By Patrick Yeagle
For Chelsea Ewald and Rebekah Lindvall of Springfield, antiques represent adventure.
“We absolutely love antiques,” Lindvall said, “and the hunt to find them is half the fun.”
The two friends regularly drive out of town hunting for vintage items, but they’re bringing their excitement home in June with Lavender & Laine, a one-day outdoor vintage market in downtown Springfield. If the market is successful, they say it could become an annual event and perhaps give rise to a separate pre-holiday fall event.
“Lavender & Laine truly began as a discussion between two friends about bringing something we love to a place we hold near and dear – our hometown,” Lindvall said.
The friends say they’ve long enjoyed antiques and vintage items, and they’ve watched eagerly as those items have grown in popularity – thanks in large part to the success of TV shows like HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” Ewald says antiques and vintage items tell stories “in ways that a new or modern piece can’t.”
“Knowing that someone else lived with and loved on a piece before it found its way into my home years later just feels special,” she said, adding that the uniqueness and relative rarity of vintage wares is enhanced by their character. “The imperfections and dings and chips found in these treasures make them all the better in my estimation.”
Besides shopping, Lavender & Laine will offer live music, food, demonstrations, a photo booth and crafts for children. The event is scheduled to take place on June 10 at Fifth and Washington streets downtown.
“It’s fitting that our vintage market is being held in front of one of Springfield’s finest pieces of history: the Old State Capitol,” Ewald said.”Our shoppers will feel like they’re stepping back in time as they browse beautiful antiques in front of this historic landmark.”
Lindvall says shoppers can expect to find items like furniture, home decor, garden accents and handmade items fitting into categories like architectural salvage, rustic industrial, Victorian, mid-century modern and more.
“At Lavender & Laine there will be something for everyone,” she said, “even if your style isn’t necessarily vintage.”
Lindvall says the goal is to bring something new and exciting to the community.
“We see this as a great opportunity to support and promote all of the existing local businesses and historic sites that make downtown Springfield so great,” she said. “We hope that the people who show up to our market will find themselves patronizing the downtown vicinity shops and businesses more frequently.”
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