INSIDER’S GUIDE: How to make the most of Springfield Extravaganza antiquing adventure 

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 6:00 AM

The Clark County Fairgrounds is home to the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market.

If you have never been to the Springfield Extravaganza, you are missing out. 

As someone who has been for the last 20 years, it is a feast for the eyes and senses. 

With 2,000 vendors and a cast of thousands, it promises an entire day of shopping with some dining breaks in between thanks to more than 40 food vendors featuring a broad range of food. 

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With 2,000 vendors and a cast of thousands, the Springfield Extravaganza promises an entire day of shopping with some dining breaks in between thanks to more than 40 food vendors featuring a broad range of food. CONTRIBUTED

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The event takes place May 17-19 at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield. Whether you’re an beginner or a pro at antique shopping, organizers put together a top 10 list of must haves to make the day a success. This is a great outline for those who have never attended. 

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Stall at a recent Extravaganza, filled with traditional vintage and antique furniture and decorative objects. Contributed photo by Jon Jenkins of the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market

 

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING TO THE MAY EXTRAVAGANZA 

1. Good walking shoes. 

2. Dress in layers for cool mornings and warm afternoon. Bring sunscreen or an umbrella. 

3. Bring cash, checks and a credit card. 

4. A notebook with measurements of walls or spaces. Include the measurement of your trunk/hatch for your car so you know if something will fit or not. 

5. Pen and paper to write down items you're thinking about with booth number so you know how to get back to them. 

6. Wagon or rolling basket to carry your purchases 

7. Bottles of water. 

8. Swatches or paint samples of colors you are trying to coordinate. 

9. Tape measure, straps, moving blankets or tarps. 

10. All of your shopping squad. 

For complete show information, visit www.springfieldantiqueshow.com

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com.

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You never know what you'll find at the Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show and Flea Market at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Like these hand sculptures that were for sale Sunday at a booth owned by Lara Arensdorf of Des Moines, Iowa. Staff photo by Bill Lackey(Bill Lackey)

WANT TO GO?

What: May 2019 Extravaganza 

Where: Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield 

Directions: Take Exit 59 off I-70 

When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. May 17; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19 

Admission: Friday, May 17, early buying 7 a.m. - noon $15. (Good for entire weekend) 

General admission is $10 per day

Note: Dogs on a leash or in stroller are welcome, please know pavement is sometimes too hot for paws. 

Camping: Camping spots are available at the show with full hookups for $25 per night. Reservations are not necessary. Inquire at gate upon arrival and you'll be directed to camp area. 

More information: www.springfieldantiqueshow.com

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A customer is surrounded by vintage patriotic posters and memorabilia as he looks over a potential purchase during the 2012 Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show and Flea Market at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Staff photo by Bill Lackey(Bill Lackey)