If you love authentic vintage clothes and accessories, have some spare time on Sunday, check out Holy City Vintage Market, a pop-up market that travels around the Charleston area with its vendors selling clothes, accessories and even home decor that have a history. They set up in the parking lot of the Park Cafe on Rutledge Avenue. Customers shop while waiting to be seated for their delicious Sunday brunch inside the restaurant. Working their way around the parking lot to see each unique vendor and get a good look at all the clothes dating back decades ago excites all the vintage lovers in attendance. The booths remind people of their grandmother’s closet, whisking through racks of floral tops and sundresses that still have that inviting, antique smell.
Immersed in the cozy, retro scene and surrounded by Charleston locals of all ages, along with their furry friends, the Holy City Vintage Market is very popular due to high interest in vintage clothes. The vendors bring a sense of youth to the old-timey vibe of the merchandise. The mainly millennial sellers are more than friendly and welcoming as they offer a helping hand in finding vintage outfits or gifts to suit your interests. They’re also always happy to share their stories and passions with customers.
Margot Keen of Peachy Keen Pieces with Purpose, explains that she’s fairly new to the Holy City Vintage Market family, and hopes to be with them for a long time. Her stand is specifically for handmade jewelry made from various crystals and metals, each with their own specific meaning. She, just like the other young vendors, is just trying to explore and be successful in her up-and-coming business.
Most of the market sellers get their merchandise from thrift shops all over the country. Many travel and pick up funky vintage items along the way to then sell or use to create recycled clothes. Specifically, Threads Todisco produces recycled clothes and accessories. All the merchandise is made from old clothes and fabrics but reworked into fresh looks.
The market will only be a year old next month and hopes to continue traveling around Charleston to spread raw, vintage looks. There are upcoming markets at the Park Cafe later this year as well as other locations such as the Tin Roof and The Royal American. The next Holy City Vintage Market at the Park Cafe opens Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.