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Melinda Daubitz has one of my very favorite booths at Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days. As you will read below, I have made some pretty awesome purchases from her in the past. We are very happy to feature Melinda and Sparrow Antiques in our latest edition of the Vendor Spotlight!

First off you should know that I LOVE your booth. One year I bought two antique beds from you and I was in the market for exactly zero beds. Dana, we remember that year…lol, you also bought a mailbox that you were going to turn into a library in your yard.  We had so much fun watching you shop.

Tell us all a little bit about yourself, where you are from and what Sparrow Antiques is all about.  Sparrow Antiques is a collection of treasures from the past.  I am originally from the Chicago land area.  I relocated in Eau Claire WI with my 4 children about 18 years ago as a single parent.  I started to collect stuff, mostly broken.  I would repair and repurpose and then have little sales to supplement my income.  My love for collecting never stopped and my hobby became my second career.  We love yesteryear and just buy things that speak out and I think others may enjoy.

How do you go about collecting items to sell? Is there a particular style that you focus on?  We love to shop small towns, estates and auctions. Nothing like a good/full dumpster and a little sidewalk surfing! Our style is ever changing, we watch trends and colors and try to find things that we love and others might.  Many things I have bought, I bought for myself…..LOVED and then sell.  My house is always changing with my mood.

How long have you been coming to DOGR as a vendor and what keeps you coming back?  I have been coming to Oronoco for maybe 15 years,  I am in love with the small town feel. I love that the entire town becomes a mecca for shoppers.  Shoppers who love character, old stuff that tells stories of the past. The food is amazing and the great venders.  We look forward to seeing everyone, every year.  It feels like our little community for the weekend

We all have our favorite foods at DOGR - what are yours?  The food is amazing!  We really love the home-made ice cream sandwiches and the fireman breakfast is a favorite activity.

Do you ever get a chance to shop around DOGR? If so, what is your favorite DOGR purchase?  We don’t have a lot of time for shopping, but we do always seem to find a treasure for ourselves.  May it be an old bear, a handmade quilt from yesteryear or that one of a kind chippy paint piece that must go on the porch 

What kind of advice would you give to a new flea market shopper?  Well, we do like to give a deal! It never hurts to ask if we can do better!  I personally hate when someone rips on a piece, pointing out all its flaws…..for a good deal.  Our things are old and often imperfect that is what we loved about it and wanted to share it with buyers.  Also, I love when buyers want to know the story about a special piece….many things have been bought and someone told us the story, or who may have owned it.  Ask about the story, it makes each piece even more special.

 What can we expect to see at your booth in August? Do you have anything you are saving just for DOGR?  We are on the hunt right now, we have some medium sized chippy furniture.  Kitchen stuff is always popular and the colors are bright.  We are saving some wonderful carnival stuff, like a ferris wheel seat.  We like a few unique pieces to get folks to take a peek.  We usually have a little bit for everyone and our prices are great!

We are so excited to see you again in August. Who knows, maybe I'll leave with another antique bed! Until then, where can we find you?  We are so excited to come.  Truly our favorite place to be in August!!  Our new shop is in Eau Claire Wisconsin…just a hop and a skip away. Sparrow Antiques, 767 2nd Ave in Eau Claire WI is a shared space with Vintage Junkies.  We work many shows, helping each other out!

A follow up about the mailbox mentioned above. I was shopping with my sister when she bought the mailbox from Melinda. She did turn it into a little library for her yard and it is adorable!

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The Farmhouse style is IN and not going anywhere. This is largely thanks to hot celebrity designers like Joanna and Chip Gaines. Sure, you could run to your local Target and check out their merchandise - and you should because it is awesome - but you can also make the look your own by shopping for unique pieces at a flea market such as our beloved Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days.

So, exactly what should you be looking for in Farmhouse decor at a flea market? Here are the items that make our list and are in abundance at Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days.

  • Chippy furniture
  • Hand-scraped wooden tool boxes or bowls
  • Ironstone crocks
  • Enameled bowls
  • Egg baskets
  • Milk glass
  • Reclaimed barn wood
  • Ladders

Join us the 3rd weekend in August as the tiny river town of Oronoco happily overflows with vendors and shoppers during one of the most anticipated antique and flea market events of the year. You are sure to leave Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days with fabulous pieces that express your personal farmhouse style.

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Planning to come to the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush on August 17-19, 2018?

End table updated.
Re-purposed can mean a little paint and new drawer pulls

Imagine some paint!
Is this how you see this piece in your house?

Some people associate the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush with Antiques dealers, which is most certainly is.  But think about the items an antique dealer brings. The furniture or unique items that were made sometimes many decades ago, are still great items because they were quality pieces when they were originally made.  And you might not have a place to house an "antique", but what if you modified that piece just a little bit....perhaps with some paint or more contemporary hardware? Then you have a quality made piece that just so happens to have been made by an artisan years ago and with your modifications it fits.  You might be interested in this article https://food52.com/blog/22404-tricks-to-score-big-at-any-flea-market-or-estate-sale-this-summer  And as the author,(Katie Mundo of Highwood Home)  says at the very end of the article "THE PERFECT WAY TO END A DAY OF ANTIQUING" we would add, "Make it a day at the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush on August 17-19, 2018"

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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 https://goldrushmn.com/oronoco-lodging/

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

 

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Sleepy Hollow returns, August 17, 18 & 19 2018, to Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days

From Florence South Carolina comes Sleep Hollow Antiques
From Florence South Carolina comes Sleepy Hollow Antiques

Sleepy Hollow Antiques has been a part of Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days (August 17-19, 2018)  practically since its inception in 1972. That is almost 46 years.   Bonnie and Terry's booth is located in the H section (H1-H16) and when you visit their multiple lots it is just like walking into their store.  They come all the way from Florence SC, so you know what they bring is unique and you haven’t seen it in our area.  Welcome once again to our event!

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