What Exactly is Vintage Market Days?
According to vintagemarketdays.com
“Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. Vintage Market Days® events are so much more than a flea market. Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in creative venues.”
Presently, Vintage Market Days has 17 promoters in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, & Texas. Yes, I said promoters. Vintage Market Days is a franchised flea market! Oh, the horror!
First, Let Us Define What Exactly is Vintage???
According to Dictionary.com, here are a few definitions of the word “vintage”, minus anything dealing with grapes, of course.
Does any of that say new, mass-produced items that LOOK vintage, antique, or just plain old? Nope, I think not. Okay, we have established that we all know what the word “vintage” means. Now, on with the show. Or at least that is what I thought. Go back and read the first sentence of this post. See how it said “vintage-inspired”? Yeah, they got me on that one. My bad.
The Who, What, When , and Where
We attended Vintage Market Days of North Alabama – Dashing through Dixie. It was held at the Priceville Celebration Arena, on November 4-6. I was super excited to go. Because, for once, something cool was travelling to our area. And we didn’t have to travel for hours to see something cool. I even took a day off of work so we could have access to the early buying time on Friday. Yeah! I was that stoked about it.
Upon arrival, parking and entrance was very easy and organized. Of course, there wasn’t exactly people beating down the doors to get in either, so I can see how it was easily managed. The entrance to the Celebration Arena was decorated with some artificial Christmas trees. Just naked trees…no ornaments or ribbon or tinsel. Plain-ass nekked.
Believe me, this is the point where I lowered my expectations of the blissful journey I thought we were about to embark upon. I wanted to see some extravagance! Wrong! Next, we walked down a hall of sheets and candy canes and empty booths. We were expecting something a little more awesome than this. Was this place gonna be a ghost town?
Now We’re Cooking With Gas
Once we turned the corner out of the hallway of nothingness, we finally found what we had come to see! From all outward appearances, it was an actual vintage market. All the shabby-chic glory my eyes gazed upon bemused me. I felt like Ralphie the first time he ogled the infamous leg lamp!
In my opinion, Vintage Market Days is basically a travelling caravan of gypsies. You know, going around from town to town hawking their wares. Fortunately, these weren’t the pick-pocket type! Lol! Despite this, I must give them props for their setup. It is an extraordinary feat to haul all that merchandise back and forth AND set up an elaborate booth that will attract customers.
Everywhere we turned, we were oohing and aahing at one thing or another. Cotton boll wreaths! Doily dream catchers! Those awesome camouflage jackets with the angel wings!
What Did Vintage Market Days Have to Offer?
Like they describe themselves, Vintage Market Days is “upscale vintage-inspired”. Unfortunately, the average flea market thrifter isn’t going to find anything there they can’t live without. And if they do, they more than likely aren’t going to want pay the extreme mark up.
The majority of the booths were selling brand new “vintage-inspired” goods. You know… door hangers, wreaths, spoon key rings, laser cut tin signs. Items that are awesome, nonetheless, but not what we went to treasure hunt.
However, with all that being said, we did not leave the Vintage Market Days empty-handed. We purchased some new “vintage-inspired” (no, I’m not tired of using it yet) cast iron-ish decorative wall hooks. And the hubba bubba found a moderately priced stop sign to add to his collection.
Speaking of the hubba bubba, do you want the hunk’s take on Vintage Market Days? And I quote – high prices, nice variety, new items that could be found at retail stores for half the price, nice people, terrible concession set up, expensive food – end quote. Yep, that about sums it up.
So, Vintage Market Days, Yea or Nay?
Honestly, I cannot say that we will return to the Vintage Market Days if they come back to our area next year. My favorite thing about the place was the setup of some of the booths – with some of the best of them being pictured here. The hunk’s favorite thing was the free sample of raspberry gourmet popcorn. He looked as if he’d eaten a Smurf for the rest of the day.
Otherwise, most of the items there, other than the true vintage items, can be purchased at your nearest chain craft store for a fraction of the price. Don’t get me wrong, I know some of these people do this for a living. But die-hard vintage and antique lovers will not be impressed by any of it and will leave disappointed.
However, if you like to go out and buy the newest trendy “vintage-inspired” (last one, I promise) home décor items or unique and interesting gifts, and are willing to pay the price, the Vintage Market Days will be right up your alley!