I almost didn't go to Baraboo on Saturday; it's a two-hour drive and we had been having heavy thunderstorms all night. There were dire flash flood warnings for all areas. At 3:00 a.m. I checked the hour-by-hour forecast for Baraboo and it looked encouraging so I headed out into a downpour at 4:00. By the time I got there, the skies were clearing and it turned out to be a beautiful day.
This was just the second or third year for this event so my expectations were low. It was a great surprise to have sales that were equivalent to a very good day at any of the larger markets where I sell. Baraboo Old Fashioned Day was a winner and I hope to return next year.
In addition to the flea market on the courthouse lawn, there was a classic car show with vehicles lined up around the square. Live music had everyone tapping their toes and the merchants around the square had sidewalk sales. There was a steady crowd of shoppers all day. Later in the day local businesses competed in "water wars" set up by the fire department. This was small town charm personified.
Lu, from Sadie 'n Stella came by and we had a nice chat. Lu has space in the Pardeeville Antique Mall. I also met Pardeeville dealers J & L antiques and Jan, (below) who was set up nearby. Her space was filled with great primitives at very reasonable prices. The Pardeeville mall has loads of quality dealers.
After the show I popped into Oak Street Antiques for a quick peek. Jen's shop is always filled with interesting finds and her windows are alluring.
Baraboo was the winter home and headquarters of the Ringling Circus. The locals have done a wonderful job of preserving the historical buildings. Quaint shops & eateries surround the town square. It's you are ever nearby, don't miss Baraboo. I can't wait to return!