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Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace: Finders Keepers

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Who really needs another artfully designed sterling silver and gemstone pendant, a wagon full of finds -- from organic loose-leaf teas and vintage framed photographs to fantastic refurbed furniture?

Well, no one, of course. But when it comes to the thrill of the hunt, HGTV-loving hedonists hoping to collect all things clever, cute and sometimes kitschy, know there's no place better than the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace.

Sunday, Aug. 16, the marketplace will welcome shoppers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ritz Charles, just off N. Meridian (U.S. 31) about halfway between W. 116th and 126th streets in Carmel. And if you're serious about scouting out specific housewares, browsing unique boutique clothing and accessories or locating neat art and found objects that are gussied-up and tagged for sale, get your rump out the door early and make way for this popular monthly attraction.

During the marketplace, you can buy crystal jewelry from Silver Linings Jewelry, or sip a free sample of Sub Rosa Tea's Key Lime Ceylon blend. - COURTESY SILVER LININGS JEWELRY AND SUB ROSA TEA
  • Courtesy Silver Linings Jewelry and Sub Rosa Tea
  • During the marketplace, you can buy crystal jewelry from Silver Linings Jewelry, or sip a free sample of Sub Rosa Tea's Key Lime Ceylon blend.

Unless you're one of the American Pickers, you'll appreciate the convenience of having artsy pieces, antiques and delectables from more than 65 vendors all in the same space. Better yet, you can nab them without having to prowl through dank and dusty barns or musty old shops that smell like your mamaw's basement from the 1960s.

A self-professed "huge fan of HGTV and shows such as Flea Market Flip," Paula Fike-Daum plans to be one of the first in line on her quest for eclectic collectibles for her home -- particularly industrial-type artifacts.

But tomorrow she won't go it alone. Her 11-year-old son digs flipping through stacks of vintage vinyl to find cool LPs and framable album covers.

Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace has been going strong since 2012.  - COURTESY INDIE ARTS & VINTAGE AND TROY BURT PHOTO
  • Courtesy Indie Arts & Vintage and Troy Burt Photo
  • Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace has been going strong since 2012.

Describing the scene similar to "an upscale flea market," she says it makes for an ideal inexpensive venue for creatively curious kids. (Admission costs $5 for adults; children get in free.)

"It's fun to see old items up-cycled and repurposed for renewed uses," says Fike-Daum. "My son loves to create, so it's a great place to take him for seeing how creative others are."

As for shopping tips, she says arrive early and be prepared for parking challenges if it's rainy. Goods range from the reasonably priced to pricey, she says, so plan accordingly.

For additional details and a complete listing of the vendors, click on the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace Facebook page (and, in case you miss August's treasures, be sure to check out the next marketplace on Labor Day, Sept. 7th, which will be in Broad Ripple Park).

One of Indy Arts & Vintage Marketplace's goals includes encouraging sustainable living through re-use of old items. - COURTESY INDIE ARTS & VINTAGE AND TROY BURT PHOTO
  • Courtesy Indie Arts & Vintage and Troy Burt Photo
  • One of Indy Arts & Vintage Marketplace's goals includes encouraging sustainable living through re-use of old items.

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