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Vintage Market: 20 vendors, one vision

Vintage Market: 20 vendors, one vision

Vintage Market features 20 different vendors in one harmonious environment that houses new, repurposed and vintage items.


POSTED February 4, 2014 12:26 p.m.

When Teresa Soderquist Benedict opened Vintage Market five years ago in downtown Turlock, a store that plays host to 20 unique and local vendors, she had a vision in mind: vintage and repurposed but trendy and new. 

“When you’re in this business, you get to know who does what, who makes what. I knew the look I wanted and was able to bring in the right vendors for the store with different visions, but it has really resulted in the same outcome,” said Soderquist Benedict.

Vintage Market is a harmonious bazaar of well curated items including home decor, furniture, jewelry, cosmetics and more, making it the Turlock Journal Readers' Choice for best gift store in 2013.

From handmade cards to locally made pillows, Vintage Market has a signature look which makes the store flow so that each vendor’s corner contributes to the overall charm. The balanced interior is a tribute to the strongly cultivated relationships among vendors — one of which is Lauren Camarata who has sold Chalk Paint at Vintage Market for the past two years.

“Chalk Paint was created in England about 25 years ago and only came stateside about two years ago. It is a water-based, non-toxic product that leaves a chalky matte finish. People really love it because it dries so fast and you can really finish a product in one day,” said Camarata.

Items such as Chalk Paint keep with the store's theme of reusing and repurposing because clients can enhance or change furniture or items that they already own. In a digital culture, where websites such as Pinterest.com and Etsy.com, items like Chalk  Paint set Vintage Market apart from other creative venues. The store’s emphasis on usability, as well as the owner’s commitment to up and coming trends, keeps the store fresh and full of unique finds. 

“If we’ve seen it somewhere else, we don’t want to carry it. We want to remain on top of trends, but also offer our customers cutting edge items,” said Soderquist Benedict. 

As a store oriented towards decorative use, there is a playful dynamic that allows customers to find items for all ages.

“We have something for the daughter, the mother and the grandmother we like to say,” said Soderquist Benedict. 

Vintage Market is located at 210 East Main Street and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon  to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

 

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