Toaster collectors joining Minn. Gold Rush tradition

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Gold Rush tradition continues with the 41st year of exhibitors heading to the Midwest to be part of Gold Rush, held at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds Aug. 16-18. The Fairgrounds is located at the intersection of Hwy. 63 South and 16th Street SE intersection in Rochester, Minn.

A fleet of pedal cars positioned for sale curbside at Gold Rush in Rochester, Minn. (Photo courtesy Townsend Promotions)

A fleet of pedal cars positioned for sale curbside at Gold Rush in Rochester, Minn. (Photo courtesy Townsend Promotions)

What makes Gold Rush special is the consistent quality and unique merchandise presented by the dealers. This show is an indoor/outdoor antique and flea market with dealers in 10 buildings as well as dealers covering the 52 acres of the fairgrounds. The show offers great buying opportunities for the collector of unique antiques, art and collectibles in all price ranges. Visitors will see a wide array of antiques overflowing the more than 1,300 spaces occupied by dealers from all over the U.S. and Canada.

The selection includes Americana, estate jewelry, primitives, furniture, textiles, folk art, paintings, architectural elements, decorative accessories, holiday, art glass, art pottery, china, vintage clothing, comics, coins, postcards, autographs, advertising as well as gas and oil advertising, militaria, toys, sports memorabilia, hunting memorabilia, fishing lures, clocks, lamps, sewing items, door stops, bookends, corkscrews, bottle openers, children’s dishes, children’s toys, Red Wing pottery and stoneware, holiday, books, Hummels and Goebel figurines, reference books, artwork and crafts, Mid-Century Modern and a new exhibitor from Indiana, who will be bringing a display of industrial and repurposed modern items that promise to impress in Graham East, and a remarkable display of art glass and decorative accessories from first-time exhibitor Van Tempera of San Antonio, Texas, in Graham East.

A stunning collection of glass pieces bask in the sun at Gold Rush antiques show. (Photo courtesy Townsend Promotions)

A stunning collection of glass pieces bask in the sun at Gold Rush antiques show. (Photo courtesy Townsend Promotions)

In addition to vendors from around the country, Gold Rush draws visitors from all corners as well – like a crew from the PBS show “Market Warriors” who came to the August 2012 Gold Rush in Rochester. The Gold Rush segments can be viewed online.

Also, the Toaster Collectors Association (TCA) Convention is being held in Rochester, Minn., August 15-17 at the America’s Best Value Inn & Suites located at 1625 S. Broadway, across the street from the Olmsted County Fairgrounds. Besides toasters, the members of the TCA collect breakfast electric appliances and other toaster-related items. The convention is open to the public to view displays Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m. Contact 507-289-8620 for more information on the Toaster Collectors Association.

It's a picker's paradise at Gold Rush, where you can find everything from old wooden crates to vintage lunch boxes and ceramic pots. (Photo courtesy Townsend Promotions)

It’s a picker’s paradise at Gold Rush, where you can find everything from old wooden crates to vintage lunch boxes and ceramic pots. (Photo courtesy Townsend Promotions)

Food vendors are serving up favorite foods, and conveniently located picnic tables are available. Also, the lobby area next to Graham East has several round tables and chairs for show attendees to rest and relax. Buildings are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; the car parking fee is just $5.

For more Gold Rush show information, call 641-832-2700 or 507-269-1473, or visit http://townsendshows.com/.

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