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May 31, 2014

First Vintage Market Days set for June

When Amy Scott and Dianna Brown set out to create their first Vintage Market Days event two years ago, they focused on Tulsa.

When Amy Scott and Dianna Brown set out to create their first Vintage Market Days event two years ago, they focused on Tulsa.

“There were other events, actually a lot in Texas that (Dianna) and I both loved … and we just felt like Tulsa needed something,” Scott said in an interview Friday.

Today, Scott and Brown’s Vintage Market Days LLC has expanded beyond their hometown to include events in Oklahoma City, St. Louis, northwest Arkansas and Fort Worth, and McKinney, Texas.

Next month, Vintage Market Days will make its first showing in the Wichita area, June 20 through June 22 at Mattox Arena, 4418 E. 83rd St. South in Derby.

The event is expected to include more than 65 vendors from Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas that sell art, handcrafted items including jewelry and clothing, and vintage items such as furniture.

“A lot of people would say it’s like a Pinterest board (except) live,” Scott said. “Our show is an event, it’s not just like a little craft show. We always have a theme.”

The theme of the Wichita show is “an eclectic summertime affair.”

A portion of the Wichita show’s proceeds will be donated to the Wichita Women’s Initiative Network, which supports women who have suffered mental or physical abuse.

Scott said the idea to expand the show beyond Tulsa came from some of Vintage Market Days’ vendors.

“After the first two events, some vendors asked if they could have Vintage Market Days in other places, and we just started licensing to vendors,” she said. “Now, we’re a franchise.”

The Wichita Vintage Market Days has been licensed to Michele Blackwill.

Scott said attendance at Vintage Market Days events so far this year has been between 3,500 and 5,500. She said the highest attendance Vintage Market Days has recorded in its short history was more than 8,000.

Local sponsors of Wichita Vintage Market Days are Melissa Kelly Imagery, Endless Treasures LLC and the Cottage Collective.

For more information, see wichita.vintagemarketdays.com.

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