last weekend i had the pleasure of vending at the rust belt market for the first time, and for opening weekend. this place looks spectacular! the concept is a year-round weekend market, that features handmade and vintage items made by local creators. housed in a former old navy store, owners chris & tiffany best had their work cut out for them transforming the old store into a vibrant, artistic space. some sellers are there every weekend, some only a day here and there. this fresh line-up of vendors allows for new and interesting goods to browse. and have i mentioned the look of this place? it is beyond fabulous, a total eyegasm of the senses. the booths of around 60 vendors are set up so creatively, utilizing every inch of their space, from wall to ceiling, with colorful and appealing displays that draw you in.
in addition to the vendor spaces, there are stunning artistic features all over the place. the center of the building features a handmade wooden stage that features occasional live music, and cozy couch-side seating to sit and enjoy the show. and there's plenty of room in front for the little ones to shake a hip with each other. there are also hand painted murals and art hanging all over the walls as well.
as for me... dang argyle was nestled between a derby girl selling whoopie pies and a father/son duo selling aerial photographs! that's a craft fair for ya! i was only there on saturday, and had a ton of fun in such a vibrant glowing environment. i didn't have much time to shop, but i was able to snag a coffee sack purse from burnwhere and a beautiful pillow from salt labs.
to enhance my space i decided to turn an old toboggan into a purse rack. which i will tell you all about in my next blog post!
* part of this is cross-posted at the blue house blog