10/30/2022 0 Comments
Holiday Open House 2022 at The FARM
Here are the dates for our annual Holiday Open House at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market!
Can you believe it's been nearly 7 years since Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market was born?!
Officially, our anniversary date is October 15th, but, as many Farm Friends know, we've traditionally celebrated in September with a flea market. But as The Farm is always dropping the fresh finds and fun, we've decided to celebrate with something new: Dealer Dicker Day.
Thanks to all of you, The Farm was voted the Best Antique Shop of the Red River Valley for the second year in a row!
As the winner of the InForum's annual Best of the Red River Valley competition, we were asked a few questions. Not all of them were printed in the publication, so we thought we would share them here.
What makes what you do special to customers? How do you define customer service?
All vendors at The FARM strive to keep a clean shop while providing the unique antique, vintage, repurposed, decorator, and collectible items our customers are looking for. Customer service is all about providing attentive personal experiences for our visitors, our Farm Friends.
What's the most memorable moment of the past year for your or your team?
Honestly, our business is built on daily memorable moments… Helping a sister find candlesticks for her sister’s wedding, watching as older men become little boys when they spot their childhood toys, helping someone replace a broken item or find the perfect gift, assisting the woman who turns a corner and cries seeing that picture just like the one grandma had, aiding in the discovery of a vintage vinyl score, sharing in the happiness that Farm Friends feel when they bring a friend into the mall for the first time… These connections are so important to us.
What's new for your business? What should people know about your business and what you do?
Daily we bring in fresh finds, reorganize, redecorate, to keep the mall an inspiring, fun place to visit. We had just started our events program when the pandemic hit, and are looking forward to returning to those connections with our customers and local non-profit organizations.
How do you plan on defending your title next year?
To remain focused on what we do best: Providing unique items and great customer experiences in a clean shop while being an active part of the Red River Valley community.
Thank you, again, for voting us number one! We hope to see you at The Farm soon!
Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market, aka The FARM, mixes the past with the future this Halloween season by offering live tarot readings at the antique mall!
Along with the usual antique, vintage, & historical items, there will be more unusual finds, including handmade scented “Horror Film” candles, rare Halloween blow mold figures, uranium glass, vintage x-rays, and other hard-to-find oddities. And the Holiday Hayloft will be open too.
he Farm will mix the past with the future too by offering live tarot card readings from local expert Bonnie Bee. Bonnie Bee is an intuitive tarot card reader with over 40 years of experience. Her clairsentient ability was passed down to her through her mother, who was also a tarot card reader. A five-card tarot spread reading with Bonnie Bee will be just $10.
The Halloween festivities begin on October 21st, Thursday night, at 5:30 pm, with a special seasonal shopping atmosphere created with special lighting.
Kristi Bixby, the owner of the antique mall, says, “When the overhead lights are off in the building, the antique mall has an almost magical ambiance from the glow of lights in the individual booths. Halloween season is the perfect time to showcase such a mood."
On Saturday, October 23rd, Bonnie Bee will return to offer more tarot readings from noon until 4 pm.
We hope you'll stop in for a spell!
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.
5/20/2020 0 Comments
All About Cottage Paint
Since Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market first opened its doors in October of 2015, we've carried Cottage Paint. Many of you know & love Cottage Paint - as you should! But we thought it was time to tell you more about what Cottage Paint is and why it is so great to work with.
Cottage Paint is both a chalk paint and a clay paint. It is made with both clay and chalk components, providing a flat, matte, chalky, velvety-aged, time-worn finish that so many love.
And there are practical reasons to love this furniture paint too.
Simply put, Cottage Paint takes all the best qualities of milk paint, chalk paint, and clay paint - combining them into an inexpensive and easy to use, no fuss medium for renewing and restoring your furniture, cupboards, frames, and other creative DIY decor projects.
Whether your decorator look is shabby chic, country, cottage, rustic, farmhouse, bohemian - or you're simply a fan of vintage and antique looks, and you want more of that worn, weathered, homespun, casual feel of lived-in charm, Cottage Paint is the key. And an easy to use key at that!
The FARM is proud to be one of the very few places in the region to carry a complete range of Cottage Paints - from furniture paints and supporting decorative finishes, to other DIY furniture paint essentials. And we now carry Cottage Paints in our online shop - you can purchase online & pick it up in the store or make curb-side arrangements!
Posted below is our complete Cottage Paint color chart - if we do not have a color in stock, contact us to order it!
