It’s warming up around the Midwest now and that means outdoor flea market season has returned. Last summer we tried to conquer a couple of the outdoor markets. We traveled to Sparks, Kansas and What Cheer, Iowa, and we found both to be overwhelming – one because of the heat and one because we just couldn’t get a good handle on how to tackle the large venue.

There was no doubt our inability to make the most of these venues cost us: when we came back empty-handed from Sparks, I read on another blog where the gal had returned from the same market, triumphantly talking about the “dollar jewelry table.” Dollar jewelry table? Granted we wilted in the heat (and vendors did, too, as many of them began packing up early)… but we did manage to make a pass through the whole market and I certainly didn’t see a dollar jewelry table!

Fortunately, I think this weekend we got it figured out, and managed to achieve three things: have fun, see the entire market, and get some great bargains on items we’re pretty sure will be a good fit for our booths.

We started out with the intention of just going to Rutledge, Missouri, but mid-afternoon as we were finishing up our visit there, one of the vendors told us that there was in fact another market taking place the same day, just a few miles away at Colony. So – just when we thought we were done for the day, we headed down the road to gather up a few more treasures. Here are some scenes from our thoroughly enjoyable day!

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Colony Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

 

We’ll share our small-but-mighty pile of picks soon!

 

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