Antiques were Tonya Ross’ grandfather’s passion. But not just any antiques. He loved very fine antiques and anything with wood was his absolute passion, says Ross.

She also remembers at a young age being taken to every weekend auction one could possibly imagine. And she learned early on how to behave at an auction. “I was told not to raise my hand and not to speak at auctions,” she says.

Her family would then take the antiques they had bought at those auctions and set up on weekends at local festivals in Indiana to sell them. Antiques quickly became a part of her DNA. “It was in my blood,” she says.

That’s why when Ross saw an advertisement in a magazine for a Vintage Market Days event she knew she had to get involved. She flew to the Vintage Market Days main event in Tulsa, Okla., and told officials there that she wanted to bring a Vintage Market Days event to Dayton. “So that’s how it happened,” she says.

The weekend of Nov. 2-4 will be the third Vintage Market Days event that Ross will oversee as the promoter. The event will take place at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 210 Fairground Road, in Xenia.

Ross describes the Vintage Market Days event as an indoor market showcasing vintage, handmade, children’s, repurposed and upcycled items, along with antiques, furniture, home décor, art, seasonal plants, boutique clothing and jewelry from about 170 vendors in the region and across the nation. 

About 8,000 to 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, she says. Most will shop for home décor items, she says. “Whether it’s vintage or handmade that’s what they’re looking for,” Ross says. Holiday home décor will be a big attraction at the November event, she says.

A big mistake would be to lump Vintage Market Days into the flea market category. That’s because Vintage Market Days is a juried event and all the vendors have to apply and be accepted, says Ross. “Probably 80 percent of our vendors really create a boutique store setting in their booth,” she says.

Those attending the event won’t see a lot of the same items at each booth, either. That’s because Ross balances the vendors by accepting only a few of each type of specialty, such as art. “That helps with their success as well,” says Ross. “And it ensures that the shopper is getting a variety of vendors.”

In addition to all of the items for sale, Vintage Market Days will have do-it-yourself paint demonstrations, a children’s craft area, live music and a food truck area with indoor seating, she says.

“Vintage Market Days is a great girls weekend, bridal party outing, mom/daughter, etc.,” Ross says. And the event is a great bargain with tickets for all three days available for $10 and individual day tickets on Saturday and Sunday available for $5 through the website vintagemarketdays.com or at the gate. 



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