Monday, March 10th, 2014

If you are interested in antique history, preservation & collecting please read the below….and think about attending!

FRIDAY, April 4 and SAT., April 5

Registration deadline is March 14 for $35 then $45.

Questers and guests

We are privileged to start State Day Friday, April 4 at 6 – 7:30. Kerry Dixon speaks on history of Morrill Hall on Iowa State University campus and the process of renovation, Questers will get to see two interesting museums in Morrill Hall, the Christian Petersen Art Museum and the Clothing and Textile Museum. The Art Museum’s exhibition will be “Illuminating Perception: Explorations of Light and Shadow” by Mac Adams. The Textile and Clothing Museum’s display is “Uniformity: Passions, Perceptions, Purposes,” by Questers for Fay Hill’s President’s Project of which is about uniforms.

Sat., April 5, we will meet at Seven Oaks. outside Boone. Questers and guests will have a unique opportunity to see some high quality European vintage lace. Handcrafted Native American items sold at train stations in the early 1900’s, Roseville pottery, compacts and vintage toys of cars, trains and planes.
First speaker will be Rosemary Harris, who will introduce us to Neta Snook. Neta built her own airplane in Ames, IA and taught Amelia Earhart to fly. The Neta Snook Quester chapter is going to share some of the memorabilia they have of Neta’s.

Next Misty McNally will tell us about her new book, “Kate Shelley: Heroine of the High Bridge” which explores the real Kate Shelley and her extraordinary life connected with trains in Boone County, IA.

Our luncheon speaker is Louise O’Donnell of Ames, who will present material based on the Slater Historical Society’s 2012 exhibit, “Getting Hitched: Weddings in Small Town Iowa”. We will get to see three wedding dresses dating from as early as 1911. We will also have three wedding dresses from Questers. There are going to be some surprise gifts to be given
away from a local organization.

For registration forms, check Iowa Questers web page, or e-mail the co-chairs, Alma at or Fay at

We promise it will be an adventure

The Questers is a non-profit International Organization, which was founded in 1944 by Jessie Elizabeth Bardens. Its major objectives are to stimulate an appreciation of antiques and their collection, and to encourage and support grants for the preservation and restoration of existing historical buildings and landmarks locally, statewide and internationally.

2/13/14 Road Trip….

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Had a great Road Trip Thursdaty…..

Started off in Des Moines at West End Architectural Salvage & Coffee Shop with a STRONG cup of coffee then to Winterset for this weekends reopening of re:home of Des Moines with their creative twist on the past and present. Wonderful shop and wonderful people!

While in Winterset I visited Shawn’s Furniture, Harvest Creek,Pine Creek, Ltd., and talked shop with Nicole at Angel Wings and CT .. there are enough great shops in Winterset to make a really fun day trip! Add a couple of local wineries and make it a weekend!

Next I took a couple of back roads to see Jordana and Kasey atRescued Junk by Old Crow Farm in Earlham for an hour or so (seemed like 5 minutes)…nice visit!

Headed north to Adel and the new shop there… Next To New with owner Shannen. She has something for everyone!

Headed north again to Fort Dodge and stopped in at LilyGrace on Central… you have got to see the staircase she has displayed on one wall…really cool!
Unfortunately I ran out of time and missed another great store in Fort Dodge… Downtown Antiques ..!

Till the next Road Trip…Drive Safe and Shop Local!

Thanks for 2013

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Happy New Year Iowa & Surrounding Areas…:) :) :)

On 1/18/13 added its first member Dealer and kicked off its Facebook page. Now, slightly less than a year later the below member Dealers/Malls plus restaurants, wineries, B&B, hotels and casinos have come on board plus nearly 4200 folks following our page…plus, there are over 130 Flags on the Road Trip Map and along with lots of happenings on the popular Upcoming Events page.


Many Thanks to the below shops for being part of …. I do appreciate it!

