On August 3rd, the team behind Market Day will organize our 30th event. I'm very proud of the event's history, and even more so of the organizing team, vendors, and customers that have made it a success over the past five years.
I've worn a lot of hats when it comes to Market Day. Project manager, DJ, customer, web designer. I've filled just about every role you can fill at an event like this, except for one: vendor. To remedy that fact -- and to clear some space in my storage room -- I'll be vending for the first time as "Hartford & Union", bringing items from my collection of vintage clothing and accessories.
I got the thrifting bug back in January after a few months of working from my home. It's a great semi-mindless activity when I need to get out of the house and let my brain chew on things for a bit. I've mostly gathered 80s and 90s era men's items. Sadly, looking for clothing made in the U.S.A. has become a pretty reliable indicator of whether it will pass my vintage criteria.
I've been working through my booth set-up for the past few days, and was surprised at the nerves I felt about pulling it all together. Even though this is decidedly a hobby, and not a business venture, I still want something I can be proud of and that will look nice with all of the other great set-ups at Market Day. Many assumptions I had made about how aspects of my display would fit and look together were blown away almost immediately once I started working in reality and not just my imagination.
Our Market Day vendors are both partners and customers, and taking a walk in their shoes has given me fresh perspectives on the event that will help with future planning. I expect to learn much more at the market itself. If you're in the area, I hope you can join us.
Oh, and here's a small preview of my set-up: