There are many great ways to spend a day off work, but one of my favorites is antique shopping! One of the new kids on the block in the antique scene is The Vintage Market on Church Street. They bring something a little different to the table though, claiming, “We’re not your Grandma’s Antique Store.”
Part of what makes The Vintage Market unique is in what the vendors sell. You can find some items typical of antique stores, but you will also find a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces that are painted and refinished. I tend to like pieces that are in their original state, but I can definitely see the appeal of refinished pieces with all the colors and textures you can find. The Vintage Market also offers the largest selection of chalk paint and milk paint in the Jackson area, which is perfect for a place that specializes in that style of furniture. They have recently added some gorgeous boutique clothing, home decor, jewelry, candles, and linen sprays. As you can tell, it’s a great shopping destination!
The Vintage Market couldn’t be in a more perfect place. The building, which is on the corner of College and Church Street is large, open, and full of character. Owners Troy and Connie Bowman have dreamed for several years of opening a market with vendors selling unique treasures and repurposed items.
“We love saving a broken piece of furniture and pulling it out of the trash pile," Connie says. “We can fix it and paint it or make it into something new! Since downtown is going through a redevelopment, we knew that it would be a perfect fit for us.”
Symbolism! I love it. The Bowmans also live downtown, so they are truly immersed in the area. When I asked what they are known for, Connie said it’s definitely their Shar-Pei, Meathead. Customers love seeing him there when they come to shop. Connie suggested that he needs his own fan club!
The Bowmans have thoroughly enjoyed the interactions that they have with customers each day.
“We have met so many new people,” said Connie. “We love to have a customer sit down at the bar and hang out. We have developed friendships with our vendors and enjoy spending time with them.”
I love browsing The Vintage Market when I’m downtown, whether I just have a few minutes or an hour. It’s so relaxing for me to just walk from booth to booth and see if I can find a new treasure to take home. Next time you’re looking for something special to put on that empty shelf or maybe a new-to-you table for your first home, stop by The Vintage Market and see what you can find!
The Vintage Market is located at 215 North Church Street in downtown Jackson. Check them out on Facebook for more info.
Kristi Woody is a photographer and storyteller for our Hello Jackson features about locally owned retail stores and restaurants. She also works as the university photographer for Union University and owns her own wedding photography business, Woody & Pearl Photography. In her free time, Kristi enjoys spending time with her husband and rambunctious beagle, Rhett and Chipper respectively. If you can't find Kristi in Jackson, you'll find her in her second favorite place: Disney World!