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Vintage Market comes to City Park on Oct. 17

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Published on Sunday, August 16, 2015

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The Vintage Market at the Park features about 60 vendors of everything handmade, vintage, and re-purposed, according to Garcia.
 

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The Vintage Market at the Park features about 60 vendors of everything handmade, vintage, and re-purposed, according to Garcia.

 

The Vintage Market at the Park will be held for the fifth year on Oct. 17 in Greer City Park.

Wanda Garcia, event organizer, said the event will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and feature a vintage-themed photo booth, food trucks and live music, still to be announced.

The market has evolved into a bi-annual, juried event that features about 60 vendors of everything handmade, vintage, and re-purposed, according to Garcia.

Garcia founded the Vintage Market in 2010 as a boutique-styled 20-vendor upscaled living fair. She had been involved in old, formerly useless items and turning them into something new and creative.

“I had participated in several shows in Tennessee that featured nothing but antique, vintage, and recycled items. Vintage up-cycling was sweeping the nation, but there were no venues for that sort of thing around here,” Garcia said. However, City Park, where Garcia now bases the market, has been publicly available in the past.

Garcia said each time the market returns to Greer, new and creative vendors are among the applicants.

“The market is very strict about what vendors sell,” Garcia said. “We don’t allow any mass produced merchandise. Our niche is providing items that are either handmade or vintage. We try to have an even distribution of vendors. It’s not all jewelry nor is it all antiques.”

Garcia noted the non-profit Saved By The Heart Companion Services, a Greer-based animal rescue, is partnering with the Vintage Market.

 

 

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