VERMILION — It’s the height of summer and the shore is calling.
Organizers of the third annual Vermilion Beach Market are hoping the summer vibe will bring shoppers in for the open-air market overlooking Lake Erie this weekend.
What: Vermilion Beach Market
When: 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sherod Park, 13406 W. Lake Road
Cost: Admission and parking are free. Eighty merchants and food vendors will be on site. Leashed dogs are welcome
Information: vermilionbeachmarket.com or facebook.com/vermilionbeachmarket
Attendees will find everything from upcycled vintage furniture and nautical items to handcrafted jewelry, clothes and original artwork, said Anne Naugle, who started the event in 2016.
Naugle, a Vermilion resident, wanted to bring something to her community that was reminiscent of the vintage markets in France, where she used to live.
“It seems to be a real trend now, especially with millennials. But we’re definitely doing our own thing. There seems to be more and more artisans looking for venues, too, so the stars kind of aligned,” she said.
Its first year drew so many shoppers, organizers were amazed. Because it is a free event, there is no accurate way to gauge attendance, but Naugle said last year’s market probably drew the same numbers.
The vendors, though, have grown each year. It is a curated, juried show, and this year the market received more than 150 applications from vendors. Only 80 were chosen because of the “finute amount of space” Sherod Park offers.
Its location is one of its big draws for vendors, Naugle said.
“They love the location and are very pleased with the customers. They couldn’t believe how nice everybody was, and they all think it is a premier location as well,” she said.
As in previous years, LEAKOIL — a group of vintage VW minibus enthusiasts — will roll in for Saturday’s market, to provide ambience and sell hot dogs and their own items, she said.
New this year is a commemorative tote designed by an artist/vendor and a free photo booth, giving shoppers a chance to take selfies driving a vintage VW.
A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Vermilion Parks Department and Vermilion in Bloom for improvement projects at Sherod Park.