Friday, December 31, 2010

Closing its doors

With a French Accent in Liberty, MO is ending its 15-year run. The shop specializes in European antiques and opened in 1996. All gift certificates and store credits must be used by Feb. 15, 2011.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dealers needed for Louisiana show

Patty Edwards of New Era Productions is seeking quality dealers for her Vintage and Antique Market in Alexandria, LA on April 8-9. For more information, call 316-841-0742 or email

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Beat the cold

Winter? What winter? Go antiquing this Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Wheaton Antique Market. Held at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W Manchester in Wheaton, IL. Admission $5; early buyer $10 - 6 am to 8 am. Go to for more information.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bid On It Weekend

River Market Antique Mall in Kansas City, MO is holding a Bid It weekend from 10 am to 6 pm on Dec. 11-12. If an item is $25 or more, make a bid. Mall management will call the vendor/dealer for the bidder and "negotiate." Call 816-221-0220 or go to for more information.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bingham-Waggoner featured in upcoming book

The historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate and Vaile Mansion in Independence, MO have been chosen to be included in Volume I of "Christmas at Historic Houses," published by Schiffer Publishing for release Nov. 29. Bingham-Waggoner and Vaile join 28 other nationally known landmarks such as the Biltmore, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Thomas Jefferson's beloved Monticello and the White House. Vaile's exterior is included on the front cover of the book.

"Christmas at Historic Houses" shares holiday customs and traditions with roots from both Europe and America, and brings history to life with special decorations. Highlighted homes range from the colonial era through 20th century styles, reflected in 449 color photographs.The book can be ordered at and also purchased at the Vaile gift shop.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Brown's Christmas Open House

Brown's Emporium in Independence, MO will have its Christmas Open House Nov.12-14. Look for refreshments, hourly prize drawings and an Appraisal Fair.

For more information, call 816-356-0040.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Antiques Iowa Sale/Open House

"Occasional Sale" this weekend, Nov. 5 & 6, at Antiques Iowa Mall, 526 Broad St., on I-35 north of Des Moines. Coin and paper appraisals on Sat., Nov. 6, 11 am-3 pm.
Christmas Open House on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 & 13, with Christmas sale items. Call 515-733-9311 or visit for more information.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Little Box Shops

The Little Box Shop in historic Tiffin, OH are having their Holiday Happenings, Nov. 6-7. Thirty locally owned businesses will be offering demonstrations, specials, refreshments and more. For more information, call 888-298-7236 or email

Friday, October 15, 2010

Stinger showings

John Stinger, painter and cartoonist — we publish his "Collecting Classics" each month — is having a series of shows. So if you're in the following areas, take in the work of this accomplished artist: Stover Mill, Erwinna, PA, Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31; Bucks County Court House, Doylestown, PA, Nov. 4-7; and the 7th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show Poster Competition and Exhibition, Yellow Springs, PA, Nov. 17-Dec. 17.
John's work also can be found at

Monday, October 4, 2010

Back Alley Sale

River Market Antiques, 115 W 5th St., in Kansas City, MO, will be repeating its "Back Alley Sale" on Oct. 16. The July event of the same name proved so successful — and fun — the urge to repeat the event couldn't be resisted. Hours are 8 am to 4 pm. Call 816-221-0220 or email for more information.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Octoberfest in Hermann

Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, MO will be offering up traditional German food and live German music every weekend in October. For more information, go to

Monday, September 13, 2010

Top 100 Best Events for 2011

The American Bus Association (ABA) has announced that OK Mozart, the annual music and cultural festival held in Bartlesville, OK, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2011. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that OK Mozrt and the Bartlesville area offer an excellent value to both tour groups and individual travelers.
Economic studies have shown that a motorcoach group can leave from $5,000 to $13,000 in a local destination's economy. "Motorcoach groups spend more and stay longer," said Peter J. Pantuso, ABA's president and CEO. "That's why OK Mozart is truly a local economic asset."
Next year's OK Mozart will be held June 10-18, 2011. For more information, go to

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Western Heritage Weekend

Cowboy hats and boots will dominate participates and visitors at the Western Heritage Weekend, Tom Mix Festival and Wild West Show in Dewey, OK, Sept. 18-19. Returning this year is the Western Heritage Longhorn Cattle Drive. Parade entries and trail hands for the cattle drive are still being sought, call 918-440-3205 to be a trail hand (fee is $75 per person) or 918-337-3379 to enter the parade (no fee). For more information, call 918-534-1555.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sidewalk sale

Excelsior Springs, MO is having a big Sidewalk Sale Aug. 12-15. For a complete list of participating businesses, go to

Monday, July 12, 2010

Seeking artists

The Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK is currently seeking entries for the 15th Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show & Sale. The show will open Aug. 21 and remain on display through Sept. 26. Participation in this show is limited to artists who have citizenship in a federally recognized Cherokee tribe. To receive a detailed copy of the official rules and instructions, email or call 918-456-6007 or 888-999-6007.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Storewide Sale

Brown's Emporium, 13720 E U.S 40 Hwy. in Independence, MO, Is calling its upcoming storewide sale, "Huge!" The dramatics aren't really necessary as Brown's is one of the best antique malls in the KC area. Plenty of items and discoveries to chose from, and fun to be had with various events also scheduled — July 9, 10 & 11— including Cruise Night on Saturday the 10th from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 816-356-0040.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sesquicentennial website

