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!
Hello, Farm Friends!
January is National Hobby Month - and to celebrate we have a lot of events planned at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market!
Our Farm events include:
More details on all of this to come, so be sure you’ve signed up for our newsletter!
Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market's Annual Holiday Sale is all set for December 14 & 15 this year!
In keeping with our tradition, we will have a store-wide sale along with cookies, coffee, & hot cider.
The hourly prize drawings went over so well at our open house that we just have to continue them too!
Saturday, December 14: 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday, December 15: Noon to 6 pm
We look forward to celebrating with you!
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!
Collectors and decorators alike enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Searching for those special, unique pieces is nearly as much fun as finding them! And now, through the end of October, you can enjoy hunting at Farm even more...
From now, until the end of October, Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market is making the hunting for antiques, vintage, collectibles, gifts, & decor even more freakin' eerie-sistible with our Find The Spirit Of Halloween At Farm event!
Search the shop for hidden ghosts, like the one shown here. Find one, present it to the cashier, and you'll save from 12% all the way up to 50% off an item from participating vendors!
...Also, we have a fantastic selection of vintage & collectible Halloween items in the store, including vintage blow mold ghosts, cats, jack o'lanterns; antique Halloween postcards, bewitching decor & so much more... Take a look!
So stop on in! Become a ghost hunter & find the spirit of Halloween - & savings - at the Farm!
One ghost coupon per person, per visit. Good on day found; not valid on items marked "firm."
Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market is celebrating 4 years in business with a huge, store-wide sale and an outside flea market!
Saturday, September 21:
Store open from 10 am until 7 pm.
Flea Market runs from 10 am until 6 pm.
Sunday, September 22:
Store open from noon until 6 pm.
Flea Market runs from noon until 5 pm.
That's 65 vendors inside, plus more spaces setup in the parking lot!
Two amazing days of deals, discoveries, & discounts as we celebrate our 4th anniversary! Vintage, antiques, collectibles, decor, furniture, repurposed -- all around good junkin'! Fun & refreshments too! See you at the Farm!
Oh, and please do share this event on Facebook with your friends, coworkers, neighbors, family
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!
Yes, it's that time of year again! Time for our great big flea market out in the parking lot!
This year, we have over 20 dealers participating outside - with all of our over 60 vendors inside having sales of 10-50% off inside!
Here's a bit more info from our spot on Valley News Live's North Dakota Today:
Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 10 am until 6 pm.
Sunday, June 23, 2019, from noon until 5 pm.
Shop itself will be open normal hours (until 7 pm on Saturday, until 6 pm on Sunday).
New this year - a food truck! Great eats from Texas Best Express will be available on-site from 11 am until 4 pm on Saturday & from noon until 4 pm on Sunday.
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!