LilyGrace on Central…JB Knacker…Full Moon & Buck Naked…Dapper Designs…InVintg…Penn Station Antiques…The Vintage Window…Broad Street Market by Carter Station…Dakota Junktion…Sheldahl Crossing…Stoll Consignment…Junk ReFunkery…Good News Room…Country Blessings…Second Chance Furniture…Funky Finds Vintage & Retro…Fiscella’s Fine Baked Foods…Brown Lillie Antiques & Vintage…Kathy’s Barn…Vintage No 35…Junkin Revival…Crazy Daisies…Collector’s Journal…Stone Path…Hotger Cornerstone Country Store…Junk Parlor…Vintage Tin…Antiques Etc…Frickeville…Garden of Ella…209 Main…The Wood Cellar…Vintage Market…Mainly Retro…Furniture Zone…VintiQue JUNKtion…Kristi’s Kandies & Heirlooms…All About Fun Limo Buses…Painted Crow…MainStreet Memories Mall…Black Bird Primitives…Highway 9 Antiques…3 Little Birds…Little Prairie Girl…Iron Horse Antiques…Wild Rose Casino & Resort…The HomeShed…Mud Pies & Sassafras Antiques…Once Then & Again…Aunt Jennie’s Attic…Refined Designz…Gilroy Antiques…JB’s Antiques & Variety Place…Orphan Annie’s…Funky Monkey…Main Street Mall…JB’s Antiques…The Country Gate…The Nesting Place…8th Street Studio…J’s Variety…Bootlegger’s Antique Wharehouse…The Rusty Cat…Vintage Pickers…Chicken Shed Primitives…Imagine This…TLC Vintage Collection…Country Collections…A Beautiful Purpose…SOS Vintage…Relics Awry…Barnyard Boutique…Something Rustic…Empty Nest Winery…Miss Kitty’s Primitive Porch…Okoboji Antique Mall…The Hope Chest…River Rat Relics…Fig & Frolic…Patchwork & Primitives…Renewed Purpose…Old Bank Winery…Antiques Iowa…Country Heritage B&B….History Henceforth…Hodgepodge…Wolfie’s Junktiques…GoodOleDays…American Prims…Junky Monkey…Rusty Bucket…Dusty Gold…Iowa River Barn Wood Creations…Front Porch Antiques & Vintage Finds…Purple Iris Shop…The Revue…Rustic Corner…Calico Hen House…Cottage Paints…Davis Bar…Stitches in Time…Old Ralston Granary…Gravy Home Goods…Wild Carrot…Reclaimed Treasures on Main…Julieann’s…Timber View Antiques…Junktastic…One Man’s Junk…Area 151…Porch Junkies…Egg Krate…She-Nae’s…Chapin Station…The Storehouse…Past Time Treasures…The Antique Cartel…Here’s Your Sign…Salvage Sisters…Vintage Market-Beresford…Blacksmith Boutique & Garden Studio…Front Porch Antiques & Primitives…Hoppy’s PRIMitive & Proper…Shabby Shack…Market on 18…Hotel Greenfield…!

Thanks Everyone for a Wonderful 2013..!! Look Out 2014!!

The Lucky Star Market’s “Rising Stars”

Monday, October 21st, 2013

‘Lucky Star Market’ Announces The Lucky Star Market’s “Rising Stars” – A Unique Opportunity for Young Artists, Crafters, Creators and Collectors!


(Ames, IA) On December 7th, a new ‘pop up’, European-style market will make its debut in Ames. The Lucky Star Market is a one-day shopping experience that will feature over 30 vendors selling hand-made crafts, jewelry, clothing, vintage goods and art.  The event, organized by Jody Bergan Bennett and hosted by Prairie Moon Winery and Prairie Bloom Farm, is being billed as a “live Etsy,” a reference to the popular handmade/vintage e-commerce website.


The Lucky Star Market has just announced a wonderful, unique opportunity for young artists, crafters, creators and collectors to showcase and sell their work at the Lucky Star Holiday Market at Prairie Moon on December 7th!


