The First Annual Idaho Vintage Market

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by Meghan Levi
Photography by Emma Thompson
Amy Pence-Brown and Kristin Montgomery, the collective genius behind the Wintry and Summery Markets, have come up with something new, yet old, for the fall. Amy explains, “we wanted to create a market that focused on giving new life and re-loving old things, while honoring their historic purpose.” Coming to Expo Idaho on September 13 and 14,, the Idaho Vintage Market will feature a unique approach to the vintage market scene. Similar to Wintry and Summery Markets, the Idaho Vintage Market will be a curated market, with each vendor carefully handpicked by Amy and Kristin.
The market will include antiques, repurposed vintage items, and “vintage inspired” reproductions. As midcentury architecture comes into historical significance, the items reflecting the time period have increased in popularity as well. Everything from Pyrex cookware to teak furniture is hot again, and the market will have lots to choose from. With 50+ vendors from all over the region, Christmas is going to come early for midcentury enthusiasts. Expect to find clothing, furniture, home décor, kitchen and barware, original artwork and other gems from days gone by. Expo Idaho is going to look like the set of Mad Men for two glorious days this fall.
After ten years of successful makers markets, Amy and Kristin know what works. After researching other vintage markets in the Pacific Northwest, they felt Boise was ready to host its own upscale vintage-inspired market. “Idaho has amazing antiques. Everything from little hole-in-the-wall shops in small towns to upscale antique collectors. We want to bring these groups with shared interests together,” said Kristin. Expo Idaho was specifically chosen to host the Idaho Vintage Market because it can accommodate large items, like furniture or perhaps something bigger. Amy shares “we are expecting a variety of cool things, who knows, someone could bring a vintage car.”
Amy and Kristin work with local businesses to promote their family of markets, and always focus on having an impact in their immediate community. Vendors selected for the Idaho Vintage Market can expect to have their items marketed heavily through social media. In turn, Amy and Kristin hope this first round of vendors will spread the word through their own networks so the market can continue to grow organically as both Wintry and Summery have. “We don’t have a staff, it’s just us doing all the marketing, content, and event planning for the markets. We rely on volunteers to help set-up and assist during the markets. It’s all been very grassroots and we love the relationships we have created over the years,” said Amy. The Idaho Vintage Market is looking for community partners and volunteers. Come be a part of Amy and Kristin’s newest (yet oldest) market yet!
The Idaho Vintage Market will be held on September 13 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and September 14t from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Expo Idaho – 5610 Glenwood St. Boise, ID 83714. Admission is $5 and is good for both days. If you would like to volunteer for the market, contact Amy and Kristin at idahovintagemarket@gmail.com

For more information check out www.idahovintage.market.