On Saturday, September 7 The Vintage Market will host its first event on the front lawn of the Causey Mansion in downtown Milford. Offering antiques, refinished vintage pieces of furniture, unique home accessories and garden decor, The Vintage Market will begin as a single event that the organizers hope will evolve into an ongoing affair with several vendors involved.
Organizers Jackie Connolley and Chuck Gale are avid collectors, visiting auctions and estate sales across the Mid-Atlantic region in search of unique antiques, refinished vintage and architectural pieces. As a child Jackie grew up in historical houses in Maryland and Delaware and her love of vintage collections began as her mother and her started to decorate their Milford residence, the Causey Mansion. Now an adult, Jackie and Chuck travel hours to find eclectic pieces that will join their collection.
“We are always looking for things that are unique, one-of-a-kind,” commented Chuck. “We love the hunt and are very excited when we find that unique piece.”
Built in 1763 for Levin Crapper, a landowner, magistrate and vestryman in the area, the Causey Mansion has the distinction of housing two of Delaware’s Governors; Governor Rogers and Causey. Placed on the The National Register by the U.S. Department of Interior, the bright yellow exterior and brilliant white columns take visitors back to antebellum Delaware and the feel of life on a plantation, as during Crapper’s lifetime the mansion was a working farm. The home, built on a triangle of land where Causey Avenue (formerly known as Depot Street), South Walnut Street and Southeast Second Street meet, is now a bed and breakfast inn.
Hosting The Vintage Market at the historical Milford landmark, Connoley and Gale hope that the event will pull Milford residents and visitors to the downtown area. One of the pair’s greatest finds was a tapestry from 1854 that is adorned with an image of George Washington. According to Gale, the tapestry is the largest one made of three tapestry at the time depicting George Washington.
“We want people to find that show-stopping piece, something to finish off that room or something from their childhood,” commented Gale. “Antiques are not just great pieces to own but can also become an investment.”
Connoley and Gale are currently looking for individuals and artists in the area that are interested in becoming vendors at The Vintage Market. They stress that the market will not be a yard sale but a collection of unique antiques, refinished vintage and architectural pieces. The inaugural Vintage Market will be held on Saturday, September 7, during the Riverwalk Freedom Festival, at the Causey Mansion located at 2 Causey Avenue. For more information on the market individuals are encouraged to contact Jackie or Chuck through thevintagemarketde.com