Thursday, April 2, 2015

Shopping at Eventiques 2015


We are just over a week away from Eventiques Flea Market and attendees are in for a real treat! The event is happening on April 11th and 12th at Eastworks in Easthampton, Ma. We are bursting at the seams with items for sale and we have so much space to work with! We have linens, lots and lots of mismatched china, vases, votives, signage, buckets, baskets, cake stands, craft supplies, gift bags and boxes, glassware, mason jars, the list goes on and on and on!

To help make everyone's shopping experience a smooth and successful one, we thought it would be useful for us to post some tips and tricks for shopping at Eventiques.

Color Palette
Knowing a bit about your color palette and design ideas is helpful but not necessary. You might come and be inspired by some of the items you see which could influence your purchasing decisions.

Create a Wish List
Make a list of the things you are hoping to find. This will help give you a guide for what it is you need. Keep an open mind as well. Having an idea of the style event you are having will help you in making decisions about what items might be best for your event.

Quantities
Knowing roughly the number of tables you will have will help with buying enough centerpieces, votives, table numbers, etc. Typically, a wedding of about 120 people might have anywhere between 10 to 15 tables depending on whether or not you have 8 or 10 people seated at one table.

Table Size & Shape
For those of you planning an event at your home or at a location that requires rentals, you will need linens. Knowing your table dimensions will help you select the right size linen for purchase or for rental.

Bring Reinforcements
If you can, bring a friend or family member who can help you collect and carry things. There is a lot to look through and you might miss things at first glance. You'll also want an extra set of hands for collecting and carrying items. There will be staff available to assist but we may not be able to help everyone due to the large number of people attending.


Visit the Merchants
We have so many wonderful merchants participating this year. We know that Eventiques is a huge draw for the used items but you can also find some amazing things with the vendors who are in attendance. Think about what you might want to get for bridesmaid or groomsmen gifts, items for welcome bags, favors for a bridal shower or thank you gifts for after the wedding. Our mission is to bring businesses into the event who produce their goods locally or are sustainable.

A collection of talented vendors and merchants

Meet the Experts
Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and work, as you know! We have some phenominal sponsors who are participating this year and they really want to help you make your event shine! Take some time to visit with these experts in the industry. This is not your typical expo. We have chosen only the best in the area and they are there to help you.

Enter the Raffle!
We're going to have a raffle with some great prizes! Be sure to register at the ticket table so that you can enter for a chance to win. 

Have fun and stay a while!
Come with the intention to browse and enjoy the shopping experience! Meet with our designer and talk about ideas for the look of your event. Connect with vendors about lighting, video, photography, cakes, flowers, rentals, etc. Get a coffee, some food, listen to music, or do a DIY project. There will be many things to enjoy!

Some other important things to know...
  1. All sales are final. We will not issue refunds for any reason. It is up to you to inspect the item to ensure it is a good fit for you. All items are purchased As Is.
  2. We take cash or credit/debit card, no checks. There is a $25 minimum for credit/debit cards. There is an ATM in the Eastworks building so you can get cash if need be.
  3. We will be displaying as many items as we can but we may have to keep some overflow of inventory in a storage area onsite. Please be sure to ask an Eventiques Staff person if you are looking for a certain quantity of an item.
  4. When checking out, we ask that you kindly be patient with our staff. We have a lot of people working the event but there will be far more customers than staff. Each tag has to be removed to ensure we are accounting for all of the inventory for our consignors. In addition, our staff will want to ensure your newly purchased items are wrapped and/or boxed up so that you can take them with you. 
  5. We do encourage recycling and reusing which means that bringing your own bags is encouraged and appreciated. We will have bags, boxes and packaging material but reusable bags are great too! 
  6. You can also review our FAQ on the website for other important details. 
Our goal and hope is that you all are able to come and have a fun time shopping while also finding some inspiration! We're so excited to host this event again and we hope you will all enjoy your experience. After the event is over, we encourage you to email us with feedback. We will continue to try and make each event even better than the last! Thank you for joining us at Eventiques Flea Market!


All photos © Cronin Hill Photography

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