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June 28, 2013

Missouri Fur Company schedules yard sale complete with 1840s era reproductions

WACO, Mo. — There will be a yard sale in Waco on Saturday, but it won’t be your father’s yard sale.

It won’t even be your grandfather’s yard sale.

In fact, you’re going to have to go back a few generations to find a yard sale like it. Call it your great-great-great-grandfather’s yard sale.

The Missouri Fur Company, a nonprofit living history group with about two dozen members, is holding a yard sale and project day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 160 Main St.

Among items for sale will be reproductions of tools and weapons that fur trappers and mountain men used trapping beaver along the Upper Missouri River or blazing a route for future Oregon-bound pioneers.

Russ Mitchell, president of the group, said there will be some authentic reproduction black powder rifles for sale, and more items that would have been familiar to people living in the Rocky Mountains in the 1830s and 1840s.

“I’ve got probably 30 hand-made knives. I’ve got two or three tomahawks. If the price is right they’re all for sale,” said Mitchell. “It’s hard telling what you will find here Saturday morning.”

Mitchell should be easy for visitors to identify.

“I’ll have my buckskins on,” he said.

“It won’t be your usual glassware yard sale,” added Pat Payne, a Bentonville, Ark., native who is the secretary-treasurer of the group.

The yard sale is a fundraiser for the Missouri Fur Company, which has camps open to the public a couple of times a year, recreating the historic Green River rendezvous, when mountain men who had been trapping beaver in the Rocky Mountains would walk for weeks to trade their pelts, buy supplies and frolic with their counterparts in Wyoming.

“We dress period correct,” said Payne. “We cook and have cooking utensils period correct.”

Mitchell said there will be a lot of cast iron cookware for sale, too, as well as modern and other miscellaneous items.

Rendezvous

The Missouri Fur Company holds its annual rendezvous the second weekend of October (Oct. 12-13) near Waco. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to dusk both days that weekend. “Come out in the fall and check us out. It is open to the public,” said Russ Mitchell, president of the living history group.

 

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