A local vintage home store has taken the idea that one person’s junk can be another’s treasure to the next level, fixing up unique items and giving them new life. Back Road Relics (4741 South 131st Road, Bolivar, 417-326-6577) is an occasional shop, open just three days a month on Thursday, Friday and Saturday the second weekend of the month. The store offers a treasure trove of items, including furniture, wall décor, dishes, clothing and more.
Back Road Relics started as a traditional flea market, but it’s model of operation has changed since it opened in 2010. “It quickly became a family project with various family members pitching in over the years,” says now owner Crystal Conley. It was started by her father-in-law and his wife, Annette, but Conley took over when Annette decided to retire from running the store in 2018.
Inspired by frequent shopping trips to Kansas City’s West Bottoms’ First Friday flea markets, Conley decided to try the idea of doing occasional shopping events in Bolivar. “At that point, we had been holding bi-annual ‘parking lot markets’ for a few years, which drew a large crowd and just had a fun energy,” Conley says.