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Our First Urban Vintage Market

Our First Urban Vintage Market

Urban Vintage is a bi-annual vintage market located in Raleigh, NC & hosted by The Handmaidens. The Handmaidens are a group of 5 vintage loving women that host The Handmade Market as well

We feel honored to have been invited to attend such a well known market on the "vintage circuit". My eagerness to attend is well symbolized by the date of my initial email requesting vendor info-4 months before applications were available!

I have to say I was NOT disappointed & Urban Vintage was everything I had hoped for (and a little bit more). From the venue to the layout everything fit together like a puzzle. The organization, promotion, and everything in between was A+. The Handmaidens experience in organizing market events is evident and much appreciated by a novice like me.


The market was held at a brand new location in Seaboard Station at TraineAs "word on the street" has it Traine is the new must see event destination in Raleigh. The interior is lovely with an authentic vintage feel. Think wood floors and exposed ceiling beams. *I regret not having more photos to share with you.

Vendor Layout

I congratulate The Handmaidens for their awesome selection of handpicked vendors. There was a wide variety of different items available ranging from large vintage furniture and vintage clothing to vintage housewares and Christmas decorations. No two vendors were alike and those that were similar were far enough apart that it did not seem to matter. vintage glassware had a jewelry vendor, The Lady & Librarian, on one side & vintage clothing from The Block on the other side.

The Market

Urban Vintage began on Friday, August 12th with a 3 hour customer preview lasting from 6 to 9 PM. A $5 fee gained one entry and "first dibs" on all the vintage wares. Saturday was free to everyone and shopping lasted from 10 to 5 PM. 

I displayed a nice variety of vintage items including Pyrex, vintage barware, some adorable 50s ceramic planters, chalk ware, and much more. Fortunately, I anticipated a large crowd & took extra stock because my normal amount would not have been enough. Below are images from my booth.

Vintage glassware from urban vintage Vintage ceramic planterLadder display of vintage glassware at Urban Vintage

I met so many neat, new people that share a mutual love for vintage glassware. As always my favorite aspect were the stories that people so readily share upon sighting a nostalgic piece. I always wish there was time to hear more!


The good people of Raleigh seem to have a higher affinity for vintage barware than the the typically sought Pyrex. I nearly sold ALL the tumblers & juice glasses I took with me. Of special interest is a set of vintage Federal Glass Co. tumblers purchased by a fun & friendly lady. Her tumblers will appear in the new North State Journal Newspaper this Sunday, August 21st. We still have 2 identical tumblers available for purchase from our vintage barware collection.

Vintage Federal Glass Barware

Vintage Federal Glass Barware

Vintage Federal Glass Barware

The day was over too quickly by the time 5 o'clock came around. Before packing up I took a moment to walk around and make purchases of my own. Traditionally, I stop myself from doing this so I do not take home more inventory than I arrived with. 😉 I am so happy I changed my mind because I met the lovely owner of The Atomic Butterbean & learned about a NEW market she is hosting in spring 2017. She had numerous items I already regret not adding to my own vintage collection.

I also found the most delicious, handmade bakery goods I've tasted in a long time. The Sweetest Things is worth mentioning for multiple reasons including the great taste, made from scratch ingredients (even the wafers used in her banana pudding), & the fabulous, full of personality owner. She was one of those people that immediately put you at ease & make you feel as if you are sitting down in a friend's kitchen talking-not outside in the 100° Temps after a long day of standing. If you are local to, or visiting, the Raleigh area make sure you check out The Sweetest Things...I promise you will not regret it! I plan to contact her myself during my trip to Raleigh this weekend.

Come visit us Saturday, August 20th from noon til 5 during Pop-Up Raleigh at Trophy Brewing on Maywood.

View upcoming markets will attend 

View vendor spotlight for Urban Vintage fall 2016

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