Vendors at the Vintage and Artisan Market

Jenny Bredeken of Full Circle Farms is offering a $125.00 bouquet at the Starbuck Vintage and Artisan Market this weekend! Come to her booth to get details!
1st giveaway alert!! We’re giving away 3 market bouquets and a $50 gift certificate 🤠
We’re super excited to be a part of Starbuck’s very first vintage market this weekend! In honor of that we’d love to share some big giveaways, here’s how to enter:
1. Like Full Circle Farm Facebook page
2. Mark “interested or going” on the Starbuck Vintage Market Event page (in the comments below)
3. Comment your favorite flower below 🌸
*Bonus entry* for tagging your flower friends in the comments below! (1 entry per comment)
We’ll giving away 3 market bouquets ($25 each) and (1) $50 gift certificate to use towards a you pick appointment!
We’re getting ready for you all to come and enjoy the Starbuck Vintage and Artisan Market this Friday and Saturday in the city park! Shout out to Northern Print Co. in Glenwood for their excellent service and printing! And note the cute rug the signs are sitting on, compliments of our artisan/weaver, Laurie Musselman!
Will you come hungry to the Starbuck Vintage and Artisan Market this Friday evening and all day Saturday in the city park? Will you work up an appetite shopping, buying, hauling treasures to your car? Will you enjoy the classic cars, wander to our end of the park and need refreshments from the walk? Will you be meeting friends, and want to sit in the park, visit and laugh with a lemonade, coffee, cookie, BBQ sandwich and some kettle corn?
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!
See our food trucks and vendors below, click on the links and study the menus in anticipation! Yummm is all we can say.
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 Cookies and Muffins and Cakes, Oh My!
CampSite Treats started as a solution to a delicious dilemma: too many cupcakes. “I have a baking problem,” Amy Camp laughs. “I needed to start selling it in order to support my baking habit.” And bake it she does, with cookies galore, frosted cupcakes, a wide variety of muffins, and specialty dog treats coming to her booth at the Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market.
You’ll find traditional baking here alongside gluten free, vegan, and keto options. Camp has a houseful of taste testers, too. “My husband, daughter and I eat keto and my teenagers eat the regular baked goods,” Camp shares. “The monster cookie is the number one fan favorite. Keto cookies and muffins are close runners-up.”
Come enjoy CampSite Treats at the Market, or catch Camp and her goodies at the Starbuck and Glenwood Farmers’ Markets (Thursday & Tuesday). She can also be contacted for orders and custom cakes on Facebook (CampSiteTreats).

 

 

A Peddler’s Wares: Antiques and Fineries

 

