Mid-America News - JANUARY 2020





Old Summit Antique Show ushers in the new year

A display by Darrow Antiques of Endicott, NE at a previous Old Summit Show. (photo courtesy Old Summit Antique Show)

Some of the finest dealers of primitive and country antiques will help to break the doldrums of winter on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Old Summit Country Antique Show. Old Summit has a tradition of being the first major show of the year in the Kansas City area.

Sandee Millett who organizes the show twice a year said that more than 60 dealers from around the Midwest are carefully selected to provide attendees with a fabulous shopping experience.
"It will take you back in time to the late 1800s," Millett said. She has held the Old Summit show for many years and is the proprietor of The Greenwood Mercantile and Millett & Company and is represented at Good Juju in Kansas City's West Bottoms.

The show will be held at the John Knox Pavilion in Lee's Summit, 400 NW Murray Rd. at the Hwy. 50 and Chipman Road exit from Interstate 470. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more details call 816-537-7033 or visit www.oldsummitantiqueshow.com.


Big sales upcoming at St. Joseph antique malls

Look for the red tag on items at the Jesse James and Rusty Chandelier Antique Malls during January. (photo courtesy Renee King)

January looks to be a great month to shop at the Jesse James and Rusty Chandelier Antique Malls in St. Joseph.

The malls are currently promoting a "red tag sale" with major discounts on items bearing a red price tag. The sale runs through Jan. 19.

The following week, the owners invite customers to a "Let's Make a Deal!" sale, Friday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

"Save up to 30 percent and more at both malls," said Renee King, marketing director. "Several dealers will be on-site to negotiate too."  

Jesse James Antique Mall and Rusty Chandelier, Exit 53, I-29 & Bus. Hwy. 71, St. Joseph, MO. For information: 816-676-0662.



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Conway Expo Center opens for the Antique Alley Show

More than 200 dealers will brave the winter chill Jan. 11-12 to ensure that the Antique Alley Arkansas Antique Show in Conway comes off in fine fashion. The show runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Conway Expo Center at the Faulkner County Fairgrounds, 2505 Oak St.

Organizers say that items for sale will range from true antiques to Mid-Century Modern and more.
The Expo Center opened in 2010 and encloses 40,780 usable square feet. This means Antique Alley can comfortably divide those square feet into over 200 10×10 booths. Booth space is still available.

If you're interested in becoming an exhibitor, check out www.antiquealley.com where you can see the booth layout, fill out an exhibitor registration form, and reserve a booth.


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Release your inner artisan during Guthrie Maker Days

Two women assist each other creating a blown-glass object during Guthrie Maker Days. (photo courtesy Guthrie Maker Days)

Guthrie is full of artisans and craftspeople and some of them have organized a new event for the first Saturday of each month – Guthrie Maker Days. The next Guthrie Maker Day will be held Jan. 4 and again on Feb. 1.

Owners of arts and crafts shops in Guthrie invite visitors for a variety of make-and-take opportunities. For a nominal fee, participants can make their very own work of art. The artisans of Guthrie invite all to learn a new skill or perfect one that you already possess; they will guide participants through the process. The options are many and perfect for any age.

"We hope that people will come and spend all day in Guthrie discovering all that we have to offer," said Cheri French, owner of Oklahoma Mini Mill. The term "maker" is not new and refers to the combining of traditional artisans with the new technology that is available today. "'Maker' is very on-trend right now and is a movement that reaches far beyond Guthrie," said Keely Stuever-Northup, owner of SWAK.

For more information see Facebook.


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Muscatine museum tells the pearl button story

Muscatine ruled as the "Pearl Button Capital of the world in the early 20th century. This collection is available for sale on Etsy.com. (photo courtesy Etsy.com)

In the late 1890s, a German button manufacturer was looking for freshwater mussels thick enough to cut buttons from the mother of pearl interiors. He found them in the Mississippi River in Muscatine. By 1905 Muscatine produced 1.5 billion pearl buttons annually. With nearly 37 percent of the world's buttons coming from Muscatine, the town became the undisputed Pearl Button Capital of the World.

The rise and fall of the pearl button industry occurred over a period of 75 years. At its height, the cutting-edge automated industry employed half the local workforce. Decades later the American-made pearl button buckled under the pressure of foreign competition, changing fashion, limited availability of shell, and the development and refinement of plastic buttons.

Visitors can get the whole story by visiting the National Pearl Button Museum in Muscatine. When in eastern Iowa, stop on by at 117 W. 2nd St. For details call 563-263-1052.


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