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5th Street Vintage Market breaks for summer months

Grace Hagemann

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Regional artists, collectors and vendors gathered Sunday afternoon for the last 5th Street Vintage Market of the spring.

The market first debuted in December 2012, hoping to bring a retro vibe to the Tuscaloosa and Northport communities. Sunday the outdoor pavilion was alive with various tables full of homemade earrings, vinyl records and other vintage finds.

The 5th Street Vintage Market is a collaborative effort of curators Lori Watts, owner of This Ol’ Thing Vintage; Syliva Parker, also known as DJ Tom Kat Kitten; and Jamie Cicatiello, owner of Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy.

“Our goal is to give the West Alabama community a place to find a variety of unique and one-of-a-kind vintage and artisan treasures and also to support local businesses and charities,” Parker said.

The market is held four times in the spring and fall on the first Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It can be found at the Northport Pavilion just outside of downtown Northport, Ala.

“We knew Tuscaloosa needed a new kind of shopping experience, like we had seen in larger cities, and when the perfect venue was built, we were ready to go,” Watts said.

The 5th Street Vintage Market has seen a positive response from the community. After its introduction, the market has become increasingly popular with its customers and has grown to an average of 40 vendors.

“I am overwhelmed,” Watts said. “We have had such good feedback from customers and vendors alike. We now have vendors from all over the state that have contacted us and come to the market, so our little local thing is growing.”

Nicole Marcia, a senior majoring in business management at The University of Alabama, spent the day shopping and conversing with vendors at the market.

“I really enjoyed the ambiance of the 5th Street Vintage Market,” Marcia said. “The vendors were extremely friendly and explained the history behind the antiques they were selling. You could tell everyone had a genuine appreciation and passion for what they had.”

The variety of goods sold at the market varies from vintage clothing to handmade soaps and everything in between. Many of the market vendors also sell their items online at Etsy.com or in personal shops.

“My favorite part is all the vendors coming back every month and saying ‘hey’ to each other, seeing what new stuff they have and commiserating,” Cicatiello said. “It’s really nice to have that community among the sellers.”

The market will take a brief break during the months of July and August to avoid the summer heat and prepare for the fall.

“Fall is usually a good time in Tuscaloosa because so many people come to town,” Watts said. “We are going to take this break to gather more vendors and make the market even better.”

The first 5th Street Vintage Market of the fall season will be held Sept. 8.

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