YBOR CITY — Rosalinde Norman Elliott, Colleen Maxwell, Aimee Spry and Vicki Stark all have one thing is common, and that’s a passion for vintage items.
They all have been in the business for years and collect vintage items as a hobby, and after seeing each other at different vintage markets over the years, the women decided to combine their passion and create their own pop-up vintage market, Vintage Roost, in a place already so rich in history.
“We just decided one day in Ybor over a nice cup of Cuban coffee from Blind Tiger that we would form this wonderful vintage-based company,” Maxwell said.
“We came up with a business plan and our main goal was to make it an open market idea for family and build it as an event that people look forward to seeing what’s new in the market. It’s a total destination experience.
“We’re trying to make this an experience for people to vintage shop and walk down and have some of the best food in the city.”
Maxwell calls it a “walk back in time” because you can find old music albums, vintage clothing from past generations, custom jewelry, Shabby sheets coastal furniture, and other classic, hard-to-find items.
The market has a total of 17 vendors that specialize in making unique items with repurposed things like making art out of sea glass. Maxwell suggests many of these items serve as great additions to someone refurbishing or decorating a home.
“It [Vintage Roost] has a very large following, especially where we’re located in Ybor, because so many people come into that area, getting homes and redoing them,” she said, “People love restoring them and down in Seminole Heights it’s usual.”
The pop-up market drew a large crowd of more than a hundred people from across the bay at its grand opening weekend which began Nov 9 and ran through Nov 11.
Vintage Roost has a 5,000 square foot warehouse space that sits at 2326 7th Ave. just two blocks east of the famous Columbia restaurant. It operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
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