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The Gray Door Market

Happy Wednesday buddies!! I cannot believe it's been almost two weeks since I was able to get a post up. Our entire house was sick last week and left us playing catch up this week, but I am back! I have an exciting event to share with you today!! If you follow me on Instagram, I have been talking about The Gray Door Market over the last week. I even gave away two sets of tickets to the Priority Shopping event!! Today I wanted to share all the details in one place, and share some tips on tackling a vintage market for any of you first timers.


The Gray Door Market Fall Show is only 3 DAYS AWAY!!! It's This Saturday in East Bend, North Carolina at Divine Llama Vineyards (4126 Divine Lama Lane East Bend, NC 27018). Being in a Vineyard makes this market one of the most beautiful!! But the vendors are amazing and steal the show! It's a calming and inspiring show to shop, and that's what makes it one of my favorites. Priority Shopping starts at 9am and if I were you, that's when I would plan on showing up!! IF you have to wake up at 5am to get there by them, DO IT!! Priority Shopping will cost you $10. This keeps the crowds down, because typically only the most dedicated shoppers want to get up that early, and pay for their ticket. But y'all I am telling you, you do not want to miss that opportunity! You can purchase tickets {here}. If you do purchase a priority shopping ticket, and show up early. Plan to get there around 8:45, check in and cross your fingers that you are the winner of that $500 shopping spree made possibly by the sponsors of the event (some of the vendors).

Why you want to shop Priority Shopping:

While many vendors may have pieces to replenish their booth with, it will be just that- a replenish, not a restock. Many of the items are found vintage or antique pieces and once they are gone, they're gone. You do not want to miss the opportunity to shop first and early and snagthose one of a kind pieces!!


If you are not a morning person or can't make it that early, it's okay. The event runs until 5pm. If you show up at 11am, you will only need $5 per car for parking. If we ever make our way back to North Carolina, I'll be planning on making a day there. The whole family will go and make a day of it. While I'm shopping, Logan can take the boys to check out the llamas. Then we'll meet back up for a glass of wine for me, and a cup of coffee for Logan before he drives us home. Think he'll approve of this adventure? I don't know, but it sounds like a perfect day to me!

Tips for a vintage market:

If this is your first vintage market, I have some tips for you.

  1. Take something to stroll your stuff in. if your arms are full of bags, ho can you pick things up to look at them and continue to shop? Trick question, you can't. Nothing is worse than having money left in your budget but being out of arm space. I take a wagon (sometimes the Radio Flyer but prefer a canvas folding wagon) if the babies are not going. If the babies are going, the big stroller is a must. An umbrella stroller's wheels are just too tiny. I do not suggest them!! (Make that mistake). I prefer something that folds up pretty small, leaving me with more room for goodies! (This is why I like the folding canvas wagons). These run around $40-$50 but totally worth it of you plan on attending these regularly. Be aware your strolling piece may not fit into every booth, but you can park it just outside and still have eyes on it the entire time!
  2. Take a reusable tote. Most vendors will have small plastic bags, but they may not be big enough for larger pieces, and they help mange lots of smaller bags. But if you forget, Haley has the cutest "I'll antique your roadshow" totes!!
  3. Take cash. Most vendors do have square readers. But not all. Plus, some has spending minimums, and with everyone using data, I have seen it freeze up and stop working. You don't want to miss out on that perfect piece because you didn't have cash!
  4. If you are taking your babies, take an iPad, snacks and plenty of water!


I'm linking you to some of my favorite vendors!!

Lastly, {here} is Haley's blog post from last year to give you a visual idea of what to expect!

Thanks for stopping by!!



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