There’s no other store quite like Peddler Dan’s, a find-it-all one stop situated midway down Starbuck’s bustling Main Street. Dan Jahn opened the shop in 2012 and is marking his 10th year in the lakeside town with an antique booth at the new Vintage & Artisan Market opening in Starbuck on August 5 & 6.  Dan has been a champion of the new market and was the first vendor to register.
“I’ll have all things related to lake living,” Dan promises. He’ll have a collection of paddles, oars, and antique fishing rods for sale. “Most of my items make great display items, for decorating your lake house or bringing a little vacation feeling back home.” His antique lake and recreation pieces are in their true vintage shape. “People love the look of an old oar, with the weathering and original labeling part of what makes every paddle unique.”
Dan will also be bringing vintage snow skis: “perfect for hanging on the outside of your house or shed.” His booth will be packed with treasures he’s collected over his years as a peddler. “I’ll have a little of this and a little of that, with reasonable prices so everyone can go home with something.” If you’d like to connect with Peddler Dan before the market, you can find him on Facebook (Peddler Dan’s).
A Lowry Artisan Weaves Beauty                                     
Laurie Musselman has been working at her antique loom for 35 years, weaving corduroy, denim, and brightly colored cloth into beautiful and practical rugs. Each rug is made from repurposed materials–old jeans, shirts, pants, and skirts. “Instead of heading to a landfill, these old clothes find a new purpose on my loom.”
Musselman prepares the clothes for weaving by cutting them into long, thin strips, before weaving them between long strands of warp, tied to the ends of her large floor loom. The end result is both beautiful and durable. “They’re incredibly sturdy and last for years and years. Unlike store-bought rugs that might have a coating or backing on them, the rugs I make can be easily washed and won’t lose their shape or fall apart in the wash.”
The Lowry-based artisan will be joining other makers, vintage dealers, and food vendors at the inaugural Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market. Be ready to stock up on birthday and Christmas gifts–Musselman will also have jams and jellies for sale.
Coming this Friday, the 5th of Aug. and Saturday the 6th of August, the First Annual Vintage and Artisan Market! Join us to visit Tom’s booth, you’ll walk away with cool stuff, for sure!
Garage & Country – a Blend of Industrial and Rural
The piece on Tom and Ann Beuckens’ wall is as wide as a car: a bug screen, made with a metal frame, formed to fit the front of a 1957 Ford. “The screen came off of my Dad’s car,” Tom Beuckens says. “I’ve enjoyed having it on my wall but it’s time to bring it down and pass it on to someone else who will appreciate it.”
Beuckens garage collection is sure to please the crowd at the Minnewaska Classic Car Show, also taking place in Starbuck City Park on August 6. He has a collection of vintage wrenches—one with the Ford script forged across the handle. There are gas cans and vintage license plates. Most of the plates are from Minnesota: “There’s one from 1923, one with the Centennial dates of 1849-1949, and a three year one with 1918-1919-1920 stamped on the plate.”
The other half of Beuckens’ collection is rural and primitive: old barn doors, antique doorknobs (with mix-and-match plates and locks), weathered picket fences, vintage chicken feeders and watering cans, galvanized wash tubs, and steel grates formerly used to ventilate between floors before forced air systems. “I spent many hours sitting in front of those in the winter trying to heat up,” Beuckens says.
Beuckens’ collection also features several rare items. He has a cloth mat, about 10 inches wide, stretched inside a wood frame. Once part of a McCormick Deering grain thresher, “it’s a Conversation Piece now,” Beuckens says. He’s also bringing a crate of empty vintage pop bottles. “Some are really old brands: Bubble Up and Kickapoo Joy Juice.” The bottles feature their original labels and may contain one or two bubbles in the glass—a sign of their age and the times in which they were poured.
A Chicago Collector Makes Her Way North!                                              
Longtime friends and collectors, Rita Larson and Robin Nordhues are bringing a bit of everything to their collaboration for the Vintage & Artisan Market, opening in Starbuck on August 5th & 6th.
Collector, Robin Nordhues favors McCoy Pottery, the ornate yet functional stoneware, and Milk glass, the opaque glassware, will be featured alongside vintage framed art, antique picnic baskets, and tin toys.
“The tin toys are fantastic display items,” Nordhues says. “The graphics are amazing. And they’re fun to play with of course, at any age.” The pair’s booth showcases unaltered antiques, patina and all, with original artwork on the tin toys and picnic baskets.
“I love old jewelry, vintage purses, tableware, and linens,” Nordhues shares. “Each piece that was first owned by a woman or used by a woman connects me to women in the past.”
The two women now presenting their collection are ready to delight market goers and pass each piece along to its next home.
   
Remaking Vintage: One Rediscovered Houseware at a Time
Kellie Wolff is a lover of vintage: chairs, desk, couches, lamps, dishes, farm tools. If she can find it, she just might try to restore it and resell it. Her passion for restoration brought her into business: she opened Flipping Quarters, a vintage and home goods store, on Morris’ Atlantic Avenue to showcase her found items and refinished wares.
“I used to visit a friend in the Twin Cities who was doing what I do now. I fell in love with vintage, cool, knick knacky, decorating for old and new,” Wolff says. “My aunt had a little antique store in Hancock called Country Collectibles about 30 years ago. I grew up watching her pass on the last generation’s pieces to the next one and I wanted to continue that tradition.” Wolff started with estate sales and estate cleanouts.
“Now, I get paid to do what I love,” Wolff laughs. “Folks usually call me when they are retiring, downsizing, or leaving the farm and need help cleaning the slate. I try to tailor each cleanout to the situation, not just so my prices remain competitive, but so that people keep what they really value, and treasure and I find new homes for everything else.” Some goes into the bin, but the pieces with useful life left in them head to Wolff’s workshop, where she repurposes and custom paints furniture and does some basic upholstery to move each piece from broken down to beautiful and valuable again.
You’ll find Kellie at the Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market surrounded by furniture, vintage lamps and bottles, dishes, and metal farm tools—some refashioned into new purposes. Flipping Quarters is open Wednesday-Saturday and by appointment at 1001 Atlantic Avenue in Morris. You can also connect with Wolff on Facebook or on her website.
An Eclectic Collection of Vintage: Kitchen, Garden, and Barn Browsing the selection in Jerry Barnaby’s vintage booth will take a little time–the Eden Prairie-based collector is bringing everything from kitchen antiques to rustic tools, stackable funnels to garden totes. The variety reflects his taste. “I like things that are utilitarian but still cool and unique,” Barnaby says. “And this collection is all about summery colors: blues, greens, yellows.”
Barnaby’s booth will feature a selection of useful and compact items. “I love things that stack easily,” Barnaby says. He’ll have a kitchen scale from 1913, Westinghouse refrigerator dishes, stoneware bowls and blue crockery, Jell-O and cake molds of numerous size and shape, and a newly discovered recipe box with “Gold Medal Home Service Recipes” emblazoned on the front.
“I tend to like and collect items that are more on the ‘primitive’ side—painted furniture, architectural salvage, ironstone dishes,” Barnaby says. Much of his recent collection has been culled from estate sales and vintage shops in Minnesota and Wisconsin. “There will be something for everyone—I really go for broad appeal—but there will be a few things that will need just the right buyer.”
Barnaby is the co-founder of the inaugural Vintage and Artisan Market, alongside Rita Larson, a collector from Starbuck. Though primarily a vintage collector, Barnaby might also bring a few “upcycled” items. “I’ve been combining molds and children’s blocks into unique votives,” Barnaby says. The redone pieces will fit nicely into a Westinghouse dish, then into a larger bowl, then into a vintage suitcase, then right into the back seat of shoppers’ cars. Come ready to take home a piece of summer.

