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Stirling made some vintage fashionable

Written by  Demi Knight
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The village of Stirling caught up with past traditions by staying ahead of the times this September with their What the Junk vintage market.

By brining back pieces of the past, collector’s objects, and homemade items, the market brought the vintage trend that is all the rage to Stirling on Saturday, September 16th.
Organizer of the event, Shanna Bikman says this market was an amazing event to hold in Stirling as it helps the community express its uniqueness while keeping up with current trends.
“At the moment originality is the current trend and vintage is the key.
It allows people to find and express their individuality with things that can be timeless and/or adapt to current trends or remain a funky conversation piece.”
“It was so exciting,” added Bikman, “And I really wanted people to know and feel what the market is. Not a tradeshow not a craft show it's something else that I don't have the words for.”
The sunny September day brought residents from the village and passersby alike out in full force to attend this display of vendors art, crafts and vintage collections.
As a local singer set the ambiance with enticing renditions of soft songs, people walked back and forth enjoying the atmosphere and searching for steals on unique items.
And with a couple of food trucks at the scene, as well as baked good stands, plants, paintings, furniture and even home made harry potter wands, the market had something for everyone to delve into.
“Finding unique, one of a kind treasures, collector items to random junk is exhilarating in the hunt for it all.
Add in the good vibes and charming atmosphere of live music and a beautiful location, makes a lovely merge of all things good,” says Bikman of the market event.
Although this festive day did bring together the community to indulge in all things vintage, Bikman added these kinds of markets are not only great revenue for local vendors, but a stepping stone in bringing such events to southern Alberta.
“Having something like this in our own area of southern Alberta hadn't been done before and it happened so quickly. In fact, our first market was put together in three weeks with 15 vendors and 600 people in attendance over two days.
It has grown quickly ever since, and now we’re holding two a year and possibly even a Christmas market.”
Since locally made and distributed items can run into problems within larger markets, event’s such as the vintage market provide the perfect platform for residents to share their work and support each other. With local pride in mind it appears that the village of Stirling are doing a great job supporting their own community and all the talent that it has to offer.
“Our vendors are amazing and their craft is much appreciated and cherished when one of their pieces goes to a good home. When finding and shopping for high quality, unique items, you don't have to go far. They are here locally and when you shop locally it keeps your money in your community. It is a wonderful thing when we help each other win, we all win,” says Bikman of the community spirit that these markets inspire.
And it wasn’t just Bikman who felt this way, but all the vendors spending their day to showcase their items. Some even expressing the intimacies of these markets as spectacular for their products and the perfect place to spread happiness with their work.
This year's What the Junk Vintage Market saw a tremendous turnout throughout the day of 50 vendors with set up stalls full of goodies to sell, and over 1,300 people coming out to take a gander. With a $3 entry fee, Bikman says to continue the ide of supporting locally, a portion of the money made will be going towards funding the Historic Society of Stirling.
“Bringing such an eclectic group of talent and passionate creators and vendors, and those coming to share in that really brings a spirit of community and unity to everyone. It is an experience for all the senses that leaves everyone happy,” says Bikman on a final note of the success of another local market within the village.

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