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Embracing Change

Meet Our New Guest Blogger: Cathy Safiran and her husband have been gracing the grounds of the Shipshewana Flea Market for 25 years! As vendors, they truly enjoy meeting new people. Cathy’s blog is called “A Vendor’s Two Cents,” but her insights are priceless. Stop by booths 908 and 909 and say hello! Welcome to the blogosphere, Cathy!

One thing is guaranteed in this world: nothing stays the same forever. I fell in love with the town of Shipshewana and the flea market the first time I visited about thirty-five years ago. About ten years later hubby and I became full time vendors. The flea market was a grassy field. Nearly all the booths featured antiques and collectibles of every sort. Vendors arrived in cars, small pickup trucks, or old vans; nearly everyone slept in or under their vehicles. Wares were displayed on card tables and sometimes on the ground. There was one tree growing on the east edge of the flea market in what used to be a cow pasture. Shoppers with ...

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What Do The Shipshewana Auction & Amusement Parks Have in Common?

Family time is meant to be fun, exciting, and memorable. For those reasons, many families choose to spend a day at an amusement park. But, have you ever considered spending quality family time at Wednesday’s Shipshewana Auction? This event is an equally fun way to create family memories while also inducing excitement for all. It’s …

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Serene, Clean & Ice Cream

Three words describe Amish Log Cabin Lodging located within Shipshewana Campground. Word #1–Serene. 14 cabins with full shower and television line the far back hillside of the property, while six “rustic” cabins glide to the west. These latter cabins are “rustic” in that they have no shower facilities. Those are located in a red barn …

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Quilt News, Views and Stories from Shipshewana

Introducing Rebecca Haarar: Rebecca Haarer collects quilts, gives Amish Quilt Trunk Show presentations, owns Rebecca Haarer Arts and Antiques in Shipshewana, and loves living and sharing adventures in the Amish-Mennonite community in which she was born and raised. “Quilting in the Ditch” No, as you may wonder, I am not standing in water up to my waist protectively …

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Buy Local at 20 Flea Market Vendors

Yesterday I hung out for a little while with the Shipshewana Flea Market manager Michael Christner. He introduced me to several flea market vendors and allowed me to take a few photos. His patience really impressed me, as he is in charge of the entire market and literally hundreds and hundreds of vendors. If I …

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Bright Morning Star Bed & Breakfast Really Shines

The guys will love this bed and breakfast because of its location out on the rural countryside. They can stretch their legs, pet the cows, or talk to the birds—they’ll listen! The ladies will love this bed and breakfast because of the aesthetics. From fresh flowers that match the hand-sewn quilts, to the cozy sitting …

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Knowledge To Grow – Dealing With Weeds in the Garden

What is a weed?  People have different views on what is and is not a weed.  I see mullien as a beautiful plant with its fuzzy, silvery leaves and tiny yellow flowers.  I like to use them in my landscape around my potting shed. My farmer husband however, sees it as a weed growing along …

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Are You A Flea Market Foodie?

I consider myself a Flea Market Foodie. What qualifies me as such? I know not only where to eat, but HOW to eat. “How to eat” refers more than just placing nourishment on tongue, closing mouth, and masticating. “How to eat” also refers to the many different dining experiences at the Flea Market. Do you …

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Songbird Ridge B&B Celebrates 20 Years of Beauty & Business

I wonder what would entice a husband-wife team to run a bed and breakfast for 20 years like Gwen and Gene Newcomer have run Songbird Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Shipshewana. When I asked Gwen that question, she replied without thinking: “I love the friends we’ve made over the years. It’s fun to have people …

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