Groovy Flowers and Yummy Grains
Jenny Bredeken is about to experience a first—she’ll be pairing her love of vintage with her homegrown, fresh cut flowers for the Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market. “Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong decade,” Bredeken laughs. “I love vintage from the 70s—the colors, the floral prints, the funkiness of everything.” Bredeken is bringing her collection of 1970s vases and will have a “build your own bouquet” station in her booth.
Bredeken and her husband Roscoe live just south of Starbuck on a 4th Generation Farm. They’re living in a house her grandfather built in the 1960s and growing their flower business alongside crops of small grains. “We’ve got a huge stove about to be delivered and we’ll be opening a micro-bakery, making sourdough and other breads from our own grains.”
The Full Circle Farm booth will be stocked with all things 1970s: retro dresses, shirts, Carnival wine glasses, dishware with intricate designs, candlestick, barstools, and a lamp or two. The collector will also be bringing what’s in bloom: zinnias, cosmos, sunflowers, gladiolas, and bachelor buttons.
The flowers and baked goods of Full Circle Farm are available on Facebook and on Instagram by following “_fullcirclefarm”.
Felting with Wool, Finishing with Buttons
The creative process starts with an old wool sweater. Karen Hendricks carefully removes the buttons, opens the seams, then cuts into the wool, forming pieces of future mittens. With a steady hand, the warm and sturdy mittens take shape on her sewing machine. She will stitch the cuff down when the mitten is finished and, as a last touch, re-attach the original buttons, ready to be useful again during Minnesota’s long winter months.
The Glenwood artisan started repurposing wool clothing into mittens a few years ago, but really found her stride in 2021. “Finding the raw material—old wool sweaters—can be challenging, as it’s a popular item for other types of repurposing,” Hendricks says, “So I scour thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales. When I find a good piece, it’s always a delight to discover the next color or design I’ll be working with.”
When Hendricks takes the next find home, she washes and dries the sweater to shrink the fabric into a tight, warm weave. “I shrink the wool to ensure that mittens won’t shrink if they get wet or need to be washed.” Hendricks makes a standard women’s size and a lengthier version for those with long fingers.
In addition to the repurposed wool mittens, Hendricks will also be stocking her booth at the Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market with custom hot pads. Each piece features a fabric panel, primarily with country themes: tractors, trucks, coffee. She’ll also have some fall and Christmas themed hot pads ready, as shoppers prepare for the 2022 holiday season.
A Craftsman Builds: From Reclaimed to Polished
A live edge river tabletop is now on DJ Ashler’s workbench, slowly firming up as poured epoxy solidifies against the rough and natural edges of bark and wood. The blue epoxy resembles a river, the wood serving as shoreline. When the tabletop has solidly set, Ashler will use a belt sander to finish the surface, bringing out the play between colors and textures. Then the craftsman will give legs to the table and send it home.
Sidelines Upholstery is bringing all things furniture to the Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market. Ashler opened the Lowry business 5 years ago after spending most of his career building and repairing furniture in Alexandria. “It’s never the same job twice,” Ashler says, as he tackles custom builds, reupholstery projects, and works with reclaimed wood to fashion something new, something useful.
Whether reclaimed, new, rough, or sanded, Ashler is equipped to do it all. “I work with all sorts of materials, including fabric, vinyl, leather—whatever people want. And that’s not just furniture for the house—I’m doing a lot of outdoor projects too.” He’s working on upholstery for cars, boats, trucks, and ATVs. The variety keeps Ashler excited about the work.
You can find Ashler in his workshop at 312 Bryce Ave during regular business hours. There’s a barnwood table from reclaimed wood headed for the market, stacked next to a few bar stools, a chair, benches, and bars. Browse and see what you find: a custom piece just might fit right in with your current décor.
Her Collector’s Heart Beats Primitive
“Most vintage people are collectors of something. For a collector, there are usually one or two buy-on-sight items we each have our eyes trained for,” Rita Larson says, from her rural Starbuck home. “I’m currently collecting paint-by-number horse pieces.”
Paint-by-number kits were popular in the 1950s and 60s, having premiered at the New York Toy Fair in 1951. When not on the hunt for horse paintings, Larson is primarily focused on “primitive” pieces: furnishings and ornaments made from pine. “Pine was the poor man’s furniture when the frontier was settled. A softer wood was what they could afford, not the hard woods that were deemed more desirable.”
Early craftsmen would disguise the simplicity of the pine with flour-based clay, formed into decorative flowers or designs, then stained along with the pine to more closely resemble mahogany or oak. Primitive pieces were “not considered the quality pieces in their day, but they’re the beautiful pieces we are discovering now,” Larson says, “with the benefit of perspective and history.”
Browse the Larson collection at the upcoming market and take home an item that might show the marks of age: clay on pine and a piece of history.
Debbie’s Designs: Variegated, Wool, and Ready to Wear
The dapper hats are warm and cozy, hand crocheted by Debra Vickerman, and come in an array of solid colors and bright designs. Vickerman makes traditional stocking caps and hats with wider, stiff brims, ideal for sunshade. In sizes infant, child, and adult, Vickerman crafts her hats from a variety of yarns: wool, wool blends, and acrylic.
Vickerman comes from a family of handcrafters. “I’ve been crocheting since I was little, having watched my mom make hats and clothes and quilts my whole life,” Vickerman says. “She used to save scraps—she was a crazy quilt maker. She’d accumulate a stack of leftovers and by the time she was done, she’d have little pieces of fabric put together into something beautiful.”
Vickerman’s sister, Karen Hendricks, will also be selling at the Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market. Hendricks’ wool mittens pair well with Vickerman’s caps. “Of course, we started with crocheting. Then, as I got older, I tried just about anything that a needle can do.” Vickerman made doll clothes, baby clothes, potholders, table runners, and trained herself to adapt patterns to fit the elements: fabric, cotton yarn, wool, or the thin strands used to make doilies. This weekend, she’ll stock her booth primarily with hats and baby blankets: designed for warmth, fashioned for your comfort.
