Someone made a nifty little list or directory of great places to shop for vintage in the Fargo-Moorhead area – and we are super psyched to be on it!

There’s also a nice little area on what happened to some of the old shops which have closed. Go check it out! Vintage Travels In Fargo-Moorhead.

Directory of vintage shopping & junking in Fargo, North Dakota & Moorhead, Minnesota
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Hey, Fargo-Moorhead record lovers, we’ve got a pop-up flash sale for you!

This Saturday, December 7, 2019, ALL records in our booths at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market (aka The Farm) are HALF OFF!

Yes, this includes all our vintage vinyl: 33 1/3 LPs, 78s, 45s – even classic kitschy kids’ Christmas records! Even if already marked down! All our records are 1/2 off!

Fine Print: One day only. All records. Dealer code YES, booths 25-27. Shop opens @ 10am, open until 7pm.

(Pretty simple, right?)

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Looking for something to mix into your Fall decor — something that will work with your country burlap and chicken wire looks as well as it will with more simple styles and even more elegant looks? Perhaps something that will work not only for today but can also work for your Thanksgiving table? Check out these handmade vases!

I like the mix and contrast of glass, metal, and thread. Tone on tone ivories and whites makes for an elegant sort of rustic glam, which is perfect for Fall decorating. The delicate dried flowers gives them a more elegant look. But you can use fresh flowers — or, my current obsession, air plants. The neutral tones allow for these little vases to work into many decor styles — and be flexible enough to change with the seasons!

About 20 years ago, I spotted the idea in a textile art magazine… I call them “floss vases.”

Sadly, I no longer have the publication nor even remember its name. (If you know it, please do let me know so I can properly credit the idea!) But I loved the look so much that I kept the idea in my head. It didn’t take long to stumble upon a box of vintage and antique balls of Coats & Clark crochet thread at an estate sale. It took longer to find the glass pieces for the vases themselves. Eventually, I scored a box of vintage glass cigar tubes. But the box of crochet thread was now buried in storage… You crafters and collectors know how this goes. Years of moving didn’t help. But recently, when we cleared out our storage unit, I found the boxes one at a time… One by one I dragged them home. Finally, decades later, I was able to put these beauties together!

While I adore the ivories and whites, this idea has lots of possibilities — including more color! Colored balls of floss or thread can be used. And the decorations can be colorful too.

Other favorites are what I call the “ecru and blues”…

(Shown here with a little vintage sewing drawer piece I made.)

Here are some made with colorful thread balls, paired with vintage diaper pins, hair barrettes, and buttons. They are very cute for nurseries and little girls’ rooms.

To make these, all you need are balls of crochet thread, glass cigar tubes (or test tubes or other small glass tubes or vases).

If you don’t have such vintage items on hand, you can try Etsy, of course. Or, if you are excited and would rather not wait (or risk the scenario I described above!), you can get new items at Amazon for this vintage look: Crochet thread balls, test tubes.

Assembling them is relatively easy. The vintage glass cigar tubes have rounded bottoms, so they must be hot glued or otherwise affixed to the paper bottom of the balls of crochet thread. For best results, I recommend putting the plastic seals on the top of the tubes to use. Simply cut off the part which would fit tightly inside the tube. Now you have a tiny flat-bottomed “dish” which can be filled with hot glue. Fit the round bottom of the glass tube inside the little dish of glue and hold ’til it sets. (Low temp glue is fine.) Once that’s set, use the glue gun to apply more glue to the flat bottom of the cap piece and quickly insert it inside the ball of thread and hold it securely in place until the glue sets, affixing the whole piece to the paper bottom of the ball of thread.

Once the glass vases are inserted, and, if necessary, secured in place, you are then free to decorate with bits and bobs you have sitting in your craft drawers… Bits of broken jewelry, charms, buttons, beads, sequins, bows, found objects, etc. Depending on the pieces used for decoration, you can attach them to the balls of thread via pins, tacks, chains, and even the glue gun again.

I like the simple clean look, where you can see the thread and the vase. But you can create your own variations… Stack more balls of thread to hide the vases. Load up the glam by covering up the surface of the balls of thread as much as you’d like.

All of these vases can be found in our booth spaces at both the Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market & the FM Antique & Repurposed Market. Small vases (single ball of thread) are $12; larger floss vases are $16 each. As always, if you are interested in any of these items or any others on our site, contact us! We do ship (in the U.S.).

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‘Tis the season for spirit bottles!

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Our spirit bottles are made from old glass bottles dug up from the ground. As such, these vintage & antique bottles have imperfections. We’ve added some magic to them, and used them to entrap evil spirits — then sealed them in with wax. Each bottle has its own spirit, complete with paper label. Artful creepy fun to display, excellent conversation pieces, and worthy of storytelling…

We’ve brought some into our spaces at the Southwest Fargo location of Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market (F.A.R.M.), but if you can’t stop by that shop, we have some spirit bottles in our repurposed Etsy shop!

We’ve sold some already at Etsy this season, and the buyer, Pete, actually tested them with an EMF reader, just like they do on Ghost Hunters! The results may surprise you… They sure surprised us! We’re sharing Pete’s story and photos with his permission:

Wanted to show you something.
I placed an EMF meter against bottle. Nothing at first, then meter goes crazy — then back to normal. Its done it again since typing this.
Sometimes a idea or thought or meme becomes real.
That’s cool with me lol.

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Naturally, we can’t guarantee such super — or, should we say supernatural — results. But it is a spooky possibility!

More vintage & antique Halloween decorating ideas from our space at F.A.R.M.

