PICKIN’ ON THE PRAIRIE

Country Sampler's Prairie Style - - Places In The Heart -

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.

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