Squiers Manor Bed & B
Newly married and new to Iowa (way back in 1990), we used some of our wedding gift money to buy some furniture at Banowetz Antiques in Maquoketa, Iowa. We still use the chair, end tables, dresser and dining room dresser, which have not only added character to our home but proved very functional. (They must have made stuff well 100 years or so ago.) So the news that Banowetz is not going out of business – as I’d once heard – is good. They’re having a “grand re-opening sale” at their new location at 123 McKinsey Drive in Maquoketa april 14-29. If you want to stay overnight, check out the Squiers Manor B&B, a gorgeous place the Banowetz family operates in town that,yes, is full of antiques. And it is Squiers (named after J.E. Squiers who built the brick Queen Anne style mansion in 1882.)
Okay – so here’s the scoop on Old Crow Farm which I found out by trekking to Earlham Iowa today. The three-times-a-year sale that used to happen at the Old Crow Farm is no more I was told. Which was a bit disappointing. It’s been replaced by a soon-t0-be once-a-month sale at Old Crow Farm’s new in-town location, a former 1900’s hardware store that now goes by the name “Rescued Junk” and that’s just what was in there today during the grand opening. Place was packed with people – and there was cider and sweets to mark the occasion. The rescued junk was okay – not as much stuff as I expected, mostly salvaged metal furniture and knickknacks – old tool kits, stools, signs, the kind of old things that were lying around your grandma’s house for years, that need fixing up. The store will be open the next two weekends (Thursday-Saturday) 12/9-12/11 and 12/16-12/18
I have been wracking my brains (what a strange expression) trying to remember the name of this place – that sells antiques/ “rescued junk” (from country primitives to urban industrial) three times a year displayed in an old barn and the surrounding grounds of a Madison County acreage about 20 minutes west of Des Moines. And finally – I stumbled upon a mention of it in the December Issue of Midwest Living. Old Crow Farm Antiques next sale is on saturday Dec. 4 (“jolly junk vintage market”) and I’d really like to get there. For more info see oldcrowfarmantiques.com and check out the blog.
This sale will also – if I understand the blog correctly – mark the opening of the Old Crow folks’ new shop called Rescued Junk by Old Crow Farm, housed in an old building they’re fixing up in the town of Earlham. It will be the location of monthly “occasional sales” rather than only three sales a year. You can also shop online at oldcrowfarm.etsy.com. The farm is at 2125 130th street. take exit 110 of I-80 south towards Winterset to 130th street then west 1/4 mile.
Speaking of Maquoketa – and I was at least blogging recently about one of Iowa’s hardest towns to spell – there is news that this eastern Iowa city’s Banowetz Antiques, one of the best antique dealers in the state, is downsizing so the owners can have more free time. Certainly understandable. Apparently they’ll still operate their lovely B&B in town, the Squiers Manor, in an 1882 brick Queen Anne-style manse, which is full of their antiques. (And it is Squiers not Squires – although it’s fit for a squire. It’s named after a man name J.E. Squiers.) I’ll never forget how tolerant they were when we brought a baby with us during one stay.