Vintage Market Days has become one of the hottest events in St Louis, and people travels hours to get here. This is not a joke! It has built up a reputation and lines are always forming at the gate up to an hour before everything opens. I went around on Saturday morning (because I was still pricing as people were walking in on Friday) about 30 minutes before gates opened, and snapped this shot of the line:
And this was just the south entrance! There was a north entrance that had a line as well!
So, walking around quickly, I got a few shots of some pretty things that caught my eye, or that I wanted to buy.
I thought this dress form with the skirt, tool belt and pearls was so genius. It also totally reminds me of my friend, Jen, from The Chronicles of Home… fabulous and handy!
I LOVED this cabinet. I think it is a dental cabinet? Not sure, but it was so charming! If I bought it, I would have cleaned the paint off the original latch and hinges, then maybe painted it a different color… something to contrast the white interior.
There were so many beautiful things, it was hard for me to be quick about my market tour. I tended to gravitate toward pretty displays that were simple. I thought this white hutch was so sweet.
Not sure if ya’ll know this, but I have a thing for pulleys. Every time I see one, I get an itch to make a hanging light fixture with one!
The thing I love most about Vintage Market Days, is while I’m usually too busy to do any real shopping, this market is MY KIND OF MARKET. Like… I would love to just go as a buyer and spend hours perusing, eating from food trucks, munching on fresh kettle corn, sippin some sweet tea… seriously ya’ll. It is heavenly if you love vintage things. I mean, look at all that Ironstone?
This display of wedding dresses was so pretty and I loved how they mixed in a painted grain sack chair and that pink night stand. Just beautiful.
Way down at the very end was one of my favorite booths:
The artist in me just loved the bohemian, funky flair these gals have. They had racks and racks of vintage dresses and outfits. Look at the boots!! And the peacock chair!
I spotted this on my way to the Lost Girls, but on my way back this bench made me double-take again! I had to get a pic… it was so lovely in person and didn’t take long to sell! I saw it being hauled out Saturday morning! The fabric was painted and waxed. She did such a good job because it felt just like leather.
Because I didn’t get a chance to photograph all the awesomeness on Friday or Sunday, I borrowed some pics from some other people who photographed the even, so ya’ll could see the amazing displays, the food, and the amazing chalk board signs that were made for the event!
Insane crowds on Friday.
Brittany with Kairos Photography is very talented and captured some beautiful shots of all the goodies sold and put together some collages.
And these pics don’t even capture the half of it! There were antique dough bowls that I wanted soooo bad, and tons of industrial salvage stuff that kept catching my eye… oh man. So much eye candy.
These are the chalkboard signs I fell in LOVE with. Is this this adorable? That is Chanda, the owner of St Louis VMD, posing next to it.
This was another that was made for the event, and this was HUGE. Way taller than me.
If you are within reasonable driving distance, I would plan on coming to the next one. I think the dates are supposed to be beginning of October or end of September. Check out St Louis Vintage Market Days Facebook page to stay updated!
Sorry I didn’t have time to write down the names of all the booths I took pictures in… if you see something you recognize, let me know and I can update the pics with their shop site, as I get the info!