We’re one week deep into the 2018 Minnesota State Fair and the hot, people-packed days of food and fun show no intention of slowing down. The clock keeps ticking, people keep flowing, and luckily, new vendors keep selling.
This year, the fair welcomed more than 30 new merchants across the fairgrounds. As you float around the fair these next five days, take a moment to scope out these first-timers with something to admire, to use, and to gift.
To Admire: The Vintage Tin
If you’re spending a full day at the fair, we can imagine you’re planning to peck on some miraculously greasy grub that’s (most likely) on a stick. So, why not turn it up another notch? Find metal, unique, handcrafted treasures on a stick in the upper west wing. thevintagetin.com
To Use: Yardbird
These stylish and high-quality outdoor furniture sets are 100 percent recyclable, sustainable, eco- and budget-friendly. Yardbird, located in the southeast corner of the lower level, provides a streamlined offering of industry best-sellers. yardbird.com
To Gift: Create Laser Arts
Along the south wall of the upper level, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift for that one family member or friend who is seemingly impossible to shop for. With laser-etched cherry wood coasters, ornaments, cheese boards, and wood- and lucite-cut earrings, you just might want to grab something for yourself, too. createlaserarts.com
To Admire: Kountry Kutt
Kountry Kutt, tucked along the north side of the coliseum, hones handmade home decor products, carefully curated canvas paintings, stop-and-stare-in-your-tracks wall furnishings, and seasonal crafts. Learn more.
To Use: Montana Furniture
If you’re on the lookout for wooden rocking chairs, juniper wood floor lamps, or an end table carved from redwood, we found your next (and potentially last) stop. Check out Nisswa-based Montana Furniture & Mercantile on the southeast side for the decorative desks and dressers of your wildest wood-clad dreams. montanafurnitureandmercantile.net
To Gift: Gunpowder N Gloss
A foolproof way to any woman’s heart? Makeup. Head toward the south wall and grab a pair of luscious mink lashes for your fashion-forward granddaughter, a makeup bag for your best friend, or a tube of matte lipstick for your lucky lady. gunpowderngloss.com
Home Improvement Building
To Admire: Reface Experts
There’s no better feeling than receiving an enthusiastic compliment from your out-of-town (and let’s face it—hard to impress) guests over your new kitchen remodel. Reface Experts, located in the north center aisle, will do your kitchen a favor. windowstoremn.com
To Use: Florian Tools
A sweet spot along the north wall is reserved for Florian Tools—an outdoor merchant that sells gardening goods like pruning tools, hoes, sharpeners, and gloves. It’s the must-stop booth for DIYers, professional gardeners, and landscapers alike. floriantools.com
To Gift: Anywhere Fireplace
The north center aisle boasts another new vendor: Anywhere Fireplace. Perfect as a housewarming or wedding gift, these sleek, contemporary fireplaces can be mounted on a family or dining room wall. anywherefireplaces.com