http://www.springfieldantiqueshow.com/ and their blog... http://www.antiqueshowinsider.blogspot.com/
Where: The Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ohio
Who: People who love junking, antiquing, collecting, decorating, etc., etc…
Why: Because the Springfield Extravaganzas (May and June) is a collection of close to 2500 vendors from all over the country who come to sell everything from fine antiques to garage sale finds, primitives, on so on…it's about as close to junking heaven as you can get! There are over a dozen buildings, AND outdoor vendors who cover most of the grounds. If you can’t find it at Springfield…well…you probably just can’t find it!! Tens of thousands of people (from all over the country) travel to the Clark County Fairgrounds on a treasure hunt that rivals most markets in the United States. I’ve visited quite a few flea markets in the surrounding states, and there is absolutely nothing to compare with this show (you can tell I’m a huge fan, huh?)!!
And the second reason is the food – you can find anything including fair favorites and local specialties.
There is plenty of parking; a wide variety of hotel accommodations and restaurants nearby, and antique malls just across I-70 – so an entire weekend could be jam-packed full of antiquing/junking adventures.
My friend, Terri, and I (aka Nostalgia’s Cottage) have sold at the Extravaganzas for about six years – shabby, cottage chic painted furniture, repurposed garden and home décor items, as well as repurposed/reused handmade items – like button bouquets, pincushions, collages, jewelry, “flea bags” from old fabric, etc., etc – just a lot of stuff – and always original! We’ve always had a great experience – awesome customers (who have become friends), and fellow vendors who “look out for each other”.
As usual, we’re in spaces 828 & 851 (yep - two spaces of BIG fun) – just watch for our cute sign. We have a blast setting up/decorating our area like “home sweet home” (which usually provides for some cheap entertainment to our neighboring vendors) it’s a comfortable, homey look, and people usually want to stay awhile…all we’re missing is a cup of tea!
And, like I said, the buying is amazing – I recommend bringing a cart or wagon to “haul” your buys (and there is usually a vendor who sells carts – how convenient is that???)… For some handy-dandy fleamarketing tips, check out Sue Whitney’s post at JunkMarket Style: http://www.junkmarketstyle.com/item/8981/tips-and-tricks-for-successful-flea-market-shopping. As always at an outside venue, the weather “might” provide a “challenge”, but true junkers don’t let a few raindrops stop them…right? (Tip: If you’re planning an overnight trip, make your reservations a couple months in advance…the rooms fill up!)
I’ll be doing a post-Extravaganza post…with pics of the people we meet, the junk we find, and just the overall fleamarketing adventure that is the Springfield Extravaganza!
P.S. For the preview, the first set of pics I’ve posted are from last year…much MORE to come!
One of Terri's awesome collages...(will post close-ups in an upcoming post)
My infamous "Brady Bunch" hanging light - a cheesy old lamp base transformed into it's present glorious self... See my post on JunkMarket Style: http://www.junkmarketstyle.com/item/11051/a-lamp-is-a-lamp-is-a-lampagain
A cute little girl's vanity (a redo - "before" pictures will be posted)...
Well...almost time to start packing...!