Mid-America News - MARCH 2017



The Red Apron marks fifth anniversary

The Red Apron antique mall in Liberty marked its fifth year of operation in December. "We have a quaint little red warehouse in Liberty where we tastefully cram thousands of items every month for your enjoyment," said owner Kirsten Sundell.

"The Red Apron was opened in December of 2011. I have a huge passion for antiques, vintage home goods, decorating, flea markets, estate sales and best of all garage sales. The Red Apron has 30 talented vendors who fill the store each month," she said.

"This is not your Grandma's antique store. We are fun, funky and eclectic," Sundell said. "Think fun fabrics and vibrant colors. Our vendors have been busy scouring estate sales, garage sales and thrift shops and turning tired antiques into exciting statement pieces for your home. Your home will look collected, not staged."

The former first grade teacher's life has been infused with antiques and collectibles. "I have always loved antiques and my house is full of them. The older I get, I tend to gravitate toward the items that remind me of my grandparent's homes," Sundell said.  

The Red Apron is conveniently located one mile from the Liberty Square at 1090 Hwy. H. It is only open the third Friday and Saturday of the month, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, go to www.theredapron.net or call 816-582-4541.


World War I Museum presents 'Posters as Munitions, 1917'

U.S. volunteer enlistment poster, 1917, "Join the Air Service," artist T. Paul Verrees (Image courtesy National World War I Museum and Memorial)

Soon after the outset of World War I, the poster, previously the successful medium of commercial advertising was recognized as a means of spreading national propaganda with unlimited possibilities. Its value as an educational or stimulating influence was more and more appreciated. The poster could impress an idea quickly, vividly, and lastingly.

The National World War I Museum in Kansas City has unveiled a major exhibit of recruitment posters in the exhibit, "Posters as Munitions, 1917". Posters from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the United States and more are featured, providing a sense of the global nature of this form of communication.

In almost every country involved in the war, the poster played its part as a munition of the war. The posters of 1914-1918 illustrate every phase and difficulty and movement: from recruiting to munitions work to war loans to the Red Cross to women's work. British historian Martin Hardie wrote in 1920, "It was inevitable that posters should be among the first munitions of war."

In Great Britain, the first official recognition of the poster's value was during the late 1914 recruiting campaign. French posters illustrate deep-felt emotion and the poignant appeal of the artists available to the poster production industry. The Central Powers found posters to be necessary as well. They urged "caution in conversation" and appealed to their peoples for aid in men and money.

In the United States, posters began to make their appeals to the "American sense of right and wrong" quickly after the country officially entered the war on April 6, 1917.
The first U.S. Liberty Loan posters made their appearance in the early summer of 1917. One American observer noted:

"Posters literally deluged the country. On every city street, along the rural highways, the posters were to be found repeating their insistent messages day and night."

The exhibit runs throughout 2017 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Dr. Kansas City. Website: www.theworldwar.org


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Funky Junk returns to downtown Atchison

The Funky Junk Flea Market started in 2014 on Atchison's downtown historic pedestrian mall. The next installment will be held March 18, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., with an emphasis on garden items. Merchandise for these shows are vintage and antique items, up-cycled furniture, linens, shabby, rusty, farmhouse goodness. Treats include home baked pies and pecan rolls. More than 30 dealers will participate. Check out Funky Junk's Facebook page. (photo courtesy city of Atchison)


Hutchinson to host Vintage World Market

The Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson will come alive the weekend of March 24-26 as the Vintage World Market returns to its home on the prairie. Some of the most desired vintage items will be available, as the many participating dealers will fill up the 40,000 square-foot Meadowlark Building, which provides easy access for customers and dealers alike, restrooms and concessions.

The Vintage World Market is a family-owned and operated organization, holding the markets twice a year. Applications for vendors are being taken at the website, www.vintageworldmarket.com. A three-day pass for shoppers is $10 in advance or $5 at the door each day. Children admitted free. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.


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Woolaroc adds trains, planes, automobiles and dolls

Some of the quality antique and vintage items available at the Midwest Antique and Art Show. (photo courtesy Cathy Rawson)

The Midwest Antique and Art Show observes its 31st year on Sunday, April 2 at the Hawkeye Fairgrounds in Cedar Rapids. At least 66 quality dealers will be exhibiting this year.

"This show venue is a high-end antiques and collectibles show, but one that has transitioned over the last 10 years to attract both younger buyers as well as our faithful, established clientele," said Cathy Rawson, organizer of the event. "We have encouraged dealers to expand offerings toward tastes of contemporary lifestyles and interest areas. Our dealers have worked hard to put forth tasteful booth presentation with an emphasis on interesting and out of the ordinary objects," Rawson said.

"Art of all kinds is the main attraction of the show whether it be in a hooked rug, a piece of mid-century furniture, a piece of pottery or an original painting," she said, also noting that younger buyers especially like the mid-century offerings and, in turn, often find a piece of folk art or art that fits in with their purchase. "Our dealers not only exhibit here in Iowa but at the prestigious New Hampshire Dealers Show, New York shows, New Mexico and Nashville shows," said Rawson.

Along with the Midwest Show, a separate venue, The Collector's Eye, will feature 38 dealers who specialize in advertising, jewelry, art glass, primitives, decorator items, pottery, toys and vintage clothing. Hours for both shows are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information on the website: www.mwantiqueshow.com.


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Nebraska auctions aid Mennonite charities

Handmade quilts and afghans, such as this one, will be up for auction in Aurora, March 31-April 1. (photo courtesy Mennonite

A weekend of wonderful food and a double auction featuring handmade quilts, arts and crafts are just a few of the things to look forward at the 38th annual Nebraska MCC Relief Sale at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Aurora. All proceeds from the sale March 31-April 1, go to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) a relief, service, humanitarian and peace agency. Admission is free.

The double auction features handmade quilts (most made locally and some coming from Pennsylvania), original artwork in various media, handcrafted wood items as well as some agriculture items and processed beef and pork. A wide range of smaller craft items, themed gift baskets and sports tickets will also be auctioned. Merchandise includes small crafts, kids' toys and games, embroidered tea towels, and a wide variety of home baked goods as well as cheeses, meats, dried fruit and nuts.

All buildings open at 4 p.m. on Friday night for viewing of the auction items and purchase of priced goods. Friday musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and an auction at 7 p.m. in separate buildings. All priced items are also available for sale on Friday, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. On Saturday morning the auctions begin at 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. continuing all day until all donated items and food are sold.

The meal and snack options for the weekend are plentiful including many ethnic Mennonite meal and snack options Breakfast served Saturday, 6:30-9:00 a.m. Delicious ethnic Mennonite snacks to purchase both Friday night and Saturday include New Year's cookies, Apple Prieshka and Kleine Zweiback. Plenty of free parking at the fairgrounds located at 8th and A Streets in Aurora.

Photos of items that will be for sale as well as additional information about the sale may be found at www.nebraskamccsale.org or on Facebook at Nebraska MCC Relief Sale.


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