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Winter Market Vendor Spotlight: Kitsch and Fancy

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VTGCLT is popping up on November 20th at The Fillmore Charlotte for the fifth annual Winter Market! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 60 of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors. Admission to the market is $2 from 11am-6pm! Get in an hour early at 10am for $7 to get first pick of all the goods.

Leading up to the market, we’ll be sharing vendor spotlight posts that give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors in advance of the market. We are really excited to welcome back Sophie of Kitsch and Fancy to the Vintage Charlotte Winter Market.  Kitsch and Fancy specializes in handmade, luxury bath and beauty products.  Here is Sophie with a little bit of the story behind the brand:

Kitsch and Fancy was created because of my love of luxury bath and beauty items but the lack of handmade soaps that offered beautiful, feminine packaging.  I have always collected soap dishes and love treating myself to a pretty soap to keep in each of my soap dishes.  Kitsch and Fancy offers lovely handmade products with an extra focus on feminine touches when it comes to scents, colors, and packaging.  I get so much enjoyment and personal satisfaction from the entire process: from coming up with ideas for products to creating them, and packaging them in my colorful studio.collectionEvery year, Kitsch and Fancy brings a few specialty items that are only available locally at Vintage Charlotte!  This year I will be offering a creamy, all-natural body butter featuring skin-nourishing shea butter and almond oil. soap All of my holiday soap scents are back this year including Balsam-fir, Cinnamon-clove, and Maple Honey & Molasses.  Last year, the dozen mini sampler bag was a huge hit and the perfect stocking stuffer!  A bag with a dozen wrapped mini soaps from my current seasonal collection, perfect to give as a gift as is or as mini stocking stuffers.bathtea_sprinkles-jpg il_570xn-341909977

Winter Market Vendor Spotlight: Carolina WDWRX

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VTGCLT is popping up on November 20th at The Fillmore Charlotte for the fifth annual Winter Market! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 60 of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors. Admission to the market is $2 from 11am-6pm! Get in an hour early at 10am for $7 to get first pick of all the goods.

Leading up to the market, we’ll be sharing vendor spotlight posts that give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors in advance of the market. We are really excited to welcome Matt of Carolina WDWRX (short for woodworks!) to his first Vintage Charlotte Market.  Carolina WDWRX specializes in custom, original woodworking, right here in Charlotte, NC.  Here is Matt from Carolina WDWRX with a little about childhood, inspiration and working alongside dad:

Growing up, I spent many a Saturday morning holding boards, steadying ladders, driving nails, and cleaning up sawdust for my dad’s various projects. While at the time, I probably would have preferred to watch cartoons or go back to bed, the skills I picked up along the way from my dad have proven to be invaluable.wdwrx-2Today, I gets the privilege of working alongside my dad in making the Carolina WDWRX items you’ll see at the market. Continuing to glean from my dad’s vast knowledge of woodworking (and occasionally even getting to teach him a thing or two!) not only allows us to deliver top notch quality items, but to pass on what is truly becoming a lost art.wdwrx-4 wdwrx-1Our inspiration is nature, preferring when possible to keep the original aesthetic of the wood. You’ll rarely see any heavily stained / dyed wood, and we keep the live/natural edges intact whenever possible. We blend that raw / natural aesthetic with modern/industrial elements to create pieces that we hope will exceed your expectations for form and function.screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-8-18-28-am screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-8-19-32-am

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This lamp is made from a block of Cherry wood from a tree downed in Charlotte during Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which was cut by chainsaw by my father. The wood has been drying in storage in  for almost 27 years.  The block is roughly 2 inches thick, and left in it’s natural color, with only semi gloss polyurethane applied for protection. Featuring a vintage style “Edison” bulb, and a telecaster style on / off knob.

Summer Market Vendor Spotlight: Flytrap Clothing

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VTGCLT is popping up on June 18th at 514 N. College Street for the fifth annual Summer Market! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 60 of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors. Admission to the market is FREE from 11am-6pm! Get in an hour early at 10am for $5 to get first pick of all the goods.

Leading up to the market, we’ll be sharing vendor spotlight posts that give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors in advance of the market. We are really excited to welcome back Jody of Flytrap Clothing to the Vintage Charlotte Summer Market.  Flytrap makes clothing inspired by the natural world and screenprinted by hand in their backyard workshop.  Here is Jody from Flytrap reflecting on her inspiration for her garments:

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Like most people, I rented a lot of houses and apartments in my 20s, and I moved a LOT.  For about ten years, I was constantly either packing or unpacking.  Every year when spring came, I already knew I’d be somewhere else in August, but I would get so overwhelmed with excitement at the changing season that I’d plant a really robust garden anyway.  Tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, and annual flowers seemed to be non-negotiable, but by the time the tomatoes were really coming in, I’d be living somewhere else, driving by to look at them and wishing someone would pick them.  I’d promise myself I wasn’t going to spend money planting a garden the following year, but every year I would.

