PANAMA CITY — Refresh the look of your home, or yourself, with new-to-you treasures when the Historic Downtown Vintage Market reopens for the season.
“The vendors will be ready to haggle, and you will get bargains. It’s gonna be fun,” said event organizer Lisa Doss.
But sometimes you can’t put a price on hand-picked collectibles.
“They’re memories from when you were a child. Some people collect certain colors of glass and dishes,” said Doss, who sells vintage clothing, jewelry and furniture. “My whole life, I’ve always loved to play house.”
The Vintage Market opens Saturday in the old Historic Marie Hotel building, which once again will be filled with relics from the past.
“There are now four garage doors, so the whole front will be opened up,” said Debi Anderson, who owns Elegant Endeavors downtown with Jane Lindsey. “We’re going to be open early on in the morning as well, since the Vintage Market is so close to us. Estate Treasures will be open as well.”
The Vintage Market began last year to coincide with Art-Tique, which resumes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Panama City. The market has been moved from the Panama City Marina, so vendors and shoppers don’t have to worry about the weather.
“I did every one of them in the rain or wind,” said Doss, one of about five dealers from Elegant Endeavors who will be showcasing a variety of different things at the market. “The quality of the older furniture is better and so much less expensive. So much of it now is big and bulky.”
The Vintage Market is open to anyone in the community. You don’t have to own a business to set up a table, just unique items at least 20 years old (at least 30 for collectibles and kitchenware and 40 for books and instruments).
“1990 sounds recent to me, but it was 23 years ago,” Anderson said with a laugh.
Suggested items include any style of antique furniture — from Early American or Victorian to Asian or rustic, costume jewelry, telephones, slot machines, clocks, folk art, coins, toy trucks and wind-ups, radios, movie and sports memorabilia, rugs, architectural salvage, lawn and garden furniture and planters, military uniforms and swords, paintings and etchings, post cards, magazines, textiles, advertising signs and posters.
“There’ll be old furniture, everything older than 20 years, antiques, kitchen ware, linens, estate sale jewelry,” Doss said. “If you’re downsizing a house, you are welcome to set up too; it’s open to everybody.”
So, whether you are furnishing or decorating a home, looking for a conversation piece or an article of vintage clothing or just wanting to recycle your old treasures after spring cleaning, the market might be just what you have been looking for.
“Make a day of it and go to lunch,” Lindsey added.
From May to November, the area on the street from Harrison to Luverne avenues also will be blocked off for vendors renting tables, enhancing the festival atmosphere.
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PANAMA CITY VINTAGE MARKET
What: Antiques, vintage, chic and unique collectibles
When: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13; continuing second Saturday of each month through November; rain or shine
Where: Corner of Fifth Street and Harrison Avenue in the old Historic Marie Hotel building
Details: Downtown Improvement Board, (850) 785-2554, or DowntownVintageMarket@aol.com
Anyone can rent a space for $30 to sell antiques and collectibles; no new merchandise. Details: Lisa Doss at 769-5534
Estate Treasures, 500 Harrison Ave., and Elegant Endeavors Antique Emporium, 551 Harrison Ave., also will be open at 7:30 a.m. to coincide with the Vintage Market.
In the market for art?
Art-Tique takes place on the second Saturdays of each month, April through November, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Harrison Avenue in downtown Panama City.