Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market will be holding our annual Fall flea market in the parking lot again this September. As this annual event is also a celebration of our anniversary (we officially turn 6 years old in October!), all of our vendors will be having sales inside too!
The FARM's Annual Fall Flea Market & Anniversary Sale Dates:
Saturday, September 19th, from 10 am until 6 pm
Sunday, September 20th, from noon until 6 pm
Among the treasures to discover at this big Fargo-Moorhead junking event: vintage holiday blow-mold, handmade wood signs, & other Fall & Halloween decorations; vintage vinyl records, cassette tapes, & 8-track tapes; antique books, local history books, & vintage children's books; retro swag lamps, old beer light-up signs, vintage glass hurricane lamps, & mid-century pottery lighting; antique furniture, painted furniture, & furniture pieces for you to paint & transform; vintage clothing, collectible perfume bottles, & jewelry; paintings, pictures, frames, vintage paint-by-numbers, & other wall decor; collectible die-cast toys, antique tin toys, action figures, & retro 80s toys; hardware, weathered wood, vintage doors, & old windows; old china sets, vintage flatware, & vintage linens; collectible advertising items, antique and retro magazines, antique postcards, & other collectible vintage ephemera; mid-century modern glassware, collectible vintage pottery, old crocks, & collectible figurines - and so much more!
We welcome you to this event & hope to see you at The FARM!
Worried about social distancing for this event? The flea market will be held outside in the parking lot and the antique mall itself is large, making social distancing relatively easy. We also have hand sanitizer at the door and a washroom about halfway through the antique mall too. Masks are recommended, but not required.
Yes, there will be another summer this year, so, yes, Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market will be having our annual June flea market outside in the parking lot again - and, yes, all our vendors will be having sales inside too!
Annual Summer Flea Market Dates:
Saturday, June 20th, from 10 am until 6 pm
Sunday, June 21st, from noon until 6 pm
Expected junkin' finds include planters and other funky garden items, antique advertising items, signs, vintage enamelware, rustic farmhouse decor, vintage vinyl records, kitchenalia, old license plates, vintage children's books, repurposed lamps and lighting, die-cast cars, comics, artwork, re-imagined glassware, painted furniture, pictures and frames, retro toys, hardware, vintage crafting supplies, figurines, weathered wood, vintage clothing, collectible pottery, action figures, jewelry and so much more! Deals will abound!
Because The FARM values being an active member of our Fargo-Moorhead community, we've invited our friends at Heidi's Home Rescue to join us. Heidi's Home is a new Fargo dog rescue. You can come to their booth at the flea market and find out more about their services and how you can help rescue dogs - including by dropping off cleaning and pet supplies at this dog rescue donation drive drop-off spot! A list of items needed by the animal rescue can be found here.
Heidi's Home Rescue will also have a prize drawing - enter to win a gift package from our local PetSmart worth over $50!
UPDATE! Local educator and author Amelia Lemar will be signing books during the flea market too! Details here!
Another UPDATE! The Adibon Food Truck will be onsite too! Check here for the menu offerings.
We welcome you to this event & hope to see you at The FARM!
Worried about the Corona virus? As our FARM friends know, the antique mall is large & social distancing is relatively easy (and we have hand sanitizer at the door, a washroom about halfway through too). Masks are recommended, but not required.
As you may have heard on our Facebook Page, Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market will be reopening on May 1st!
Our current hours will be: Monday thru Saturday, 10 am til 6 pm and Sunday, from noon til 6 pm.
The past few weeks we have all been busy at The FARM, cleaning, revamping, restocking - but we certainly have missed you! Feel free to come in and see all the changes - and meet the newest vendors too!
As we've noted before, we've always had an automatic Purell dispenser at the entry and hand washing availability - since day one. In our large shop, there's plenty of room to move around and still practice social distancing. (However, we will still reserve the right to limit the number of folks in the shop at one time, in order to keep the shop safest for everyone.) And we continue to clean and disinfect common areas for everyone's safety.
