The Union Recorder

February 14, 2014

The Market Collective sells, rents unique vintage items

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE —

A group of like-minded ladies came together through their love of vintage treasures and was inspired by all things creative to establish The Market Collective in downtown Milledgeville.

“We have a true devotion for all things vintage and antique and we are here to bring your vision and our passion to fruition,” said Donna Collins, one of five partners in the business, who range in age from their early 20s to mid-50s. “We think we have a fun eclectic mix of fun and retro items that everyone can enjoy. Stop by and see us because you may find something you can’t live without.”

The vintage sales and rental company offers an eco-friendly collection of fine specialty items, including vintage, repurposed and up-cycled pieces, as well as unique, handmade furniture and organic treasures. Shoppers can find vintage and new home decor and furniture pieces to retro-style clothing and accessories.

“Each piece in our collection is hand-picked for its charm and history,” Collins said. “The staff at The Market Collective can provide the knowledge and creativity to apply decor trends and bring new ideas to the table to create a fresh design.”

Collins said the latest trend in southern wedding decor is going more toward the unique, timeless aspects. The Market Collective gives brides the ability to rent vintage pieces to make their day extra special with a touch of vintage detail.

“Originality is a big priority; clients want their wedding to reflect their personality, style and relationship. It makes it more interesting to sit at a table where the table becomes a conversation piece,” she said. “We can also up-cycle beautiful vintage finds to give them a modern twist; whatever your taste, we have unique decor to fit most every bride’s vision.”

The Market Collective also caters to antique-lovers by offering vintage rentals for themed parties, including bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, photo shoots and other events.

“We also offer staging for movies and television, and we are willing to source items for you. If there is a certain vintage piece you are looking for, we will do our best to help you find it,” Collins said. “Using this type decor will make your event memorable and often save you on the cost of flowers.”

Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, the vintage shop is located at 124 N. Wayne St., across from Ace Hardware, formerly Herndon’s men’s clothing store. The Market Collective name was originated from its historic location.

“In the late 1930s this location was home to J.A. Mayfield Meat Market, and the sign for the meat store was still in the basement of the building,” Collins said. “It is now proudly displayed in the store, and we pay homage to the history of the building as a market, even though we won’t be selling meat. [Customers] can look out for market-themed tags, art work T-shirts and more.”

For more information about the business call 478-457-4360 or like The Market Collective Facebook page. The shop will make its website public in the near future.