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It started this past April.

Mr. Sassy and I decided it was time to throw a big ole vintage market right in our own backyard. And from that decision, The Gathering Vintage Market was launched with our spring show. Just a few weeks ago, our summer show took place on the grounds of the WV Pumpkin Park.

We hosted over seventy vendors who brought their finest vintage and repurposed home décor, handmade jewelry, soaps, and candles, vintage clothing, hand carved toys and wooden items, and so much more. The weather cooperated, the shoppers came, and we were all treated to the some of the finest artisans from Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

The talents of the individuals who vended at The Gathering were inspiring. These folks picked, crafted, and refinished their fingers to the bone to create some of the most unique, one-of-a-kind items around. It was difficult to try and highlight just a few for this article, so please visit our website or Facebook page to take a look at some of the other vendors.

Farmhouse Repurposed from Ohio made their second trip to The Gathering. Truly handmade and handcrafted items adorned Farmhouse’s booth. From bourbon and whiskey barrels items, such as a coffee table and tables crafted from barn wood dating back to the 1800’s, the craftsmanship was astonishing.

New vendors Annie’s Attic Vintage Treasures created home décor by repurposing old windows and doors. Hall trees and tables made from architectural pieces were beautiful. Their show-stopping terrariums were made from reclaimed windows.

Always a collector favorite, antique telephone insulators were available from Trees 2 Treasures, but with a unique twist. They were repurposed into night lights with bases carved from trees. Clever, creative, such talent was on display in their booth.

In case you missed The Gathering Vintage Market this time, be sure and mark your calendar for our holiday show on November 2 and 3. It will be all indoors this time and on a smaller, more intimate scale, but the talent of the artisans will be just as big.

Lesa Smith is owner of Salvaged to Sassy, a vintage home décor and home staging company. She is also host of The Gathering Vintage Market. You can find all the artisans in this article on Facebook, along with Salvaged to Sassy, or contact Lesa at salvagedtosassy@gmail.com for more information.

Lesa Smith is owner of Salvaged to Sassy, a shop for fine vintage home decor, custom painting and more located at 2120 Pennsylvania Ave., in Charleston. The shop is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, follow Salvaged to Sassy on Facebook.

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