We hope to see you soon at The FARM!
If you feel unable to come into the shop, we understand - and are presently adding items to our online store for in-store & curb-side pickup!
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!
Good news, Farm friends - the monthly Trash Or Treasure appraisal fairs resume this month! Even better, because of the increased interest due to the Forum press coverage of the new events at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market, the appraisal event on this Sunday, January 26th will have expanded hours!
Our friends at Fair Oaks Antiques, Derek & Deanna Dahlsad, will hold the appraisal fair from noon until 5 pm!
The fee is $5 per item, with a limit of 3 items per person.
You can pay at the door, or, if you want to ensure a spot, you may pre-pay via EventBrite:
Appraisal Fair Details:
* verbal appraisals only
* appraisals are offered as a sales value, not for insurance or contractual purposes
* you are responsible for the security of your items; not responsible for accidents associated with your items
For further information, please see our past appraisal fair event post.
Yet another event begins at the Farm this weekend!
On Saturday, January 18th, Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market begins New Year's Old Beers - a celebration of all things beer!
Obviously, there will be plenty of antique and vintage beer bottles & cans, brewery mirrors & signs, beer lights & neon signs, mugs & steins, matchbooks & other brewing advertising ephemera, bottle openers & beer trays, and other breweriana.
As beer culture is closely tied to taverns, saloons, and bars (as well as casinos, the mob, dance halls, soiled doves, prohibition, & political campaigns), there will likely be an assortment of vintage advertising ashtrays & other tobacciana collectibles - and who knows that else our vendors will bring in!
Not only will our vendors be stocking their booths and cases with fresh items specifically for this major beer collector event, but our entryway will be decorated with so many beer items, you might feel a bit tipsy with glee!
The week-long celebration culminates on Friday, January 24th (which is Beer Can Appreciation Day, honoring the day beer was first sold in cans back in 1935) and Saturday, January 25th with book signing events!
Local author Alicia Underlee Nelson, of Prairie Style File, will be signing copies of her book, North Dakota Beer: A Heady History.
Before North Dakota obtained statehood and entered the Union as a dry state, the region's commercial beer industry thrived. A lengthy era of temperance forced locals to find clever ways to get a beer, such as crossing the Montana and Minnesota borders for a pint, smuggling beer over the rails and brewing at home. After Prohibition, the state's farmers became national leaders in malting barley production, serving the biggest brewers in the world. However, local breweries struggled until 1995, when the first wave of brewpubs arrived on the scene. A craft brewing renaissance this century led to an explosion of more than a dozen craft breweries and brewpubs in less than a decade. Alicia Underlee Nelson recounts North Dakota's journey from a dry state to a booming craft beer hub.
North Dakota Beer Book Signing Dates & Times at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market:
Whether you're an official beer collector, a local North Dakota history buff, or just a fan of beer, you won't want to miss this event!
See you at the Farm - skol!
With Father's Day just around the corner, we thought we'd tell you why advertising items make such great gifts.
Advertising items, simply put, are those items which are created in order to promote or sell a product, service, or brand. They typically carry not only the company name, but often feature company logos as well. Over time, companies may have changed or modified their name, logos - or even been bought out by other companies, and collecting such items shows a visual trail of that history. A history which also can provide a sense of nostalgia for "back in the day" for many.
Advertising items bring back nostalgia - not only for a time period, but a specific place too. It could be the fun memories of the old local soda shop, the dairy where dad worked, the gas station grandpa owned, or being down on grandma's farm. Giving the gift of antique and vintage advertising items often means giving back a sense of the past, even a part of one's own family history.
Among our unique advertising collectibles at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market, you'll find beer items (called breweriana in collecting circles); oil & gas items (called petroliana); cigar & cigarette items (tobacciana); soda pop & beverage bottles; glass milk bottles and other dairy items; medical & pharmacy items; farming equipment advertising items, including Case, John Deere, Red Wing... Some of the old farm items will even have small towns printed on them, so you can collect & present items from where the old family homestead was!
