The Sacramento Antique Faire, a staple in the city for 10 years, will return to its old haunt at 21st and X streets under the W-X freeway on Sunday. The outdoor bazaar had to relocate about a year ago to make way for the Fix50 freeway construction project, but that work is now complete.
Founder Marylon Rose said she’ll be glad to be back at the original site because consumers told her they just couldn’t get used to the temporary location on Front Street, not far from the California Automobile Museum.
“Many people told us they couldn’t find their flow in the Front Street lot,” Rose said. “It was really beautifully landscaped. It was really clean, but it was just different, in terms of the angles people walked. They said they never could get used to it. They always got lost and couldn’t find their favorite vendors.”
While there was plenty of space, there wasn’t much street parking, so Rose set up six shuttles to bring people in from nearby parking lots. Shoppers never really took to the shuttle idea, Rose said, even though “we had it dialed in.”
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The fair, which attracts roughly 300 vendors, operates from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. This Sunday, shoppers will receive a small gift from Rose, who is celebrating her business’ 10th anniversary.
Rose launched the antiques faire because, after taking time out to stay at home to rear her children, she discovered that it was difficult to get back into her corporate sales career. Instead, she turned her love of antiques into a business.
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