I asked someone once where I could find a really nice flea market around, and they looked at me funny and replied that there was no such thing.
Well thrifters, vintage and antique fanatics, treasure hunters, junkers, up cyclers, and whatever else we want to call ourselves know that there is most definitely such thing!
I’ve always been a little envious of one of my friends who grew up in the midwest, because she was always telling me how great the vintage and thrift shopping is there. I never really knew what she meant until our recent family vacation to the Lake Okoboji, Iowa area, and I was able to see for myself the array of vintage, antique, and unique treasures that we don’t see often here in the South.
We did a little research and realized the Treasure Village Flea Market would be open during the 4th of July while we were in the area, so we added it to our must-visit list. Well I did anyway, my husband and sons faithfully tagged along.
It was set up very well, a bit quaint and a little quirky, but I loved it! The vendors were so nice, the weather was perfect (well, maybe a little humid the day we were there), and there were most definitely treasures to behold!
We shopped a few more antique shops in the area, but fell in love with the Antique Mall. The place was unassuming from the outside, and I almost didn’t even go in. But I’m so happy we did. So are the vendors, because we spent our fair share of money. But treasure hunters all know, you only regret the purchases you didn’t make, right?
My daughter and I could’ve spent hours browsing here, there was so much to see. Like many antique stores, some vendors were over crowed, others were just right. But that’s the thrill of the hunt, browsing and looking, seeing something new every time you look.
My favorite things to find are wooden crates, large glass jugs, and milk glass, and we found a little of it all.
What about you readers, do you have a favorite that you look for when you shop vintage? I’d love to know!