Vintage joins Regina Farmers’ Market for the first time in collaboration

Vendors of vintage items and farmers market staples mingled for the first time on Saturday

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Regina Farmers’ Market regulars had a few new tables to visit this weekend as the first-ever Veggies and Vintage Market event made its debut.

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A small handful of antique and vintage touts have joined the regular Saturday vendor roster at Pat Fiacco Plaza, thanks to a collaboration through the YQR Vintique Market.

Despite the rainy weather, Farmers’ Market CEO Holly Laird and YQR Vintique Market Manager Ada Bennett were in high spirits about the new collaboration.

“It’s really exciting when two really great things can come together and we can activate more space downtown,” Laird said.

Regina does not currently host an open-air vintage market, Bennett added, making the association a unique opportunity to do something new within the community.

Both organizers agreed that it was only natural to partner for a special event, as both markets have similar philosophies about buying local to be sustainable.

Ada Bennett, right, managing director of YQR Vintage Market, speaks to customers at the first Veggies & Vintage Market, a collaboration between Regina Farmers' Market and YQR Vintage Market.
Ada Bennett, right, managing director of YQR Vintage Market, speaks to customers at the first Veggies & Vintage Market, a collaboration between Regina Farmers’ Market and YQR Vintage Market. Photo by TROY FLEECE /Regina Leader Post

Antique dealers, like those who store their treasures at YQR Vintique, save thousands of items from landfills each year and support the idea of ​​reusing and recycling.

The Farmers’ Market really emphasizes buying local, which supports a united economy and reduces the carbon footprint of food miles, or the distance food products travel before reaching the tables. Laird said that all produce at the Farmers’ Market, particularly hand-grown or handmade, comes from less than 100 km away.

The overlapping of ideologies means that markets tend to share a customer base, Laird and Bennett agreed.

“We thought our market regulars would be very excited to find an antiques market right at the end of the farmers market,” Laird said.

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Bennett said his vintage vendors even went so far as to adapt the items they chose to display to the market crowd, bringing in things like vegetable-themed salt and pepper shakers and one-of-a-kind repurposed planters.

“We were thinking, the type of people who like to shop at the farmers market probably like to cook or garden, so we were trying to provide them with things that would go with that,” Bennett said.

Ten vendors from the vintage co-op expressed interest in the crossover event, though bad weather deterred some on Saturday morning.

But Barnett and Laird are already talking about bringing the idea back for another weekend, hopefully one with a friendlier forecast.

Laird said the next iteration of Veggies and Vintage, if and when it happens, will have more items available, including favorites like Saskatoon berries as they come into season.

Market attendees are advised to stay tuned to both groups’ social media for future plans.

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