Kansas Originals Market & Gallery
Kansas Made — Kansas Grown
Kansas Originals Market & Gallery, located at Exit 206, the junction of Interstate 70 and Kansas Highway 232 north of Wilson in central Kansas, is a showcase for the exceptional work of nearly 250 Kansas artists, authors, craftsmen and food producers. Over 50,000 people visit Kansas Originals each year. Visitors from 100 foreign countries on six continents have become acquainted with the art, crafts, books, and food created by Kansans. These visitors express an appreciation for the high quality and originality of the work found in the largest store of its kind in the United States.
Kansas Originals Market & Gallery opened in 1991. In addition to the main store at Wilson the Foundation operates a store in the Travel Center on the Turnpike east of Topeka as well as an online catalog at www.kansasoriginals.com.
The business is owned by the Post Rock Opportunities Foundation, which received 501(c)3 not-for-profit status in 1989 and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. By providing the opportunity and resources to have established specialty stores sell their merchandise, the Foundation has enabled many farm families, elderly and retired workers, disabled, and women who are supporting themselves and their families to receive income.
Inside Kansas Originals one can find Kansas-made items ranging from post rock name signs, carved snowmen, post picture frames to Western coat racks decorated with genuine cowhide and cedar signs. Other artisans have created everything from intricate wheat weavings, home-made soap and hand-stitched quilts to hand-blown glass, including vases, bowls, festive orbs, and paperweights, and stained glass window hangings and decorator pieces.
Very popular items are the T-shirts and sweatshirts with Kansas scenes and emblems machine-stitched. A large variety of exceptional wood pieces include sofa tables and kids chairs, a bread slicer, egg timers, scrollsaw items, and miniature desks. Painters create beautiful scenes of the Kansas countryside in oil, watercolor, and pen and ink drawings. Photographers have captured the natural beauty of Kansas in their art photographs. Other artists work with sculpture in copper, brass, and iron. There are hand-carved wooden miniatures; hand-built pottery with wheat and leaf impressions and a large selection of sunflower ceramics. Other items to be found include jewelry, hand-woven jackets, crocheted rugs, quilts, hand-embroidered and hemmed tea towels and metal items forged by a blacksmith.
Our amazing assortment of food products include a variety of flavored salsas, unique relishes, barbecue sauces, and Kansas jams and jellies including sunflower and dandelion. On our shelves you will find flour, muffin and dip mixes, noodles, honey and bee pollen, elderberry juice, and some unexpected items such as turkey jerky and buffalo and llama sausage. Ready-to-eat flavored and candied popcorn, fudge and wheat treats are a big hit with travelers.
And all are Made in Kansas.