The happiest Antiques Show on earth!
Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little antiques sale. In 2002, she and some friends held the first sale in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the show fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features 300 carefully curated spaces. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best antiques show in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest antiques show on earth.
The Farm Chicks Antiques Show is held the first full weekend of June each year in Spokane, WA and features antiques, vintage objects, handmade goods, and the most friendly and stylish curators around.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 & Sunday, June 7, 2015
PLEASE NOTE: There are two entrances to the show, with ticket windows at both. Follow the signs and parking attendant directions once you arrive.
Admission: $8 per day, or $15 for full weekend pass. Cash only.
Parking: Free. Many handicapped spaces are available. Please note: There is unlimited general parking available at the fairgrounds. Parking attendants will direct you to the best available parking spaces.
Crowds: Saturday is a very busy day at the show, and tends to be very crowded until the mid-late afternoon. Parents are cautioned that strollers can be extremely difficult to navigate. Baby packs or baby backpacks are highly advised. If you do not like crowds, we recommend visiting the show on Sunday, as the show is much less crowded and much easier to navigate. And the best part? Booths are re-stocked with fresh unseen goods, just for Sunday’s shoppers.
Show Location: Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana Street, Spokane Valley, Washington. The show is all indoors.
From West Spokane / Spokane Airport / Seattle
Take Exit 283B (Thor-Freya). Turn left on Havana Street, continue north to the corner of Broadway Avenue and Havana Street.
From Spokane Valley / Idaho
Take Exit 286 (Broadway Avenue). Turn right on Broadway Avenue, continue west to the corner of Broadway Avenue and Havana Street.
ATM: There are several ATM machines on site.
Dining at the Show: Food and drink is available at the show, as provided by the fairgrounds food vendor.
Handicapped Access: There are many handicapped parking spaces available. We’re sorry, we don’t have wheelchairs available for use. The show is easily accessible for shoppers in a wheelchair, and the floors are all concrete. There are no stairs or escalators.
Pets: No pets are allowed at the Fairgrounds. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Farm Chicks Antiques Show is Sponsored by Harry & David.
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Applying to Participate as a Curator: The Farm Chicks Show is a juried event, meaning participants are carefully selected based upon the goods they have to offer and their curating abilities.
Never participated in a show before? That’s okay! Experience isn’t necessary, however friendliness is.
Click HERE for more information on applying to be a Curator at the show.
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Airport: Spokane International Airport.
Lodging: The following hotels are offering special Farm Chicks Show rates (You will need to request The Farm Chicks Show rate when booking your reservation):
Note: The Farm Chicks is not affiliated with nor endorses these hotels, rather, this listing is provided as a service to shoppers looking for special rates being offered for the show.
- The Davenport Hotel, Downtown Spokane, a luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. 1-800-899-1482
- Quality Inn, Spokane Valley, offering complimentary breakfast buffet and evening cookies. 800-777-7355
- Quality Inn Oakwood, North Spokane, offering 15% off lodging. Request Farm Chicks rate when booking. 509-467-4900
- Holiday Inn Express, Downtown Spokane. 509-328-8505
- Holiday Inn Express, Spokane Valley. 509-927-7100
- Oxford Suites, Spokane Valley, featuring an on site bistro and full bar, across from the Valley Mall. 509.847.1000
- Travelodge, Downtown Spokane, offering complimentary breakfast, parking garage, evening cookies and wifi. 888-824-0292.
- Camping Spaces and RV Parking Spaces are available right at the fairgrounds! 509-477-1766
Dining Around Spokane:
There are many wonderful, locally owned, places to dine around Spokane. Here are some of Serena’s recommendations, in alphabetical order:
- Boots Bakery and Lounge: Great little cafe and bakery in downtown Spokane. Kid friendly. Vegan, Gluten Free.
- Casper Fry: Delicious food with a southern flair in a really cool setting. Kid friendly.
- Chaps: Vintage lovers will love the decor here and the treats in the Cake bakery. Kid friendly.
- Downriver Grill: Wonderful atmosphere. Delicious lunch and dinner. Gorgonzola Fries are sinful. Kid friendly.
- The Elk: Casual brewpub-type setting for lunch or dinner. Loud. Kid friendly.
- The Flying Goat: Delicious handcrafted pizzas. Can be difficult to get a table here. Kid friendly.
- Italia Trattoria: Lovely, current and creative food. Great setting, if the weather is warm, the doors roll up to the neighborhood sidewalk. More of a date or girls group setting than a family setting.
- Lindaman’s: Tasty bistro food in a casual, order-at-the-counter setting. Kid friendly.
- Madeleines: Wonderful cafe and patisserie Serving breakfast, lunch all week and dinner on weekends. Kid friendly.
- Manito Taphouse: Hipster setting. Great lunch and dinner. Gluten free options. Kid friendly.
- Mizuna: Lovely atmosphere. Creative menu with many vegan and vegetarian options. Sure to please meat and non-meat lovers. A bit fancy.
- Nudo: Serving ramen and other Asian-inspired dishes. Great drinks like fresh Strawberry Soda and more. Can be very loud.
- Picabu Bistro: A neighborhood bistro with a good, varied menu. I love their Vegan Phad Thai. Kid friendly.
- Rockwood Bakery: Delicious baked treats, coffee, light meals. Kid friendly.
- The Scoop: Tasty ice cream, all locally made. Many creative flavors. Vegan options as well. Kid friendly.
- South Perry Pizza: Delicious handcrafted pizzas. Wonderful rotating seasonal pizza specials. Gluten free options. Kid friendly.
- Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop: Delicious cupcakes and treats. Kid friendly.
- Wild Sage Bistro: Nice atmosphere. Nice food. Gluten free options. If you’re a vegan, there is an off-menu option for a delicious curry dish. More of a date or girls group setting than a family setting.
- The Yards Bruncheon: A brunch restaurant. Good casual breakfast or lunch spot. Open daily from 7am-3:30pm. Kid friendly.
Serena’s Recommended Things To Do After The Farm Chicks Show:
- Skip the chains and experience one of the local restaurants listed above. Not only are you supporting our local business owners, you’re experiencing Spokane.
- Take the City Drive.
- Visit the fantastic Auntie’s Books.
- Shop for chocolates, tea, and unique gifts at Atticus.
- Watch an artsy movie at The Magic Lantern.
- Pick up wonderful picnic supplies at Main Market.
- Stroll through Manito Gardens and while you’re there, don’t miss the Japanese Garden and the Conservatory.
- Don’t miss Riverfront Park. Make sure to feed the Garbage Goat, slide down the world’s largest Radio Flyer and ride the Carousel.
- Whatever you do, don’t miss the amazing Spokane Falls in downtown Spokane. They run fast and furious during The Farm Chicks Show and it’s really spectacular.
- Take a walk through the beautiful and historic Davenport Hotel.
- Visit the MAC.
- Take the kids to the Mobius Science Center and Children’s Museum.
We look forward to seeing you at the next show! ~ Serena and the Curators of The Farm Chicks Show