So of course when we bought our house in 2012, I immediately put in a bed of perennials out behind my workshop.  I will never forget the first plant I saw emerge that following spring.  It was a sedum.  It was both fragile and strong at the same time, pale green and fat, and the sight of that delicate floret emerging from the soil after the horrendous winter absolutely electrified me.  A garden I wouldn’t have to re-plant, or abandon?!  I’ll never forget it.  That was the year I really started honing in on the botanical side of my brand and I’ve run with it ever since.

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Summer Market Vendor Spotlight: Original Brooks

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VTGCLT is popping up on June 18th at 514 N. College Street for the fifth annual Summer Market! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 60 of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors. Admission to the market is FREE from 11am-6pm! Get in an hour early at 10am for $5 to get first pick of all the goods.

Leading up to the market, we’ll be sharing vendor spotlight posts that give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors in advance of the market. We are really excited to welcome Sara of Original Brooks to her first Vintage Charlotte Market.  We just love these beautiful hand-sewn notebooks and can’t wait to see them in person at the Summer Market, here is Sara with a little about her process:
original brooksPrimarily self-taught as a bookbinder, I learned the fine craft of bookbinding while studying photography at the University of Oklahoma. But it was not until moving to Asheville in 2011 that my interest in bookmaking became serious. My bookmaking practice combines traditional bookbinding techniques and a modern approach to design. My handmade books incorporate vintage materials with clean designs. I am inspired by mid-century modern furniture and architecture and 1970’s floral motifs.
Process_ZodiacNotebook 2abb4f_2e1aefb0fdee40f1984f1773d3c10e01My books are hand-sewn, limited edition runs made from vintage paper and fabrics. I love the thrill of the hunt for a good bargain! Buying materials for my books is an excuse to go to thrifting. I can find interesting paper and cool vintage fabrics inexpensively. Using recycled materials not only make my books very unique (often one-of-a-kind) but also affordable for my customers. I feel good knowing that I am conserving resources and often saving materials bound for the landfill. For instance, I found a huge box of old, dated church programs that had no real use anymore. I was able to salvage part of the paper and create about 50 notebooks. I love the challenge of looking at a material and figuring out a creative re-use for it.Covers1 Brooks1

Summer Market Vendor Spotlight: EDIA Maps

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VTGCLT is popping up on June 18th at 514 N. College Street for the fifth annual Summer Market! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 60 of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors. Admission to the market is FREE from 11am-6pm! Get in an hour early at 10am for $5 to get first pick of all the goods.

Leading up to the market, we’ll be sharing vendor spotlight posts that give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors in advance of the market. We are really excited to welcome Amanda and Paul of EDIA Maps to their first Vintage Charlotte Market.  We just love the fun and informative maps that EDIA is bringing with them to market, here is Amanda with the story behind the adventures:9f921a88-4fce-4876-9691-888b0f1f85d5We’re a two-person, map-making team of North Carolinians comprised of myself (Amanda Fisher) and Paul Bright. We’re the makers of the Great NC BBQ Map, Great NC Beer Map, and Charlotte Adventure Map.

Our focus is on niche maps that turn the everyday into an adventure. Using an infographic approach, our style combines the convenience of a map with the depth of a guidebook. Our maps don’t just give you points along the road. Aside from symbols that tell you a lot about each stop, each map is surrounded with graphics and details on the history and culture of the topic. We think when you understand the many layers of what you’re experiencing, you’re able to derive more from it, and that difference in perspective is what turns the everyday into an adventure.

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For both of us, travel and discovery are our passions. We both love to road-trip around the US and explore the huge world we live in, but we maintain our spirit of adventure no matter where we are. It’s so easy to fall into a routine at home and do the same things with your spare time, but you can discover so much more when you approach your hometown and home state like a traveler would. That’s really the whole idea of EDIA. It’s an acronym that stands for “Every Day Is an Adventure,” something that became a motto for us years ago.

We live in such a beautiful and diverse state that we really believe every part of NC has something to offer. One thing we love about our maps is that they get you into parts of the state that you might not normally visit — those backroads, small towns, and forgotten neighborhoods — and visiting those places has given us a much deeper understanding and love for our state.
PA061006The idea of map-making really grew out of a shared love for travel, maps, travel guides and memorabilia. We both wanted to more fully integrate travel into our lifestyle and work. One day the map-making idea just clicked, and we realized what a perfect fit it was for both of us, Paul the cartographer, and me the creative force. And because of how much we use maps and travel guides, we see all that’s missing from that genre and have so many ideas for what can be done there.

