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If browsing old and unique items is your thing, visit the July 15 Windy Hollow Flea Market & Swap Meet. Items of interest include antiques, primitives and car parts. Your children may be interested in vintage toys, comic books and old albums.


Windy Hollow planning monthly flea markets

·       By Keith Lawrence Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro KY ·       2/4/17

A year ago, Evelyn Miller was planning to tear down the aging Windy Hollow Country Store and Museum some time this summer.

But things changed in a big way after Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the stars of the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” came to town and bought several items from the collection of Hal Miller, her late father, for their Antique Archaeology stores.

The show drew an estimated 5 million visitors when it aired in June.

And suddenly there was a renewed interest in the building, which began life as a barn more than a century ago.

On Oct. 29, Evelyn Miller invited people to come out for the Windy Hollow Flea Market and Swap Meet at 4731 Windy Hollow Road.

“We had 20 vendors and more than 1,000 people that day,” she said. “So, we’re going to try it again this summer. We’ll do it once a month — April through October — rain or shine.”

Miller said she expects a lot of items to be on sale at the monthly flea market and swap meets — collectibles, glassware, antiques, primitives, car parts, race cars, vintage toys, comic books “and so much more.”

Nothing from her father’s collection will be available for purchase.

But Miller said, “There will be many antiques, primatives, cowboy posters, whiskey jugs, vintage albums and thousands of other items that will be priced to sell.”

The old building had several leaks in the roof that were threatening to destroy the vintage collection that was stored inside.

But Miller said with the help of friends and other volunteers, a lot of repairs have been made.

“It’s not completely dry, but it’s a lot drier than it was,” she said.

Repairs are continuing, Miller said.

The building began life as a tobacco barn, made with mortise and tenons with pegs holding them together, Miller said.

Mortise and tenons uses a hole in one piece of wood and a tongue on the other to fit the pieces together without using nails.

“They raised pigs where the front parking lot is now,” Miller said.

It was a country store for awhile.

Some say church services were once held there.

The building was used as a saloon in the movie, “Marshal of Windy Hollow,” which was filmed there in 1972 but never released.

Later that year, Ray ”The Singing Sheriff” Wilson turned the building into a theater.

Beverly ”Goldie” Payne began her singing career there a few years later.

Hal Miller began to display his collection there as the years passed.

Posters of Jimmy Carter and country singer Carl Smith looked down from the balcony.

Mae West winked from one wall.

Front pages of newspapers dating to the 1920s lined other walls.

The theater-style seats came from an old Evansville civic center and dated to the early part of the last century.

Miller said vendor spaces are available for $20.

All spaces are outside.

There’s enough room for people to sell cars, trailers and race car parts, she said.

Dates are April 15, May 20, June 3, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21.

For more information and to reserve vendor spaces, check http://visitwindyhollow.com.

Hal Miller died in 2014 at age 90.

“Dad would have had so much fun if he could have been here for this,” Evelyn Miller said.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com


As seen on American Pickers – “Slim Pickings” originally aired June 22, 2016.