The Crystal Winged Dragon, a nearly two-foot-long artistic plaything with wings that move up and down and a spine that bends as though to imitate a dragon’s sinewy moves, is the latest creation rolling off a large 3D printer at New Mischief Creations. The family-owned shop in Benson, MN, is readying their delightful turtles, slugs, stackable star shapes, and dragons to bring to the Vintage & Artisan Market. “I have always loved nuts and bolts and making things,” says Danita Newman, a passion she now shares with teenage daughters Jade and Lali.
Between the three masterminds, and in collaboration with 3D designer Cinderwing3D, new pieces are constantly taking shape on their five 3D printers before finding new homes with happy children, toy collectors, and printing enthusiasts enamored by their designs. Each piece is fully articulated, with parts that move and bright, playful colors. At the market, Newman will hand paint pieces as requested and encourage children to paint their new creations with brushes and paints provided. Newman can also be found online, using her Instagram handle @new_mischief_creations and on her Facebook page (New Mischief Creations)
Tap Your Heels Together Three Times
The jaunty little gnome that looks like John Lennon is about 6 inches tall. He’s handcrafted—starting as a sock, then filled with rice and a light material stuffing, now standing with wire-rim glasses perched on his nose. “Imagine,” he must be thinking, “all you need is love.”
Kristie Taffe opened There’s No Place Like Home, an arts and home goods store in Starbuck, in 2021. Having been a longtime creator of home décor, Taffe gathered the handiwork of a few local artisans and opened the collaborative shop in a 115-year-old building on Starbuck’s 5th Street. The original tin tile roof looks down on the paintings, textiles, cards, and custom signs ready to adorn shoppers’ homes.
“My husband is super handy and always making things,” Taffe explains of her creative process. “I’d see things on Pinterest that I like, and he’d make them. Finally, we bought a vinyl cutter for his body shop [also located in Starbuck] and I started making my own items with the cutter.” Her booth at the Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market will be stocked with items made on that same commercial cutter.
She’ll have wood signs adorned with “Welcome” and “Home,” vinyl records with lyrics embossed on them, and—of course—the gnomes whose hair is hand cut by Taffe. There’s a lumberjack, gnomes adorned with red, white and blue, and—the most popular—a hippie gnome. You can find There’s No Place Like Home at 103 W 5th Street with hours on Fridays and Saturdays or online.
A Mid-Century Collection, Three Generations Deep
“Let the adventure begin, eh, Chuck?” asks Peppermint Patty, as the gang waits for the bus headed to camp.
“ ‘Adventure’ might be a strong word,” Charlie Brown responds. “But I am looking forward to a fun, character-building experience…”
“You can really suck the fun out of a road trip, can’t you, Chuck?” Peppermint Patty scowls.
By the next frame, the kids are on their way and Snoopy is left alone, on the top of his doghouse, dreaming of Charlie Brown’s return.
Iris Scott is delighted by one of her latest vintage finds: a small box, burnished silver on the outside, and lined with cedar. The bottom of the box reads: “Continental New York, Silver Plated, Made in Occupied Japan.” The post-WWII occupation of Japan lasted from 1945-1952, with goods flowing from the Land of the Rising Sun to the United States in greater numbers than ever before. The box will be on display between several Charlie Brown books and vintage comic books in Scott’s Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market booth.
“I’ll have a little bit of everything,” Scott says. A Singer sewing machine, circa 1930s. An antique Firestone radio with the manual and old call letters intact. A service for eight from the Johnson Brothers’ “The Friendly Village” line of dishes introduced in 1952. A crank telephone painted a cream color, with a cotton-braided cord.
Scott and her late husband Floyd were lifetime collectors, having inherited several pieces from near relations. “We’ve been collecting treasure for about three generations,” Scott says. “Some pieces are ones my husband and I collected, some from his parents and grandparents, and a few pieces collected by my aunts and uncles.” Come rediscover the Thornton Burgess series, a sauerkraut cutter, crocheted doilies, or toy horses from the 1930s. You might just leave with a piece of history to love.
The bright colors and contrasting textures of Danielle Lien’s textile designs are playful, delightful. Cotton and felt keychains are hand stitched with fanciful wood buttons affixed on top: a feather, cat, guitar. The keychains are snuggled next to magnets and framed Minnesota-themed pieces with log cabins and plaid lending their design to Lien’s art.
“I really like creating with my hands and I’ve always had that artistic bone in my body.” Lien dug into her craft when stuck at home during the early days of the pandemic. “I just really wanted to create.” A longtime photographer, the time in isolation proved fruitful as Lien explored new handicraft avenues. Soon she was delving into decoupage, macrame, and designing wood signs, yarn wall hangings and dream catchers.
Lien’s talent is generational. “I’m inspired by both my grandmothers,” Lien shares. “My paternal grandmother was a very talented painter. She taught me a lot of technique—crosshatching, shading, stippling.” Her maternal grandmother was a handicrafts maker, dabbling in basket weaving and macrame.
Lien will partner with baked goods artisan Sara Lowery for the Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market. Lien’s work can also be found online at Danielle Lien Designs and Verge of Fantastic in Glenwood
Delightful Jewelry from Sunny Day
Color, style, or era, you’re sure to find a piece to admire at Cheryl Larson’s booth at the Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market. The Glenwood-based artisan has been collecting and crafting jewelry for 15 years, starting with a fascination for vintage costume jewelry with rhinestones and eventually encompassing antique silver pieces, Egyptian revival, African trade beads, wire wrapping, resin pouring, and more.
Larson loves the play that comes with approaching each new piece, determining how to best restore each vintage item, when to reset broken pieces, when to pair pieces into a cohesive set. “I carefully research my pieces and can tell you the story about many of them,” Larson says. “I try to learn as much as I can about each vintage piece that comes to me, the era, the designer, how it’s made, the materials used.”
One of Larson’s pieces is an Egyptian revival piece, pairing cool blue recycled glass beads from Ghana with a gemstone shaped like a scarab beetle. “The ancient Egyptians used the scarab in many jewelry designs. They believed the dung beetle was closely connected with the sun god Khepri, who brought the sunrise over the horizon each day,” Larson explains. “Thus, it became a symbol of rebirth, regeneration, and protection in the afterlife.”
Cuff, pendant, necklace, earrings, or brooch, you’ll find a perfect gift or personal signature piece from Larson’s collection. She also maintains online marketplaces on Facebook and Etsy.
     
