Nacogdoches Vintage Market Days set to start Friday

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Excitement is building for collectors of the "vintage" look.

Vintage Market Days East Texas opens up Friday morning for a three-day run in Nacogdoches.

The re-purposed, shabby look has hit Nacogdoches as fast as you can say burlap and Mason jars.

"It's a lot more than that, but yes that's a good start," said Jill Weisz, a Vintage Market Days franchise owner.

Weisz used to be a vendor. Now she owns a Vintage Market Days franchise.

"There's 27 franchises, as of right now," Weisz said.

They're in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas. The McKinney woman's territory is East Texas.

She chose Nacogdoches, no matter how you pronounce it, for her first show, called Sweet Summertime.

"Nacogdoches being the oldest town in Texas, we felt like this fit our vintage feel or vintage brand to a T," Weisz said.

There's no telling what you'll find among 100 booths set up in both an arena and an air-conditioned space. Tenny Roche, the owner of Tenny Roche Vintage and Things at Roche, from Canton found love.

"My husband and I met in this business, and we've been traveling anywhere from Portland, Oregon to Massachusetts," Roche said.

That's a long way to haul heavy doors, "chippy-peely" chairs and old windows.

With rock and roll music playing in the background, it sets the pace to set up booths that depict a slower place in time.

The motto is Long Live Vintage.

"Maybe the burlap may go away, you know, and something else may come in," said Gerri Rex, the owner and vendor of The Box Lady. "I think re-purposing in some way, shape or form, I think, will always be around."

The door to vintage opened with the onset of social media and cable TV, said Nacogdoches antique dealer Rachel Underwood.

Rachel Underwood, Rachel's Antiques and Uniques owner/vendor-"There are so many more now that are on featuring home furnishings and decorating tips. and I think it's giving people an opportunity to spur their own creativity," said Rachel Underwood, the owner/vendor of Rachel's Antiques and Uniques.

It's a completely different kind of buying experience," Weisz said.

That may bring the discovery you weren't even looking for, but can't live without.

Vintage Market Days East Texas Sweet Summertime opens Friday morning and continues until Sunday. The purchase of one ticket gets you in the show for the remaining days.
Early shopping Friday is $10. Weekend tickets are $5. Gates at the Nacogdoches Expo open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Six food trailers will serve gourmet foods.

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