Our Girls Retreat
My Aunt Lenny started this “Sister’s Retreat” a couple of decades ago and it has taken us to different areas. Places such as; Holland Michigan, Mackinaw City, Chicago, and for the past several years we’ve enjoyed Shipshewana, Indiana and its awesome Amish food, shopping, and second largest flea market in the Midwest.
Where we stay
Staying overnight at the Farmstead Inn is fabulous fun, especially if you do it with a whole bunch of silly aunts, female adult cousins, and very special friends. The hotel is absolutely spotless and within walking distance of the flea market. They serve a free fantastic hot and cold continental breakfast. There’s a nice pool and jacuzzi, which feels glorious after each day of walking in the sweltering sun.
I have found such wonderful bargains at the flea market and some great finds at the cities storefronts too.
The flea market is only opened on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We arrive on Monday and shop the many stores along the main road.
The Essence House is our annual meet-up place for a delicious Amish dinner served family style on the first night. (My favorite is the pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy)The second evening dinner is at the Blue Gate Restaurant. I’m thankful for all the extra walking we do to help burn those extra pie calories and aid with extra digestion needed for the extra food intake, (most of us are guilty of).
Our Evening Gatherings
After dinner and shopping all day, we meet in the largest room at the hotel and have an auction for some nice , some crazy, and sometimes mystery items. Each guest brings at least one auction gift, using their own discretion and sense of humor. These items are wrapped and we bid on them sight unseen. The bidding begins at fifty cents and goes up to a couple of dollars. The second night we play four card bingo and choose from unwrapped prizes that were purchased with the previous year’s auction money. It’s always a ton of laughs and the time goes by way to fast. Other mysterious things seem to happen every year. I won’t even mention someone’s room getting Tee-Peed…or Red Hat pins for the older folks…There have been odd items found in the freezer? (oops, my computer has a mind of its own)
Some of my best bargains;
Cement Creations for the yard (amazing low prices)
Wire (wine glass) hangings for the family room
Gold Swirl Metal Sun for the garage
All Occasion Scarfs
Bulk Socks (work socks for the men in my life)
Leather Belts, Wallets, & Purses,
Sheet Sets (1000 thread count-queen 20.00)
At the store fronts I’ve found,
Black Hills Gold Rings
Amish Furniture, small items and Pictures
Annie Oakley cologne
With over 900 vendors on 100 acres, I would think there is something for everyone.
Some previous finds.