Holt-Howard, Red Wing, toleware, the list goes on …

It took me a while to get around to blogging about my weekend, but I’m finally here! (even though we’re fast-approaching another)

I can only hope all of your weekends as pleasant as mine. Any time I can squeeze in a flea market over the weekend makes me happy … especially if the market has a lot of dealers with a lot of great antiques.

We made it up to Zurko’s Shawano flea market once again on Aug. 22, and what a great day. The weather was a bit cool, but the vendors were out in force. (Of all the times I’ve been up to the Shawano market, I think last Saturday’s was the strongest showing yet.) I was tempted time and time again by crockery of various sizes and shapes, some cute Holt-Howard kittens (even though their noisemakers were missing), and beautiful cast-iron cookware … some of it old, all of it cleaned and seasoned.

I don’t know about any of you, but I prefer to cook in cast iron. And old, properly seasoned cast iron is the best! A few years ago I bought two fabulous bail-handled cast iron pots from my uncle, who was trimming down his estate. I cook in them every chance I get. When I use them, I always remember him and my aunt. I’m so very glad that I have something tangible and useful that I can remember them by.

Of course I had to stop and read through book titles at every opportunity, too … you just never know what you’ll miss if you don’t!

Now if I can just get to Princeton and Columbus! (If you’re ever anywhere near it, don’t miss the Columbus Antique Mall … but plan on spending a few hours there … It’s HUGE!)

Are there any antique shows in your weekend plans? Which ones? What’s your favorite show ever?

— Posted by Karen


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Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at karen.knapstein@fwmedia.com.