Editorial note: Despite reports to the contrary in a certain paper that starts with an "N" and ends with an "O," the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace will cost $4 to enter, not an unreasonable fee given overhead and such.
The thought of spending any time in a sweltering parking lot would've struck us as foolhardy last weekend. But our advance weather intelligence reports tell us temperatures will be in the mid-70s Saturday, making conditions just about perfect for the inaugural Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace, a soon-to-be monthly showcase for work by regional artisans and antiques taking place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Glendale Town Center (6101 N. Keystone Ave.).
Something of a flea market without the skeezy dude selling fitness videocassettes with mysterious stains, the Marketplace is the brainchild of Jon and Kelly Jenkins, veteran coordinators of antique shows, and Antique Helper Auctions, which has gotten involved in the First Friday scene in a big way over the past couple years with preview shows for its auctions of American Indian artifacts and African-American art, just to name a couple.
And how about the vendors? Here's the complete list; we can say that Smoking Goose will be on hand with meat treats, and The Vintage Farmhouse will be there with repurposed antiques thrifted from yard sales and the like.
The marketplace emphasizes the locally produced, hand crafted and sustainable - and nothing could be more sustainable than buying antiques, no? Three more Marketplaces are on the calendar through the summer on June 30, August 4 and September 1.