Horseshoes and History

Horseshoe Market kahuna Amy Yetman didn’t quite know what to make of it when the folks at History Colorado contacted her about joining forces for a series of mini-flea markets at historical sites around the state. But it also sounded like a fun way to expand while offering her vendors an opportunity to peddle their handmade wares or vintage finds to museum shops in faraway places. The result is Hit the Road With the Horseshoe Market, a caravan of intimate outdoor markets traveling to three different sites this summer.

The first stop, today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is at the Healy House and Dexter Cabin, 912 Harrison Avenue in Leadville, where, Yetman says, the market mix will include some local Leadville artists. Next stop is the Hotel de Paris in Georgetown on August 4, but the collaboration might just reach its zenith on September 9, when the Horseshoe will collide with a bead swap and mountain man rendezvous at Fort Vasquez, an unusual attraction stuck right in the middle of Highway 85 near Platteville.

“There’s a lot of interest in it because of the location and its reference to fur trading,” Yetman says. “It’s like breathing new life into the fort.”

It all sounds like a win-win for two organizations looking for added exposure; for more information and a list of vendors for each market, visit
Sat., June 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012


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