Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lucketts Store Spring Market

I just wanted to remind everyone that we'll be at the Lucketts Store Spring Market this month. Yep, we're relocating our stuff to this established outdoor market.  We have eight spaces and I promise our tent will be overflowing with fabulous finds for your home.  We're sharing space with more than 150 vendors from all over the country.  
Yes, shoppers and vendors alike travel from all over specifically for this event.
Since I think the Lucketts Store Blog says it best, I'm including a portion of their post.   
Here is some info from their web page.   To see the entire blog post, including a link for suggestions for lodging for out-of-town travelers, and images from last year's sale, click here.

The Lucketts Store Spring Market is a true extravaganza!  Seasoned antique dealers & people who just have too much cool stuff, will fill the Lucketts Store grounds May 19th and 20th for our Spring Market. It's our biggest event of the year with great bands, yummy food, and always perfect weather!  *fingers crossed*   The Market will be on the 15 acres surrounding the Lucketts Store and Design House. In true Lucketts-style it's gonna be better than ever!  
We have over 170 fantastic dealers lined up this year from all over the country. Many vendors have been featured in your favorite books and magazines, including Country Home, Country Living, Romantic Homes, Junk Market, Southern Living, and Veranda, just to name a few.
We will have killer antique and vintage items for you and your home, including furniture, lamps, home accessories, collectibles, clothing, and much, much more!  Expect a day of food, fun, and great deals. We won't disappoint!!!

Gates will open at 10am and stay open until 5pm each day. Admission is $7 per person per day {children 12 and under are free}.    

 Old Lucketts Store Antiques is located in the village of Lucketts just north of historic Leesburg, Virginia, specializing in shabby chic, rustic, primitive and iron work merchandise.

 Address:  The Old Lucketts Store 42350 Lucketts Road, Leesburg, VA 20176 

If you love vintage and are looking for one-of-a-kind decor for your home, don't miss this market.

And, don't forget to come by and say hello  to me and the Stylish Patina girls.   
We'd love to meet you.


Shopping Strategies from the Lucketts Store Blog

TIP #1:  Hit the ATM before you leave home & bring cash.
At outdoor markets, cash is king.  Many vendors are small businesses and only accept cash.  There is an ATM at the gas station across the street, but it regularly is out of cash, especially during a busy event like the Lucketts Spring Market.  The next closest ATMs are about a 15 minute drive away.  It's also easier to bargain with vendors if you can pay with cash.

TIP #2:  Pick your car wisely for two reasons.
{1} The bigger the car, the more goodies you can buy and take home!  Items purchased at the Lucketts Spring Market must be picked up by Sunday, May 20th at 5pm.  Items sold by fair vendors can't be left at the Lucketts Store past Sunday - we just don't have the capacity to store 170 vendors-worth of purchases.  So please be sure your vehicle is big enough to transport your purchases.  {2} If you or a friend has a 4-wheel drive, that's always helpful.  Some of the fair parking is in fields. We prep the fields as much as we can {letting the fields dry out if it's rained, strategically mowing, buying truckloads of gravel to put down in heavy traffic areas}.  But, we can't guarantee the weather, and a four wheel is much better in wet fields than a Smart Car...I'm just sayin'.

TIP #3:  Have your cash out at ready at the entrance gate.
We do our best to have multiple people taking money and it works really well when fairgoers have their money out and ready.  The fair is $7 per person per day {children under 12 are free}. This helps us cover the tens of thousands of dollars in expenses it takes to put on the event {e.g., police overtime, permits, parking attendants, furniture loaders, fair staff, advertising, fair & vendor organization, tents, outdoor restroom rentals, required signage, music, field & location prep, etc.}. {I'll try to post an insider look on the finances of a market like this over the next few weeks.  It's quite the eye opener!}

TIP #4:  Obey all signs and police / Market staff direction.
We have some changes to parking and pickups this year that are being required by the local Sheriff's office.  We will cover those processes in another post {yes, booooring, but very necessary}.  So, in short, in order to make parking and furniture pickups go smoothly, please follow the instructions on our signs and given to you by the police and Market staff.

TIP #5:  Enjoy yourself and smile.
This event takes a full year to plan.  Our Market organizer and her team work tirelessly all year to sort through all the complicated logistics to bring you the best vendors we can find with great merchandise and prices.  Soak up the atmosphere.  Get a nice cold glass of lemonade.  Browse the treasures.  Get some great ideas for your home.  Enjoy the day with family and friends.  We are excited that you're coming!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kathy, I am so excited to finally meet you. Lynn @ The Vintage Nest and I will be at the market Saturday AM. Save me some good stuff from your space!!
    Hugs, Sherry