Sunday, August 21, 2011

Oronoco - A Big 'Oh Yes!'

Oronoco, Minnesota is a very small town. But - it's big on fabulous finds.
Once a  year, during  'Gold Rush Days' the town shuts down.  Antique dealers big and small move in for the weekend and line the streets.  Booths are literally in yards, driveways and open spaces.  Decorating co-captain Linda and I have gone a few years in a row and it has become one of the highlights of our summer.  This year, we were ready with my mini-van and the essentials -coffee,  bottled water, sunscreen, a handy dandy tape measure, protein bars, band aids (can't be bothered by pesky foot blisters) and the cart.
Most importantly, our lucky jewelry and cash!

Seriously, in every direction you look, the streets are lined with booths,  people and more booths.  It's fabulous and goes on forever.   There are streets, sections, little hills and thank goodness, port-a-potties!  The one thing to keep in mind: This is not a garage sale.

These are dealers. 
 Prices are high - as in $75 for a McCoy vase or $1700 for a vintage sign.
The first year we went, we had serious sticker shock. 
 We learned to bypass the expensive booths, and hunt down the deals. 
They are there, but you need to find them and be ready to bargain.
One of the reasons we go is because so many of the things - you just don't see twice.

Our first purchase and we knew when we saw them, we couldn't pass them up:
Wooden baby shoe forms.  $18.
 Linda and I bought them and each took one.

We came across a feisty dude with tables full of old clocks.
He seemed annoyed to actually have to sell something to us.
We couldn't stand him, but we loved his clocks.  At $& $8 a piece. Sold.

We kept running into fantastic old phones.
Most were also fantastically priced - $175yikes!
We posed, then we passed.

Vintage suitcases, fantastic metal chairs.
We weighed in on a lemonade and an ice cream malt.
Hey, a girl's gotta keep cool.

Linda recognized this fun dealer from other blogs - a tried and true junk lover.
He was a sport and an all around nice guy.

Sadly, we left this adorable sink and oven set behind.
 It was only $20 and I am basically kicking myself. Sheesh! What was I thinking?!

We thought we were pretty sneaky - parking our cart in the 'no parking' spot.
Well, not really - but by this time we were loopy.
There were sights as far as the eyes can see.......

Oronoco is about and hour and a half from the Twin Cities.
We got there at 9:30 am and left at 6:30 pm.
We walked and walked.  It was hot and dusty. 
We loved it.

Last but not least, if you know me at all... Well, you'd know that I had to take this pic:

Naughty!!  hardy har har.

Next post.. all our finds. They are oh so sweet and worth every single step. 

xo Jeanne
(it has taken me a day and a half to recover.)


  1. Looks like you guys had a fabulous time! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Climax box. No pun intended, but there you are. LOL

  2. That is one sale I haven't been too! It's on my "list"... at least the weather was wonderful and you did find some sweet treasures.

  3. OMG those vintage Motel Chairs in the gorgeous hues... I'd want them ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you only tell I'm a hoarder of Beautiful Junque??? *LOL*

    Dawn... The Bohemian


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