What Cheer Flea Market

All my life, I have been surrounded by antiques. My parents LOVE antiques and have definitely passed on that love to my sister and me!

This past weekend, my mom and I went to the famous What Cheer Flea Market in What Cheer, Iowa. This flea market, listed as one of the top flea markets to visit in the Midwest, is held 3 times per year. It has been a few years since my mother has been, and this was my first ever visit to the What Cheer Flea Market, so we were surprised at just how big this event is!IMG_3011

What Cheer is a small town in Keokuk County, Iowa, with a population of only 636ish people. It was founded in 1865 and was originially a coal town. It is unclear on where the name ‘What Cheer’ actually came from, but boy, it’s definitely interesting!

I unfortunately didn’t get very many photos of the actual market, but it was HUGE. There were hundreds of vendors that filled the Keokuk County fair grounds, and we found lots of neat items and got some good deals.


Here I am, looking very excited!! I didn’t have any expectations and I didn’t even know what I was looking for; I was open to finding whatever!

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While there were many vendors that I didn’t care for, I did find lots that filled me with joy. The above photos are of Rusted Lace, a very nice lady from Moline, Illinois that creates decor16 out of tin! How neat are those items?! I didn’t buy one at the market, but will definitely be hittin’ up her facebook page (you should too!)!


Here are the big deals I scored! The peace sign barbed wire art will be hung outside during the summer and cost me $10. The big star will be used at Yule and cost me $9. The nature painting was my favorite find-I have been looking for a cheap painting like this for a long time! It cost me $5, but then the guy gave me another painting for free with it. I don’t really like that painting, which is why it’s not pictured, but I like the frame, so I will find a use for that. My other favorite find is the plaid thermos! I have been looking for one at a decent price for a long time. I did make a big mistake with this purchase, though: I bought the first one I saw WITHOUT attempting to get them down on price. I paid $15 for it, and then as we went down the lane, I found at least 2 more for cheaper, including one that also came with a sandwich container and matching plaid bag for the same price 🙁 Oh well, ya live and ya learn! Once I got home, I realized I must have broken the thermos because I heard glass shaking around inside 🙁 So now, it will just be a decoration with the mountain painting.

I had so much fun at the flea market and can’t wait to go back next year!

4 thoughts on “What Cheer Flea Market

  1. Alicia H.

    Sounds like you made out like a bandit. Guess I really should have gone with you. That thermos set sounds like it would have been a good deal. I LOVE that nature painting you got!! And you look adorable as always.

  2. Mindy

    Forst off, what an amazing town name! LOVE IT! I haven’t been to a swap meet like this in ages, it looks like so much fun! I may have to hit up some antique stores soon and see if I find any treasures 🙂

    1. La Rae Awakened Post author

      It is a fun little town name! And boy, the drive down there was beautiful! My mom and I had such a blast 🙂 You’ll have to let me know if you find any treasures!


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