With less than two weeks until this year's much anticipated Lavender and Laine Vintage Market in downtown Springfield we caught up with organizers Chelsea and Rebekah.
What was the response to your event in 2017?
We had a really positive response to last year’s market, from both our vendors and our shoppers. Because it was brand new in 2017, we had no idea what to expect in terms of response; however, we were pleasantly surprised. Our vendors were incredible and our shoppers were enthusiastic. Lavender & Laine Vintage Market 2017 exceeded our expectations.
Why did you decide to do another Lavender and Laine Vintage Market this year?
The primary reason we decided to do it again was the success of last year’s market. It was well-received to the degree that people immediately began asking when the next market would occur. A secondary reason to do it again? It’s fun. And it’s a great addition to downtown Springfield. We love that this event creates an opportunity for people to get out, head downtown, shop for something unique and enjoy delicious food and entertainment along the way. We want to keep providing that opportunity as long as we can.
When is the market taking place?
This year’s market is taking place on Saturday, June 9 from 9am to 3pm. It is located at 5th Street and East Washington, right in front of the Old State Capitol. We’ll have plenty of great shopping again (antiques, vintage, handmade, boutique clothing, jewelry and more), as well as awesome entertainment (Nashville duo Rylie Bourne and Damon Atkins and local talent Devin Williams) and delicious food (Twyford BBQ Truck, Three Twigs Bakery, The Big Lemon, Baristie Boys). We will also feature a kids tent again this year. Kids can come and color, eat popsicles and have their faces painted. Proceeds from this area will go toward The James Project, a local non-profit that supports foster families.
Are you having just the one market this year?
We would eventually love to add another market in the fall; however, we want to make sure we’re fully established as a respectable open-air market before we chase after a second one.
It’s a lot of work – what’s your inspiration?
It is a lot of work! But it’s worth it! Our inspiration is simple - we love Springfield and we love getting to bring a fun event to the downtown area that highlights lots of great businesses and talent.
Will you be making any changes to the event this year?
We’re bringing in more food, more entertainment and lots of new vendors...including a fresh flower vendor who will offer beautiful bouquets, flower crowns and more (lots of returning vendors, too).
Why do you think there’s such a high demand for vintage and handcrafted at the moment?
We believe it has a lot to do with the huge popularity of shows like Fixer Upper, the Magnolia brand, Instagram feeds, etc. People don’t want to live in cookie-cutter homes. Vintage and handmade markets allow shoppers to find unique, one-of-a-kind items. In the process, you’re likely supporting a small business, which is always a good thing, in our opinion!
What’s your favorite vintage or handcrafted item in your homes?
We both have too many to choose just one! Old church pews, landscape paintings, sentimental pieces passed down from grandparents, ball pitchers, ironstone...we love antiques!
Will it be at the same location and if so why is this a good location?
It will absolutely be in the same location! Downtown Springfield proved to be a great spot (as we suspected it would be) last year. We love the vibe of the downtown area and are big fans of all of the local businesses that exist there. We also think the Old State Capitol is a beautiful backdrop to our market - it takes the word “vintage” to a whole new level!
What will the cost be to shoppers?
Cost is $5/person at the entrance (16 and under are free). Cash and credit cards accepted.
Can we buy Lavender and Laine totes yet? If so we want one!
We’re working on this right now. Hoping that we’ll be able to offer totes this year.
Mary and Madge
Brown Hen Design
Shimmy Shack Vintage Style
Killer B Vintage
The Ugly Duckling
Crane Hill Antiques
Linda Hardy Antiques
Big Barn Salvage
The Copper Penny
The Perfect Pair
My Little World Children’s Boutique
Ellis Street Boutique
Happiness Trails Boutique
The Wright Soapery
Home Proud Custom Signage
Coming Home Candles
The Crafty Coop
The Baristie Boys
The Big Lemon
Creekstone Kettleworks Popcorn