In early February, The FARM was notified by The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce that the mall owner, Kristi Bixby, had been nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2020 ChamberChoice Awards!
Monday, we were informed that candidate lists had been finalized - and Kristi is on it!
We are all so proud of Kristi for achieving this honor, and we know she is deserving! Our fingers are crossed the Chamber committee agrees!
This time of year, we are all overdue for a little fun. While we consider the shop highly entertaining, we thought we should take things up a notch or two and have an especially fun and free event at The FARM for the Fargo-Moorhead community.
This Saturday, March 7th, The FARM will be hosting a Cabin Fever event designed to chase away the seasonal blues. Our event will feature free cider tasting from Wild Terra, North Dakota's first urban cidery and cider bar!
And if you like what you try, you can purchase more, because Wild Terra will be on-hand to sell some of their favorite ciders too!
Ross Grothmann, of Big Beard Antiques, one of our vendors, is also a big fan of Wild Terra. “It’s great to have fresh options in Fargo that give you the experience of something unique, something hand-crafted, and at the same time something of our shared history. Wild Terra’s offerings and atmosphere are a fresh take on a fun place to go and a great experience. One of the things that I love about what they do so well is create a vibrant space where it’s easy to enjoy good company, good food and great cider. I recommend checking them out, and I’m excited they are partnering with us for this event.”
But wait, there’s more!
There are a lot of great things to pair with hard cider, but what could be better than free live music!
Our Cabin Fever event will feature live music from Fargo’s own Kwaician and Darin Loven, of Smith & Loven Six String Circus!
Kwaician, Darin Loven, and other local acoustic musicians will be performing at The FARM in support of Excite Music, a non-profit organization based in Fargo, North Dakota that helps children in the F-M and West Fargo community gain access to music.
With their encouragement and financial help, more of our area kids have access to instruments, lessons, and mentorship they otherwise wouldn’t have.
It’s important to have fun - but we can do good too!
Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market’s Cabin Fever Fix event is on Saturday, March 7, 2020. It starts at noon and runs until 6 pm. Don’t miss this fun & free FM community event!
Did we mention this is a free event? ;)
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!
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!
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!
Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market will be celebrating National Trivia Day all day Saturday, January 4th! If you'd like to play along, just stop in at the front desk & pick yer poison - err, trivia category ;)
You'll be asked a trivia question, and if you are correct, a little prize you'll get!
Play fair: No use of devices, no "phone a friend." Just you and the knowledge in yer noodle! Limit one question/prize per person.
Let's have fun!
Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market is super excited to announce our first DIY events: Junk Journal Workshops with Lil Muske!
Part of our January is National Hobby Month events lineup, these workshops are like a Junk Journaling 101 - an introduction to the basics of making your very own junk journal. And, yes, you will leave the workshop with your very own handmade junk journal book!
For those who don’t know much about junk journals, they are similar to scrapbooks - with the major difference being that junk journals are handmade books primarily made with found & recycled (or repurposed) materials. As such, the process makes the books a combination of paper (or mixed media) arts and journaling, whether that journaling is for the written word, drawing or doodling, photos, or some combination thereof.
In the words of Chelle, the creator of Art Journalist, a junk journal is “a book which is often made through found and recycled materials to be used as a way to collect and record memories, thoughts, ideas, and inspiration.”
If you’ve ever enjoyed flipping through vintage scrapbooks, you’ll love junk journals!
Shown above are some old scrapbooks as seen in Scrapbooks: An American History by Jessica Helfand.
Below are some pages from one of Zelda Fitzgerald’s scrapbooks, described by Jessica Helfand as “a series of marvelous makeshift collages that combine fund matter with drawing & writings,” and a “compendium of letters, photographs, clippings, reviews, invitations, gossip, and idle chatter.”
Who knows, one day, someone may be as enchanted by turning the pages of your junk journal as many of us are looking at Zelda Fitzgerald’s scrapbook!
Because you create junk journals, the books are as individual as you are. Junk Journals can be shades of vintage ivory & white, full of crazy wild pop art color, soft & romantic - they can be about journaling your travel, planning your wedding, documenting your life - or your pets’!
Other junk journal ideas include, family reunion or other event gifts, gratitude journals, and motivational goal journals (equal parts workbook, journal, & planner). The possibilities in themes and purpose are as endless as your creativity & materials!
Instead of buying an artsy journal, fancy leather notebook, scrapbook, or blank book, you can make your own junk journal at the Farm!
In our Junk Journal Workshops, Lil Muske will walk you through the basics of making your own journals - you will leave with a bound book to continue your journaling fun!
There are a few books available to buy on how to make a junk journal, as well as video guides and tips, but in our hands-on workshop, you can ask questions as you are making one!
Of course, at Farm we have lots of old paper, ephemera, ribbons, bits & bobs to continue embellishing your journal - and start new ones.
These are Junk Journaling 101 Workshops, but those who enjoy making them may want to come along for the time to get their DIY on - & it’s a great way to introduce your friends to the junk journaling magic!
There are 2 dates for the Junk Journal Workshops, and seating is limited, so please reserve your spot today at our Eventbrite page!