Davis Craft and Vintage Fair
September 15, 2018
If you’ve ever spent time around the North Davis apartments, you’ll know that the area has a penchant for the out-of-the ordinary. From the Bicycling Hall of Fame to the quirky Davis Farmers Market, the town is a bastion for all sorts of things that you might not expect, and the the upcoming Davis Craft and Vintage Fair is no exception.
This fun (and free!) event will be providing more than its fair share of music, food, craftworks, and vintage attitude in a family-friendly setting, and it’s coming up in just a short while. So, in the interest of getting you prepared, we’ve put together a quick guide on everything you’ll need to know in advance of the fair so that you can get out there and enjoy it to the fullest. Read on, as we cover some of these pertinent details.
What is the Davis Craft and Vintage Fair?
As the name might suggest, this is a community event that celebrates the arts, crafts, and vintage aesthetic, giving visitors a chance to experience it all while simultaneously enjoying delectable food and amazing live music. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the world of crafts, all the while enjoying a fun and festive atmosphere.
A sometimes-monthly event, scheduled dates for the end of 2018 include September 23rd, October 14th, November 4th, November 18th, December 2nd, and December 16th. The event always takes place in the Davis Central Park on C and 3rd Streets, and runs from 11:00AM to 4:00PM.
Local cooperative group Square Tomatoes organizes the event, and its one they see as exemplifying the shared vision of the artists, crafters, and musicians of the city:
“We come together to share our talents and treasures with the community once a month, all year long and we do it with live music! We have a free craft table to encourage your creativity too! Come, join the fun! Join the team! You are welcome.”
The atmosphere is about what you’d expect from an outdoor vintage fair. A large pavilion shielding visitors from the sun as they peruse the wares of many talented craftspeople and antique vendors. Delicious food to sample, and of course, the talented live performers.
In the past, those performers have included the likes of Sacramento-based rock group Your Local Cemetery and young singer-songwriter Larz De’Lago. Those musical acts are always on rotation, though, so you’ll want to check the fairs as often as possible to see who is headlining next. The craft vendors are also a varied bunch. You can get an idea of what you can expect down at Central Park, though, by checking out the Square Tomatoes Marketplace Instagram page, which highlights some of the community’s amazing artisans and their specialty wares. A few featured creators include the likes of:
Balsam & Olive — Watercolor and acrylic paint specialist Olivia Merritt sells a variety of beautiful artwork that captures a “love for nature and positivity.” You’ll find cards, prints, and more among her offerings.
Francie Bakes and Makes — Local potter Frances brings amazing ceramic pieces to the fore, a combination of utilitarian wares like pots, bowls, and cups, and more decorative pieces like her amazing clay birds.
Naturiffic — This gift shop is all about keeping it natural, bringing you an assortment of teas, spices, rubs, oils, salts, and wellness products.
My Booklandia — Simply put, “decor and gifts for book lovers.” If you’re looking for a piece of handcrafted paraphernalia that the constant reader in your life will enjoy, then look no further than these guys.
As for the upcoming iteration of the Davis Craft and Vintage Fair (September 23rd), some of the talented members of Couleurs Vives will be in attendance and hosting a free origami crafts table for you to enjoy. If you weren’t already aware, their art space is all about featuring hot new talent from the local scene, and they’ve also got a knack for helping people decorate their homes with said art. Be sure to give them a look if you need some ideas on making your living space that much more welcoming.
Want to Join the Action as a Vendor?
Square Tomatoes highlights the fact that Davis is an intensely creative community and that the Craft and Vintage Fair is supposed to represent “something for everyone,” with its vendors and offerings:
“Davis has a diverse population that includes people from all over the U.S. as well as international students and faculty. Locals are largely educated and socially conscious people who appreciate quality craftsmanship, natural and organic products and are advocates of up-cycling and recycling.”
If you’ve got a creative streak of your own, and a passion for art, craft, up-cyclying, the rare/vintage, etc., you might want to join the action as a vendor. If so, you’ll want to check out the Vendor Info and Vendor Application pages, which detail everything you’ll need to know in order to get involved.
Square Tomatoes has high standards for prospective vendors, and a list of ideal qualities that they look for in applicants:
- Wow Factor
- Family Friendly
Potential for Success
In addition, there are initial requirements you might need to meet, like having a City of Davis Business License, but these are inexpensive, and a relatively small hurdle to surmount if you’re looking to join. We’d recommend giving it a close look if the idea appeals to you, and with any luck, you’ll find yourself shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the finest artisans in Davis in short order.
It’s Just Another Day at the North Davis Apartments
Once you join this tight-knit, west of Sacramento community, you’ll learn that attractions like the Craft and Vintage Fair are par for the course. Vibrant, sustainable, and superbly livable, the people of Davis “take particular pride in being politically active and socially conscious,” and inwardly-focused events like this are all part and parcel of that way of thinking. Find yourself in good company; check out what West Village has to offer today and become a part of this quirky, passionate band of citizens.