3-day market brings unique, handmade goods to Ellis County Expo Center

A collection of vendors from across the state and country offered their collections and creations to Ellis County residents at the second annual Vintage Market Days this weekend.

The event showcases upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, handmade treasures, food and much more. The event began on Friday and will be open for it’s final day in Ellis County this year from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at at the Ellis County Expo Center. Tickets are $5 at the gate and children 12 and under get in free.

Scottie Snider is set up right inside the door of the Expo building, demonstrating his $15 a minute drawing skills. He and his partner run Plaid Guys Pillow Company out of Ozark, Missouri, designing and producing custom throw pillow cases and clothing.

“I had a teacher who used to tell me if I didn’t straighten up, I’d never amount to anything,” Snider said, as his hands seemingly effortlessly turned a few peppermint marker lines into a bird’s nest. “I saw her the other day and told her she used to get payed about $15 a hour. Well, I make $15 in a minute.”

The partners used to travel to different shows, hauling with them goods from their store, he said. At one show, his partner Randy Woods asked him to draw some designs on the canvas bags to show customers what they could craft onto the bags.

“Well, a lady stepped up and wanted to buy the bag I had drawn on. Her friend wanted to buy one, too. I told her I don’t have anymore, but I can make you one,” Snider said.

The partners have since closed their shop and stopped selling most of their other products to focus on traveling the country selling the custom designed pillow cases made totally in the USA, he said.

Under the covered area at the Expo Center, Cheri Morgan was busy offering attendees pieces of her dark and milk toffee. Each piece is about a lot more than toffee, she said, as she watches each face light up as they sample the rich flavor.

“People could be having the worst day of their lives, but we just gave them two seconds of joy,” Morgan said.

Her business, Wildtoad Toffee, like so many others, started out as making toffee as Christmas presents, then deciding to offer it for sale on Facebook to see if there was interests, she said.

“In six weeks, I had shipping, packaging and a logo,” she said.

And her Fort Worth based business is really taken off, adding with several employees since last summer, Morgan said.

“I have been sent these incredible woman who treat this like it was their own,” she said.

Tucked in a quieter corner, Carolyn Denning’s booth was serving up birdseed in a teacup. At her request, Denning’s husband figured out how to mount teacups and saucers in such a way they could hang as bird feeders, with the seed placed in the cup and the saucer serving as a landing strip. Other designs used a variety of old bottles to form humming bird feeders or birdbaths.

“One of my feeders has been out for 15 years,” she said.

She has participated in Vintage Market Days for several years now and meets repeat customers who are looking for the next unique feeder, she said.

“It has been fun. I have met some interesting people and some of my best friends here,” Denning said.


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