Friday, July 12, 2013

Vintage Whites: July 2013

This summer has already started off with a bang! Vanessa is remodeling a house in downtown Kalispell, and I have been slowly settling into life in Colorado. Of course, we're also both pregnant, so market planning has been interesting! I think more than anything, it's allowed me to see that this market TRULY is my passion -- to keep doing it year after year, even in the midst of chaos! I'm so excited to introduce my son to what I love.

My dear friend Kelli Trontel came out to photograph the market for us on Saturday. I can't tell you what a blessing and an inspiration she has been to me, even from a distance! I met Kelli at one of the first markets we did in 2010 (when it was still in Vanessa's garage) and immediately felt a connection. She came to a dessert night with several other friends, and I got to know her a little more. Her story is SO inspiring and I highly encourage you to visit her blog and get to know her! From her time in the music industry, to discovering her passion for photography, to moving from Nashville to Montana and opening the cutest frozen yogurt shop in really is remarkable.

Anyway, what inspires me most about her is how amazing she is with her son, Ezra. For years, Tanner and I have been so preoccupied with getting pregnant and staying pregnant, that I never really opened my eyes to the responsibility of parenting and the complex, yet beautiful role of being a mother. Kelli involves Ezra in her passions! He isn't in the background...he's PART of their story -- front and center. That's exactly how I want our son to experience life. A life full of passion, love for God, love for people...contagious and kinetic. 

I'm so thankful for Kelli, and I think after you see the pictures she took of our will be too.

Our first market this year was amazing. The response from the communities of the Flathead Valley overwhelmed me. I mean, we had a line out to the highway! That's not a short distance! We also had a large number of people who came from out of town. I talked to several people from Alberta, western Washington, Idaho, Illinois, New incredible.  I had a message on the VWM Facebook page at 7:15 AM from some girls who were wondering where to line up at!! That's the first time a shopper beat us to the field to line up! HA! Here's a picture that I took with my phone of the line. This is just the beginning of the line! If I was better at using the panorama feature on my phone, I probably could've captured about half of it. 

We gave out these adorable tumblers to the first 30 people in line, and of course sold our signature tote bags illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt and handmade by Sandy of Sweet Notions. Of course I'm a bit biased, but I think they're just the cutest around!!

Speaking of the tumblers, we are now selling them! They hold 12 oz, have a waterproof vinyl sticker of our logo, and a wax straw. They're $10 plus shipping! If you'd like to order, you can leave a comment with your PayPal email address, city and state, and we'll send you an invoice via PayPal. You can also email us to order if you'd prefer not to leave your email in the comments. You can reach us at

We added free pony rides this year! There were so many adorably cute kids, along with a few who found out they didn't like ponies! It was so fun to watch. 

We also brought back our free photobooth, courtesy of Kelly Kirksey, a WONDERFUL photographer in Kalispell, Montana! (you can see more of her work by clicking HERE and her Facebook page HERE) We threw up some wonderful vintage floral sheets and a few paper flowers that I made (I used a mixture of DIY posts from The House That Lars Built, The Elli Blog, and several video tutorials on Youtube). This photo is courtesy of my iPhone... 

I think the backdrop turned out SO cute, and so did the photos! Love this one of 2 girls from The Vintage Farmhouse Sale and their finds! Check out their page on Facebook! 

Our vendors amaze me. They spend all year collecting, repairing, repainting, repurposing, and curating amazing finds. We're so proud of the little family that is Vintage Whites! Here are a few images from the market to make your heart go pitter-patter...

Each market just keeps getting better and better. Our August 31st, 2013 market boasts even more vendors, several food vendors, Shayla Smith and her lovely live music, free pony rides, a free photobooth, and a few other surprises that we always leave until the day of! We sure hope you'll make it out -- we would absolutely love to meet you! You can check out our other markets and get information at our website, We also have a list of vendors and recaps from our first annual Salt Lake show!  

We would LOVE to know if you attended! Please leave a comment and where you are from! If you have a blog recap of our market, add your link as well and we'll make sure they go up on the website! XO
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  1. What fun! I drove all the way from CA in my truck so I could transport all my wonderful finds back home with me. A great day with so many wonderful finds! I love rustic, repurposed, reinvented and whatever else you want to call it. This is the place to find it.

  2. We came from North Idaho for the market and it was just as advertised! We LOVED the atmosphere and all of our great finds!! We'll be back, and SOON! :)

  3. Oh my how cute!!! I really would love one of the totes and one of the jars with the straw!! is there any way to purchase these from you?

  4. Hi Nancy! Email us at and let us know how many you want. We'll send you a Paypal invoice! Thanks!!