Recently I stopped in to Lakeside Traders in Moose Lake, Minnesota. (Full disclosure, I sell the duplicates from my collection there.) I love to check out the items offered by other sellers. Normally I do not buy new items for my collection, but one piece caught my eye. It was an unmarked Nemadji birdhouse and it was priced at $2.00. How could I say no to that?
This is why I was first drawn to Nemadji pottery. Over the years the prices have climbed, but you can still find a gem at bargain basement prices if you are willing to keep your eyes open and know what to look for.
Garage sale season is nearly here. Study up on what you collect and enjoy the hunt!
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I wasn’t sure how Nemadji collectibles would sell this summer in Moose Lake. If this weekend is any indicator, I would have to say I’d better go through my collection and look for duplicates. In the past two days I have had to restock twice. It seems all styles, eras and colors are hot, hot, hot. The old red clay pieces made with clay dug from Nemadji Township were flying out the door. These pieces are from the 1950’s made in Moose Lake, Minnesota. Many of them are on their way to southern Minnesota to a new home. I would be interested to hear how the collecting and selling is doing in other parts of the country.
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All photos (C) 2014 by Michelle Lee
Raw Nemadji Clay, found near Moose Lake, MN
Banks of the Nemadji River
We went on a mission to dig Nemadji Clay. Didn’t have to go far to find it, as the Nemadji River snakes its way throughout Carlton County. Nemadji Township was the site of an early brick works factory in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The clay was easily found. The old township sign can still be found, although it seems to move around a bit. Last time I was out there it was on the other side of the gravel road.