The Lucky Star Market’s “Rising Stars” Program


There will be 4 spots open for this opportunity.   To apply to be a “Rising Star”, you must be:


  • ·         Age 16 or younger
  • ·         Have your own art, handmade craft or re-purposed creations (a number of them to sell and display) made by YOU!
  • ·         Have a name for your “business”
  • ·         Be ready to interact with the public
  • ·         Have a support system; parent, grandparent, family member and/or mentor along with you for the day (or 1/2 day)
  • ·         Send your name, email, parent’s name(s), phone number and picture(s) of your work to by November 7th.
  • ·         Email Lucky Star Market with any questions at



Lucky Star’s “Rising Stars” will have their very own booth area (which will be offered free of charge) and will include a 4 foot x 2 foot area and chairs (if needed).


This portion of the market will be juried – just like the Lucky Star Holiday market is; “we will be watching for creative, well-crafted products conceived-of/created-by children.”  said Bennett.


Jody Bergan Bennett, organizer of The Lucky Star Market, added this about the “Rising Stars” program:  “This (“Rising Stars”) is not about perfection, or a ‘mini-me’ approach to art & craft/etc., but rather, the beauty of watching a child conceptualize, develop, and market their goods and in so doing, begin to ‘stumble upon’ their own unique brand within that process.  While ‘coaching’ is fine, please, encourage applicants to ‘get lost in the magic’ of the process and do their own work! This is a celebration of children’s work, so please, make sure the ideas they develop are completely their own! “


The Lucky Star Market’s ‘Rising Stars’ program is sponsored by The Fighting Burrito (locations in Ames & Des Moines).


The Café, Wheatsfield Cooperative, JB Knacker and The Fighting Burrito have all stepped up to participate as sponsors of The Lucky Star Holiday Market and Prairie Moon Winery and Prairie Bloom Farm are the event hosts.


For more information, contact: Jody Bergan Bennett  at (515) 450-2302  P.O. Box 1944   Ames, Iowa 50010


The street address for The Lucky Star Holiday Market at Prairie Moon Winery (on December 7th from 9am to 4pm) is 3801 West 190th Street in Ames.


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Magic Limo Bus Vintage Tour!!!!

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

 We’ve talked about it and now we are doing it…! has chartered a Magic Limo Bus from All About Fun Limo Buses for a FULL DAY of FUN on 11/9/13!!

You will be picked up at 8am at a site to be announced in the Des Moines area and driven in style to the LITTLE PRAIRIE GIRL ‘Christmas in the Country’ Barn Sale with LOTS of Vintage, Antique & Uncommon Finds from LOTS of great vendors. You will spend the morning Pickin & Buyin presents for you and yours.                                                                                                                                             Sometime around Noonish you will reboard the Magic Limo Bus and head to Jewell. While on the way there lunches courtesy of LPG and wine (must be 21) courtesy of will be provided. And a few snacks too!

In Jewell you will stop at one of Iowa’s newest shops… GRAVY HOME GOODS … A vintage home goods store with new and repurposed rural artifacts to make your house fresh and fun!

Then on to Story City and visits to… BROAD STREET MARKET BY CARTER STATION (We sell vintage for your home) .. INVINTG (It’s all about loving old things!).. PENN STATION ANTIQUES (Antiques, Primitives & Timeless Treasures) .. ROMSEY ART & GIFTS (Unique Home Decor Items)!   Four distinctly different shops each sure to have a special find for each of you!!!

Sound like a fun day? All the above for only $100 per person and limited to 11 Pickers.

This is first come first serve so be quick.. :) :) :) to reserve your MAGIC LIMO BUS seat….!

Top 5 Questions to Ask When You’re Antiquing

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Antiquing is a great way to find unique pieces but be wary of what is and isn’t an antique. Before you set foot inside an antique shop, keep in mind the following terms:

 Antique – An antique is any item that is at least 100 years old.

Collectable – A collectable is anything that people collect.

Reproduction – A reproduction is something that is made to look like an antique but isn’t actually.

