Thrifter Sisters Flea Market returns
MARQUETTE — The Thrifter Sisters Flea Market and Vintage Camper Show returns to Marquette Saturday.
From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Marquette County Fairgrounds attendees can shop vintage relics, handmade goods and repurposed furniture, enjoy music, food, a classic car show and tour vintage campers.
Renee Sturos began Thrifter Sisters 10 years ago in lower Michigan with her seven daughters who share her love for all things vintage. She wanted the event to be an appreciation for simpler times and focus on the more upscale boutique side of vintage while staying true to the flea market style.
“I think what sets us apart, because I love and have a vintage camper is, I wanted to include more than just the flea market,” Sturos said. “I wanted it to be nice but I wanted it to have all the extra. We have everything from vintage jewelry and vintage clothes to old comic books to repurposed furniture, antiques to handmade items. We’ve got a great variety. there’s always something for most everybody, a lot of fun things for your home, home decor, furniture, a really good mix.” Classic cars will take front row parking at the fairgrounds for a car show and vintage campers will be parked for tours. Shoppers can also vote for their favorite camper.
“It becomes really fun and competitive in a fun way for campers because they like to try to outdo themselves,” Sturos said. “We dress vintage, some of our vendors do, and a lot of our campers do, so it gives it a fun throwback feel when everybody is in their garb.”
New to this year’s flea market is the Vintage Queen Contest. At noon, all ages are invited to dress in their best vintage outfit and show off their talent to be crowned the Thrifter Sisters Flea Market queen and receive a prize basket. Pre-registration is not required.
“What I say is, wear your best vintage queen outfit, whatever that may be and bring your best talent,” Sturos said. “It could be useless, useful or otherwise. We just have fun with it.”
There will also be live music from noon to 4 p.m. and the Brisket Barn food truck from Rapid River at the event.
The event is so much more than shopping, it’s something to make a day of with the family, she said.
“If you love vintage campers, aspire to own one or just enjoy looking at them, it’s fun because you can do the tours, listen to music, sit down and have something to eat,” Sturos said.
While this year’s event will encompass all things vintage, Sturos is planning an homage to vintage Hollywood with the decor. She hopes attendees will be able to take a step back in time and enjoy relics from a simpler time.
“It’s such a really feel good era where things seemed simpler,” Sturos said. “We love to dress up, we love the clothes, we love the fun. I think it really brings a smile and a lot of nostalgia back to people young and old. Everybody can get into the swing of it and everybody just enjoys that era.”
Admission is $5 and free to veterans, children under 13 and anyone driving a classic car or truck.
For more information visit Thrifter Sisters Flea Market on Facebook or www.thriftersistersfleamarket.com.
Trinity Carey can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243.