We have large items for walls, such as vintage signs, clocks, even entire car hoods and tailgates! We have classics, such as antique wooden crates, boxes, & crocks. We have smaller items for curios & cabinets, like tins, bottles, & jars. We have postcards, trade cards, matchbooks, and other ephemera. We even have wearable advertising items, such as pinbacks, shirts, & leather jackets. And, of course, we have good old fashioned paper printed advertisements, suitable for framing & display!
Whether it's for Father's Day, a birthday, or "just because" - we have special pieces for the special people in your life! There are always items coming - & going! - from the shop, so check us out often!
Ephemera is a popular area of collecting and even decorating these days. But what is it?
The word “ephemera” basically means something that is short-lived. Unlike the original meaning, collectible ephemera is not a short-lived organism, but instead represents objects that exist, or are used or enjoyed, for just a short time. These objects are what most collectors consider consider to be “fragments of everyday life.”
Catalogs, newspapers, & magazines were only intended to be kept until the next issue arrived.
Receipts, billheads, invoices, and the like, were only meant to be kept for customer returns, tax filings, or until product warranties ran out.
Despite what your great aunt may have intimated, not every greeting card, Valentine, postcard, or letter is deemed worthy of saving for eternity. But those which have been saved are now delights to collectors!
Maps were only meant to be kept a year or so, until the next map was made - and road maps often didn’t survive past the first road trip as people often can never quite fold them back neatly again!
Calendars, typically, are expected to only be kept for the year. The same can be said for many licenses and certificates. Even baptismal and marriage certificates, school attendance cards, and other items really weren’t intended to be kept forever -- even if they were supposed to go on your permanent record!
Matchbooks were presumed to be kept for as long as there were matches to be found in them (or, perhaps a bit longer, if you were saving that special phone number written in it!)
Posters, restaurant menus, travel brochures, advertising booklets -- even those little old cookbooks, they were all designed to be temporary items, with new editions updated frequently.
Kids toys, such as stickers, paper dolls, baseball cards, and coloring books were only intended for temporary play, and were not intended to be kept for so many years.
Ink blotters, product labels, trade cards, decals, placemats and napkins, wrapping paper, packaging and product boxes, shipping and postal labels, envelopes, stamps -- all ephemeral bits of our human lives.
Even photographs are considered to be ephemera. In part because most of them are printed on paper, true; but also because, as you can see at an estate sale of auction, it’s a sad fact that many families do not pass down old family photo albums (let alone the snapshots, slides, and movies) through the generations.
All these items were originally intended to only have a short-term usefulness, and therefore expected to have short lives.
Yet, as ephemera expert Maurice Rickards has noted, the temporary intent or lifespan of these items is the actual appeal. “The essential appeal of most forms of ephemera lies in their fragility, their vulnerability – the very improbability of their survival.”
As a category of collecting, ephemera is often used to describe various forms of paper, as shown and noted in this blog post. The fragility of paper or cardboard certainly limits the number of these items which survive into their old age! But this area of collecting isn’t necessarily limited to paper items only.
Some pieces of ephemera are printed not on paper or cardboard, but rather are printed on wood, plastics, metal, cloth, leather, and other materials. Other pieces are not necessarily printed on at all, but molded into shapes and logos as well.
Examples of these other items not intended to be kept which are now collectible include: cigar boxes, feed and seed bags, swizzle sticks, cocktail or food picks, hangers, plastic and paper cups, buttons, bookmarks, bottles, bottle openers, playing cards, luggage tags, and keyrings.
Pens, pencils, pinback buttons, and other promotional items, be it from companies or political parties and candidates, had temporary lifespans -- or term limits, if you will.
It may be easier to think of ephemera as memorabilia from businesses, organizations, and persons, usually of the past. But new ephemeral items are made every day too!
At Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market, our dealers offer an array of retro, vintage, and antique pieces of ephemera. Whether you’re a collector looking to add a great find to your collection, a family historian looking for pieces to complete your family's story, a decorator looking for something special to frame or otherwise show off in your home, or the artistic type looking for old paper for DIY projects, you’ll find unique items at F.A.R.M.
Our shop has plenty of collectible ephemera from North Dakota & Minnesota, of course, as well as regional pieces. And we also have quite a number of national and international ephemeral objects too. As always, we invite you to come down to the F.A.R.M. and see what we have to offer. With nearly 60 vendors, items arrive fresh to the market daily!
If you're new to shopping for antiques and vintage, you might be confused by some of the terms used. One of the most common confusion points is understanding the difference between what's antique and what's vintage.
In the strictest sense, the difference between an antique and a vintage item is its age.
Antiques are items which must be at least 100 years old. That means, as of the date of this posting, an antique item was made on or before April of 1918.
The 100-years-or-older rule applies to any of these items no matter what they are made of. So even though it may seem less likely for a book or glassware to survive 100 years than a piece of furniture, therefore making the fragile stuff seem like it should become an antique earlier; but it doesn't work that way. *wink*
Items over 300 years of age generally fall into one of two categories depending upon whether they are manmade creations or natural finds. If they are not manmade, if they are the remains or impressions of formerly living things, they are fossils. If the items are manmade, they are called antiquities or artifacts (also spelled artefacts).
Typically, items over 300 years are dug up either in the process of modern land development and construction, or by archaeological work. And they are also unearthed in attics, basements, and private collections too.
Given the relatively short history of writing systems in the United States of America, the word prehistoric is often attached to any unearthed items older than 300 years. Naturally, in our Fargo-Moorhead area, this includes a number of Native American artifacts. Though it should be noted that not all Native American artifacts are so old.
Vintage items are not as old as antiques. However, unlike the definition of an antique, labeling something vintage is far more subjective. The word vintage literally means "of age." With such an open meaning, there are many interpretations. Most antique dealers consider an item to be vintage if it is at least 40 years old. So, in the context of this blog date, a vintage item would be made between 1918 and 1978.
Even though many vintage items are nostalgic, they are sought after for many reasons besides their age. This includes decorating and collecting. And, because so many of these objects are still useable, they are often practical pieces with a unique flair.
In order to cover additional time periods, perhaps, many of those who buy and sell antique and vintage objects also use other words. Among them, the word "retro."
Retro is an affectionate shortening of the French word "retrograde." Like the word "retroactive," the original meaning references the past -- but is not from the past. Instead, retro goodies imitate the styles of the recent past. They are not copies or fakes; but items which give a nod to the past. Think of classics such as bowling shirts and letterman jackets.
However, over time, the definition of retro has also come to encompass things from the recent past -- things not old enough to be authentically vintage, but not merely "just used things" either. They are just old enough to be nostalgic. Many of these things still can be used -- or in the case of records, tapes, and CDs, played.
Typically, the term retro is given to items which are at least 20 years old (but not yet 40 years old). Again using today's posting date, retro items would be those made between 1979 and 1998.
Also found in antique malls like Fargo's F.A.R.M. are items which are not necessarily old at all, but still collectible. Among these things are what are called reproductions (sometimes called "repros" or "repops" in the antiques business). Reproductions are copies of older items. They are not "fakes" as they are not trying to pass themselves off as older or anything other than what they are: copies of, usually, much older things.
Some of these things, such as reproduction drawer pulls and hardware, allow for folks to more readily and affordably restore their old houses. And, in fact, many reproductions, including reproductions of antique Coke A Cola trays and old cast iron toys, have real value unto themselves.
Additionally, many antique malls -- the Fargo Antique & Repurposed Market included -- sell collectibles and curios. Collectibles and curios need not be old at all. They just have to be desired. Think of things like Breyer horses
Of course, often collecting new items leads to collecting the older variations... That's often how that collecting bug starts! You've been warned!