How do you improve upon decades-old antique shows that shoppers and sellers already mark on their calendars as must-go events?
If you're Jon Jenkins of Jenkins Shows, you introduce the Vintage Marketplace.
About the Vintage Marketplace
Jenkins currently produces 18 antique shows each year in Tennessee, Connecticut, Ohio, and Indiana, including the popular Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market. He decided to add a vintage component to his shows to appeal to the next generation of collectors.
The Vintage Marketplace debuted with 25 vendors at the Tailgate-Music Valley Antique Show in the greater Nashville area. The addition resulted in a significant increase in shoppers under the age of 35, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. The vendors loved it, according to Jenkins, and the shoppers went home happy.
The Vintage Marketplace at the Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market
As of May 2012, the Vintage Marketplace makes its way to Ohio for the Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market for the first Extravaganza weekend of the year. Extravaganza weekends -- which take place in May and September -- typically have up to 2000 sellers of fine antiques and collectibles.
The Springfield premiere of the Vintage Marketplace occupies a designated area in the center of the antique show, and it features 60 vendors in double-sized booths. In addition to vintage goods, many sellers offer handmade and repurposed art, fashion, jewelry, and home furnishings.
- Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
- Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- $12 Early Bird Admission Friday from 7:00 a.m. to Noon, includes reentry for all three days of the show
$7 Regular Admission Friday from Noon to 6:00 p.m.
$7 Regular Admission Saturday and Sunday
Special guests at the Springfield event included Sue Whitney of JUNKMARKET Style and FOLK Magazine. The American-made lifestyle experts from FOLK Magazine shared the FOLKbarn with 15 specialty vendors. Whitney, author of Junk Beautiful and Decorating JUNKMARKET Style, hosted a design booth for shoppers seeking decorating advice, including suggestions for using their Vintage Marketplace finds. On Friday, Whitney also led a crash course in flea market shopping.
Other activities scheduled during the three-day inaugural event included prize drawings, a tent dance, a treasure hunt, a pot luck, and a game of vintage bingo in the FOLK barn. Representatives from Annie Sloan Paints showed shoppers how to turn trash furniture into treasure on Friday. On Saturday, Whitney and SoBo Style's Katie Palmer taught shoppers how to create tablescapes for summertime entertaining.
Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace
In addition to adding the Vintage Marketplace to his long-running antique shows in Tennessee and Ohio, Jenkins started a monthly stand-alone show in Indianapolis called the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace. The debut event took place on June 2, 2012.
The Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace features antique, vintage, handcrafted, and upcycled artwork, furnishings, and fashion. The event showcases local artists, chefs, musicians, and craftsmen -- and it emphasizes unique products and environmentally responsible consumerism.
- 62nd and Keystone in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Rear parking lot of Glendale Town Center
- 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.