Yesterday I got to go and have a bit of fun at "The Vintage Marketplace at the Oaks"
Since Abbey and I didn't set up to sell at this market for the 1st time since it began 4 years ago .. it was a great opportunity to go and shop which I never get to do when we are set up and selling.
And I got to see the market with all new eyes and a whole new perspective as the buyer and not the seller.
I arrived about a half hour before they opened the entrance ..and a long line had already started to form .. by the time it opened I think it was all the way up to the top of the drive way in the photo below ...
My first few hours were spent shopping all the spaces and catching up with friends who were selling. Everyone's spaces were absolutely beautiful and had so many wonderful items they were offering that I truly wanted to take a truckload of them home but alas the pocket book just didn't reach that deep ..and of course I had to leave plenty for all the other shoppers ..LOL !
While I was shopping two of our dear Friends that we know from selling at Treasures N Junk antique Mall "Tammy and Helen" (Daughter and Mom) Surprised me by coming to the market. The three of us had such a great time Laughing and telling stories about the goofy things husbands, and dad's do .. and then having a Great Breakfast at the Oaks Restaurant together. Tammy and Helen are truly a delight to be around. If you get over to Treasures N Junk antique mall in Ontario, CA.. be sure to stop in and ask to shop their spaces you won't be disappointed !.
After shopping and Lunch ...
I spent an hour chatting with Christie Repasy in her beautiful rendition of the French Flea theme that the market had this time.
Christie always makes things "Beautiful" ...
Her shop was fillled and I'm sure still has this morning some simply beautiful Art work that so many shoppers are going to absolutely adore and want to take home.
Across from Christie ...was Dragonfly Dreams .. She sells the most exquisite and charming clothing made from vintage and salvaged clothing and linens. She has some of the most unique designs she definitely has an amazing talent and gift for creating true "One of a Kind" piece of art to wear !
One of the New comers to this Market was the "Rustic Urban Company"
I Found more than half of what I purchased in their shop .. they had a really great selection of Country ~ Farmhouse ~ Rustic ~ and Vintage Goodness !
I spent the better part of the morning and afternoon at the market .. and enjoyed it so much. It was such a treat to be on the shopping end of the market.
Selling at the market is truly a fun thing .. for the 4 years we have been involved every market has been a joy and a blessing. But I can't tell you how much and how hard the work is to sell at a market like this one. The months of preparation to design, prepare and make product, ~ the long hours it takes to design your layout of your space ..because honestly your erecting a small store in 1 day and you want it to look great and be appealing to shoppers .. all the beauty these sellers create just doesn't happen ..it takes days upon weeks to get ready and the majority of us leave one market and begin working on the next market the very following week. 3 months just isn't a lot of time in the big picture of life to pour your heart and soul into pulling all your handmade product ..finding all you vintage product ..and loading, unloading setting up , selling and tearing down to come home and unload and then start all over again. Each of these sellers earns every and I mean every "Penny" they make.
If your local or live in So Cal , Nevada, or even Arizona .. the Market will go through tomorrow Sunday June 2nd until 2 p.m. .. So don't miss out and go enjoy the market .. afterward .. their is Old Town Temecula to peruse .. lots of great shops and restaurants to enjoy !
Make it a day/weekend Trip !
To everyone at TVM .. your shops looked beautiful ... and to Christie, Rita, Deane ..and everyone else who makes The Vintage Marketplace a beautiful destination and amazing market to shop at ..
From this Seller/ 1st time Shopper
Thank You !