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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Kansas Barn Sale to feature crafts and antiques

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  • This weekend, Beki Hastings invites community members to come hunt for buried treasure in Hesston.?No, she hasn’t uncovered a secret pirate stash. She’s helping to organize the third annual Kansas Barn Sale, an event that features crafts, antiques and other vintage items from more than 60 vendors. She said you never know what interesting items you might find hidden at the back of a booth or buried in a pile of goods for sale.?“It’s the biggest craft and antique show in Kansas,” Hastings said. “... It’s a big surprise, once you show up and see how many treasures are available.”?The barn sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2959 Arapaho in Hesston. Items for sale will include candles, pies, jewelry and re-purposed furniture. Norm’s in Newton will be setting up a coffee bar, as well.?“Everything is handmade or antique,” Hastings said of the sale. “Nothing is mass-produced, yard sale stuff.”?Hastings herself is a jewelry designer and owner of The Rusted Chain, a company that creates rustic hand-stamped jewelry. Hastings’ work has been featured on local television programs and in national magazines, and she also was invited to meet Martha Stewart.?She organized the barn sale as a way to showcase local artists, and she said the event keeps getting bigger every year. She said offering antiques helps the Hesston barn sale to stand out — most craft shows feature only crafts.?The Hesston barn sale includes vendors who are raising funds for a cause, and there will be other events — such as a bonfire, live music and games for children — in addition to crafts and antiques.?For more information about the sale, visit www.kansasbarnsale.blogspot.com. 

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