With Black Friday just around the corner, many are preparing for the infamous battle to find the best gifts with the best deals. For some, the perfect find was discovered this Sunday at the Bulldog Vintage Market.
The Bulldog Vintage Market was held on November 20th from 12pm to 5pm at The Classic Center Pavilion. 30 vintage dealers were present at the market organized by Draba.
Vendors offered handpicked ’80s and ’90s clothing and jewelry, vintage Bulldog merch, NFL apparel, and more. Additionally, $5 and $10 stacks lined the floors and shelves for customers to explore.
“Honestly, [it’s] Your resale dream. Anything you want to find in a thrift store — your dream item, Harley Davidson, Betty Boop, anything — it’ll be here,” said Tanner Barnett, a Venus Glamor salesman.
By paying a sales fee for the event, small businesses traveled to Athens for a chance to sell their items at one of the biggest markets of the year.
“We’re from Jacksonville, Alabama,” Barnett said. “[I saw] one of Draba’s digital contributors – he’s the one marketing the whole event. Just notified other local providers and such and found various shows. I just see where it takes me.”
With people traveling far and wide, the market offered something special for everyone – whether it was a dream item or a new customer for a small business.
“I think it gives people who usually have a harder time selling stuff because they have to have a Depop or Instagram page so you can buy from them an opportunity,” said Slater Edlein, a graduate student at the University of Georgia in the second year. “You walk around in here. You can actually see it, wear it, try it on.”
“You don’t have to look for it. We’ll find it for you,” Barnett said.
The Vintage Market is also a meeting point for people with similar interests. While shoppers can find new second-hand clothes to love, they can also make a new friend.
“I like to talk to everyone and look at everyone’s outfits because there are definitely a lot of people here at UGA,” Edlein said. “I meet everyone in my circle, everyone I know or anyone I want to be friends with.”
Draba also hosts vintage markets in other cities like Chapel Hill and Boone, North Carolina.
“Draba is fairly new. Right now they’re traveling through different schools and we’re selling in different places right now,” said Trini Estrada, owner of Where’s The Racks. “Honestly, this is probably one of the best events I’ve ever done.”