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!
Based on all of your requests for appraisals of your vintage, retro, and antique items in the Fargo-Moorhead area, we are now offering Trash Or Treasure events at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market!
These quick little appraisals are ideal for discovering the current market value of your item(s) and may be particularly helpful in determining whether or not to keep, donate, or sell. Also, the information will assist in deciding if it makes financial sense to invest in the several hundred dollars that a more in-depth appraisal (for insurance or other contractual purposes) would cost.
The first of the events will be held on the following dates:
Friday, September 6: from noon til 4pm
Sunday, September 8: from 1pm - 5pm
Details as follows:
* $5 per item
* limit of three (3) items per person
* 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
Please keep an eye on this website's Event Page, our Facebook page, and in-store calendar for additional dates!
See you at The Farm!
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!
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!
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!