Mid-America News - MARCH 2019




Platte City hosts two shows on the same

Graham Barnes presides over his collection of electrical insulators at last year's Northwest Missouri Insulator and Bottle Show and Sale. The show returns to Platte City on March 16. (photo courtesy Missouri Valley Insulator Club)

Platte City will be alive with antique enthusiasts and collectors over the weekend of March 16-17, as two separate events are scheduled.

The 47th annual Platte City Antique Show will run over two days, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday and 11a.m-3 p.m. on Sunday. More than 55 dealers will participate at the Platte County R-III High School, Interstate 29 at Hwy. 92. There is a $3 admission charge. Refreshments will be for sale. The Platte County Wrestling Club sponsors the annual show.

And on Saturday, March 16 the Missouri Valley Insulator Club will host the Northwest Missouri Insulator and Bottle Show and Sale. It will be held at the Platte County Fairgrounds, 15730 Fairgrounds Rd. Admission is free.

Dealers will have a whole variety of glass items, featuring electrical insulators, bottles, jars, telephones, signs and other miscellaneous collectibles. New dealers are welcome and should call Darryl Wagner at 816-719-0801.



Annual Mark Twain Lake Antique Show returns to Paris

Shoppers get in on the action at last year's Mark Twain Lake Antique Show in Paris. The 37th annual edition is set for March 23. (photo courtesy Beta Sigma Phi)

The 37th annual Mark Twain Lake Antique Show & Sale returns to the Paris High School Gym on Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a quality antique show that has been held annually for 36 years. A large group of dealers are coming from four states and featuring a wide variety of antiques.  More than 30 dealers of premium antiques and collectibles will participate.
Lunches will be available and they say the homemade pies are not to be missed.

The Beta Xi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sponsors the show. Paris High School is located at 25686 Bus. Hwy. 24. Admission is $5. For more details call 660-327-4994 or go to the show's Facebook page.



Greenwood Handmade Market coming up

This knitted hat and scarf are examples of the merchandise that will be available on March 23 at the Greenwood Handmade Market hosted by Greenwood Vintage Market, 502 W. Main St. in Greenwood.
For more information call 816-537-7172 or check their Facebook page.



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Topeka awaits NOTO Arts & Antique Festival

The Great Overland Station will be the venue for the NOTO Arts and Antique Festival in Topeka. (photo courtesy NOTO)

The NOTO Arts and Antique Festival is a two-day show and sale event featuring high quality art and antiques from the region and beyond set for March 15-16. The Topeka festival will also feature an array of workshops offered by local experts on topics related to the arts and antiques.

The historic NOTO Arts and Entertainment District is home to art galleries, antique and home décor shops, restaurants, bars, and other retail businesses, all locally owned and operated. The NOTO Arts Center is located at 935 N. Kansas Ave. in the heart of the NOTO District.

The Arts and Antique Festival exhibits will be at the Great Overland Station, located at the south end of the district. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this elegant former railroad station serves as a museum and event venue.  Educational workshops and presentations will be offered at various locations throughout the district.

Hours are 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information check the NOTO website, www.explorenoto.org or call 785-408-8996.


Funky Junk Flea Market set for Atchison

Enjoy the historic charm of Atchison while attending the Funky Junk Flea Market on March 30. (photo courtesy Atchison Chamber of Commerce)

If you want some more junk in your trunk, then you better head to Atchison on Saturday, March 30 for the Funky Junk Flea Market downtown on the mall. This event is sponsored by the city of Atchison. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

It will feature vintage items, retro, artisans, antiques, collectibles, memorabilia, repurposed furniture, books, magazines, recycled items and many more fabulous finds. "Experience junk like you never have before," is the show's operating concept.

Vendor booths are still available at $10 apiece. For details contact Susan Turnbull, city of Atchison downtown coordinator by email at susant@cityofatchison.com.



Kids of all ages head to Norton for the toy show

A pristine antique toy delivery truck is just the kind of treasure that visitors will find at the Tri-State Farm Toy & Collectibles Show, set March 16 in the National Guard Armory in Norton. It is the oldest show of its type in the area and dealers from three states will display old and new farm toys and more. Concessions include homemade pies. Admission is $2 and free for kids accompanied by an adult. Dealer space is available. Contact David Will at 785-877-2341. The Norton United Methodist Men and Norton Travel & Tourism sponsor the show. (photo courtesy Norton Travel & Tourism)




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Antique Spectacular coming to Rock Island and then to Dubuque

Vintage glassware and perfume atomizers were part of last year's Antique Spectacular show in Rock Island. (photo courtesy Melting Pot Productions)

The annual Spring Antique Spectacular Vintage Market is coming to Rock Island, IL, March 1-3.  This anticipated bi-annual event, features 70 vintage vendors with antiques and vintage items galore. The show, now in its 25th year, will be located at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave. 70 dealers are expected to participate.

Later in the month, March 22-24, Antique Spectacular will travel up Mississippi River to Dubuque, IA and will spend those three days at the Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street. This event will feature 80 dealers.

"Both shows will be overflowing with a wonderful variety of fine antiques and vintage collectibles for sale," said Kimberly Schilling of Melting Pot Productions, organizer of Antique Spectacular.  Featured will be select antique dealers with unique merchandise from around the world.  Hunters of vintage will have an opportunity, all weekend, to shop the wide range of quality antiques.

Schilling noted that The Antique Spectacular events will attract enthusiasts of all types due to the great selection of furniture, art pottery, country, stoneware, books, prints, primitives, jewelry, silver, antique glassware, American Indian items, china, postcards, coins, quilts, dolls, toys, advertising, marbles, rugs, vintage textiles and period pieces.

Hours for both shows are 4–9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is free at both. For more information and a discount coupon visit the website www.antiquespectacular.com.



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