Christmas gets a vintage touch

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When the popular Hob Nob in Danville moved to Peoria this year, three young Edgar County women who own vintage businesses agreed to establish their own show — Vintage Stockyard Market — to coincide with Christmas in Paris.

The two-day juried show is the brainchild of Kelly Eastham, Hillary Walker and Maddie McCarty. 

“We each own our own businesses,” Eastham said. “We met early this past summer and decided to establish this show.”

The first Vintage Stockyard Market is this Friday and Saturday on West Jasper Street featuring 24 vendors set up in the Paris Feed and Seed Building.

“We just asked, ‘Why not Paris?’ ‘Why not us?’ Walker said. “We believe this is a great opportunity.”

A juried show, Eastham said, means only handmade, vintage, antique and boutique items will be sold. 

“Each vendor had to apply. They had to provide pictures of their booth and items,” she said. 

The result, McCarty emphasized, is an opportunity for those attending to not only purchase gift items but also get tons of design ideas.

Tickets for the show may be purchased online in advance or at the block stockyard office, still owned by McCarty’s family — Allen and Donna Vietor. 

“It’s just a perfect place,” she said.

The three women and families have spent this week preparing for the market. This year’s theme is “Home for the Holidays.” The Saturday market is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eastham noted, so it does not interfere with the Christmas in Paris activities.

A VIP event is planned 4-9 p.m. Friday. Titled VIP Stockyard Sampling, it provides a first look, live music, food and wine. The event also includes giveaways and a signature drink, Eastham said. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door online at www.vintagestockyardmarket.com, at the Cherry Tree or Ol’ Hairitage Beauty. Those attending the VIP event will receive an armband and may attend Saturday at no additional cost.

The vendors participating are mostly from Illinois and Indiana, Walker said. For four years, she previously was a vendor in the area Hob Nob markets.  “This has been a dream for us,” she said. “We’ve had a wonderful response both from vendors and people who plan to attend.”

Among the local vendors participating are Becky Rich, who owns the Turquoise Elephant. Rich is known locally for her new ice cream stand “We Lik It,” on the Conlogue Road. 

“She has wonderful things that are very popular,” Eastham noted.

Other vendors include Tin and Twine from Chrisman and Crow Hollow Candles. Eastham is also excited about a Chicago-area vendor who will be present — Neighborhood Kitchen.

Operated by Jennifer Long, Neighborhood Kitchen attends similar markets and farmers markets, offering American style egg rolls including both savory and sweet. “They are wonderful,” Eastham said. 

Among the items on the menu for this weekend are Austin (Mexican beef), Bella (stuffed portabella mushroom), Buffy (buffalo chicken), Chip (chocolate chip cookie), Grady (biscuits and gravy), Izzy (Italian egg bake), Jack (pumpkin cheesecake), Jenny from the Block (BLT), Mack (six cheese macaroni and cheese) and Yuri (gyros). She will also offer gourmet grilled cheese and sides.

McCarty emphasized the trio planq a spring market as well. “Our dream is to expand,” she said. 

Eastham — who is also the president of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism — said the market is an opportunity to bring people to Paris and make a day of it Saturday with Christmas in Paris. “This event will benefit the community and everyone,” she said.

The market received support by a tourism grant from the Paris City Council as well as a TIF grant for work at the market location, she said.

Eastham said there are big items —including antique furniture — for sale at the market. The Paris FFA will have members available to load and help move items, she said.

In addition to the regular vendors, Dirt Poor Landscaping will have Christmas trees and wreaths available for purchase, McCarty said.

Same day tickets are available for purchase in the former stockyard offices, Eastham explained. There will be parking available on the lot at the stockyard, across Alexander on the corner as well as at the Kurly Q, which is closed for the season.

“We’re just so excited,” Walker said. “Those attending are going to see over the top booths and displays.”