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The Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market (F.A.R.M.) has expanded, opening a new, second location in the Moorhead Center Mall — and we’ve expanded too, taking another two booths there. You can see a bit of our space in this photo taken for the article about the new location in the July 7, 2016 issue of the FM-Extra.

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The two booths are together, but one side (currently) focuses on Mid-Century Modern furnishings and decor (that link is just a sneak peek; will share more photos later, I promise!) and the other booth is filled with vintage clothing. Yes, Fargo-Moorhead has another shopping venue for authentic vintage clothing!

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Our space features, easily, 100 years of vintage fashions, from Victorian all the way to retro 1990s pieces. There are some truly rare beauties, including “Mad Men” fashions from the 1950s and 60s. We have couture dresses (including quintessential little black cocktail dresses and wiggle dresses), classic rhinestone jewelry, “popcorn” bead handbags, violet vintage gloves, pink chiffon hats — even vintage hat boxes, train cases, vintage glove drying racks or hand forms (with adjustable thumbs!), and fashionable vintage sewing advertising signs!

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And we are proud to offer a number of new old stock (NOS) fashions from the 1980s and 90s which have their original sales tags! These dresses and jumpsuits came from the Stamas Boutique in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, where the wives of Milwaukee Brewers and other well-heeled society shopped. (I know; I used to work there back in the 1980s — I probably handled some of these very same garments!)

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In addition to our vintage clothing, several other dealers at the new FM Antiques & Repurposed Market store also have vintage fashions for sale. So why not come on down to the Moorhead Center Mall and check it out? In fact, hubby & I will be working there today (Saturday, July 9th) so we can help you out!

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Look for more photos on our Twitter, Tumblr, & Facebook Page too!

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A trio of real industrial beauties:

An antique Salisbury copper fire extinguisher.

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Also visible in this photo, the old Monarch asbestos siding cutter.

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And an old blue enamel Coleman 609 iron — with the gas pump and filler can & box. Circa late 1930s.

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All currently available in our spaces at Su Laine’s Antique Mall. Our dealer code is YES. You can call the shop directly at 218-844-6830 (or Toll Free at 888-SuLaine) between 10 am and 5 pm, Central time; or contact us directly here or on Facebook.

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If you’d have seen the wifely lately, you’d know a bit about what we’ve been working on due the color of her hands. *wink* For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, we’ve just made these pretty (and rather large!) quilt block boards. Each board features a red, white, and blue star quilt block. The boards are stained either red or white. Each measure board measures 29 inches square. It was the best way to salvage the quilt. Perfect for quilt lovers, fans of Americana — and, of course, just in time for the Fourth of July!

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Also shown in the photo from our space at F.A.R.M.

That 8-foot long primitive industrial cart, vintage Pigeon Forge Pottery racoons, and a collection of vintage handmade, wooden Hagar The Horrible characters!

Oh, and we’ve some of these vintage quilt block boards at Su Laine’s too. You can see what they look like in our booth with other vintage red & white items. (The whole thing is so Pennsylvania Dutch looking, isn’t it?!)

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Among the other things we’ve been doing…

We were on the radio again. This time, I joined hubby on KFGO and we talked about picking during Fargo-Moorhead’s Clean-Up Week.

Sometimes we’re so busy picking, cleaning, painting, etc. that we don’t blog as much as we should. We’ll try to do better; meanwhile, keep an eye out on our Tumblr, Twitter, & Facebook Page for some quick peeks at what we’re up to and what we’ve got for sale. (Follow us too, please!)

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An incredible vintage smoking table, smoke stand, or standing humidor — still with the original copper liner! But it’s the outside the fabulous outside details which really make this a standout vintage piece. Lots of parquet, turned legs and spindle side handles, little storage spaces… A very handsome smoking parlor piece.

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The ashtray which sits on top of the stand bears the Masonic square and compasses, with the center “G”. While the Masons ashtray was found with the table, it’s not original to the piece or was in a Freemasons lodge or Masonic member’s home. Still, a very beautiful and intriguing piece!

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It currently sits in our space at SuLaine’s antique mall, Detroit Lakes, MN. If interested, contact the shop (218-844-6830) or contact us; we will ship! For details &/or more info on other pieces shown with this vintage smoking stand: vintage double-sided metal Minnesota Farm Bureau Member sign; a vintage wooden crate used to ship books to a Professor in River Forest, Illinois, from Concordia Publishing House of St. Louis, Missouri; and antique Sweet Cuba Tobacco tin & antique antique copper cigar humidor.

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A trio of lovely antique advertising pieces. The first two are very large tins, one for Sears Rivera Brand Coffee and the other for Sweet Cuba Tobacco.

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Also shown (a bit) in this photo of the two tins is the antique copper cigar humidor, inscribed “To Schultz.”

More photos of these tins:

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To help you get an idea of scale, here’s the antique tobacco can on a vintage picnic basket:

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All of these are in our space at SuLaine’s Antique Mall, Detroit Lakes, MN.

If you were impressed by the size of those cans, check out this huge antique Cream City Flour Bin & Sifter!

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A close-up of the gold advertising logo/graphics on the black metal bin:

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And, for a better idea of just how large this antique flour sifter is, here it is shown next to a vintage high chair & other items in our booth at F.A.R.M. (booth #40, right next to check-out desk).

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UPDATE: Just learned that the Sears, Roebuck and Company (Chicago) tin sold. The rest are still available!

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In case you missed it on our Facebook page, we recently moved into SuLaine’s Antique mall — it’s the largest antiques and collectibles center in Minnesota’s Detroit Lakes area. Here are a few photos from our space (dealer code “YES”).

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