PICKIN’ ON THE PRAIRIE
From the sweeping prairie views to the chickens cackling at your feet, coming to shop at Past Blessings Farm is a trip people love to take. It wasn’t always that way. When Ron and Brenda Buckingham bought the 1898 farmstead in Orchard Prairie, Washington, the farmhouse had stood empty for more than two years.
The place was run down and swamped by mice and voles. But, as Brenda looked at the property’s flat acreage, rolling wheat fields and large heated barn, she knew that they had found their future home. More than that, they had found a place to grow their antiques business.
“After years of selling at grange shows, multi-dealer shops, and a rented garage, we wanted to be able to display our wares in a simpler country setting,” Brenda says.
The Buckinghams did just that. In 2011, they held their first Pickin’ on the Prairie show on their newly reinvigorated property. More than 20 vendors displayed a range of appealing country antiques under white canopies. Country and bluegrass music played over the sound system, and the family dog, Tilley, went from booth to booth greeting sellers and shoppers alike.
“People told us our show felt like a country fair,” Brenda recalls. “That was exactly what we’d hoped.” Since then, the couple have held weekend barn sales, and their annual Pickin’ on the Prairie event has turned into a large, successful antiques show. In 2016, Ron and Brenda added another outlet by taking their show on the road with Pickin’ Boise at the Expo Idaho convention center.
Now, if you can’t come to the farm, the farm will come to you.