The MainStrasse Antique Show - Sew Retro
We have a great circuit of antique shows here in Cincinnati (old river towns have a lot of cool people with a lot of cool junk). I’ve done Burlington (Kentucky) and Lawrenceburg (Indiana) several times. But I hadn’t been down to Covington (Kentucky) to the 4th Sunday Antique Show on MainStrasse for quite a few years.
I like this show because it’s small. There are just a few dozen vendors, and you can walk it pretty well in an hour or so. And it’s such a nice, urban backdrop too.

I didn’t spend a ton of money, but I found some really cool stuff. My favorite was Secondhand Fancy’s booth. Okay, not just because I enjoyed talking with her about Sew Retro! (Also, her Pinterest boards are a little bit to-die-for. ) She made these super cute magnets (I bought the cameo ones).
And I really, really wanted this owl she had. But the practical side of me won over: too many children running around in this house right now, and no where to put really cool things. Someday . . .

I also scored some pretty jewelry (a silver pendant with a tiny silver apple, banana, and pear), and saw a lot of other things I wanted. And I found some antique keys for my friend, Whitney, who likes to make jewelry out of them.

There was also a guy selling some great architectural salvage and old signs. I snagged a big piece of slate for an upcoming project. But I wished I had a reason to buy this sign!
Oh, and my sister and I were cracking up looking through these books from the 1920s. (The one about birth control was the best—don’t know why I didn’t get a picture of that one!) We really wanted them. But alas, we were just feeling too practical. I hate when I’m in a practical mood at an antique show. Like I know my 2-year-old would go crazy over this horse, but I just couldn't quite do it . . .

Anyway, Lawrenceburg is this Sunday. I hope to be there!

8/28/2012 11:07:45 pm

Dude, I did not know that you lived in Cincinnati! Or maybe I did and I'm just losing my mind... anywho, me too! Love going to the Burlington show in September... such a great time of year and usually some really good deals because people are trying to get rid of their gems. :)

Linda Shuck
6/22/2013 07:53:25 am

There is another river town that does an antique show on the second Sunday. New Richmond's Antiques on the Ohio is in it's third season. Small but Like Mainstrasse a wonderful atmosphere, you shop and watch the river at the same time. Call 543-9149 for information.

7/7/2016 07:15:07 am

I always loved walking through the streets, along which there are flea markets. In this kind of places there is a special atmosphere. You should come there not only for shopping, but also in order to plunge into these feelings.

8/24/2016 05:24:29 am

Sometimes you can find very interesting things to buy there. I like visiting such shows.


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