Dublin Vintage Market to return first weekend in June

  • Dublin Vintage Market Courtesy Photo—

  • Dublin Vintage Market Courtesy Photo—

  • Dublin Vintage Market Courtesy Photo—

  • Dublin Vintage Market Courtesy Photo—

  • Dublin Vintage Market Courtesy Photo—

  • Dublin Vintage Market Courtesy Photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/23/2019 10:31:32 AM

For two days in June the field at Cricket Hill Farm in Dublin will again become a picker’s paradise as the Dublin Vintage Market returns for its fourth year in a row.

The woman behind the vintage show, Maria Amarosa says she has surrounded herself with antique items her whole life. She loves to dress in vintage 1970s clothes, drives a 1969 Chevrolet truck and kicks back at home to the sound of her record player.

“I’m an old soul as you say,” she says, adding that she comes by it honestly. “I’m a fourth generation picker.”

Growing up in Winchester, Amarosa remembers summer days spent at the town’s flea market, running around with her brother while her mother and father sold antiques.

“The town had a really, really, really good flea market,” she said. “It was a great time for kids. It was super fun. It’s part of my life.”

Amarosa, of Peterborough, works full-time at James Thomas salon but loves nothing more than to get away for a day to an antique or flea market or pop up shop with her box truck “Joey” who houses her vintage clothing business Vintage Label Co.

“Joey goes with me when I need to do shows,” Amarosa said. “He’s always at all of my events. I gave him a personality so it’s more fun.”

She started the Dublin Vintage Market because she wanted to give a venue to the local antique dealers and artisans, who like her often traveling great distances to sell at other fairs and markets around New England.

“My event is all about the vendors. I don’t do this for any other reason than for my vendors to have a place to sell their goods and be who they are,” Amarosa said. “There’s so many artisans and such talented people in our area and they just don’t have a place to go. There’s so much hidden talent, it’s nice to get them out here.”

Amarosa says the market is a “crazy” two days with about 10,000 people attending over the whole weekend.

“The Dublin Vintage Market is the largest and only antique and vintage show of its kind in the state,” Amarosa said.

Amarosa screens the vendors so shoppers get an array of wares from vintage, retro, antique and artisan made goods.

“It’s a very juried event, this is not a flea market. It’s market-seasoned vendors,” Amarosa said.

But Amarosa also adds to the event with her love of vintage and retro campers.

“What sets me apart from everyone else is that I have a vintage camper rally attached to it. … We create a little village down on the farm.”

The Vintage and Antique Camper Rally was so popular when she introduced it last year, Amarosa said, she had to bring it back, but it’s actually another throwback to Amarosa’s childhood.

“My dad is one of the founding fathers of this particular group that we belong to and the people that come to my vintage camper rally at my event, to me they are family,” Amarosa said. “We call it glamping,” because it’s camping with glamour.

The glampers go all out with the decorations and show off their campers inside and out during the market.

“Pink flamingos and lights, you name it. Because these people go camping in their very special way,” she said.

The market includes children’s activities, music and is featuring up to 185 vendors this year including the 10 food trucks.

“From ice cream to lemonade to barbecue to wood-fired pizza, gelato and iced coffee,” Amarosa said.

Come hungry, wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen and don’t forget your shopping bag.

“You don’t realize how big it is until you get there and how much stuff there is to do,” she said.

Admission is $5 per person, 16 and under are free, and parking is free.

Anyone who arrives in an antique vehicle not only gets in for free but also gets to park close to the market.

Amarosa said it is just something that happened when she started the market and she would see a vintage vehicle.

“It happened naturally and I was like, ‘Hey you! Park over here.’”

Amarosa said she plans to bring the market back each year.

“It’s a passion for me,” she said. “I hope and pray it just gets bigger and bigger.”

Cricket Hill Farm field is located on 1716 Main Street/Route 101 in Dublin.

Amarosa said she is limiting vendors to 185 vendors this year and still has a few spots open.

Interested vendors can reach Amarosa at mariaamarosa@yahoo.com.


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