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November 9, 2023 by BJ Gibbs
Casey O’Rourke, the owner of Blue Suede Vintage, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. O’Rourke, will host her first fall market on Nov. 11, 2023, as a celebration of one year in business at her physical boutique. (Mark Weber/The Daily Memphian)
A Memphis shop owner is celebrating one year in her storefront by inviting other entrepreneurs to sell their wares, too.
Blue Suede Vintage will host its first-ever fall market Saturday, Nov. 11. The shop is located in the Crosstown neighborhood, at 427 N. Watkins St.
Casey O’Rourke said she is hosting the event to not only celebrate the one year anniversary of her shop’s physical location, but to expand vintage reselling in Memphis.
The fall market will feature vintage good resellers from Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.
Besides Blue Suede Vintage, there will be six Memphis-area vintage resellers: The Clothes Cult, a vintage and modern goods shop; Forgotten Delights 901, a vintage collectibles and antique shop; Kimmie’s Killer Vintage, a vintage clothing shop; The Lost & Found, a vintage collectible reseller; Second Kiss Vintage, a vintage clothing and accessories shop; and Tako’s Treasures Vintage, a clothing, accessories and home goods shop.
Also from Tennessee will be Chattanooga-based Blonde Bandit Vintage, a vintage clothing reseller.
From Alabama, there’s Birmingham-based Added adVintage, a vintage clothing shop.
Lastly, Mulberry Lane Resale shop will be coming from Water Valley, Mississippi.
Clant Harrison is the vendor behind Mulberry Lane Resale, which sells a mix of vintage, antique and contemporary items.
“I’ll be bringing primarily lots of cool, vintage natural fiber winter wear including a great selection of wool hats, overcoats, sweaters and a couple of fantastic shearling coats,” Harrison said. “We have lots of really nice vintage that needs a broader market.”
The Memphis Flyer’s Memphis Crafts and Drafts Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday across the street from Blue Suede Vintage, at the Crosstown Concourse Plaza.
That event will feature local shops and makers.
The store was once appointment-only but now has regular hours from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. O’Rourke said she plans to extend her regular hours in 2024. The specific hours will be announced at a later date.
Also, in the near future, O’Rourke said she plans to expand her vintage offerings to include men’s clothing.
The Blue Suede Vintage fall market will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at 427 N. Watkins Street.