On Thursday afternoon, about 3 p.m., we decided to go away for the weekend!
I had no idea where we were going so I Google searched "July 4th flea market, IL".
The very first link to come up was "Towanda" Flea Market! My first though was where the h..l is Towanda?
It lies between Normal and Bloomington, IL. A little less than a 2 hour trip.
Turns out Towanda's flea market has been held on the 4th of July since 1968! The town's population if 550 citizens and the fair is a community event. The flea market evolved in to a 4th of July fair, with the flea market, parade, music and fire works, and I can attest to some great food! The whole town helps to put on the fair. On the 3rd their is a spaghetti dinner/dance.
Gosh, another flea market I've never heard of before? It's a nice sized flea market with more than 200 dealers from all over the country. Dealers come from Michigan, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee. The crowd is estimated at over 5,000 people and there is no admission charge for us buyers or lookers!
The town is small, and the streets crowded, so I was only able to photo one home, a cute farmhouse.
The Towanda Flea Market was our weekend's starting point. Whenever Mr. C and I travel we stay at B&B's. We prefer B&B's for several reasons: nicer than a hotel; usually less expensive, you typically are served a full homemade breakfast and it's nice to socialize within a smaller setting (remember I don't like crowds!)
After a little bit of searching I came across The Greenhouse B&B, Kempton, IL.
The Greenhouse is a 1900's vintage farmhouse on a two-acre farmstead. More on our stay later.
We packed Thursday night, and headed out the morning of July4th for the flea market.
The weather and sky were beautiful...
As soon as we got there I was ready to hit the flea market.
The flea market had a great feel to it, people friendly and smiling, a small town feel!
It was a very nice flea market and enjoyed socially with everyone.
I didn't buy much, I haven't shared with you yet The Best Garage Sale, and spent quite a bit there so I felt guilty to buy anything!
Cast Iron Candlesticks
Vintage Rose Plate
A cute vintage Rooster wall planter
Vintage rooster tureen
Vintage muffin tin
Vintage amber bottle that needs a good bath!
Vintage Galvanized Gasoline Can
I also bought some Goat's Milk Soap and forgot to take a picture...
but it was from Carmel Creek, a lovely woman, and I bought many bars of Lavender soap.
I found several of the vendor's to be higher prices, but there were several with the best low prices.
Tomorrow I'll share our adventure's at The Greenhouse B&B!