harvest market

By Joyce Ervin

It was a busy day at the Friend-Hack House Museum on County Street, when the Milan Historical Society held their first vintage Heritage Market event last month.
With hopes of making this an annual event, the turnout solidified it should be a go.  People came from surrounding communities to see the array of items offered for sale.  And, there was a variety of items, seemed like something for everyone.
Kay and Rick Bentley of Whittaker love to decorate for the holidays.  They took home a huge orange metal Jack-O-Lantern and snowman to decorate their yard.  The couple said they love to decorate both the inside and outside of their home.  Rick Bentley said, “Christmas is our favorite holiday.”
Metal artwork was offered and many enjoyed seeing the huge farmyard metal pig that stood at the entrance of US12 Vintage Market of Clinton’s booth.  Alicia Barnes and Terry Koenig of Saline were captivated with the metal sculptures and, of course, noticed the farmyard animal right off drawing them further into the booth.
GiGi Green of Milan was so taken with herb baskets and the reasonable prices, she was calling others in to see them.  Rusty Garage Vintage Market from Carelton brought the baskets to the market.  Green said, as she lifted one basket after another in the air, “I’m having a blast.”
Mary and Jeff Rafko of Milan deliberated over purchasing a long, narrow galvanized chicken feeder offered by Like Mother Like Daughter Vintage Treasures.  The couple thought it a good fit for their fireplace mantel.
Zilke Farm Market brought a wagon full of pumpkins, gourds, fresh produce and potted chrysanthemums.  Many sat on hay bales placed by the wagon to have their picture taken.  Home décor shop from downtown Milan, Northern Chicks, brought furniture pieces, there were woodcraft items, textiles, antiques, art work compliments of Milan’s Kim Rhoney and boutique clothing.
The newly constructed Fire Truck museum building served as a cafeteria for food truck vendors.  Marlee Perry and William Eden entertained with live music and song.  This was their debut performance, Perry said. Many volunteers made the event run smoothly and the society offered its thanks to Jammie Staton for spearheading.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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