Whether you live for tiki mugs, custom costume jewelry, classic toys or wagon wheels, Tucson’s antique hunters and fans of all things vintage will have more opportunities to shop until they drop this fall.
In addition to the antique fair that has been held at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park since 2007 — the event runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every third Sunday of the month from October to March — the city will see the launch of two new fairs and the return of the mega-Tanque Verde Antique Fair in a brand new location, all starting in September.
All of the new and relocated shows fall on different Sundays of the month.
Here’s the breakdown:
Antique/Vintage Fair at Medella Vina Ranch — 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every first Sunday of the month at Medella Vina Ranch, 4450 S. Houghton Road. facebook.com/tvantique/
One of the biggest antique fairs in the city has found a new home at Medella Vina Ranch, formerly Pantano Stables on South Houghton Road, after parting ways with Tanque Verde Elementary School earlier this year.
The ranch’s 45 acres of fields, mesquite trees and a green park space easily accommodate the 180 vendors that are expected to set up on the property starting next Sunday, Sept. 3.
Parking is also plentiful.
At a walk-through for dealers on Aug.13, ranch owner Grae Verlin explained the benefits of her property.
“You’ll have that drive-by traffic that you didn’t get before,” said Verlin, who was a regular shopper when the fair was at Tanque Verde Elementary, east of North Soldier Trail off of East Tanque Verde Road.
The main outdoor selling space at Medella Vina pushes up against South Houghton Road, with McGraw’s Cantina overlooking the property to the north.
There will also be a patio area and indoor space, both with their own sets of dealers.
“It is real easy to find,” she added. “Houghton is a really busy road. People are going to drive by, see your tents and ask, ‘What’s going on?’”
Pets are allowed, but only in the open outdoor area, so plan accordingly says Corbett Black, who runs the fair with his wife, Darletta Black.
Another new addition: Parking for the fair will be $1 per car for buyers.
The Mercado Flea — 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every second Sunday at Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. mercadosanagustin.com/events/
Downtown’s answer to Tucson’s insatiable hunger for antique and vintage fare will be The Mercado Flea, which will take place every second Sunday of the month in the lot adjacent to Mercado San Agustin, west of Interstate 10.
Kira Dixon-Weinstein, executive director of Mercado San Agustín, said the idea for an antique market at the Mercado has been a long time coming.
Dixon-Weinstein moved here from New York City and was a big fan of the regular antique events held in her former hometown, such as the Brooklyn Flea and the Chelsea Flea markets.
“We are trying to create a market district here,” she said. “Our whole goal is to be a small-business incubator. These markets help facilitate that.”
Dixon-Weinstein said interest from dealers in setting up near the Mercado has been greater than expected. They had planned for maybe 30 dealers for the first event but have since expanded that number to 40 to suit demand.
They hope to eventually bring the number up to 75 sellers. Future Mercado Fleas will be held in the festival area of the mercado expansion, dubbed the MSA annex, currently under construction.
“If you come, you can go have brunch, look at antiques, walk around,” she said. “You are on the streetcar line. The big bike loop that goes around the city is nearby. People are out and about.”
Wa:k Walk-up Antique/Farmers Market — 8 a.m.-4 p.m. every third Sunday at San Xavier Co-op Farm, 8100 S. Oidak Wog off of West San Xavier Road. sanxaviercoop.org
Yet another new market, this time with a twist, is set to open south of Tucson, right around the corner from Mission San Xavier del Bac.
The Wa:k Walk-up market will take place the third Sunday of every month, starting Sept. 17, on an open lot owned by the San Xavier Co-op Farm.
The monthly event, which will operate on a year-round basis, will be part antique fair and part farmers market, according to coordinator Angelo Rios,
Customers can browse through vintage and antique finds provided by dealers from Tucson and Phoenix, while noshing on mesquite cookies, fresh produce and fry bread, made by members of the Tohono O’odham community.
Rios, an antique dealer for more than 20 years who is on the farm’s board, said the goal is to bring money into the community and more exposure to the co-op and its mission: Utilizing healthy farming practices and growing traditional crops to support cultural and environmental values, as well as economic development within the community, according to its website.
“We have the land,” Rios said. “I’ve been in the antique world so long, we knew there was a need for something like this.”
Rios said if the fair gets off the ground, there is plenty of room at the farm for expansion.
The co-op is also launching a native crafts fair that will run the first Sunday of every month.