Get a Taste of the Global Marketplace
Beans from around the world flavor the warm cups and cold brews of this west central Minnesota coffee roaster. Liz and Mike Beaumia have been roasting beans just outside of Starbuck for 3 years, importing beans from Colombia, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Uganda, and Sumatra. Buy whole beans or have your selection of beans ground to order (for French press, espresso, or home brew).
“Each bean and each roast brings out a unique flavor,” says Liz. “The Ethiopian has a nice, chocolatey flavor and is a customer favorite. The Colombian blend is very versatile and can be roasted light, medium or dark.”
The Beau Coffee Company will feature cold brew coffee at the Vintage & Artisan Market, complete with a variety of syrups for flavor. Learn more about ordering beans or local delivery at BeauCoffeeCo.Com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something Sweet This Way Comes
Sara Lowery was just 10 years old when she wandered into a bakery in Benson and stumbled across her life’s passion. “I happened to see someone frosting a cake and was immediately fascinated.” Lowery went back to that same Benson bakery a few years later, this time as an employee, and learned the craft of baking, decorating, and creating delicacies to delight both the eye and taste buds. “I still go back to that same bakery to help out, now and again” Lowery laughs. “Usually during graduation season.”
Lowery is now based in Starbuck, and continues to create cakes, cookies, and specialty orders. “Baking has gotten really interesting in the last decade. With internet access, I’m constantly learning new techniques by watching videos, and I can order ingredients that used to be hard to find. It’s made the possibilities nearly endless for what can come out of my kitchen.”
Many of those possibilities start as an idea—for a birthday party, graduation, or special event. “Kids parties are getting more thematic. This year, I’ve done ‘Some Bunny is Turning 1’ and ‘Our Little Firecracker is 1.’ There’s less interest in licensed characters and more excitement about taking a theme and bringing it to every element of the party.”
Lowery, operating as Homemade on the Hilltop, will have cutout royal icing cookies, cupcakes, traditional cookies, and—her personal favorite—peanut butter cup cupcakes at the Starbuck Vintage and Artisan Market. Stop by and fill up, your taste buds will thank you.

