Striking Gold at Oronoco Gold Rush Days

August 17, 2019 11:07 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Locals and visitors are striking gold this weekend in Oronoco for the town’s annual Gold Rush Days.

“Turquoise, watches, coins, bullion, gold, silver, amber, gold and stones,” Timothy Atwood said, pointing at the cases of jewelry he had for sale.


Atwood’s are only a few of thousands of items found in Oronoco this weekend.

“I picked up this. Looks like a one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen stained glass window, and I’m just absolutely in love with it,” said Scott Shapiro, a returning visitor to Gold Rush Days, about his top find over the weekend.

“This is what we brought for Oronoco because this is the demographic. They love the gold, old wood furniture and mission stuff,” said Atwood, who at 23-years-old is decades younger than most antiquers.

“I’ve always wanted to do this. I’ve always wanted to. I watched the American Pickers – that was a huge hit for me, and now I realize it’s nothing like that, and it’s a tough line of work, but there’s a lot of money to be made,” said Atwood, whose experiencing Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days for the first time this year.

“People love the stuff,” he said.

It’s only the second year at Gold Rush Days for Shapiro, who traveled to Southeast Minnesota from Madison, WI.

“This Gold Rush flea market is absolutely amazing. My favorite one to come to,” Shapiro said.

And this year his stained glass treasure really caught his eye.

“It looks like it could be some kind of heart in the middle, and it really speaks to me and my heart,” Shapiro said.

It’s that sort of instant connection, and love for funky finds that keeps people coming back.

“I love history and I mean why not work around what you love,” Atwood said.

“I think it has to do with the community and all the people that put it together. They really just – and then the rolling landscape and the beautiful day it just doesn’t really get any better than this,” Shapiro said.

Gold Rush Days wrap up Sunday. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Alice Keefe

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