Club has a presence at weekly Open Air Market at Downtown Square.

    The Crookston Collector’s Club is still going strong after 25 years and they’re currently displaying (and selling) “old items” at the Open Air Market Thursdays at the Downtown Square. The club has evolved and now men and women, young and old, showcase their collections for the public and at club meetings.

    “Anything goes - your junk might be my treasure,” said current member Jerry Knutson.

    When the club first started, it consisted mostly of men who collected stamps and coins. Now, they hope to increase membership through the exposure of the weekly Open Air Market which coincides with the Crookston Farmer’s Market.

    “The current 8-10 active members invite all collectors and future collectors to join the club,” explained Knutson. “We meet on the second Monday of each month (April through December) at 6:30 p.m. at the Golden Link Senior Center.”

    “It’s a wonderful way to get information about identifying and evaluating items because several club members have valuable experiences from their years of collecting,” added member Fran Chihanski.
    The annual dues for membership into the Crookston Collector’s Club are just $5 and a drawing of a member’s name is held at each meeting which refunds the membership dues.

    Recent programs have included Red Wing and Dakota pottery, political campaign items, coins, stamps, vintage purses and vintage hats. Upcoming programs for the year will include kitchen glassware including salt and pepper shakers (August 14), tobacco and smoking items (September 11), movie posters/pictures (October 9) and vintage Santas (November 13.)

    The club does a gift exchange and dinner at their last meeting of the year, December 11.
    “Collecting has been a great hobby and a good way to preserve the past,” says member George Marx who presented in July on the Western Steam Thresher’s Reunion in Rollag.

    For more information on the Crookston Collector’s Club, contact club president Don Weber at 281-5115 or Jerry Knutson at 281-6262.