Every Sunday, vendors set up shop in Springer Market Square for Kingston’s weekly Antique Market, where local residents are given the opportunity to form a unique appreciation of vintage art forms that they wouldn’t generally see on a day-to-day basis.
For the last 25 years, the market has been running from April 1 until the end of October.
The square is filled with booths of antique furniture and jewelry, vintage clothing, militia, glassware, collectables, art and flowers, as well as fresh produce and baked goods.
For many vendors, selling in Springer Square on Sunday is part of their weekly routine.
For the past decade, antique furniture vendor Roy Estabrooks has committed most of his day to setting up and selling at the market.
“You get here at about six in the morning and it takes a couple hours to set up, and then you’re here till about 6 or 7 o’clock at night before you pack it up and bring it back home,” Estabrooks said.
The market is a consistent attraction for many Kingston residents, students and tourists.
Vintage pop-culture collector Bill Baker has witnessed the success and popularity of the Sunday market for almost 19 years.
“We have regulars that come in all the time, but you see the tourists in the summertime and then the students come back as the seasons change,” Baker said. “So it’s a little bit of a different mix for what people are looking for.”
Vendors at the Antique Market look forward to being reunited by their hobbies in the spring.
“You look forward to the spring when you get to see everyone again,” Baker said.
Recently, the market has become one of the main tourist attractions on Kingston weekends. Artwork and ceramics collector and vendor Don Callan has been selling at the Sunday market for seven years and has noticed the recent spike in tourist interest.
“The tour bus operators have clued in and it’s been bringing in busloads of tourists now for the last two years. So for Kingston, Sunday is booming,” he said.
Although selling at the market is prosperous, it’s the friendship between vendors that continues to draw them to Kingston’s Sunday Market.
“I’ve gotten to know some of the people down here and we have a lot of fun on Sundays. We’re very close and we all support each other,” Callan said.
The market is an unusual event within Kingston that contributes valuable forms of vintage art to the already diverse arts scene within the community.
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