This week, along with celebrating Spunky Old Broads and their friends, we are celebrating the delight and history of fairy tales!
While National Tell A Fairy Tale Day is officially February 26th, we know that folks need to get the books first, right? Right! So all our vendors are filling their booths, cases, and the shop’s entryway with antique and vintage fairy tale books - and more!
Along with vintage children's books, little kids’ chairs, nursery rhyme decor, fantasy prints, and related collectibles, we will have vintage quilts, toys, and anything else you might need for a snuggly storytime with your little prince or princess - just add grandparents or other storyteller! (Keep an eye on our social media, because you know we will be showing off some spectacular images and items!)
The popularity of fairy tales is only increasing. "By their very nature, fairytales are meant to be retold and reinterpreted," says author Lincoln Michel.
Maria Tatar, Professor of Folklore and Mythology and Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, says that "after the great migration of oral storytelling practices from the communal hearth to the nursery, when folklore and myth have been repurposed as bedtime reading, fairy tales are beginning to captivate us anew. Multi-generational, as well as multicultural, fairy tales get us talking."
This Once Upon A Time Tell A Fairy Tale book event is really special to us. On a daily basis parents and grandparents come into the shop looking for that favorite childhood book they can now share with or gift to the special children in their lives.
For many, that love of a childhood book began in childhood with parents reading their favorite stories to them. Those stories remain with us as adults, we reminisce about them, share them with the children in our lives -- and they become a generational shared experience. It may even become a book collection. Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market is so happy to be a part of this whole experience!
We are happier still to announce our really big Tell A Fairy Tale event: Hosting A Children’s Book Signing Event In Fargo!
Our big event will be Saturday, February 22nd, from noon - 4pm, when we have four local North Dakota children’s book authors live at the shop!
These four amazing authors will be live at the shop to meet fans and sign their books:
Sawyer Anderson, author of Water Works
Tory Christie, author of A Tiny Brown Monkey On The Big Blue Earth
Z.E. Duval, author of the Ren and Marie series
Deirdre A Prischmann, author of No Hugs!
Who knows, these books might be the very titles children’s book collectors and new parents are searching for decades from now! So be sure to get your signed copies!
Keep an eye on our social media for more info & updates on the authors - and, of course, be sure to stop into the shop on Saturday!
As we noted on social media, the first of this month was Spunky Old Broads Day - and it ushered in Spunky Old Broads Month.
In case you didn’t know, Spunky Old Broads Day was started by Dr. Gayle Carson in 2002. “I started it because I found that once a woman hit 50, she was almost invisible and as a woman who keeps reinventing herself and is very active in business, media, etc, I wanted to acknowledge that is not the truth.” And, in case you are wondering, old age is not a requirement in being an SOB. “Generally for women, it means Spunky, Open, and Brave. I think that says it all.”
That may say it all, but that’s still a lot of territory to cover! And so Dr. Carson expanded the entire month of February into Spunky Old Broads Month, including selecting a Spunky Old Broad of the Year. Past winners have included Robin Roberts, Cloris Leachman, Dolly Parton, and Helen Mirren. Other names that leap to mind are Katharine Hepburn, Frida Kahlo, Michelle Obama, Bette Davis, Lena Horne, Iris Apfel - and The Golden Girls! (Watch for some of them to appear on our social media! Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest)
We wanted to celebrate Spunky Old Broads - as well as those who support Spunky, Open, and Brave women - with an event. A Bring-A-Friend event. It’s simple: bring a friend into Farm from February 17 through the 21st and each of you can enter our drawing!
The prize is a $20 mall gift certificate and a gift certificate for an hour of ax throwing at Triple Ax ($20 value) - for each of you!
Bring three friends? You get your name entered three times (each of your friends are entered once). More friends, more chances to win!
As we are celebrating Spunk Old Broads; Spunky, Open, and Brave women; those aspiring to be so; and those who support them, this drawing is open to anyone who brings in a friend.
PS More events coming this month! Including another Trash or Treasure appraisal event on the 29th. Keep an eye on our blog, follow us on social media, & join our newsletter so you don’t miss any news!