MUSCATINE, Iowa–For bargain hunters, antique lovers, crafty sorts, and those who just like a good day out, nothing says fun quite like an open air market. Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce urges shoppers of all sorts to stop out to the first ever Pearl City Vintage Market, which will take place in Riverside Park.
Inspired by the success of markets throughout eastern Iowa, Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marketing and Events Coordinator Dena Ferreira felt it only natural for Muscatine to have one of its own. “We’ve seen the popularity of several of the markets in the area and figured we would try one out in the fall as another event for the community to enjoy,” she explained.
To date, 34 vendors have registered to sell at the market, and Ferreira believes more may sign up as well. Sellers will have many unique wares for sale including restored or upcycled furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, homemade soap, handmade signs, and other types of one of a kind artwork. For those wanting to get a head start on holiday shopping, the market will include many seasonal decorations and unique gift ideas too. “This is a great time to get decorations and gifts for all of the upcoming holidays,” reminded Ferreira.
More than just a great place for shopping, the Pearl City Vintage Market will also feature a Food Truck Emporium to satisfy any kind of craving, and a fall themed bar for those 21 and up to enjoy libations from. Children can join in activities designed just for them, such as mini pumpkin painting, courtesy of the Muscatine Art Center, in the kids’ tent. Musicians Julia Richardson and Scott Stowe will play throughout the day, giving the market a wonderful ambiance.
Since vendors can continue to sign up to sell at the event, Ferreira encourages people to view the most up to date list of sellers either on Facebook or the Chamber’s website. Anyone wanting to sell at the market may contact Ferreira by calling her at 563-263-8895.
With the Pearl City Vintage Market coming up this weekend, Ferreira hopes many people will take a little time out of their Saturday to have a good time and encourage the creativity and skills of local artisans. “It’s a fun way to support our local makers, artists, and collectors,” Ferreira emphasized: “There’s something for everyone and a great chance to enjoy a fall day with the beautiful riverfront in the background. We hope to bring it back next year and see the market evolve for years to come.” She also thanks the events numerous sponsors for their support, as it makes it possible for the Chamber to introduce new and exciting events to the community on a more regular basis.