 

 

Join us at the 1st Annual Starbuck Vintage and Artisan Market, coming to the lovely Starbuck City Park on Aug. 5th (4-8:00) and the 6th (8-5:00). We look forward to seeing you there and enjoy this bio of Jessica’s handiwork!
Living Her Joy, Abiding with Simplicity
Joyful Living is all about embracing the small things, the things that bring joy. “Five years ago, I was working in a job that didn’t allow for any creative outlet,” Jessica Weiman shares. “I wasn’t excited, I wasn’t happy. And I didn’t see a lot of joy in the world.” Weiman began to reflect on what brought her joy. A cup of coffee, a lit candle, a quiet moment. And Joyful Living was born.
“My first candle was named ‘Coffee Date’ after the first date I had with my husband, Dale,” Weiman says. Small batch candle making is her primary pursuit now, expanding to a core collection with signature scented candles named Joy, Peace, Love, and Grace. “Those are the four tenets of my life and what I bring to my business: loving one another no matter what, peace & tranquility, and finding a way to coexist with one another.”
The Grace candle is an homage to Weiman’s grandmother Grace. The undertones are incense and baked goods, with a whiff of pecan. “My grandmother went to church every morning and came home smelling of incense. She was also a big baker and her house smelled of banana bread and whatever else just came out of the oven.”
Weiman pours her candles in small batches of 6-10. The glass jars are topped with wooden lids
engraved with custom designs. Weiman will be bringing several seasonal scents to her booth at the Starbuck Vintage & Artisan Market, including “Lake Life,” “You Betcha” and new fall scents she’s pouring this week with apple and pumpkin fragrances.
“I try to keep the scents unique and package my candles in a way that’s sustainable,” Weiman says. She pours with soy wax and uses wood wicks and encourages patrons to reuse the candle jars as vases. Weiman will also have custom stationery available for sale, alongside wall prints, affirmation cards complete with illustrations, and hand-designed cards. You can connect with Joyful Living Vintage on Facebook.