Summer is a great time to make lasting memories with friends and family and there is no better way to do that than by hosting a picnic or barbeque in your own backyard.
Playing host can sometimes be overwhelming. Luckily. the Shipshewana Flea Market has everything you could imagine to make your next gathering a hit! Although this list is not exhaustive, I found 10 great items that will add to the ease and success of your next backyard get together.
Warning: Booth numbers and prices are subject to change at any time due to the nature of the market.
1. Lawn Furniture
In my opinion, you have to start with outdoor lawn furniture. Glick’s Lawn Furniture has some great poly vinyl options including chairs and gliders. These two were so relaxed trying out these pieces and you can see how your guests would enjoy hanging out and taking in the summer evening with friends/family in these stylish and comfortable furnishings.
Glick’s Lawn Furniture, Space #422-424
(Featuring Outdoor & Lawn Furniture. Also carrying, wagon wheels, old farm machinery & equipment, antiques, farm tools & equipment and farm & old barn items.)
2. Paper Party Supplies
Party supplies are abundant at The Napkin Place. Every backyard barbecue needs paper plates, napkins, utensils, party trays and table covers. There are tons of colors and patterns to choose from and most of these are just $1 so you get all the style at bargain prices.
The Napkin Place, Space #670 & 700
(Featuring party goods. Also carrying all size metal signs, mancave, collectible, sports teams and license plates.)
3. Silk Flower Centerpieces
Impress your guests with a beautiful table decoration. Plus, with silk flowers, you can use them time and time again. Southwest Enterprises has a huge assortment of silk flowers and this adorable arrangement was just calling my name! I love the warm, summer colors, the cute bucket, and the price at just $10!
Southwest Enterprises, Space #216-218
(Featuring silk flower centerpieces. Also carrying deck plants, hanging baskets, cemetery cones, and saddles, lanterns, silk flower baskets, wall baskets, trees, and special arrangements.)
4 The Perfect Grill
No picnic is complete without the delicious grilled meat. HG Distributing is busy grilling each Tuesday & Wednesday so stop by and check out what you can make at home with your own Holland Grill. If you don’t believe me, just stop by for a delicious sample. They are constantly cooking up some tasty bites for you to try before you buy. Insider Tip: If you stop by and samples are ready, don’t pass them up because believe me, they don’t last long!
HG Distributing, Space #373-374
(Featuring Holland Grills. Also carrying Caldera Fire Pits, Carolina Seasoning, Med Greek, Chicken & Chop, Steaks Alive, Holland Smoker, Golden Cast Iron, and Z Grills.)
Now that you have the perfect grill, you’ll need the tools to properly tend to those meats and treat them the way they should😊. A & J Treasures has spatulas (and other kitchen gadgets) that will make your guests happy they decided to accept your party invite!
A & J Treasures, Space #180/206-207; 801-802
(Featuring Spatulas. Also carrying window etchings, sand coasters, US & Military Flags, flag poles, Rada cutlery, and kitchen gadgets.)
6. Fire Rings
Stop by this booth for a custom fire ring that will complement your backyard gathering and provide you with the ability to continue your entertaining well into the summer night offering a warm and crackling fire. Pictured is Joel and a satisfied customer and although I don’t have a picture of the actual fire ring, proof point that they were all sold out is a huge testimony to his great metal work!
Victory Custom Metals, Space #674-675
(Featuring fire rings. Also carrying metal art & signs, and garden art.)
7 Telescoping Forks
A telescoping fork is perfect for roasting marshmallows for tasty smores and more over your campfire. Kitchen Korner has them available and at just $3.50 each, this handy tool extends to 30” but condenses back down for easy storage.
Kitchen Korner, Space #168-170; #731-733
(Featuring Telescoping Forks. Also carrying Rada cutlery, kitchen gadgets, hard-to-find items, bakeware and cookware.)
8 Bluetooth Speakers & Solar Lights
Bluetooth speakers (pictured at back with fun LED colorful lights, like a disco ball) and solar lights (centered between colorful metal flowers) will light up the night with music and the beauty of the yard décor to make your party complete. Play music from your phone on this fun speaker that is so small it won’t cause you any trouble getting it set up for any backyard gathering.
PK & Sons Enterprises, Space #826
(Featuring Bluetooth speakers and solar lights. Also carrying plaques, pictures, glass butterflies, dragonflies, bubble guns, marshmallow guns, toys, lawn ornaments, sun catchers and spinning stakes.)
9 Shipshewana Hoodies
For cooler evenings, you’ll need something to keep you warm and what could be better than a Shipshewana hoodie. Available in multiple colors, these are perfect for guys and gals alike.
Busy Bee, Space #833
(Featuring Shipshewana hoodies. Also carrying tie dye t-shirts and sweatshirts and Indiana/Michigan souvenir shirts.)
10 Bug Spray
We all know that there is always that uninvited guest, right? In this case, mosquitos are the biggest nuisance I know at picnics and you can help to keep them away with Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus. This also provides you with a sunscreen of SPF 30 so it does double duty by protecting you from the sun too!
Avon, Space #367
(Featuring bug spray & sun block. Also carrying make up tools, mascaras, eyeliners, eye shadows, Avon shampoo & conditioner, brushes, combs, specialty items, men’s cologne, women’s perfume, body wash, lotions, and Skin So Soft products.)
Want more great finds for your summer picnics? Take a look at our vendor directory, or to learn more about how to plan your trip to the market, download our free Shipshewana Flea Market Trip Planning Packet.