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To people like Devon Allen, seasoned at repurposing and coming from a vintage-obsessed family, the idea that there are over 10,000 New Englanders with a hunger for a large-scale marketplace is not a surprising trend. Simply emulating the concept that is so popular on the West Coast and Midwest while giving it a Massachusetts twist was all that we needed. Since June 2011, her twice annual Vintage Bazaar has swelled to 135 vendors over a weekend-long outdoor festival in Salisbury. The venue is historic Pettengill Farm, established in 1792 and converted to a flower farm about a generation ago, which will play host to the bazaar this weekend, June 22 and 23.
Fourteen acres composed of two main fields—Strawberry Field and Blueberry Hill—are filled with vendors peddling everything from collectibles to furniture, jewelry to vintage shoes. About two-thirds of them specialize in vintage, antique, and repurposed items, while the other third are contemporary indie crafters. The market is interspersed among barns, display gardens, a courtyard, and a pond—not to mention a gourmet food selection and live music featuring an extensive lineup of bluegrass, rockabilly, and folk artists. The kid-friendly event permits those under sixteen free of charge, a nice bonus to an already inexpensive $5 adult entry.
These dozens of vendors hail from all corners of the United States, with Allen noting a couple concentrated groups of makers and collectors in Portland, Maine and Vermont. Coming from California, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the Tri-State area means long trips for those setting up booths, which many spend as much as two days putting together for a boutique feel. Allen's goal is to support local talent, particularly first and second timers, sourcing a lot of talent on Etsy and Pinterest. This year, a major addition to the festival are demonstrations, as well as an HGTV tent with TV personality Cari Cucksey, who will be selling repurposed items on-site.
Once you find that dreamy Quaker dining room set or rustic porch bench, porters can assist in carrying large purchases to cars within the three different parking fields. Voila! You just had your best day of summer.
· My Bazaar Life [Official Site]
· Pettengill Farm [Official Site]