This Friday, January 10th, is National Houseplant Appreciation Day and to celebrate, our friends at Baker Garden and Gift has invited Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market to the greenhouse for a Vintage Succulent Garden Workshop!
At this workshop, the Farm is providing the vintage planters while Baker nursery will provide the succulents, soil, rocks, sand - and the savvy info to keep these plants alive!
This National Houseplant Appreciation Day event is part of our January celebration of National Hobby Month.
In keeping with the spirit of the houseplant hobby - whether you have a green thumb or are just beginning your indoor plant adventure - here are some true facts about plants:
Fact: Houseplants are good for your health. (Which is why we need to appreciate them more!)
Fact: Talking to plants really does help them grow - especially if the speaker is a woman!
Fact: Music really is good for plants. (So music lovers can combine hobbies!)
Yes, plants can be considered pets! (And landlords don't object to plant pets!)
So go on, start your life-long love affair with plants! Attend the succulent plant workshop at Baker this Friday!
If you can't make it - or even if you do attend and fall in love with succulents in vintage planters! - the Farm will continue the celebration on Saturday, January 11th, with some healthy succulents from the Baker nursery planted in vintage pots and planters! Or just stop at the Farm to gift your houseplants with stylish new-to-them vintage pot. Lots of possibilities, including vintage and antique tins, gravy boats, tea cups, bowls, and, of course, planters! Some of the names collectors might recognize are Hall, Johnson, & Francoma... Come take a look!
4/20/2018 11 Comments
What Does Repurposed Mean?
Recently at the Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market Blog, we discussed the antiques part of the shop's name. Today, we're going to explore the second part, the repurposed part!
Repurposed items are those which are now used in a manner unintended by the original maker. It could be as simple as where you position an item. For example, place an antique iron at the door and now the iron serves as a doorstop. It could be as easy as a new way to use the item. An example of this sort of repurposing would be placing a vintage wooden ironing board behind the sofa and, voila! you now have a "new" console table.
Repurposing can also involve altering the item somehow. It could be as fun as painting and stenciling that old wooden ironing board to create a rustic sign for the family's laundry room. Or, a bit more complicated, turning that boring old cocktail table into clever, eye-catching seating.
When things are creatively repurposed or reused, the process is often called "upcycling." Upcycling is a bit like recycling -- only instead of melting down things like glass and plastic to reproduce more of the same (more or less), upcycling transforms undesired objects into desired ones.
It could be as traditional as dying and embellishing clothing and textiles to hide spots. It could be as practical as repainting and reupholstering to freshen up the furniture. It could be as simple as using mismatched china cups, glassware, and ceramic bowls as planters.
It could be as crafty as converting balls of thread and old glass cigar holders into little vases, turning an old sewing drawer into a decorative wall-mounted version, or stitching those fabric scraps into whimsical decor items.
Repurposing and upcycling can also be a bit more challenging...
Rescued, reclaimed, and found pieces can be combined to make new creations. Glass and crystal pieces are refashioned into solar lights. Cast iron sewing machine legs proudly carry new shimmering tabletops. Those unplayable vintage vinyl records play a new tune when turned into clocks & coasters.
And then there are times when repurposing is taken to new levels.
Such as when old film cameras become lamps -- complete with lampshades made with vintage film slides. When this is done, the items are often considered to be altered artworks. Like folk art, altered art pieces are works which have value far beyond their components.
Whether you call it repurposed, upcycled, or altered art, the reuse of "junk" is not only better for our environment in terms of lessening the loads taken to landfills, but also reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials and therefore means reductions in energy usage and pollution. Just as it is with buying vintage, buying repurposed items made from the normally discarded bits and bobs of this world is good for the planet.
If you're the crafty sort who is inspired by the ideas you see at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market, in home decor magazines, on Pinterest, etc., F.A.R.M. has all sorts of supplies for you!
DIY fans will enjoy picking through salvaged architectural pieces, looking for just the right old door to turn into a headboard, the picture perfect window to frame family portraits, and the properly weathered boards and patina colored metal sheets to complete that project.
There are smaller finds too...
Vintage aprons and hankies just waiting to be sewn into sunny kitchen curtains. Vintage chenille bedspreads to turn into adorable stuffies and comfortable pillows. Vintage drawers and enamelware pieces for centerpieces and small garden planters. Old glass bottles ready to be vases... So many pieces to play with!
And, of course, F.A.R.M. carries Cottage Paint so you can refresh and rescue and refreshen your existing furniture, cabinets, frames, signs, and more!
Come on in F.A.R.M. -- find unique decor for you home and be inspired!
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