Amy Herman, 27, the founder of Vintage Charlotte Summer Market is hosting the fourth market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 29 with a $5 10 a.m. early-bird entrance.Vintage Charlotte kicked off in June 2012 and Herman has since hosted a Holiday Market and a wedding themed pop-up. The 2013 Vintage Charlotte Summer Market will be at The Fillmore Charlotte in the N.C. Music Factory Herman, an Elizabeth resident, has many ventures including three Etsy stores between her and her husband, Kurtis Hessler, including vintage clothing, vintage household items and DIY electronics. Herman is an artist specializing in photography with a MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago who recently exhibited at The Light Factory. She also works for The Arts and Science Council and teaches photography at Studio 345 and works in the Public Art department. She sees Vintage Charlotte as an extension of her love for art.“I love the history of an object,” said Herman. “It is so much more romantic than running out to the store to buy an item new. I also love that vintage and antique items are often so much higher quality than new items.” For her, part of the thrill is choosing items to share with the market. Herman and Hessler have two versions of Vintage Charlotte: the pop-up events and a party rental business where they offer vintage tabletop items for rent. “Vintage can be an addiction,” said Herman. “Sometimes it is really hard to part with certain items that I find. I have to let things simmer for a while before deciding if it is something to keep or something to sell. These items have been around for decades and have made this long, what’s another couple of years.” The Vintage Charlotte Summer Market will bring together more than 60 local vendors featuring nostalgic and handmade items with local food and local beers. The markets have snowballed in the past year through the opportunity to connect with local partners through social media. Herman recognizes that is how communities are often built. The Vintage Charlotte Holiday Market had over 1,600 shoppers and a larger turnout is expected for the June 29 event, which includes beer from Birdsong Brewery, Four Friends Brewery and King of Pops. Herman’s style is eclectic much like her career choices and market participants. “I mix and match old and new all the time. I try to buy statement pieces that will withstand the ever-changing trends,” Herman said.
Monday, Jun. 24, 2013
Vintage Charlotte Summer Market is June 29
Learn more: For information visit www.vintage-charlotte.com.
Elisabeth Podair is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Elisabeth? Email her at email@example.com.
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