 You’re on the hunt for real antiques not just things that look old. Okay, now that you know what you’re looking for, the trick is to learn how to ask the right questions in order to make sure you’re buying an authentic antique.

Antiquing is a lucrative business but for newcomers, it’s easy to get ripped off. The questions you ask an antiques dealer will be based on what you know; so do some research. Before you start researching, you should have an idea of what you want to buy. Once you’ve decided on what you’re looking for check out antique price guides and auction catalogues online. These will give you specific information about antique items like the average selling prices, history, and references.

If you have time, you can also browse several antique shops to get a feel of average selling prices for the item you want in your area – this will also help you develop an eye for quality.

Now that you’ve done your research, it’s time to go shopping. You know what you’re looking for and how to look for it, now you need to gauge if the dealer is trustworthy.

 Here are 5 questions you should ask an antique dealer (keep in mind all the research you’ve done):

 1) Do you just sell antiques or do you sell reproductions as well?

If the dealer sells both, items that are reproductions should be clearly labeled. If they aren’t clearly labeled, this could be a sign that the dealer is selling reproductions as antiques and your chances of getting swindled have now skyrocketed.

2) [After selecting your item]  How do you know this is a real antique?

The dealer’s answer should be aligned with the research you’ve done. Also keep in mind that genuine antiques are usually of very good quality material. If you can tell by looking that the quality is poor but the dealer says it’s authentic be wary.

3) How do you determine the price?

While pricing varies, there are several factors that influence price including designer marks, condition, rarity, and market demand. Pay attention to these factors and use them as bargaining chips. If there are no marks, the condition isn’t great, it’s not a rare item, and/or the demand isn’t great, request a lower price.

4) Will you guarantee the authenticity of this item?

If a dealer isn’t willing to guarantee authenticity this may mean that he’s not certain about whether or not it’s a true antique. Many dealers buy items without absolute certainty (with the hopes that the items are genuine) but if there’s no guarantee, the price should reflect that.

5) What’s your return policy?

Even if the dealer doesn’t guarantee an item, a reputable dealer should agree, in writing, to take back an item that you later find isn’t authentic.


Angie Picardo is a staff writer, financial analyst, and content manager at, a site dedicated to empowering consumers to save money and make smarter decisions about their personal finances, travel plans, or higher education.

Annual Fall Flea Market, Antique, and Collectible Show

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Callahan Promotions, Inc.
P.O. Box 849
Maquoketa, Iowa  52060

Make plans now to attend the Annual Fall Flea Market, Antique, and Collectible Show held on Sunday, September 22 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa, Iowa.

The show has been in existence for 26 years and is Iowa’s largest show with over 150 sellers both inside the Pearson Memorial Center and outside on the fairgrounds.

The hours of the show are from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Admission is only $3, with anyone 10 years
and under free.  Parking is also free.  For buyers wanting to get an early start, early bird shoppers are welcome between the hours of 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM for an admission of $10 per person.

The Jackson County Fairgrounds is located at 1212 East Quarry Street on the far east side of
Maquoketa.  For more information on the show, please call 319-462-0135.

Happy Tuesday

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Happy Tuesday Iowa…get ready for a great weekend of Sales & Open Houses….Be There!!!!
JUNK GARDEN in Manson starts the weekend off Thursday with their first annual July Junkin Jamboree. This is a two weekend event!
Weston Primitive Co Open House in Shenandoah starts Friday for three days … great & unique items.
In Avoca, Ne Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm Barn Sale is Saturday.. If you like old bridges cross the Missouri at Plattsmouth.
Also on Saturday is The Shabby Tabby “FrEsH PiCkEd JuNk EvEnt” in Decatur City.
Rounding out Saturday is the Store Wide Sale at The Antique Cartel in Eldridge and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival in Brookings, SD.
8th St. Studio in Clarinda continues with their July 25% off sale too!
For more info on each event visit the Upcoming Events tab on and let us know of any happenings we have missed…we will get the word out. Use the Road Trip Map to help plan your travels please!
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