OKANOGAN Vendors from all over the Northwest are expected for Saturday’s fourth annual Vintage Faire.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road. ‘
“It’s great to offer such a great venue for people’s junk fix,” said Kris Little, one of the event’s three organizers.
The 50-plus vendors will offer antiques, salvaged items, jewelry, vintage goods, repurposed wares, farm junk and furniture. Booths will be in the beef barn, commercial building, the north end of the home economics building and outside.
“Glampers” will offer items for glamorous, vintage-style camping.
Food and beverage will be offered in the CattleWomen’s red barn and a “Blue Ribbon Bar” will be open in the grassy midway area. Beverages and an ice cream stand area also planned.
Music will be provided by a brass band and a guitarist.
A Vintage Faire Store will offer souvenirs, including hooded sweatshirts, beer cozies, antique replica toys, candy, canvas shopping bags and a photo booth at which people can dress up and take photos.
“You could spend a whole day” at the faire shopping, eating and watching other shoppers, Little said.
Last year’s faire drew around 2,300 people.
“Every year we get more,” Little said. “It’s grown. It’s blown away our expectations.”
“It brings in a lot more people to the fairgrounds and the community,” fairgrounds clerk Loretta Houston said. “It’s awesome. I can’t wait.”
She said the faire is one of the bigger events at the fairgrounds, with several buildings and the outdoor area used. The RV area also sees increased use during the weekend.
Little said some people bring wagons or wheeled wire shopping carts to haul away their purchases. Members of the Okanogan High School wrestling team will be on hand to carry larger items to vehicles in exchange for a donation to their team club.
The Vintage Faire was started by five women “who love to junk” and wanted to share that love with others, Little said.
Other founders are Tria Skirko, Brooke Somes, Teresa Sheeley and Kelly Buchert. Sheeley and Buchert have since bowed out of the faire.
“We are just in awe that it worked,” Little said. “Now, people look forward to it.”
Vendors are expected from Okanogan County and other Eastern Washington locales, and as far away as Idaho and Oregon. Shoppers come from all over the Northwest and into Canada.
The organizers use a jury process to select vendors for a mix of vintage and handcrafted items.
“We have pretty high standards,” Little said.
Buying vintage items “can be an addiction” as shoppers hunt for specific items, great buys and things they didn’t know they needed, she said.
It’s also a social event, as people greet friends they haven’t seen for awhile.
“A lot will just sit and watch what other people bring out” in the way of purchases, Little said. “Some watch and giggle. Last year, one guy was out in the parking lot, tailgating, while waiting for his wife.”