Our Weekend at Scout!

May 28, 2012

Wow, what a weekend! Scout Handmade + Vintage Market was a huge success and we couldn’t be more proud of our amazing vendors. They truly pulled out all of the stops with each and every display. The one repeated “complaint” of the weekend was that there was just too much eye candy to be taken in all at once! As with each market we’ve hosted, I wish I could have had much more time to explore and shop from each booth but thankfully Sharalee Prang took some gorgeous photos for us to share of our market weekend. Rachel and I are utterly exhausted but feel so overwhelmed and blessed by all of the positive feedback that keeps streaming into our inbox. It makes all of our hard work feel very much worth while! Come take a peak through Sharalee’s lens…

Sharalee Prang Photography

We started the weekend with a sold out wine + cheese night for ticket holders and invited guests, a 1st Dibs evening of shopping ahead of Saturday’s crowds. Despite a few hiccups like blown breakers (we only had 3 power outlets to share between all 50 vendors, sound system, espresso machines and washroom trailer, ack!), it was such a fun and relaxed evening…we may have even had a local celebrity join us too! A huge thank you to Shape Properties for providing us with the perfect venue for our event and especially to Katie and Jessica for seeing our vision of a pop-up style market and believing in us!

Sharalee Prang Photography

Sharalee Prang Photography

Trove Vintage Rentals provided a gorgeous vintage lounge, complete with an amazing handmade “chandelier”, which was the perfect centrepiece to our space at The Parallel Marketplace. The live performances by husband and wife due Coalmont and jazz vocalist Sharla Sauder were fantastic and I can’t wait to hear more from them at other local events like Jam in Jubilee this summer!

Sharalee Prang Photography

Sharalee Prang Photography

Our guests sipped on delicious wine from Hester Creek, sampled gourmet cheeses prepared by Formaggio Fine Foods, and nibbled Tracycakes cupcakes (in our Scout colours, no less!) and yummy handmade marshmallow s’mores from thePink Spatula while they browsed. They also had a chance to enjoy hot coffee from Clayburn Gourmet Gallery, chilled tea from Karla’s Specialteas and took home some sweet gift bags supplied by Paper Nation, with samples from many of our vendors tucked inside. It very much felt like a girls night out…with some lucky men in the mix too!

Sharalee Prang Photography

Sharalee Prang Photography

Some more important thank you’s go out to Thrifty Foods for providing a delicious lunch for all of our vendors (and for being so patient with the parking lot craziness on Saturday!) and to all of our other generous sponsors for their donations to our silent auction benefitting Life Recovery. On Saturday, Parallel Yoga offered afternoon classes (one was even outdoors in the field!) by donation to Life Recovery and we are so excited to include their generous cheque with the rest of the admission and silent auction donations later this week!

Sharalee Prang Photography

Sharalee Prang Photography

Sharalee Prang Photography

We headed back to The Parallel Marketplace on Saturday for more vintage + handmade fun! There was a long lineup of excited faces well before the doors opened at 10am and the lineup wrapped around the corner for almost 2 hours! We had to keep holding the line to give customers inside some breathing room but thankfully it was a gorgeous sunny and breezy day for the waiting visitors outside. Thank you to everyone who came out and patiently maneuvered the parking lot, the crowds and even their strollers to get a look inside at Scout! Come and get a small taste of what they saw inside…

Sharalee Prang PhotographySharalee Prang Photography

Sharalee Prang Photography

Sharalee Prang Photography

Sharalee Prang Photography

Overall, I think it’s safe to say that Scout was a huge success for our vendors…many booths were looking positively sparse by the time the doors closed! Between the sales of the weekend and the networking opportunities between sellers with customers and local business owners, we are so excited to watch our vendors and their small businesses grow. There was such a sense of community amongst all of the vendors and we all learned a lot over the weekend. Rachel and I definitely couldn’t have pulled it off without a TONNE of help from our family and friends so we’ll take a moment to give some well deserved shout outs, if you don’t mind…Thank you so much to our parents, families and friends for helping us take care of our children (they didn’t see much of us last week!), to my husband Brad for building the stage and being our overall handyman extraordinaire, to my sister Becky and Rachel’s sister-in-law Angie for manning the Birch + Bird booth, to my brother-in-law Stephen for doing the sound, to Sarah of Hester Creek and our friend Andrea for pouring wine on Friday night, and to all of the friends and vendors who brought us coffee, food and treats to keep us going in the long days and nights spent setting up last week. Not to mention Wade at Shape Properties for his help and for answering more than a few panicked phone calls this weekend! There are so many other hands who helped us decorate and cleanup as well and we truly appreciate all of your efforts and kind words of encouragement ever so much…we couldn’t have done it without all of you! Now to get some rest and hug our sweet families…

