60s & sunny: perfect flea market weather

I just got back from my first trip of the season to the Shawano, Wis., flea market, which is held each Sunday through the summer at the Shawano County Fairgrounds. This is their 39th season, by the way.) The weather is beautiful, the vendors friendly and upbeat, and the crowd courteous and eager for finds.

I didn’t find much that said “Take me home,” by I did pick up several VHS movies for my daughter. (Come on, I know I’m not the only one who still has a VHS player or two in my home …)

And we picked up a bunch of tomato plants. I don’t know about any of you, but my autumn plans include canning and preserving as much harvest from my garden as possible.

We saw a Knapstein brewery case and bottle, too. But they didn’t find their way home with us as we’ve already got stacks of cases and I don’t know how many bottles.

When we went to the Lions Club food stand to get my daughter a shake for the ride home, they said they don’t have those until summer. My daughter wasn’t disappointed (she got some cheesy poofs instead), but I was. And my husband was … he thought a shake sounded pretty good on this beautiful, sunny, summerlike day.

I told the young lady at the food stand we’d be back for that ice cream later in the season … so you see, I take my word seriously, and we’ll just have to go back and get that ice cream. And while we’re at it, we’ll have to check out the flea market stalls too.

If you’re interested, this year the Shawano flea market is open Sundays from April 5 through Sept. 20 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, children under 16 get in free. They have a 2-day market Memorial Day weekend, May 23-24; and a 3-day market Independence Day weekend, July 3-5.

Their final multi-day flea is Sept. 5-6 (Labor Day weekend), but this event has been moved from the Shawano Co. Fairgrounds to the Langlade County Fairgrounds in Antigo, Wis.

For more information on this event, contact Zurko’s Promotions at 715-526-9769 or visit www.zurkospromotions.com.

Now if I can just get myself to the Princeton market …

— Posted by Karen Knapstein

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