Sunday Vintage Market brings shoppers to downtown

By: 
JACKIE KOCH

Dawn Ruder of Salvage Gal and Her Guy shows Dale Meikle of Clinton a wooden chest at the Sunday Vintage Market. Photo by Jackie Koch.

Kate VanTheel has a history of pulling old things together to make something new.

The co-owner of Antiques and Vintage on the Boulevard has been in Tecumseh just shy of two years, and has already utilized her event management expertise to coordinate the Sunday Vintage Market of Tecumseh. The market has been held one Sunday in each of the months of June, July and August, and will be open September 4 and October 2, as well.

VanTheel, who has decades of experience selling antiques and vintage items, previously ran a spring and fall country and primitive market at the Masonic lodge in Horton, Michigan. She said she keeps looking for her next step in the progression of market events she can come up with.

“This is not a new concept for me,” VanTheel said, “This is just another step in my journey.”

 On Sunday, August 7 the market was busy with customers perusing vendors’ wares under two big circus-like white tents in the city parking lot at 213 North Evans Street. A musician played guitar while shoppers carried off treasures both vintage and handcrafted. The vendors participating were pleased with the turnout so far.

Mona Green of Junkin for Joy has brought merchandise to the market since it started in June. “This is my third one,” she said, “It’s been an awesome experience. There’s been people waiting to get in.” She said she has seen more people attend each month she has been there.

At the Salvage Gal and Her Guy booth, Dawn Ruder of Saline showed Dale Meikle of Clinton a vintage wooden chest. Ruder also has a booth at Hathaway Antique Emporium in downtown Tecumseh, and plans to continue coming to the vintage market. “Last month was phenomenal,” she said, “And this month is shaping up to be the same.”

Julie Ferris of Vintage Sheepdog had a booth for items such as spoon jewelry, totes, pillows, scarves, and repurposed items. She also has a booth in Antiques and Vintage on the Boulevard. I’ve been doing this for about five years,” she said, “It’s been fun.” Some of her wares are repurposed farm implement parts from her family’s farm.

Downtown merchants have begun to open their doors on the Sundays the market is open after seeing the popularity of the event. “It’s very positive. We get a lot of people who have never been to Tecumseh before, and a lot of people who have never been exposed to our store. I think it’s good for downtown,” said Linda Seidel, who co-owns What a Find with her husband, Barry.

Tecumseh Antiques and More owner Crystal Winkler said at first she was not sure about opening on Sunday, but she’s glad she did. “I’ve done all of them,” she said of the vintage market days, “I was just thinking to thank Kate for being so creative. It’s been wonderful.”

Lorri Merfert opened a pop-up store at 122 N. Evans St. that will be open twice per month for now, once during the vintage market and an additional weekend during the month. “I’m going to just do it twice a month so it will be all new things,” Merfert said. Her store, The Faded Rose, will be open regular hours starting in the winter.

The market has attracted shoppers from out of town and out of state, according to VanTheel. She is looking forward to seeing the market grow. “I’m excited for next year because that building will be ready across the street,” she said of the Market on Evans building that will be renovated.

VanTheel has seen her idea bloom already this summer. “We’re up to two tents, and the second tent is big,” she said, “September is going to be huge, and October will be big, too.”

For information on the Sunday Vintage Market, visit www.facebook.com/antiqueboulevard or call VanTheel at 517.917.6092.

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