Local businesses offer handmade gifts and décor
In a quiet building behind Merchant Square, vendors work to finish filling a 6,000 square foot warehouse. The space will soon come alive for four days to showcase home furnishings and garden décor. As designers put their final touches on arrangements, the doors open and music plays. Customers dance through the aisles of this air conditioned venue and browse through items from around the globe.
Highland Yard Vintage Market, along with American Way Café and Merchant Square, sits on seven acres of land offering easy access to visiting patrons. For one of the market’s creators, Jill Herman, the love of design and unique home décor started at a young age.
“When I was young, my mother took me to a furniture warehouse and I was hooked,” says Herman. “My grandfather had an old garage stuffed with treasures and I thought it was the most fascinating place ever.”
Herman ended up leaving a 25 year career at the age of 48 to help local artisans promote their businesses. She started the JunkNLove network in 2011.
“People would come to my home and ask me where I bought all of my home décor,” she says. “I wanted a way to share all of the amazing local artists, their brick and mortar home décor and gift shops with my friends.”
JunkNLove, a central source of local markets, independent artisans, and workshops, has grown to more than 50,000 followers across four platforms. Vendors can use the network to list their businesses and consumers can browse the website to find vendors and learn about special events.
Herman’s love for vintage pieces and community culture led to the creation of Highland Yard Vintage Market. The market, which opened in April 2016, was founded by Herman and Merchant Square owner Mike Moore. The market gives those in the community who enjoy vintage charm the opportunity to come together in a comfortable environment. From antique clocks to new throw pillows, the market offers unique pieces that provide stylish flair to any home.
Mix it up
After Highland Yard Vintage Market’s four-day event each month, the warehouse is cleared out and readied for more than 30 of Arizona’s most popular vendors to display their goods. Sellers restock inventory and restyle the space with a fresh, new look. Each month has a different theme which coincides with its corresponding season. Upcoming themes include: “Let’s Get Organized” during August, “What’s Hot” in September, and “Shades of Fall” in October. The ever-changing atmosphere creates a new experience for shoppers every month.
The market is not simply for shopping. A restaurant on site brings in specialty foods for visitors’ eating enjoyment. Designers give live demonstrations for patrons and there are ongoing projects for kids. The family-friendly environment is focused on the customer. Herman, who runs the market states,
“Our number one focus is our customer and the service we provide. We appreciate each and every customer that shops with us.”
Come on by
The next vintage market takes place August 11 to 14 and runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highland Yard Vintage Market is located at 1509 North Arizona Avenue just south of Warner Road. Admission is free and there is street parking surrounding the market building. Porters are available to load large pieces of furniture into cars, and purchased furniture can be held, if it needs a later pick-up date. To see photos of Highland Yard Vintage Market’s home décor and partake in contests to win gift certificates and other great prizes, visit their Instagram or Facebook page: Highland Yard Vintage.