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Winter Market Vendor Spotlight: Up a Tree Cup a Tea Co.

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VTGCLT is popping up on November 24th at The Fillmore for the eighth annual Winter Market! Come out and spend the day shopping with over 60 of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors. $2 general admission 11am-5pm. Want to have first pick at all the goodies? We offer $7 early bird entry at 10am.

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 excited to welcome back Up a Tree Cup a Tea Co. to the Vintage Charlotte Winter Market. Up a Tree Cup a Tea Co. specializes in making handbags using vintage and repurposed materials. Here is Johanna with an introduction to their brand, and a sneak peek at a few special items that will be available at the Winter Market:

As an artist and seamstress, I love giving materials that have been forgotten new life. Reusing vintage military tents, bank bag canvas, lace, and textiles to create one of a kind handbags. Each handbag saves a unique piece of Americana. All handbags are made using a team of heavy-duty, vintage sewing machines in my in-home studio on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. 

One of my favorite materials to work with is overshot. Overshot is a handwoven textile that reached it’s height in popularity in American from the 1750s to 1870s. Primarily woven to serve as bed coverlets, they became popular again the 20th century. Hunting down overshot at estate sales, auctions, and everywhere in between is one of my favorite things to do besides creating! Check out this Our State Magazine feature from earlier this fall that shares more about my story and process. 

I’m bringing a variety of woven overshot bags at the Winter Market along with bags from the holiday collection that features Vietnam Era US Military duffle bags, tents blankets, and 1900s Turkish Kilim rugs. I’ll also be bringing a large collection of vintage felt pennants from all over the United States, Canada, and beyond.

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