Ready for Christmas shopping? Try the flea market route in Springfield

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Ready for Christmas shopping? Try the flea market route in Springfield

We may be loath to admit it, but the holiday season has arrived. Yes, Thanksgiving lies ahead. But Christmas is nonetheless fully present.

This weekend marks the launch of the holiday shopping season. While it won’t hit full stride until Black Friday, area flea markets and antique malls are celebrating the season’s arrival with special holiday celebrations.

Among them is Freakin’ Antiquin’, a relative newcomer on the flea market scene. The market will hold its Jolly, Jingle, Shop and Mingle event on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Owner Melissa Sharples says she and her two co-owners opened the east-Springfield market in 2017 after learning her boss of nearly 30 years was casting an eye at retirement. Sharples says she didn’t think she wanted to work for anyone else, and she and her antiquing partner had outgrown their six booths at another Springfield flea market.

Vintage treasures are carefully staged for a boutique shopping experience at Freakin' Antiquin'.

Thus, Freakin’ Antiquin’ was born. Today, the market is filled with booths that vendors have painstakingly curated and staged. While flea markets can run the gamut from enclosed junk piles or organized chaos to high-end (and similarly priced) antique shops, Freakin’ Antiquin’ offers a more boutique experience.

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Sharples says resale shops like hers offer a terrific opportunity for personalized gift giving this season.

She offers an exchange with her sister as an example. Sharples inherited a tulip pitcher she and her sister both loved after their grandmother died. She didn’t want to give up the pitcher, but when she spotted its twin while on a treasure hunt, she was happy to buy it for her sister.

Grandma's kitchen full of ceramic roosters? You might find one just like she had at a vintage market.

Sharples says most of the folks who shop her vendors’ booths are of the same mind.

“A lot of times, people are coming in and looking for an era,” she says. “… Grandma’s kitchen had that 1950s look. I guess they’re just trying to get pieces from that era.”

Sharples says popular gift items include old Christmas decorations; upcycled, repurposed decorative items; antique books; and old maps. When shopping for others, just consider their tastes, life experiences and what they collect and select something that might spark a smile.

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If you’re interested in trying the resale route for gift giving this year, here are a handful of holiday markets being held this weekend to get you on your way.

Vintage Christmas items make popular gifts.

• Jolly, Jingle, Shop and Mingle holiday event, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 7) at Freakin’ Antiquin’ and the Vintage Peddler, at 2259 E. Bennett St. and 1432 E. Trafficway, respectively. The event promises sweet treats and prizes. Free. Call 417-755-7141 for information.

• Relics Antique Mall Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Nov. 6-7) and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 8) at the mall and events center at 2015 W. Battlefield Road and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at its location at 1001 Daniel Drive, Mount Vernon. Free. Call 417-883-1143 for information.

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