Vintage will always be ‘in.’
If you’ve been looking for something new to try out here in our little corner of the world, this might be just the thing for you. Varsity Communications
of Lynnwood is putting on the Rusty Relics Vintage Market at the Monroe Fairgrounds. The show is a two-day smorgasbord of all items to be categorized
as antique, refurbished, vintage or handmade. They’ll be open from Friday June 8th from 3pm-8pm, and Saturday June 9th from 9am-4pm.
It’s created a major splash, having gained radical traction in the community in a short amount of time. Only three weeks after announcing it’s first year,
Varisty announced that they had sold out the entire allotment of floor space, guaranteeing that Rusty Relics will be one of the largest vintage
fairs ever held in Western Washington.
All goods must fall into one of four categories — antique, refurbished, vintage or handmade — with preference given to vendors who live and
produce their goods in Western Washington, making the affair especially centric and special to our region. That process has resulted in an exciting
mix of vendors, including many who will making their first-ever appearance at a vintage fair. Even the most seasoned hobbyists and dealers will be
able to find something new.
The two-day show features more than just potential finds. Expect to find tasty foods and music to compliment the scene. Parking is free and tickets are $10, with kids 12 and under admitted free.
In addition, the first 500 attendees each day will receive a free, burlap tote.
According to vendors who have committed to attend the show, Rusty Relics’ biggest draws have been the professionalism with which the show has been run
and its careful curating process, with every vendor on the floor required to verify the authenticity of the goods they sell, which guarantees you the
very best product. Putting on an event of this magnitude requires a level of expertise that nudges into the stratosphere of industry know-how, and
it’s looking like a slam-dunk for the community, the craft community and business community all in one go.
“Maintaining the authenticity of the products at our show has been very important to us,” says Katie Erickson, one of the show’s producers. “And I think
that has really resonated with the local craftspeople and consumers alike.”
While it’s still new to the market, Rusty Relics is a production of trusted local event producers Varsity Communications. They’re well-known for producing
the Seattle Golf Show, PROOF: Washington Distillers Festival and the popular Taste Washington wine festival.
“Over the last two decades, Seattle-area consumers have come to expect certain things from a Varsity show — value, quality, professionalism, and
a lot of fun,” says Varsity CEO Dick Stephens. “And that’s exactly what we plan to bring to Rusty Relics.”
A complete list of vendors is available online at www.RustyRelicsMarket.com.