Vintage road show finds a permanent location in downtown Wyandotte

The Vintage Market has found its home. And what a reception it received.

After five years of organizing and hosting its own events, the popular traveling pop-up market opened the doors to its first brick-and-mortar location in downtown Wyandotte this weekend. Attendance was in the thousands, say the owners, with a line of people that wrapped around the block.

Co-owners Rina Belanger and Angie Guzzardo started the business as friends, each with an interest in re-finishing vintage furniture but with nowhere to sell it. Five years ago, they formed the Vintage Market and it grew and grew, gaining hundreds of vendors and tens of thousands of visitors for each of their monthly events. The Vintage Market Home developed in a similar fashion.

“Everyone always asked us where home was, so we decided to start The Vintage Market Home,” says Belanger.

“It’s a taste of what you can find at our shows.”

The Vintage Market Home has about twenty vendors, selling clothing, furniture, home décor, antiques, collectibles, and more. And all of it truly vintage--an important distinction, says Belanger.

“We actually do have lots of vintage items. Some other places just say they do,” she says.

“We have pickers. We have junkers. We have salvagers. These are people that find vintage items for a living.”

The pair are pickers themselves, and also operate as the company Backroad Divas, driving around the country in search of vintage finds.

Belanger and Guzzardo will continue throwing their Vintage Market events. In fact, they’re hoping to expand in that arena, as well. Currently organizing events in Michigan and Ohio, the duo hopes to grow a presence in at least ten states. They’re currently looking to add their next.

In the meantime, catch the two at their new home, The Vintage Market Home, open five days a week.

The Vintage Market Home is located at 110 Sycamore St. in downtown Wyandotte.

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