A First-Timer's Guide: MPLS Vintage Market

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If you’re a lover of local makers, vintage goods and live in the Midwest, I’m certain you’ve heard of the MPLS Craft Market & the MPLS Vintage Market.

These markets are a MUST as far as Midwest experience goes. The same goes for meeting the founder, and powerhouse Hayley Matthews-Jones. Deciding to host her events in our beautiful city became her full-time job in 2017, and she hasn’t looked back.

Hayley’s recent interview on City Pages gives you deeper insight on what it takes for her to set these markets up, as well as the massive response she’s received from the Twin Cities community.

I got the chance to attend my very first MPLS Vintage Market last month and walked away with a handful of goodies, as well as a new-found appreciation for the market culture that I had experienced years ago. The difference between this experience and my previous one was that it wasn’t in the Midwest, but in Guatemala.

As a Latin American, markets are part of everyday culture. You can find fresh food, live music, and handmade goods spiced up with a vast community of people trying to get the best deals and unique finds. Seeing a similar approach, and strong sense of community within Hayley’s MPLS Vintage Market was refreshing. The best part about the experience is that it won’t be the exact same when I hit up the next market date in September.

I spy with my little eye, Hayley Matthews-Jones (red top)

These markets are mobile, and change location, giving attendees an even bigger reason to go. Not only do you get to experience market culture, buy unique and curated items, but you also get to explore the Twin Cities and beyond.

As the markets continue to gain traction, a first-timer’s guide may not be necessary but take the tips below as a good reminder to be prepared for a fun filled adventure when you hit up the next MPLS Vintage Market, and if you see me around be sure to say hello!


All photos within this blog post have been taken by:

Kianna Notermann