Molalla will see unique shopping experience
By Cindy Fama
The BarnHouse Vintage Market returns to Molalla's Clark Park Aug. 12-13.
The pop-up market, at 815 Shirley St., will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and feature music, food trucks and lots of vintage merchandise to discover or re-discover.
Lorzel (Luper) Watner is the 'principal' behind BarnHouse Vintage Markets. She is a Molalla native, having graduated from Molalla High School in 1981, and said her love for all things BarnHouse Vintage comes from "growing up in such a wonderful, small, rural community."
She and her husband Jerry relocated to Southern California when Jerry accepted a job in Simi Valley. Watner said that when the last of their three children went off to college it was time for her to jump back into the working world. She decided to start her own small business selling vintage décor with an emphasis on farm and barn finds.
"I began to build and grow my small business in a rented space near our home in California," Watner said. "As my business grew, I began to notice an increasing need for a place where small business shops could come together to offer a larger and more diverse shopping experience."
She said the resources and experiences she garnered while volunteering for their children's numerous school functions and fundraisers helped her put the BarnHouse Vintage Market experience together.
She identified spaces in communities where she could offer a pop-up sales location for multiple small businesses at a time. Watner says it is a way to help promote hometown small businesses and keep them thriving. She also has a steady group of pop-up vendors that joins each market.
This is not the first time BarnHouse Vintage Market has been in Molalla. Back in 2018 they offered a small pop-up market of 28 vendors in Clark Park. Watner said she could not believe how many people came to shop and visit the event and how many had traveled a long distance to peruse the offered vintage merchandise.
"They ate in the coffee shops, cafes, diners, visited other shops in town." Waltnerr said. "It gave me a glimpse into the possibilities of helping support all things small town.
"This year we are embarking on a new vintage treasure style gathering in Molalla," Watner added. "Our mission is to provide the most unique experience where the most talented vintage dealers and 'junk treasure wranglers' all come together to offer shoppers a variety of true antiques, repurposed vintage finds, and barn and attic found treasures."
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