UNL student browses through the past to find treasures at antique show

  • Dolls
    Dolls for sale.
  • Old cans
    Old metal cans for sale.
  • General Lee
    The General Lee for show and the area to win a prize.
  • Microscope
    A microscope and kettle for sale.
  • Window Art
    A refurbished window with chalk and chicken wire.

Story, photos, and audio by Karen Ockander, NewsNetNebraska

University of Nebraska-Lincoln senior Alexis Rathke and her friends spent a recent Saturday looking at the past.

They joined shoppers who strolled through the Tenth Annual Flea Market and Antique Show to browse through collections of dolls, furniture, toys and other knick-knacks from days gone by.

“We just came with some family, but I like looking at old furniture and old signs,” Rathke said.

Her interest began with her grandparents’ antiques; now she enjoys going to antique stores with her dad.

“I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into today, but this is definitely interesting,” Rathke said.

She especially enjoyed looking at the refurbished furniture, either to buy or just to get some ideas to create her own unique pieces.

The food stands also caught her eye.

“They had samples and got her at a weak moment” — before lunchtime, she said. She bought some dressing and steak seasoning.

In between the browsing and bargaining, the sounds of the replica General Lee’s Dixie horn blew to notify shoppers about the prizes to be awarded to the raffle winners.

And at the end of the day, shoppers like Rathke took home some new treasures.

Alexis Rathke talks about her favorite piece at the flea market and antique: 

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