We really do feel that adventure can be found anywhere. Discovery is the biggest thing for us when traveling. Even though you might have a destination in mind, there’s always unexpected surprises along the way if you give yourself time to pay attention and uncover them.PA191092

Summer Market Vendor Spotlight: Heart & Hand

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VTG CLT is popping up on June 18th at 514 N. College Street for the fifth annual Summer Market! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 60 of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors. Admission to the market is FREE from 11am-6pm! Get in an hour early at 10am for $5 to get first pick of all the goods.

Leading up to the market, we’ll be sharing vendor spotlight posts that give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors in advance of the market. We are really excited to welcome Taylor from Heart & Hand to his first Vintage Charlotte Market.  Taylor is bringing a selection of handmade spoons, cutting boards and live edge furniture.  Here’s Taylor telling us about his process and inspiration:

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“Why spoons?” is a question that spills out often. It is not difficult to see the beauty of the grain and appreciate the texture and interesting shapes that pop out from the variety of spoons. Each time I hold a piece of scrap wood, I pass it back in forth from my hands, staring at the unique grain and color, and wait for the shape of the spoon to appear.

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It is so easy to find my inspiration in the High Country of North Carolina. I have always had a passion and pull to be in the mountains. Now with my craft, I can bring small pieces of the mountain to others. My hope is that my craft brings a great appreciation of the mountains and to the trees.

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Although spoons are a large part of my craft, I also create cutting boards and live edge furniture. One of the things that attract me to this craft is the figured pieces. The parts that most find unappealing, I look forward to inspecting closer and finding the beauty. I hope others see how important sustainable crafts are and can find their own inspiration from something simple as a spoon.

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Winter Market Vendor Spotlight: Sans Map Bags

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VTG CLT is popping up on November 15th at The Fillmore for the fourth annual Winter Market! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 60 of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors. Admission to the market is FREE from 11am-6pm! Get in an hour early at 10am for $5 to get first pick of all the goods.

Leading up to the market, we’ll be sharing vendor spotlight posts that give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors in advance of the market. We are really excited to welcome back Corey from Sans Map Bags to the Vintage Charlotte Winter Market. We are in love with her sophisticated, dreamy totes and bags. Here is Corey with her story and some sneak peeks of what she’s bringing to market:

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The name Sans Map comes from the French word Sans, meaning ‘without’, and the English word Map. It all began several years ago while I was searching for vintage furniture after my husband and I moved back from living abroad in his hometown in the south of France. I happened to stumble across a beautiful vintage Italian-made Necchi sewing machine and even though I had no idea how to sew, and really no use for it at the time, felt an undeniable need to make it mine.  Twenty dollars, a professional tune-up, lots of googling and many broken needles later, my fingers were zooming down a road that would eventually lead to me creating Sans Map Bags.

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I am intentional in my use of repurposed vintage garments, vintage fabrics, reclaimed materials and natural fibers and organic/recycled fabrics. Focused on small batch and limited run editions, I incorporate original stitching and seams, pockets, and natural leather imperfections into my work which lends to the unique quality of my bags. All of the creating magic happens in my home studio here in Charlotte, NC. After trading busy city life in Brooklyn, NY for sunnier days in the south, I continue to draw on my surroundings as inspiration. A traveller and a dreamer, I find endless beauty in the complexity of cities and the simplicity of nature. Sans Map is my philosophy: living life as it comes, taking the uncharted path and embracing the unexpected. Living life without a map…
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Winter Market Vendor Spotlight: Twenty Two West

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VTG CLT is popping up at The Fillmore for the fourth annual Winter Market! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 60 of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors.  Admission to the market is FREE from 11am-6pm! Get in an hour early at 10am for $5 to get first pick of all the goods. Leading up to the market, we’ll be sharing vendor spotlight posts that give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors in advance of the market.

We are really excited to welcome Mary from Twenty Two West to the Vintage Charlotte Winter Market.  We are in love with her unique woven jewelry and one of a kind wall hangings.  Here is Mary with her story:

My name is Mary Hamby and I am the owner and artist behind Twenty Two West.  The name of my business comes from a place that inspires me- the home I grew up in in Greenville, South Carolina. I make jewelry and fiber arts with a modern aesthetic and a focus on quality and excellence. My passion is to connect people with art that is attainable and beautiful.

