Bella Rustina Vintage Market, the vintage shopping event, is making its way to the Conway Expo Center this weekend.
With 115 exhibitors from more than eight states, community members can expect antiques, vintage items and vintage-inspired handmade products.
“The main focus of the vintage market is decorating with antiques and vintage, although collectors will find plenty as well,” promoter Ashley Norris said. “Shoppers will find upcycled and repurposed items as well as vintage-inspired crafts.”
She said the Bella Rustina is their biggest yet with every single one of the 210 booths reserved.
With some vendors coming from out of state, Norris said customers will find products that they woulnd’t normally find locally.
“Many of our exhibitors sell at shows for a living, so their finds are top notch and their displays are like walking into a page of a magazine,” she said. “Bella Rustina is a great place to get decorating ideas if nothing else.”
Some of the items expected at the event, Norris said, are mid-century modern furniture pieces and decor, painted and non-painted vintage furniture, estate jewelry, primitives, rustic farm equipment, old advertising signs, artwork and more.
“My favorite aspect of Bella Rustina is filling the Conway Expo Center with vintage items that you rarely find in a single location,” she said. “Out in the ‘real world’ not everyone gets us, but at Bella Rustina, we all love and appreciate old stuff and the stories behind that stuff.”
Norris said she started Antique Alley Arkansas in 2011, but as the market has changed, shoppers began preferring vintage and other “chippy things,” so she started Bella Rustina in 2015 in Little Rock.
“The response was tremendous, so I brought it to Conway in 2016,” she said.
The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under with admission good for both days. Parking is free.
This year, Norris said, they will also have food trucks and “other amazing food” like fried pies and roasted nuts so “shoppers can take a break to refuel.”