ELLIS — Everything was for sale from old clothing and knickknacks to repurposed furniture and homemade decor Saturday during Ellis’ inaugural Vintage on the Bricks.
Months ago, chamber members brainstormed ideas to find a way to collaborate community garage sales with vintage dealers all in one, big event. That’s when they came up with Vintage on the Bricks, designed to provide a little something more for the community outside the summer months.
“It started as a discussion about our summertime community garage sale and how there are so many other communities using our weekend, and we’re really all fighting for the same people,” said Dena Patee, Ellis Alliance director. “We were trying to find a different way to bring more people to town with a little something in the fall.”
People from within the community browsed the many tables and booths displaying a variety of items for purchase including handcrafted signs, repurposed furniture, reclaimed wood, crafts and a variety of garage sale items.
“Vintage on the Bricks is like a flea market, garage sale and craft show all in one,” Patee said.
Ellis resident Irene Edwards featured homemade ring-holders constructed from shoes. The colorful, unique designs caught the eyes of customers as they passed by.
“I found a little glass slipper that was made into a ring-holder,” she said. “I was just looking at it one day and thought, ‘Well, I can do that with regular shoes.’ “
Edwards said she was excited to showcase her designs in the first Vintage on the Bricks.
“I enjoy seeing the people,” she said. “I like to hear their comments and see them looking at my things, whether they buy or not.”
The event was loaded with deals and unique items, according to shopper Lora Isley, La Crosse.
“It’s nice to see old stuff with new stuff,” she said. “I’m glad we came. I’ve found some good deals and some pretty great things.”
Husband and wife Gerrad and Lauren Speer, Plainville, brought a unique twist to the event. Lauren provided face paintings for kids, while Gerrad featured handcrafted items made from wood for children.
“We just build things for our kids, and once it’s tested and tried, we build it for other kiddos,” Gerrad said. “We’re having a lot of fun.”
Homebased businesses such as Scentsy and It Works also had informational tables set up.
Food was provided by the Ellis FFA, Arthur’s Pizza, JR’s Burger Bus and other local businesses.
“It’s a really good time,” Patee said. “We just want to bring people to Ellis and show them there is a ton of stuff going on over here. There really is.”