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Fling yourself into fall with this annual junk festival

November 2021

Bring plenty of shopping bags to the Fall Fling Flea Market, Antique and Junk Festival, Nov. 6-7 at the Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln.

Depression glass, coins, old firearms, old advertising signs, furniture, vintage clothing and old toys will be up for grabs, being sold by more than 100 vendors from around the region.

Some vendors will even feature their own homemade treasures with which to pamper yourself or a loved one, such as bath bombs and spa products.

Come find that special treasure or perfect gift at one of the Midwest’s largest shows. Call 402-505-6234 for more information.

Fall Fling

The Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln, NE, will be the site of the Fall Fling Flea Market, Antique and Junk Festival, Nov. 6-7. (photo courtesy of Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Spectacular deals can be found at vintage market

November 2021

The Antique Spectacular Vintage Market Quad Cities returns to the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Nov. 5-7.

More than 70 vendors will descend on the venue to sell fine antiques and vintage collectibles. Items for sale include furniture, art, American Indian items, china, postcards, primitives, silverware, glassware, coins, rugs and textiles.

“With the Antique Spectacular, there is always something to interest every collector, whether they have a new interest in vintage and repurposed for decorating their home or have been collecting antiques for years,” according to the state’s tourism website, enjoyillinois.com. “The list of amazing vintage items is endless and all under one roof for the convenience to shop all weekend, for a timeless vintage treasure, that is new to you.”

For more information, visit www.antiquespectacular.com.

Antique Spectacular

Antique perfume bottles and glassware are among the items that await shoppers at the Antique Spectacular Vintage Market, Nov. 5-7 at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, IL. (photo courtesy of enjoyillinois.com)

Jubilation for shoppers at Junk Jubilee

November 2021

Called the “ultimate vintage experience,” Junk Jubilee Jingles is a family affair that will bring a smile to the faces of treasure hunters this holiday season.

Set for Nov. 12-14 in Des Moines, founder and owner Miccia Humphrey calls the event a “fantastic place to find someone a special gift.” Humphrey founded the event in 2010 and has the good fortune of having help from her son Sam, nephew Seth and his wife Sara in staffing it. The jubilee specializes in antiques, retro/vintage items; in addition to the winter event, another jubilee is held annually in the spring.

“Don’t wait to buy last-minute gift cards when you can buy a meaningful or whimsical gift that is a one-of-a-kind item brought to the show by a small business owner,” Humphrey writes on Junk Jubilee’s website. “While you may find some vintage Christmas items, the majority of items are just great finds. Many vendors like to decorate their booths for the holiday season, and the show is very festive.”

Junk Jubilee Jingles will take place in the 4-H Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds – that’s 110,000 square feet with more than 100 vendors from surrounding states.

For more information, visit www.junkjubilee.com.

Junk Jubilee

There are always small, delightful surprises around every corner at the annual Junk Jubilee Jingles in Des Moines. (photo courtesy of www.junkjubilee.com)

NOTO event set to illuminate Topeka

November 2021

Topeka’s NOTO Arts and Entertainment District is getting into the holiday spirit with its Celebrations of Winter, six weeks of events marking the arrival of winter, between Nov. 20 and Dec. 31.

The six-week celebration starts with NOTO’s Celebration of Lights on Nov. 20. The tree-lighting ceremony will take place from 4-8 p.m. in Veterans Park, and will include carriage rides through the district, a visit by Santa Claus, performances by Kansas Ballet and Seaman High School’s show choir, and even some late-night shopping at local merchants.

More shopping will be available on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 with NOTO’s Holiday Market. Special seasonal gifts, including handmade crafts and antiques, will be up for sale at the market, which takes place at the NOTO Arts Center and the Rosebud Pavilion.

Every Saturday during the six weeks, stop by the Holiday Market to shop. Santa will visit the district, and listen to performances by other high school musicians and musical groups. The season will end Dec. 31 with its New Years Eve in NOTO Celebration and a countdown to midnight.

For more information or to become a Holiday Market vendor, e-mail info@notoartsdistrict.org and visit www.explorenoto.org/celebrationsofwinter.

NOTO Christmas

The NOTO Arts District will light up Topeka, KS, with a holiday tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 20. (photo courtesy of Metro Voice)

Sugarplum Festival will sweeten your holiday

November 2021

Holiday celebrations will soon be in full swing at not just antique and vintage shops around the region, but also at venues like the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, which will host its annual Sugarplum Festival, Nov. 11-13.

If you’re shopping for seasonal gifts, the festival offers unique gifts and artisan-made goods, local crafters displaying their wares, and more than 30 small, local businesses. Live music and a café lunch will be available as well.

The fun kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 11, with a preview party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are required to attend the event. The festival continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on both days and half-priced admission from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday only.

General admission for the festival is $10 at the door and $8 presale. Local presale locations in St. Joseph include Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Hy-Vee, the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. Parking is free, with a complimentary shuttle running to the museum every 10 minutes. Paid parking in the museum’s parking lot also is available, but it is limited.

For more information, visit albrecht-kemper.org/sugarplum.

Sugarplum Festival

Beautiful holiday items will be available for purchase at the Sugarplum Festival in St. Joseph. (photo courtesy of Facebook)