Hey antique lovers, Jeff and I just got back from Minnesota and we’d love to talk to you a little bit about one of the hottest trends we picked for this trip, farmhouse antiques!
We absolutely love the trend of farmhouse antiques. Our shop is filled with one-of-a-kind authentic farmhouse items, some of which you can view here. This trend appeals to a wide variety of people because it combines both beauty and function. Just stepping out our back door at Firehouse Antiques will lead you straight into some family farms that date back to New Harmony’s beginnings. As you might imagine from all the Indiana corn jokes, we are literally surrounded by corn fields and this makes the Midwest the perfect picking grounds for some farmhouse charm. We love to head out on a drive and come across old barns filled with decades of a family’s farming history.
When we visit a family farm, the owners are often surprised that anyone would want their old windmill, their rusted barn pulleys, or even their old kitchen table, but these elements transition a home into a relaxing getaway full of charm and character. Converting a home to a farmhouse style only takes a few authentic pieces. Imagine your kitchen with a 100 year old kitchen table with turned legs and a black and white dairy sign from the turn of the century. These pieces fill the space in a way newer items can’t.
If you don’t live in an area with lots of farms, or asking a stranger to see if they have any interest in selling from their home, don’t worry. For the best farmhouse finds, Jeff and I highly recommend attending one of the Midwest’s many antique and flea markets. These markets are full of freshly picked items so the digging work is already done. One of our favorites is the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush, which is located in a small community of 800 residents in Southwestern Minnesota. This event is held in mid-August for the past 46 years and features over 400 vendors and 1,200 booths, with an average attendance between 50,000 to 100,000. You should definitely mark your calendars for this event! Be sure to keep an eye out for some of our favorite items right now, like feed sacks, dairy signs, dry sinks, and of course long harvest tables.
This year at Oronoco, we found an exquisite harvest table, multiple vintage agricultural signs, a 19th Century baker’s cabinet, Jadeite washtubs, and much, much more. Come check out our video of the trip to Minnesota. We would love it if you subscribe to our YouTube channel. Engagement helps the channel and we want to find out what you think, so please be sure to like and comment on the video.
Thanks so much for reading and we’ll see you soon antique lovers!