Vintage and Made Fair / by Liz Brown

To preface this post, I went to two markets yesterday. In the late morning, I visited the Firehouse Flea Market at the Des Moines Social Club and in the afternoon I visited the Vintage and Made Fair at Jordan Park Camp. I took a few photos at each one, but not enough for an entire blog post for each. As a result, I combined them into one post, and titled it "Vintage and Made," though these first three shots are from Firehouse Flea.

These gals are from Des Moines and recently started a vintage business (I'll post the name as soon as I find their card!) However, what originally drew me to their booth (if we are being very honest) are the Redwings on the gal on the left. I've only seen one other pair of women's Redwings out in the wild; I never would've thought to pair them with a dress or something white, but she was rocking them!

This is my friend Joany. She's the founder of the company One Positive Thought and a deep thinker and an encourager. More and more I'm becoming convinced that these words (by Lucas Scott/One Tree Hill) are important: "You art matters." Joany is the sort of person who says words like that, honestly and often, and it's so encouraging. It reminds me how important that is, how I should be constantly speaking truth and hope to people.

Now begin the Vintage and Made photos. Any event that greets you with a row of flannel when you walk in is bound to be a good one.

If I recall correctly, this gal's name is Michelle. She, along with two friends, hosted a booth at the fair. What drew me back was a sherpa/denim jacket, something that I've had an eye out for for quite some time, but without any luck--until now. They had dope items and reasonable prices, and when I began chatting with her, I learned they were from Chicago. What a small world! I love that having lived in that city gives me commonality with so many people. I think that's one of the better things about traveling and trying new things: all the new people that you now immediately have something in common with. Their business is called Fownd Vintage and naturally after I bought the jacket, I asked her for a portrait.

My last stop at the Vintage and Made Fair (and, honestly, and main reason I came) was to see my friend Rayna. She has a local, all-natural henna business and is ridiculously talented. This isn't my hand, but she also gave me a beautiful piece on my hand and arm that I'll be rocking for a couple weeks. All in all, I ended the afternoon feeling full. One of my favourite things is a lack of agenda: just talking to folks about their art and lives and yesterday was just that. Firehouse Flea is over, but the Vintage and Made Fair is still going on today. Stop on by!