Twenty-two-year-old Marsea Lopez from Springdale, Arkansas, has been collecting vintage clothes from thrift shops and vintage stores since she was 14 years old. For the first time, she sold items from her collection at an outdoor vintage clothing market in Fayetteville on Nov. 16.
Three vintage vendors, Mal Cibulka, Damned 2 Divine and Crimson and Clover sold their items alongside Lopez at Crimson and Clover’s second vintage market Nov. 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thirty people attended the event, said Darcy Harris, an owner of Crimson and Clover.
“The idea behind this was to make an inclusive market,” said Nick Harris, an owner of Crimson and Clover. “There’s a lot of people in town that are selling stuff online, so we just kind of wanted to make something where we could get everyone together and trade things and everybody can make a little money.”
Lopez was at the market to sell vintage items that she has collected across the last eight years.
“I just have collected all of this stuff for a really, really long time,” Lopez said. “It’s gotten to the point where my boyfriend and my parents are like ‘Marsea you really need to get rid of all of this stuff.’”
This is Lopez’s first vintage clothing market that she has attended and it was her first time selling her collection.
“I just view it all as a piece of art and it’s kind of hard for me to part with it, but I’ve kind of decided that maybe it’s time,” Lopez said.
Lopez hopes to open a vintage boutique one day to sell her finds.
Lexa Jeffus, owner of Damned 2 Divine Clothing Club, has been collecting, reworking and selling vintage clothes on her Instagram, @damned.2.divine, since 2016.
Jeffus’ goal is to make second-hand goods more accessible to people and to teach people about sustainability through clothes, she said.
“I'm really excited that Crimson and Clover is creating this event for the vintage community,” Jeffus said. “It's a great thing for the community, it’s bringing people together and it’s creating a support system where there wasn't one before.”
Cibulka, who has been creating jewelry for six years, had a table displaying her handmade earrings, pins, key chains, hair clips and other small items.
Most of Cibulka’s work is made of resin, an easily-customizable epoxy material, she said.
Cibulka thinks that as long as people are happy with her items, then she will feel successful, she said. Cibulka recently made an Instagram account, @mal.formed, to start promoting and selling her items, she said.
If markets in the future are postponed because of bad weather, they will happen on the following Saturday.
Nick Harris thinks that the market was successful and hopes to have a few more before the end of 2019, he said.
“I think it'll really grow, but we want to keep it regular so that people will get in tune with coming down here and growing our list of vendors,” Nick Harris said. “We want to offer new and exciting things every time.”