Model City Antique and Flea seeks to shed light on local manufacturers | Living
KINGSPORT – The ladies behind the Model City Antique and Flea Spring Market are on a mission to provide a shopping opportunity for all Kingsport interests while putting local makers in the spotlight.
The Spring Market scheduled for April 1-3 at the Civic Auditorium in Kingsport is co-hosted by Allyson Kilgore and Robin Griswold. The two started Model City’s seasonal weekend antique and flea markets at the facility in 2020. Now, they’re looking to continue the event with its wide variety of local vendors.
“We try to provide a good mix so we can attract more people,” Kilgore said. “People like it, they don’t watch things that are exactly the same. They like variety. I know every customer that comes in has a different shopping list, a different taste. We are trying to appeal to a wider market than antique enthusiasts or vintage hunters. »
The market features over 85 local vendors offering antiques, handmade items, boutique and vintage clothing, jewelry, gardening items, food, metalwork and more throughout the indoor market / three-day exterior.
The other goal of Model City Antique and Flea is to educate locals about manufacturers and business owners located in Kingsport and beyond.
“We have a heart for small business,” Kilgore said. “And we want to show the community that we have great local small business owners that they can support,” Kilgore said. “We hope these sellers will see the benefit of participating in our marketplace long after the weekend is over.”
The event will also include two grand prizes worth over $400. All pre-purchased ticket holders will be registered for giveaways and will also have early access to purchases starting at 9 a.m. on the Friday and Saturday before the official start of the event. The winner will be chosen Thursday at 6 p.m.
“It’s something that our vendors have contributed,” Kilgore said, “so they’re going out of their way to make it a great incentive for people to buy that ticket early. And those who buy a ticket early can get in at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m.
Tickets are currently half price until Thursday at 6 p.m. .
Tickets are $5 at the door for adults and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are good for the whole weekend and parking is free.
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