January 29, 2011 marks 150 years of statehood for Kansas. To help communities statewide commemorate the sesquicentennial, the Kansas 150 Advisory Committee has launched, a portal to events, programs, resources and agencies that celebrate the anniversary of statehood.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Farm Fresh Junk Sale

And this just in from Lisa and Coralee at Brickhouse Antiques in Topeka, KS ... Hey fellow bargain hunters, come see us this Saturday, June 12 at the Farm Fresh Junk Sale held inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall. The sale opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. and we will be among the approximately 25 dealers with all kinds of great stuff for you to rummage through! Check out Facebook at Farm Fresh Junk Sale for more info. You are guaranteed to have a great time! For more info, call 785-266-6000.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Missouri & Arkansas show caves to remain open

According to the Missouri Caves Association, Missouri and Arkansas' cave attractions will remain open despite the threat of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bats. The spread of WNS has been rapid and has been found in bats in Missouri. The disease contributes to a high mortality rate among bats at infected sites. Bats are beneficial to the ecology in their control of many insects. The animals also assist in the pollination of fruit crops. Humans are not affected by WNS.
As a precautionary measure, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Park Service have closed access to the "wild" caves within their control as human contact with bats and their environment can help spread the disease.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Auction of Grandma's stuff

Michelle Staley, owner of Grandma's Attic in Lenexa, KS, which closed a few months back, will be auctioning many of the items from her shop on June 6, 1 pm, at 13501 W 90th Place in Lenexa. The auction will be conducted by Max Sharp. This is a great auction opportunity for serious collectors and dealers. Michelle's shop was one of the best in the Kansas City area and it's unfortunate she had to close.

Monday, May 17, 2010

5th Anniversary Sale

Blackthorn Antiques in Lexington, MO is celebrating its 5th anniversary by holding a big, "deep discount" sale thru May 31. Featured items are posted on the Blackthorn site. Go to or call 660-259-4231.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ohio show returning

Over 400 dealers are expected at the Geauga County Fair Grounds in Burton, OH on June 12 for the 49th edition of the Burton Ohio Antiques Market. The show is under new management; admission for early buyers is $20, general admission $6 with free parking. For more information, call 740-998-5300 or go to

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Artists and crafters wanted

The Downtown Excelsior (Springs, MO) Partnership is looking for artists and crafters to be part of town's Missouri Wine Festival held on July 17. For an application and more information, go to

Monday, April 19, 2010

Banowetz 40 anniversary sale

Banowetz Antiques in Maquoketa, IA is celebrating 40 years in business with a big "Blowout Sale" event June 18-27. Virl and Kathy Banowetz opened for business in 1970 from a warehouse behind their house, expanded to Banowetz Antique Mall in 1995 with yet another expansion in 2001.
The 40th Anniversary sale will feature may 40% discounts plus burgers served by Iowa Beef or Pork producers and a wine tasting. For more information, visit

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

'Bid On It' Sale

River Market Antiques in Kansas City is having it's annual "Bid On It" Sale April 17-18. Antiquers will be able to negotiate the price on anything in the mall with a price tag of $50 or more with dealers. For more information, call 816-221-0220.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Arts council in Excelsior Springs

The Downtown Excelsior Partnership (DEP) in Excelsior Springs, MO has announced the formation of the Art Development Council. Consisting of artists and community leaders, the council's goal is to promote the development of the arts in downtown Excelsior Springs as part of the further development of the Hall of Waters Historic District.
"Over the past three years the organization (Downtown Excelsior Partnership) has established Gallery 105 — a joint venture with the Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives — coordinated Second Friday Art Crawls and has had art booths at the Wine and Jazzfest, all displaying the artwork of local/regional artists," said Ginger Nelson, president of the DEP.
For more information on Gallery 105 and Second Fridays Art Crawls, call 816-522-4362.

Monday, March 22, 2010

April issue

We'll start distributing the April 2010 issue this week. The cover feature is on antique sewing machines by Sylvia Forbes. Of note this month are shows in Greenwood, MO, Insulator and Bottle show in Yorkville, IL, a new Farmstead Spring Antiques and Home and Garden Show in Platte City, MO and two large, quality shows in Cedar Rapids, IA. Plenty of things happenings as the weather warms.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Artists, crafters wanted

Liberty Arts Squared in Liberty, MO is seeking applications for visual, folk arts, craft and literary artists for its June 5 event. Applications are available at and For additional information, email

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

March 2010 issue

The March 2010 Discover Mid-America will be out Feb. 22 and distributed that week. Issue up on web by month's end. Look for ads for a new show in Greenwood, MO and a new shop opening in Peculiar, MO. Cover feature is on Art Nouveau.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Back to monthly

To clear up any confusion — We're back to publishing monthly beginning with the March 2010 issue and for the year. The combined Jan/Feb 2010 issue was a reaction to the difficult economic times. Hopefully, we will not consider that approach for Jan/Feb 2011.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Good question

Spent the last month getting ready for a better year (hopefully). So far, things look better than this time in 2009. But still, getting through these economic times remains not an easy jaunt.

Along those lines, I have to ask: If an antique dealer doesn't pay his or her advertising bills, how reliable is that dealer when it comes to selling what he or she may claim is a quality antique?