This is the time of the year when men find collectibles at auctions and a few craft vendor fairs, and women find furniture, home décor and Christmas gifts and ideas. Together, they all find food goodies.

A real shopping adventure is in those fall festivals, flea markets, auctions, barn and estate sales, craft fairs, junk markets and some of the forgotten antique shops.

Should you buy on impulse? Each shopper has their own style, and while it really doesn’t matter how you carry out your own treasure hunt, I know you will find something you must have. Just remember to follow your instincts and yet keep an open mind.

When you’re collecting vintage, recycled and repurposed things, there is so much stuff still on the market that you can limit yourself to one color or style. When it comes to truly unique items, remember that they can be sold out in a matter of an hour.

A few sales

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Lori Rasmussen Peterson, Country View Crafts, 44051 Tower Ridge Road, Peterson — Fall Market on the Farm. Oct. 1, noon to 7 p.m., Oct. 2, 2-3 p.m.

“We find a lot of our things to repurpose at garage sales, thrift stores, auctions or just by people knowing what we do and they ask us if we want something that they are going to get rid of," she said. "We also buy some things at craft stores and add them to our projects.

"Enjoy the beauty of the farm during harvest season while supporting participating vendors who will bring all their best crafts, farmers market items, antiques and baked goods. Also enjoy the live music and food vendors on site this year at our store and the market on the farm.”

Some sales are seasonal such as the SeptOberfest in Wabasha-Kellogg, Sept. 8-Oct. 28 ( where a group of people get together to sell treasures for the home and garden from antiques to unique things along with antique reproductions, nice pine and oak furniture to fall and Christmas yard art.

Marla's 176 Pembroke Ave, will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. “We offer a fun, affordable array of used-a-bit, refurbished gems and a delightful assortment for everyone,” said Marsha Hall.

“We are changing colors just like the season. As the temperatures drop, the leaves start to change color, we start to move indoors," said Shayna Dais of The Rusty Bucket, East Third Street in downtown Winona. "We’ll have lots of fall décor and colors to choose from at our next sale — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 and noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 2.

Going, going gone at auction

Fall can be a good time for auctions, estate sales and outdoor craft fairs.

Auctions are fun events where people can buy antiques that remind them of their childhood. Demographics have changed and buyers now tend to be younger and they are buying things that remind them of the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

Farm-style kitchen items, automobile and gas station signs, automobiles and bikes are all bringing good prices.

Sandy Erdman is a Winona-based freelance writer and certified appraiser concentrating on vintage, antique and collectible items. Send comments and story suggestions to Sandy at