If you love vintage you cannot miss the first ever Lavender & Laine Vintage Market this month in front of the Old State Capitol organized by Chelsea Ewald and Rebekah Lindvall. We spoke to stay at home mom Chelsea, with a passion for antiques and flea markets, who saw an opportunity to launch a vintage fair in downtown Springfield.
What is Lavender & Laine Vintage Market?
Lavender & Laine Vintage Market is a one-day, open-air, event that features the best in antiques, vintage furniture and decor, architectural salvage, repurposed finds, handmade creations, clothing, jewelry and more. In addition to great shopping, visitors can enjoy live music, helpful decor demonstrations and a fun photo booth. It's an event for the whole family. Children can find their way to our craft tables to create something fun and love on some special dogs in the process - all proceeds from this area will benefit local Springfield charity The Helping Paw Project.
The Market takes place on Saturday, June 10 from 9am to 4pm on 5th Street and East Washington (right in front of the Old State Capitol Building - there are entrances at both 5th Street and 6th Street). Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. Cash is best as many of vendors don't accept other forms of payment.
Will this be a one-off event or do you plan to hold others in the future?
So long as this first year is successful, we plan to host other events in the future. Beginning in 2018, our goal is to host two-to-three events with one in early summer, one closer to the holidays and perhaps a smaller pop-up at some point during the year.
Why do you think vintage interiors have become so popular?
There's no question that vintage interiors have become popular. We would attribute it to a couple of different things. First, Joanna Gaines and the Fixer Upper empire have no doubt played a role in this. Flea markets, picking and vintage decor have been around for ages, but she has greatly popularized it. In addition to Joanna Gaines' influence, social media sites such Instagram have shed new light on vintage interiors. You can also enjoy the insides of beautiful homes and farmhouses by following the certain accounts.
What do you love about vintage design?
So much. For starters, vintage finds are unique. These items aren't mass-produced they are one-of-a-kind. Decking your home out in these pieces gives you the opportunity to put your individual stamp on it - a stamp that no one else will have. Second, vintage pieces tell stories. We love that these pieces have been loved on for years. Whether it's a family heirloom or a piece that you picked up at a market the fact it has survived multiple owners and decades of use makes it special. Finally, antiques fit into a multitude of design styles - anyone can enjoy them.
Why launch a vintage market now?
There's greater demand for it right now. Because of the increase in popularity of vintage design and vintage-inspired pieces, it just seemed like a good time to give a market a go here in Springfield. There are no other vintage markets in town so we decided to launch Lavender & Laine.
Whose idea was it?
Initially it was my idea, but I knew it wasn't something I wanted to do on my own (nor could do on my own). So I shared it with my antique loving, flea-market friend Rebekah. She jumped on board immediately.
Why choose June for the market?
We knew that we wanted to host our market downtown in front of the Old State Capitol. It's such a beautiful backdrop for a vintage market. Since it's outside, we landed on early June because the weather tends to be more enjoyable and reliable than it is in later or earlier months.
Are you hoping to sign up further vendors?
We do currently have a handful of spaces still available and would be happy to welcome more vendors who specialize in antiques, vintage and handmade/vintage-inspired items. We have carefully hand-selected all of our vendors to ensure that our market stays true to what we want it to be: a vintage market. Vendors are welcome to apply at www.lavenderandlaine.com.
Tell us about the entertainment that will be available during the market, food, etc.
Great food will be available from a couple of different local vendors. Peases at Bunn Gourmet will be serving delicious pastries/muffins/scones during the morning hours and then Nelson's Catering will be offering a variety of grilled items, including their signature grilled chicken breast sandwiches, slow cooked pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, marinated and seasoned pork chops, refreshing beverages and more starting late morning.
We could not be more excited about our live stage. We will be featuring talented musicians and helpful demonstrations from this stage.
Our musicians include Springfield-area native Rylie Bourne and local favorite Devin Williams. Rylie will be playing from 10.30am to 12noon and Devin's set will be from 1.30pm to 3pm.
When the musicians aren't on the stage, we'll have 30-minute demonstrations that people can enjoy and learn from. These include learning how to use chalk paint on furniture and how to incorporate plants in your home decor.
Visitors can grab a photo with their friends at our free photo booth and use #lavenderandlaine
Kids can visit our craft tables to make a fun craft and play with/pet local dogs from The Helping Paw Project. Donations recommended.
A selection of vendors includes:
For more information visit:
Find us at www.lavenderandlaine.com