Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market is proud to present tintype portraits by artist Kary Janousek of Old School Collodion.
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!
Things are a little different this year - but we are still going to have our annual holiday event at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market!
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!
So, let’s say you are shopping for vintage Christmas decorations here at the Farm. (Good on you!) Along the way, you spot something (or a dozen somethings) that you’d like to receive as a holiday gift. (We’re not judging, honest - we just know how easily this happens!)
If you’re browsing at a big box store or any local shop in your community which stocks national brands and inventory based on barcodes & SKUs, you can readily add any items to your wishlist app or gift registry service. But most gift registry and wish list apps are not set up to accommodate antique malls, indie shops, vintage boutiques - any real-world, brick & mortar shops which, like our shop, offer very special, hand-curated, hand-made, unusual, and other one-of-a-kind items. (All of which, by the way, are reasons the Farm is such a popular gift destination place in Fargo-Moorhead!)
As long-time shoppers ourselves, we here at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market are aware of these difficulties. (Hey, we were shoppers, gift-givers, and gift-receivers long before we were creators, curators, and sellers!) So we shopped around, tested a number of gift registry and wishlist apps, and found one which was head & shoulders above the rest: My Registry.
My Registry will most definitely work with the big stores - but it also will work for you when you are shopping at the Farm. You simply open the app, take a photo of the item & enter details, such as listing Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market as the location, the booth number and dealer code, and item price. Don’t worry; if you forget something, you can easily add to or edit the item info at any time.
As a bonus, even if the item on your wishlist has been sold, the photo will help our friendly staff direct the gift-givers to a similar item!
If you need any assistance, ask us! We’re here to help! Also, My Registry concierge service is available through live chat, phone, and email, seven days a week!
Now, with the My Registry app, you can easily add items from the Farm to a wish list or gift registry you can share with family & friends!
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!