By Sam Elliott
The Indie Arts and Vintage Marketplace will set up shop in Noblesville for the first time Oct. 17, bringing its unique shopping experience to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.
Nearly 70 vendors are set to attend, bringing unique merchandise that organizer Jon Jenkins says should meet one of the show’s informal criteria.
“Is it vintage? Is it antique? Is it very well done artisanal? Is it re- or up-cycled from antique or vintage components or — last and most important — would my wife think it’s cool?” Jenkins said. “That sort of describes what you’d expect to see at the show. It’s a little bit of vintage, a little bit of antique, a little bit of re- or up-cycling, a little bit of artisanal and a curveball every once in a while. We combine that with food trucks, a DJ, live music and just have fun.”
The marketplace is a place to find “something you’re not going to find at your neighbor’s house,” Jenkins added.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a $5 admission for adults. Children are free.
Jenkins, a Fishers resident introduced to the antique and vintage business through his father growing up, has run shows himself since graduating from Purdue in 1992. He puts on as many as 30 events per year across the Midwest. It’s averaged about nine events per year around Indianapolis since its inception.
“Most are Midwestern,” Jenkins said. “Probably 50 percent are from within 25 miles and the rest are driving in.”
The marketplace’s first visit to Noblesville is its second-to-last stop of the year, with a Nov. 21 show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds rounding out the calendar.