Antiquing at Clear Lake Park

Each year on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, the town of Clear Lake, Iowa, hosts a wonderful antique show.  They have vendors set up booths in the park, hold a church service and the shops uptown open up too.  We have always loved it.   Of all the antique events and shops we go to, this is our favorite.  It’s big enough but not too big.  This time around we met up with some of my family there and had a great time antiquing and visiting.

When we go, I am always looking for some quilting inspiration….I really want to make a yellow and red quilt.  It’s on my someday list.


I have a thing for rugs too.  I love hooked ones but I have as of yet to find one that I can afford!!  I understand why but they are always really expensive.


I loved this old bag.  I can see it hanging on a hook as decor.


There were quite a few old quilts but nothing that really caught my fancy.


Hubby was really tempted by this sign.  He is aquiring a like of signs…oh boy, they are usually expensive too.  This one is from Waucoma, our town.  The price was good, it was a good size and in good shape…then I said to him, “I think I’d rather have a few sheets of sheet rock for the house” and he decided to pass on it.

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Kelli was with and she was on the hunt looking at samplers.  She has become a real cross stitcher and loves seeing the old ones.  She wanted this one but it was $90 and too much for her pocket book.

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Here’s a little blast from the past.  I had a toy just like this pull toy growing up.  I might have bought it but one wing was broken on the last little duck.

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This booth was a mix of craft and antique.  They took old pieces and decorated them all.  Everything was Halloween related.  See the old globe??

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…and the old bowls painted like black cats??

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The other things that Kelli searches for is all things with dogs…


More cross stitch…this one isn’t complete though.


I couldn’t resist a picture of this.  Check it out.  It’s an old treadle table turned wine bar.  See the wine bottles in the drawer slots??  The top where the machine would have went down got a new board with chalk painted surface so a hostess could write the names of the cheese she is serving with the wine….CUTE, right??


I love rugs and this one caught my eye.  I would love to know how to make one.  Does anyone know???


..and the last stitchy of the day.  We liked the saying…


We did come home with two things…but you’ll have to stop back later today to see what they were.  All in all a very fun day and we’ll be back again and again.

2 thoughts on “Antiquing at Clear Lake Park”

  1. They had a couple of gals demonstrating how to make the blue round rug using a wagon wheel. Will try to find my info and send it to you. They were demonstrating at the Iowa Sate Fair last month.

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