Lucketts 2017 is just around the corner!! I know May doesn’t seem that close, but when I have to fill a 5,000 square foot pavilion, it is right around the corner.
Lucketts will be entirely different this year. Well, not entirely, because it will still have awesome antique dealers, makers, food vendors, beer crafters, and music. It’s different because it’s moving to a new location.
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know weather is always a factor at the Lucketts Spring Market, since it’s an outdoor event, and our parade was definitely rained on last year. So much so, that the event had to be closed on Sunday due to ground saturation. Cars were stuck, booths were literally sitting in inches of water, the mud…oh, the mud was terrible. And, even if you’re amazing at putting on an event, as the Lucketts crew is, there is only so much you can do in those conditions.
Moving the event was really the only option if the market was going to happen again.
So, this year, the event will be at the 100 year old, charming Clark County Fairgrounds in Berryville, VA (890 W Main St.) First of all, the venue is huge compared to our cozy fields at Lucketts! Customers and vendors will be able to spread out and there will be so much more to see and do. Here is a map showing how the venue is set up…
Do you see my Miss Mustard Seed booth on the map? Well, to call it a booth is a little silly, because it’s actually a 5,000 square foot show barn.
At first, I felt overwhelmed. It’s way too big for just me. But then I remember last year and how my stuff was a crowded maze inside of a 20 x 40 tent.
We even had to set things aside until large pieces sold and we could spread out a little more. This larger space would allow us to spread out, give more room for shoppers, and to set up two checkout counters to minimize the line. It was out of hand last year and I know long lines are always a bummer. (We’re going to have more helpers this year, too.)
And not only do we have cover, but we have electricity and fans! It’s practically a palace.
I toured the venue on a rainy day, which was actually nice, so I could see how dry the pavilions are and how well the grassy areas drained. Because rain and Lucketts seem to be BFFs.
We’ve already started building a nice stash at the studio to fill that huge space and it’ll be our main focus when I get back from my trip.
(Sorry, but the vacuum won’t be for sale at Lucketts. I know you were going to ask…)
And I’m going to start my weekly shopping trips as well.
Can you believe I have this much already and I haven’t been out on any serious shopping trips?
Since I know you want to come, here are the details…
As I said earlier, this year The Lucketts Spring Market has moved to the Clarke County Fairgrounds located just off Route 7 in Berryville, Virginia. (It’s 10 miles East of Route 81, 25 miles West of Leesburg, and approximately one hour from Washington, DC.)
The event is May 19-21, 2017.
Here are the hours…
May 19th — VIP Early Buyer – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
General admission 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 20th — General admission 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 21st — General admission 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
VIP Early Buyer Ticket $40 — good for ALL 3 DAYS
General Admission Ticket $10 — good for ONE DAY ONLY
Only VIP Early Buyers Tickets are sold in advance.
VIP Ticket Details
A VIP ticket gives you first dibs on the best stuff. I will offer holds again this year, but only for VIP ticket holders, since they are paying the premium entrance fee. It will be working a bit differently this year, in that the event will be open to general admission at noon. As a vendor, I really like this, because the afternoon really slows down.
If you’re coming to do some serious shopping, it’s worth paying the entrance fee to get in.
You can purchase your VIP ticket here…
If you are coming to shop, but don’t feel desperate to have first pick, Friday and Saturday will be your speed.
If you just want to enjoy some music, food, fun, casual shopping, and bargains, Sunday is for you.
Are you interested in being a vendor at Lucketts?
Since there is so much extra room, Lucketts is opening the event up to more vendors! I can speak from experience that this is a great event for your business, so if you are interested in applying, you can get all of the details HERE.
Obviously, you should continue to follow my blog to get all of the latest and greatest details on the things I’m bringing (I’m going to be selling many pieces from my home and studio this year), but you can also stay up to date on the event in general by following the Lucketts Store blog.
If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to check out my booths of Lucketts past, you can find my recaps HERE.
I hope to see many of you there!!