After spending some time at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market on Saturday, I ventured to Urbandale to the grounds of the Living History Farms to take in the bi-annual Vintage & Made Fair. This event is hosted in the spring and the fall and it always brings a wide-array of vendors, food trucks, and musicians. Even if you do not walk away with items, you usually come away with some pretty good ideas.
I love going to these kinds of events because it's a great reminder that there are a lot of really talented people among us. It is always inspiring to see people take something they are passionate about or a hobby and turn it into a small business.
Living History Farms, like much of the Des Moines area, had received several inches of rain and thus the ground was very saturated.
Yet, dozens of vendors worked diligently to get their tents of items ready for display. Because of the heavy rains and wet ground, the event was weather delayed. Despite all of that and the threat of more rain to come, a nice line of patrons was formed by the time I arrived.
One of the new vendors this year was my pal Grant Young. Grant is an extraordinarily creative and well-connected guy and he brought his "Stanhope State University Watermelon Warriors" tent to the event and did a great job peddling his vintage sports attire and other Stanhope State gear. As I am a Sheldon Orabs alum, I was pleasantly surprised to find a vintage scarf for $10. Of course, that had to come home with me. Take a minute to visit the Stanhope State University Facebook page to read more about his venture and check out his online store.
Stanhope State University's top fan and booster: Grant Young
Many of the heavy food trucks were unable to make it into position at the time I visited the event because of the very soft ground. Additionally, other tire tracks and foot traffic made things a bit muddy. Vendors and organizers did the best they could to put down some straw and wood chips to try to make walking easier.
Since the event pushed into Sunday as well, my understanding is that conditions did dry out a bit and it was a more pleasant experience on Sunday. However, I still saw plenty of people making deals and finding new treasurers.
It's a great event to find apparel, home decor, clever signs, antiques, jewelry, art, greeting cards, and other items. If you are into these sorts of things, it's definitely worth visiting their website. Mark your calendar for their 2018 dates. Admission this year was only $6.
If you have ideas for future adventures around Iowa, please drop me a note on my website through the "Suggest an Adventure" page. I look forward to visiting your community soon.