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Vintage Market brings antique treasure hunters to the shores of Squam Lake

Sue Smith and Stacey Lucas were excited to welcome the hundreds of shoppers who stopped by Cottage Place in Holderness for their first ever Vintage Market on Squam Lake event. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
May 09, 2018
HOLDERNESS — In the spirit of the renowned Brimfield Outdoor Antique Show in Massachusetts, two local women brought treasure hunting in New Hampshire to the forefront when they hosted the Vintage Market on Squam Lake last Saturday and Sunday.

Stacey Lucas, owner of Fig Tree Art Gallery in Ashland, and her friend Sue Smith, who owns Cottage Place, itself a vintage resort on Route 3 in Holderness, developed the idea for a semi-annual market place and it was well-received by both vendors and antique-lovers alike.

Lucas said she and Smith are like-minded "Vintage Mamas," always out shopping for items that can be repurposed, used as décor or unique art. Then one day they realized Cottage Place was the perfect spot to host a marketplace of their own.

The pair began to take note of vendors from all over New England who sold the types of goods they felt best suited their plans and invited them to Holderness last week.

Vendors had two options available for the market. They could have a "Pop Up" shop outdoors under a tent on the grounds of the resort or chose the "Residential" option. Through the residential option, they could transform one of Smith's quaint cottages into a two-day only shop for their wares.

"This is a weekend early enough in the year when I don't have any business here and it's worked out so well," said Smith. "We're thrilled so many people have come out to the market but this event wouldn't be as good as it is without the quality of vendors we have."

Antiques of all kinds, repurposed furniture, vintage signs, toys, collectibles and unusual crafts were among the thousands of bargains shoppers found last weekend as they strolled the grounds and wandered in and out of the cottages.

"This has been a great," commented one woman visiting from Connecticut. "I found this beautiful little table and now I'm excited to see how it looks in my home."

Hundreds of shoppers were also spotted loading up their cars with vintage dressers, old tools, art and lots of other fun finds.

"I think this birdcage will make a beautiful hanging planter," said another happy shopper.

Anyone who missed last weekend's marketplace need not despair though. Smith and Lucas said they plan on hosting another in the fall, and better yet, they'll be back again next year.

"This was the first ever of what we want to make a semi-annual event. On the last weekend in October we'll have another market that will have a whole different flavor to it, with lots of pumpkins, hayrides and Christmas-y things," she said.

Smith was glad that her cottage colony has turned out to be the perfect venue for this type of off-season use and looks forward to making it a vintage-lover's destination each year.

"I think what makes this great is the consistency we can provide as people come to know the market will be here the first weekend each May and the last weekend every October," said Smith.

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