Go on a treasure hunt with ‘Pickin’ Treasure Valley’ in Nampa this weekend

Check out “Pickin’ Treasure Valley” at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30.
Check out “Pickin’ Treasure Valley” at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30. Provided by Past Blessings Farm

You’ll find everything you never knew you needed at “Pickin’ Treasure Valley,” a show of antique, vintage and retro knickknacks, furniture and more, mixed with artisan crafts and jewelry. This is one of the largest shows of its kind in the state. You’ll find a carefully curated selection of vendors from across the region,

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa.

$8 for 13 and older, good for both days, 12 and younger are free.

A portion of your admission benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. PastBlessingsFarm.com.

How to pick a treasure

Boisean Melisa James, owner of Home by Melisa James, a design store specializing in farmhouse modern design, is a professional picker from way back. Here are her tips on how to get the most out of a trip to “Pickin’ Treasure Valley.”

No. 1: “Timing is everything, “ James says. To get the most out this event, decide what you’re looking for — a truly one-of-a-kind piece or a great bargain. For the former, arrive early; try to be first in line — consider showing up at least an hour before it opens. If you want the latter, show up at the end. Vendors are tired and don’t want to pack things up, so you might be able to negotiate, she says.

No. 2: If you’re looking for a specific piece, especially furniture, be prepared. Know the space you’re trying to fill and bring a measuring tape so you can make a quick decision.

No. 3: Be decisive. “Don’t hesitate. When you see something you want, buy it or it will be gone, and you’ll be disappointed, “ James says.

No. 4: If you’re looking for a specific piece, arrive early and make a sweep of the building to get a general idea of the layout and what’s there. Then go back through and take your time.

Take a market cart or big backpack with you to make it easier to carry stuff such as pillows or candlesticks, James says. Some vendors will have a drop-off location for big furniture, but you don’t want to waste a lot of time running back and forth to your car. Maybe bring a friend to help.

No. 6: If you really want to make a deal — and make a vendor happy — bring cash. You’ll find them much happier to negotiate prices and transactions are quicker. Bring small bills. It’s hard to break a $100 for a $10 purchase.

No. 7: If you don’t get the piece you set your sight on, relax. There will be many things tucked away. You’ll find something to love.