Every year before Vintage Market Days officially opens, Chandra Gower says she drinks a lot of coffee, and her husband and Farmhouse Beginnings business partner Greg Gower make items to the very end.
“We don’t have a lot of stock,” she says of Farmhouse Beginnings. Her husband Greg makes barn doors in his spare time and she paints them and afflicts them. They also make custom signs. “Everything we make is shown in (this) one event.”
This year’s Vintage Market Day, entitled “Vintage Soul,” features 130 vendors, the largest number ever, and will be held at Benton County Fairgrounds from April 8th to 10th.
Megan Allen, co-owner of the event in northwestern Arkansas, said this year many new vendors, lots of activities for the whole family (face painting and pony rides for kids, live music for everyone), And it says it will offer one new service. A workshop given to jewelry by Junk on Friday to make your own hat. She expects 10,000 people to attend in three days.
“I love the whole weekend experience,” says Allen, and agrees that there’s probably something in every member of the family, from babies to grandparents. She says, “Vendors replenish daily, so you can find things for homes and gifts. You can also bring kids … there’s a food truck for your husband, or just sit and play live. You can see. “
According to Allen, there are many locals among the vendors, but also from outside the town. The New Mexico perspective designs and antiques featured in Country Living Magazine are probably the farthest.
Many vendors are now moving from one Vintage Market Days event to another. With 75 locations across the country, Allen says he found a small community by hosting multiple events.
For Chandra Gower, Vintage Market Days NWA was her business inspiration.
“It all started because I was a fan of the vintage market,” Gower says. “I was an early Friday morning shopper and was amazed at everything displayed.”
When the family joined the house six years ago, she wanted a barn door, but the prices soared and she looked into what she needed to build her own house. Her husband Greg made it and advised her to complete it.
“I’m not a seriously cunning person,” says Gower. “But he said to me,’Just try painting it,’ and it turned out to be great.”
They made it and started it at the garage sale they had, and it proved to her that it could bring more business.
Currently, Farmhouse Beginnings creates 5-10 custom doors each month. Most have bold colors and a distinctive finish or pain, all of which come with wall hangers. To date, Gauers has used these barn doors for many purposes. Pantry doors, primary bathroom entrances, laundry rooms, closets, etc.
“They are functional wall art,” Gower said, saying they sell everything they need to install: everything but effort.
“If you look at ours, you know it’s us,” Gower says. She and her son have developed shades of blue paint that are often used for doors. It doesn’t have a name, but she says, “It’s not royal blue, it’s not navy blue. It’s perfect.”
She also uses a lot of white dry brushes, or blue or black pop neutrals. Family businesses have their own version of Buffalo Plaid, but apart from those elements, it’s the handmade quality that gives their products a fresh feel.
One of Gowers’ most unique projects was to customize the cabin, create window shutters, line the corridors, and allow each bedroom to have a total of 16 barn doors.
There are many early mornings and late nights on important vendor days, says Chandra Gower. Therefore, there is a lot of last-minute work before setting up the assembly of 20 doors and door hangers, signs, and stands for shoppers to view. Pack the equivalent of two trailer roads. Of course, setting up a booth. And making sure that everything has a price is not a shortcut.
But it’s worth it to build relationships with customers who have come to love her family’s products.
“It took us to the arena,” Gower says. They have increased their followers since their first show as a vendor in 2017. “People rush to our booth to buy and finally come back.”
Vintage Market Days
When — April 8-9, 10 am-5pm. April 10th, 10am to 4pm
Location — Benton County Fairgrounds, 7640SW Regional Airport at Boulevard Bentonville
Cost — $ 10 for all 3 days. Free for children under 12 years old
Info — vintagemarketdays.com/market/nw-arkansas/
For reference — in case of bad weather, move the entertainment facility inside and set up a tent for shoppers to dine underneath.
For your information
Farmhouse Beginnings has a small shop in Gravette that is open only by appointment. This can be created by sending a message to your Facebook page. We hold a DIY craft night about once a month, which is popular for birthdays, bachelor parties, Mother’s Day activities, etc.