Great State: From Chicken Farm to Pickers’ Paradise

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JONES, OKLAHOMA -- There are people who are glad to get rid of junk, and then there are people glad to gather it up and restore or re-sell it.

"There are just so many things to look at," says Patti Fields.

Fields and her husband Nick bought an old chicken farm in the late 90's with the idea of re-purposing it.

"We wanted to share our property with everybody," she says.

She thought the barns an open spaces might be perfect for a big junker sale.

A visitor to her property asks, "Is this kind of a pickers' paradise out here?"

"Oh yes," replies Fields. "There's a little bit of everything here, or there's a lot of everything here."

She's a longtime customer and seller at sales like this.

A couple of years back she started small with just 12 vendors to see how things would go.

Here theory, "I think there's a lot of women who like to spread the word about fun stuff to do."

Patti still marvels at her success, figuring, maybe it's the setting, or her social media savvy, or all her picker friends.

But vendors were backed up all the way to Britton Road the day before her Old Chicken Farm and Vintage sale.

Vendor Misty Wilson got here early with stuff she's found in all kinds of places.

"Yard sales, auctions, even by the side of the road," chuckles Wilson. "And then I kind of re-purpose it."

Lilly Weber and her husband snagged a prime spot too.

They were one of the original vendors two short years ago.

Now all signs seem to point to Jones.

"This place is beautiful," says Weber. "There is such a spirit here that it seems like everyone wants to be here."

It might seem like every backyard shed, barn, and detached garage in Oklahoma spilled their collected contents, but somewhere in here is something someone else is willing to pay for.

And so the field's repurposed chicken farm holds promise for the 'junkers' and 'pickers' of Oklahoma to find something with which to do the same.

The fall sale took place September 11 and 12.

The next sale is set for May 6 and 7.

For more information got to http://www.theoldchickenfarm.com

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