Editor’s note: I wrote this post back in early August, but had to publish another post before I could publish this one. The four-day weekend referenced in this post was the first weekend in August.
It’s Monday as I write this and I’m on day 4 of a four-day weekend. I’m planning to spend the afternoon helping my daughter clean her apartment. She is just back from six months living in Orlando, working at Walt Disney World as part of their college program. I had a great time going to visit her in May – we spent Mother’s Day at the Atlantic Ocean and the following day from open til close at The Magic Kingdom.
She arrived home last night and now she heads back to her apartment in Ames to start a new school year at Iowa State University. But not without a deep clean of the apartment, and copious amounts of laundry!
Meanwhile, Greg & I spent the first two days of our long weekend at a fabulous outdoor flea market in What Cheer, Iowa, followed by an overnight stay at The Catfish Place Campground in Arbela, Missouri, then a visit to the outdoor market in Colony, Missouri.
The What Cheer market was excellent – we have been on the lookout for a few specific items lately, items we have noted are selling well in the antique malls where we have our booths. We were lucky to find a couple of them: in particular a wooden ladder and a small wooden barn gate. Here are some pictures from What Cheer – their next market is September 30-October 2.
En route to Arbela, we stopped at a couple of small-town antique stores. This one in particular was fantastic: Anderson’s/Cherry Grove Antiques in Downing, MO. This shop is amazing – rooms and shelves piled high enough that you get to dig a little for treasure, but overall very well organized and one of those places that is much bigger inside than it looks from the street. Unlike a lot of shops, this one also makes full use of its basement area. That’s where I took most of my pictures – it was amazing!
Our stay at The Catfish Place was quiet and uneventful – this is a small family-owned facility that includes primitive and full hook-up camp sites, a few cabins, a restaurant, swimming pool, shower house, and small ponds with rentable water toys. A few of these amenities were in a bit of disrepair during our stay, but our waterfront spot was quiet with a beautiful view of the sunset and the opportunity to interact with a trio of pretty ducks. (Confession: I fed them pieces of potato chips and named them Bob, Ted, and Felicia. Of the three, Ted was the only one who wouldn’t take the chips right from my fingers.) Our camping spot was quite affordable at $13 for the night, and the one amenity we really needed – the shower – worked great. So it was well worth it!
On Saturday we headed a few miles down the road to Colony. This market takes place two weekends a month throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. On one of those weekends, it coincides with the Rutledge Flea Market about 4 miles away. We attended both of these markets back in April, and thought at the time that we might come back down to Colony since we had previously walked that one toward the end of a rather long day.
On this trip, we came down on the weekend when only the Colony market was open. This turned out to be a disappointing mistake. The Colony market is notably smaller than Rutledge, and on the day (Saturday) when it should have been the busiest, literally only four vendors were open when we walked through an hour after the posted opening time. Needless to say we concluded our walk-through in record time and headed back to Des Moines, and we were home by early afternoon.
Despite the lackluster showing at Colony, we had, once again, a great weekend of treasure-hunting and campsite-sitting. Many good weekends left in this outdoor market season!