This past week I attended the Vintage Marketplace at Galway Downs in Temecula. I don’t usually buy anything when I go, but I just love to go. Wandering through all the booths gets my creative juices all stirred up. It’s so cool to see the enthusiasm of the vendors; from procuring their treasures to sell, to creating amazing vignettes, and making something new from something old. Their booths always look amazing. Whether they realize it or not, they are setting excellent examples of following midlife passions.
One of the highlights of attending the Vintage Marketplace is the people you will come across. The vendors at the show are totally immersed in the vintage lifestyle, not just in their product mix, but in how they decorate their booths and in the clothes they wear…all out, head to toe vintage style can be found throughout the show.
Following midlife passions
I met a beautiful local teacher, Miss Colleen from Wild Irish Rose Antiques. While she loves being a teacher during the week, collecting and selling antiques fulfills a creative passion for her that shows in everything she does. A self proclaimed hippy, she was beaming…such a great living, breathing example of following your passion.
And then there are the shoppers…We’re talking serious hustlers who come prepared with rolling carts ready for all their new found goodies. They know the early bird gets the worm and they are determined to leave no worms behind.
The Purple Hat Society Ladies Tea Group
I met a group of lovely ladies while I was there…members of the Purple Hat Society Ladies Tea Group. They weren’t there to get in the mix with the hustlers. Theirs was a more genteel purpose. The women of the Purple Hat Society Ladies Tea Group are there to dress up in their purple finery, to enjoy each other’s company and conversation and take in a lovely day. You can check out their website here to learn more about Miss Emma’s inspiration for starting this group and how you can join them for future events.
Miss Emma had presented each of the members with a special fabric lined purple tote for the occasion. She is a pro at creating vintage clothing and accessories. They are currently busy preparing for an upcoming Jane Austen tea party, where naturally, they will be making all the clothes themselves.
Passion as a Color
Earlier in the morning while standing in line to enter the event, I struck up a conversation with two women in front of me. They were mother and daughter, both working their own super cute vintage style.
I was immediately taken by the mother’s hair. As someone that has decided to let my hair go to it’s natural color, I am always on the look out for women rocking theirs. Her hair was in a cute salt and pepper bob, with purple color framing her face. She also sported a purple hat and a black and white polka dot dress.
Cute as a bug she was and I couldn’t help but notice how interested she was in the arrival of the Purple Hat ladies. We had all arrived around the same time and you could just tell she was itching to get over to them and figure out what she was obviously missing out on!
As we waited in line, I quizzed her about her affection for the color purple. Turns out years ago, while her husband was away on a mission trip in Africa, he began referring to her as his “lavender lady”. Up until that time she hadn’t necessarily worn a lot of the muted purple hue, but his reference to it…the way he sweetly connected her to the color lavender, set her off on a quest for all things purple that continues to this day and shows itself in all facets of her life.
What a great visual representation of his love for her, and her acknowledgement back to him of her appreciation for it. If you’ve read my thoughts on romance in a long term relationship, you know I love this gesture. Seeing your love as a color…wow, the epitome of following passion, midlife or otherwise!
What color is your love?
The Vintage Marketplace happens four times a year, come join me for the next one in June!
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