15 comments

1 colleen { 05.28.12 at 1:59 am }

What a delightful post. I hope you two can get in a nice visit (& maybe some rest???) and that the sun shines warmly on your beautiful faces! Thanks for all you do for us vendors!
Most appreciated….colleen
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2 colleen { 05.28.12 at 2:00 am }

great pictures Sharalee!
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3 Darlene Barnes Rosner { 05.28.12 at 6:55 am }

Thank you again for a wonderful market! I counted down the weeks for it to arrive; I am a true fan since the Fieldstone Vintage Market! This market did NOT disappoint. I attended Friday night; found lots of treasures,and now looking at all the great photographs I can still see wonderful items that I missed completely!!! Can’t wait for your next market. thanks again – these markets are a great trend – the vendors are all wonderful!

4 Birch + Bird { 05.28.12 at 7:00 pm }

Thank you so much for your comments Darlene! We’re so happy that you enjoyed yourself on Friday night…our vendors were truly amazing!

5 Rosa @ flutterflutter { 05.28.12 at 7:44 am }

Wow! What gorgeous photos!! Looks like a fabulous job ladies, way to go!!
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6 Jen { 05.28.12 at 7:47 am }

What a fabulous time we all had, thanks so much for allowing us to be part of this wonderful adventure! The atmosphere was simply electric! Hope you can enjoy yourselves and get some rest this week! Wonderful photo’s too!
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7 Sarah Vandergugten { 05.28.12 at 7:56 am }

I loved the beautiful items that were available, and beautifully displayed. I wonder if the Market is becoming a victim of its own success. I really think it’s time to find a bigger venue. The crowds made it difficult to really see many of the beautiful crafts, and if you wanted to go back to look at an item for a second look, it took a good 5 minutes to get back. I would have loved to stay longer, but the crowd was overwhelming, so we left after an hour. But congrats to all the talented folk who participate in this Market. And kudos for supporting Life Recovery!

8 Birch + Bird { 05.28.12 at 8:10 pm }

Thank you so much for your comment and constructive feedback about our market this past weekend, Sarah. We are thrilled by the attendance and by the amount of exposure that it brought to each of our vendors as well as the surrounding businesses. The morning was quite the crush but eased off and there was much more breathing room in the afternoon. We are so excited to present Life Recovery with our donation later this week :)

9 ana {bluebirdkisses} { 05.28.12 at 8:23 am }

wow I don’t know what to say. It looks fantastic, congratulations you guys, you did a fantastic job.
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10 Igor { 05.28.12 at 8:36 am }

Super nice, looks like you had a fab time there!! Love the vintage goodies, my fave are those cute cushions! Cheers from Germany!
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11 Will @ Bright.Bazaar { 05.28.12 at 12:01 pm }

What a fun weekend you had! Thanks for sharing it with us all :)
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12 Birch + Bird { 05.28.12 at 9:07 pm }

Thanks everyone! We had a wonderful weekend at Scout…still trying to absorb it all!

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14 Victoria @ ÉdinHome+Co { 05.30.12 at 5:36 pm }

Terrific market! I wish I’d had a chance to browse the other vendor’s treasures… maybe if I’d been on time Friday I could have!! Hahaha! Oh well ;-)
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15 Birch + Bird { 05.30.12 at 9:40 pm }

That’s the downside of organizing a market and being a vendor…little to no browsing. I’m always sad when it’s over that I hadn’t the chance to “really” see what all the vendors had to offer. I’m SO glad that we’ve had all of our markets photographed by talented photographers so at least I can do some online shopping later on. :)

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