Taking it to the street

Vintage Street Faire hosts a variety of vendors featuring 'usable' antiques

Those who enjoy finding unique home furnishings, garden art or a one-of-a-kind necklace should clear their calendars for Saturday.

The third-annual Vintage Street Faire is coming to downtown Camas.

With approximately 30 vendors offering everything from 1890s collectibles to handmade linens, there will be plenty of choices. Items range in price from just a few dollars to higher end, older finds.

The Street Faire is sponsored by Camas Antiques and the Downtown Camas Association, and is presented by Worthy Goods.

“Every vendor really has their own story of how they got into doing this,” said Debbie Taylor of Worthy Goods. “I am really an advocate of having things you can use in your home today, not just for display but to use.”

JoAnn Taylor, owner of Camas Antiques, said the Street Faire has grown in popularity.

“There has been a lot of interest generated in the past year,” she said. “We’ll have vintage decorator type items, antiques and things for your home. We are very specific about who is chosen, and the items you see are not the usual flea market type. These are higher quality choices.”

Camas Antiques will not have a booth in the faire, but the store is having a sale with special promotions on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, free Italian sodas will be offered to the first 50 people to enter the store. There will also be a professional appraiser on Saturday. For $5, he will provide an estimate of an item’s value. Customers are asked to limit their items to two per visit.

The appraiser is Gary Germer, who has been in the area before to evaluate antiques.

JoAnn Taylor said her favorite aspect of the Street Faire is the variety.

“It’s great to see all the different things everyone brings,” she said. “All the vendors have different looks, and everyone sets up beautiful booths. It’s pretty incredible. This year we have four blocks for the vendors, and last year we only had one. There’s going to be a lot more for people to see.”

For those who are hungry, Nuestra Mesa will be offering breakfast and lunch items, cooked on an open grill in front of the restaurant, 228 N.E. Fourth Ave.

In addition, there will be a vendor selling kettle corn, and Truly Scrumptious will tempt fairgoers with cupcakes, pies, and other treats.

Live music will be provided by Michael McCabe and Matt Brown, who will play guitar.

Debbie Taylor, who lives in Washougal, said she and business partner Laurie Miller of Portland, enjoy the Street Faire.

“We are really excited about this year and all the vendors,” she said. “This event has really grown and we hope to make it a cornerstone event of late summer in Camas.”

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