“I feel like because our following has grown, they do decent every sale,” Stillinger said. “It’s been fun because it creates more of a community feel, and everyone is cross-promoting the events and each other on social media. I’ve noticed that people now come expecting some of these (vendors) every time. It’s really beneficial for everybody. There’s something (good) about networking and connecting, especially because everyone is so local. Almost everybody is a young mom, and that’s kind of special, too.”
Past and present vendors include Ellisa McClaughlin of Truly Kindred (jewelry and hand-poured candles), Amber Moore of Whatsoever Things (polymer clay earrings), Maurie Smith of Hippie Granola (gluten-free granola), Evan Hoffman of Mindful Renewal (home decor items created from Pendleton Woolen Mills fabric), Jessica Korf of Pretty+Baked (decorated cookies, cakes and pies), Kate Biscarret of Sweet Jayne (women’s clothing), Di Moore of Di’s Pies and Carissa Pereira of Rad Harvest (herbal salts and gluten-free items).
“I love participating in the barn sales for a variety of reasons,” Smith said. “I love the Camas-Washougal area and I love being able to participate in a local sale. I love hearing from local people who discovered my granola at the barn sales. Not to mention it is so much fun to browse and see all the treasures that (Jordan) has at the sale. She has a great eye for beautiful, unique things, as anyone who has been to one of her sales can attest. She frequents local businesses and recommends them to others. I admire her ability to take a vision and bring it to fruition, as well as her outgoing, friendly personality.”
Hoffman, one of Stillinger’s first vendors, echoed similar sentiments.
“Being a part of the barn sales is always a great honor for me,” Hoffman said. “Jordan puts so much thought and care into curating a space for vintage lovers of all ages. When I first started selling with her, she had one or two other vendors, but over the years she’s partnered with more businesses, and that has only enhanced the shopping experience. Having the opportunity to basically start and maintain my business at the barn sales is invaluable. I have tried other avenues, such as my own website, in-person markets, and selling my products in small businesses, but Jordan’s barn sales are always a hit, and her relationship with the community is really what makes it happen for all of us.”
The vendors said they have been impressed with Stillinger’s business acumen, work ethic and friendly, inclusive personality.