchase and it will likely be more unique than anything you could buy new. This is a huge plus when looking to create your own personal style within your home or wardrobe. Originality is a priceless reason to shop second hand!

Red Wing Stoneware
Red Wing Stoneware

JOIN US

Besides all the wonderful reasons mentioned above, Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days is just plain old fun! Whether you are looking for that perfect bench to complete your entryway, that one last piece of pottery to finish your collection, or you just want to wander the vendor booths eating a delicious ice cream sandwich, there is something interesting for everyone! We hope you can join us on August 16th, 17th, and 18th!

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!

The race begins

We have Jeff Hovel to thank for the photos from the very first Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush 5K.

Jeff is a resident of Oronoco and asked permission to take photos to share with us.  He did not charge a fee for doing this, but did the photography as an act of charity and service.  For this we are grateful.

Enjoy the images here. If you want to contact Jeff about the photo of you or your family member his contact is Sales@meridianstudio.net

Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush is ready to share the proceeds!

Gold Rush 2018 was a success! The vendors, food vendors and crowds enjoyed this year’s Gold Rush!

The first 5K event was exciting to see a new venture happening and more importantly, runners and walkers with their yellow bibs walking around and taking in Gold Rush, as well!

The Gold Rush committee has start planning for the 2019 Gold Rush weekend, August 16, 17 & 18! If you have comments or interested in the Gold Rush committee meeting discussion, please visit our monthly meetings, the 2nd Monday of very month at 6PM at City Hall. All are welcome!

Now that this years Gold Rush is in the books, it time for organizations to submit their donation requests to the Gold Rush committee for consideration. Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days is a non-profit organization, so after the committee have paid it’s expenses, the committee will review requested donations.

The committee is asking that donation requests be received by Oct 5th, so they can be reviewed at the monthly Oct 8th Gold Rush committee meeting.

You can submit requests to the Gold Rush committee by mailing to ‘Gold Rush Committee, PO Box 266, Oronoco, MN 55960’, email to goldrush@bevcomm.net or dropping them off at City Hall.

Thank you for your support!

Ryland Eichhorst, Gold Rush Chairperson