In home styling, catalog-page-perfect isn’t the decorating ideal anymore. The current pushback toward overspending and over-consumption has steered shoppers in the secondhand direction. Add to that social media influencers who are decorating the internet with their DIY interpretations of what major designers are peddling, and you’ve got yourself a serious case of vintage mania. Thank you, Pinterest.
Riding into town on that resale-lovin’ vibe is Rebel Junk Vintage, with a pop-up sale of antique, vintage, farmhouse, DIY, re-purposed and upcycled items. Style seekers can shop the touring market at their Santa Rosa stop, the Sonoma County Event Center, on October 12 and 13.
Couer D’Alene-based Rebel Junk Vintage features local and traveling vendors “with a heart for junk and an eye for aesthetics” according to the market’s CEO, Dixie De Rocher. De Rocher and her team select small business vendors who handcraft or procure items, the best junk around it appears.
De Rocher is no stranger to loving what’s old. Her formative shopping years were spent scouring garage sales with her mother and four siblings who, with little money to spare, learned how to upcycle the purchases they loaded into their old Ford truck. De Rocher’s junking talent has won awards, and she’s even styled pop-up shops and seating areas at some major music festivals, like, oh, y’know…COACHELLA and Desert Trip and Stagecoach Country Music Festival.
The work of De Rocher and others beautifully illustrates the aesthetic possibilities of this greener, more economical approach to home design. Shoppers can create an individualized look based on a mix of skill and luck in finding the “that piece” which can enliven a space. By keeping gems out of the garbage, decorators can achieve good-looking, landfill-to-living room style, if you will.
Santa Rosa is one stop in several Rebel Junk Vintage pop-up locations around the country.
Rebel Junk Vintage Market, $5-$10, October 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., October 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Santa Rosa Event Center, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, 707-545-4200, rebeljunkmarkets.com
For tickets and information, visit rebeljunk.com/new-events/2018/2/2/rebel-junk-market-california