Sunday, March 20, 2011

Some Antiquing and Flea Market Time Reprise

Today I am joining Char at Happy to Design  for Sunday Favorites. This post was from September 5, 2010. Please check out the other great reposts at:

Country Living Magazine said, "Tiny Sparks, Kansas — population 9! — hosts crowds of up to 75,000 twice each summer, with 450 dealers displaying a range of antiques and collectibles at great prices. "

Coming to Sparks on Labor Day weekend has become a fun tradition in the last few years. Saturday was a beautiful day, high in the 80's and sunny. Several of us went to the Sparks Antique and Flea Market and then up the highway to the White Cloud Flea Market. These little towns are northwest of St. Joseph, Missouri, in Kansas.

As it got crowded, many began standing on tip toes to see.

This little bottle fed goat was a pet of one of the vendors. He got lots of attention!

Then I started getting hungry......I am very suggestive.

As we got back on the highway, the trail of parked cars had grown.

That's a soybean field behind the cars, and running along those hills in the background is the Missouri River.

White Cloud sits on the banks of the Missouri River. Long before the white men came to the area, the land belonged to the Ioway tribe, whose chief was White Cloud. Entry to the river is right at the base of Main Street. White Cloud's flea market was all on the main drag.

Ice Cream time?


Diane said...

Love the pics! Wish I was there... just love a good flea market.

Marigene said...

Looks like a fun place to spend the day! I will have to remember, Labor Day weekend...

Keetha Broyles said...

My favorite picture is the one of all those cars parked every which way along the soy bean field!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Pat...

Ohh my goodness...I would just to visit this once a year flea in Sparks, Kansas! Sure wished it was on the west side of Kansas (closer to Colo.) than over on the east side! Boohoo! I had so much fun looking through all of the pretties in your photos! I seen several things that caught my eye! What a fabulous trip, my friend! A great experience all the way around! Thank you for sharing it with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week! It was soo very nice to have you join in with the fun!

Warmest spring wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Nan said...

Hi Pat, thank you for visiting my blog! And I'm SO GLAD you played the music - rock on! Once in a while we have to forget our age and be a teen! Now, this flea market.... love it. I'm so ready for yard sales & flea markets! Now back to read more... Have a great week!

Kris said...

Hello Pat~ Love this flea mkt. photo! Looks like fun. I see you are from the Midwest. We live close to a monthly flea mkt. at the Springfield fairgrounds. They have a spring and fall extravaganza each year. I love it! :)
Thank you for your sweet comment left at Redbuds and Wrens. Enjoy these beautiful low humid days amongst your lovely flowers. I spent the morning picking off those pesky japanese beetles. ~ Kris