More than 50 North Carolina vintage vendors took control of the BAC Church and both floors of The Annex during the first weekend of December for the 2017 Holiday Flea at BAC. For the sixth year in a row, the Flea lived up to its name as the best vintage shopping event of the holiday season. Best holiday shopping anywhere? No doubt about it.
Fan favorites Susan’s Garden and The Coastal Succulent came to please with creatively potted succulents and cacti in containers ranging from tiny ceramic skulls to hand-painted bowls to colorful plastic dinosaurs. “The Flea is our favorite event of the year,” said co-owner Thurston Pope. “Every year we’re so impressed with the hospitality and great selection of other vendors.”
Paty Rivas, creator of beautiful handmade jewelry and other trinkets, has been participating in the Holiday Flea at BAC for years. “People are entering with the holiday spirit and shopping for Christmas gifts,” said Rivas. “It’s ideal.” Rivas has more than 18 years of experience with jewelry techniques such as glass fusing and metalsmithing and finds inspiration for new pieces when she travels.
This year’s coffee shop was created by Spoonfed Kitchen & Bakeshop, a fabulous new outpost near Wrightsville Beach. These kind and happy professional folks served up coffee, scones, giant cinnamon rolls, muffins, and more to vendors and shoppers alike. “We’ll definitely be doing more events at the BAC in the future,” said co-founder of Spoonfed, Matt Lennert. “We loved meeting all the vendors and got a lot of our own Christmas shopping done.” Thanks to Spoonfed, shoppers had the caffeine they needed to take on all three days of the event. And sugar too. They had plenty of sugar.
The raffle, which kept BAC Executive Director Rich Leder running from the prize table to the stage every 15 to 20 minutes the entire weekend, was an overwhelming success. Raffle items were donated by the vendors and included a bowling pin from Smitty’s Vintage, a 1970 Schwin bicycle from Curiosity Collectors, a hand-crafted bird house from Siggy Parker’s General Store, and much more.
As the magic of the holidays winds down, sending us into the colder, quieter months, there’s one thing keeping us going: the promise of BAC’s incredible, 2018 slate of community marketplace events starting in January with Precious Metal: one of a kind handmade jewelry by North Carolina most amazing metalsmiths. Did someone say Valentine’s Day gifts?