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Each loom block is woven on a piece of reclaimed wood and combines handmade gilded pottery with responsibly sourced fibers in each one of a kind piece. twenty two west

Each necklace is woven by hand on a miniature loom before being stitched onto a gilded pottery base.

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VTG CLT for the Littles: Handmade for Kids Roundup!

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VTG CLT is popping up at the warehouse located at 2205 N Tryon, Charlotte, NC for the fourth annual Summer Market on July 24th (VIP Shop) and 25th (Market Day)! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 80 vintage & handmade vendors. Leading up to the market, we’ll be sharing vendor spotlight posts that give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors in advance of the market.

Our talented makers and designers have some serious treats in store for your littles.  From apparel to one of a kind toys and gifts, the range and quality of handmade children’s products you’ll find at this market is the biggest and best one yet! Here is a tiny preview of what’s in store:

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If you’ve been around a teething baby, you know they grab and put everything in their mouth, trying to sooth those poor aching gums.  Studio {1859} to the rescue!  Check out their new line a line of crochet & wood teething toys and teething necklaces for mamas to wear. The teething toys combine cotton crochet with natural, chemical-free wooden rings to provide a cute, fun and safe alternative to plastic toys. The teething necklaces make a cute accessory for mom to wear to keep their little one entertained while nursing or baby-wearing. Other crochet items will be available at the market including baskets made from recycled fabric yarn, hair accessories and a small selection of scarves/hats.

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The Magpie Co.

Elizabeth Conner has been sewing since she was a teen, has dabbled in other handmade small businesses, and just last year found her footing and passion in her own handmade line for kids: the Magpie Co. Featuring classic design with a modern and comfy twist for even the tiniest fashion forward babes. We pride ourselves on utilizing  ethically sourced textiles from all over the world, all handmade in gorgeous Monroe, North Carolina, a small town right outside of Charlotte.
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Little Tonto

Little Tonto is inspired by Mindy’s son Isaac, who has a genetic disorder called Fanconi Anemia. A small part of the disease is that the children always are very tiny. (You can read more about Isaac’s story here.) Mindy couldn’t find shoes to fit him, so she gathered some leather scraps & scissors & started testing out all sorts of little boots & shoes. She quickly fell in love with making little moccasins & trying new fun creative designs.  Check out these gorgeous little mocs from her summer market line:

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Bunch Collective

Bunch Collective is back with whimsical, one-of-a-kind crochet toys and decorative objects!  It all started with a toy crafted for Nicci’s own kids–it was so much fun she wanted to make more and more! Look at how much personality is in each one of these faces.  Sol pillows and colorful garlands will be back, together with fruits and vegetables, and other happy characters.  Each piece is crafted lovingly by hand. Check out some of the inventive details in these creatures:

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Dunlap Love

Kaylyn was inspired to start Dunlap Love by the nightly made up stories and adventures of her 3 kiddos and their big imaginations. She creates unique handmade plush using high quality fabrics and recycled materials, and thought out detail (such as butt cracks, yup). As an adoptive family, Dunlap Love supports families bringing children home, with 20% of profits each month.

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Zoe Girl Designs

Zoe Girl Designs is a handmade apparel line based in Concord, NC. After the birth of her third child, Donna decided to leave the legal field.  A year later, she started sewing, and Zoe Girl Designs followed soon after.  The summer market line will feature colorful sundresses, bubble shorts, and bodysuits.

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Summer Market Vendor Spotlight: Maliasmark

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VTG CLT is popping up at the warehouse located at 2205 N Tryon, Charlotte, NC for the fourth annual Summer Market on July 24th (VIP Shop) and 25th (Market Day)! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 80 vintage & handmade vendors. Leading up to the market, we’ll be sharing vendor spotlight posts that give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors in advance of the market.

We are really excited to welcome back Malia from Maliasmark to the Vintage Charlotte Summer Market.  We love her nitty, gritty, fantastically rare vintage finds and can’t wait to see what she is brining to market.  Here is Malia with her story:

Maliasmark VTGCLTAt Maliasmark, we live by our tagline, Rust and Ruin, Reborn. We are driven by the knowledge that there are so many things that do not belong in a landfill. Whether they can still actually be used for their intended purpose, used in new and interesting ways, or just set on a shelf to bring a smile to our faces, we save these pieces from the past so they can be given a new future.
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We believe that your perfect space is not decorated but collected. Our customers are constantly looking for that next perfect piece. So, we tend to buy in collections and we want it all. Good news for decorators, for those decorating their own home in a theme, and for those who like a selection!
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