Everything OLD is NEW again

A Castle Street monthly addition ups the vintage vibe

Castle MainThe adage, “nothing is made like it used to be” seems to ring truer with each year that passes.

So much so that HUNTER WYATT (Gathered by Hunter) and AMANDA VINOPAL (Sun & Shine Vintage) started Curated on Castle Vintage Market, a monthly, outdoor market on Castle Street where vendors specialize in vintage finds.

“Amanda and I met at the Brooklyn Arts Center Holiday Flea event in 2020 where we were both vendors,” Wyatt says. “In the following months, we attended a lot of the same pop-up markets and got to talking about how we didn’t feel like we were reaching our target audience at some of the craft-focused events.”

She says they had a shared goal of creating an exclusively vintage market. With the help of brick-and-mortar establishments in the Castle Street Arts & Antique District, Curated On Castle was born.

“We wanted to create a place where both established business owners and newer businesses like ours could come together and share our love of vintage with local collectors and each other; our core value from the start has been ‘community over competition,’” Wyatt says. “It’s not uncommon for some of the first purchases of the day to come from other vendors!”

Curated on Castle Vintage Market is open one day per month from March through November.

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Each month, the pop-up has between fifteen and twenty unique vendors, selling clothing, vinyl records, home décor, furniture, and more.

“The best part of the market is truly the variety from one tent to the next. There’s truly something for everyone,” Wyatt says. “I love to see bits of nostalgia from my childhood come through, which I think rings true for a lot of people. My favorite thing to hear from a shopper is ‘Oh, we/my mom/my grandma had one of those!’”

“Our emphasis is that ‘Vintage is for everyone,’” Vinopal says.

“Our market is awesome because you can literally go to each and every vendor and see something different and unique. We had a few meetings about creating a community-type environment to promote the vintage vendors and brick and mortar alike. In doing so, our market emphasized the whole of Castle Street. All of the shops and vendors promote each other and support one another. That was very important to all of us.”

Most of the vintage pieces are goods from the 1920s through the 1990s, but there are occasionally some upcycled pieces as well.

There is also a sister market taking place at the same location on the fourth Saturday of every month that showcases local art and new items called Castle Street Maker’s Market.

While the vintage market is rain or shine, Wyatt and Vinopal hope that, one day, inclement weather will no longer be an issue to worry about.

“We would love to eventually have a brick-and-mortar version of our vintage community one day,” Vinopal says.

But, for now, Curated on Castle Vintage Market takes place every second Saturday of the month (now until November) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the corner of 6th and Castle streets, across from Michael Moore Antiques and next to Luna Caffè.

Free street parking is available all day.

Remaining 2022 dates for the vintage market are September 10, October 8, and November 12.

For more info, go to curatedoncastle.com.

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