Grab your friends and head out to the best outdoor market in South Texas for the 9th Annual Vintage in Verdi Dec. 3-4. The event is held at the Verdi Community Center, 4 Fairview Rd. in Verdi, just north of Pleasanton. The talented, local hostess Kate Jasik has an event-filled weekend planned for you with over 80 vendors where you’ll find unique, antique, vintage, retro, handcrafted, boutique and repurposed items just in time for Christmas.
Jasik and Christina Hedfelt first brought us Vintage in Verdi (VNV) in 2012 when Jasik came back home with her son. Her parents are Pleasanton natives.
“I’ve always loved antiques and vintage,” said Jasik, who grew up in Comfort. “It’s actually called ‘The Little Antique
Town.’ They always did what they call ‘Christmas in Comfort’ where they have tons of antique vendors lining the streets the weekend of Thanksgiving with a huge lighted Christmas parade.”
When she came home to Pleasanton, Jasik noticed there was nothing like this and decided to change that with the help of Hedfelt and Jeanie Ridgeway, one of the founders of the Verdi Community Center and a huge supporter of community events.
“Jeanie was a huge inspiration to me, and I couldn’t have done it without Christina because in the first, at least six years of VNV, it was solely her and I doing everything,” said Jasik.
Their first year, Jasik and Hedfelt visited everywhere from Fredericksburg Trade Days to Round Top, inviting vendors to VNV. Unfortunately, they were turned down a lot as the show wasn’t yet established. The duo managed to get 22 vendors for their first show, but the night before, 12 backed out due to sleeting weather. Despite the turn of events, VNV went on in the 30-degree weather and had a turnout of 500 people.
“I always laugh and say, I think we’ve experienced every form of weather, and we’ve made it and it’s been a success.”
Last year, Hedfelt bowed out of VNV, but Jasik is grateful for her as she couldn’t have done it on her own. However, Jasik is not alone. Over the past three years a group of her homeschool moms and friends have stepped in to help.
“If I give them a project, they run with it and they have made it so much easier to do and they’ve made it run a lot smoother. I couldn’t do it without them.”
From investing their own money into VNV to the show now paying for itself, Jasik says VNV feels like family with vendors and visitors from all over attending year after year.
“Even last year [with COVID] it was neat to see how many are like, ‘It’s only once a year, so we really want to come,’” said Jasik, who added that 2,000 people showed up to their 2020 show. “And all they ever say about our community is this is the nicest community they’ve been in, the most welcoming, everybody’s so friendly … we’ve never been to a show with the people and customers just being so friendly. There’s years when I don’t know if I can pull this off another year, and then I start getting calls from people asking if I’m going to do it. It makes me feel good to know they enjoy it. I think that speaks volumes for our community.”
Last year, VNV had 65 vendors. This year, they are up to 85 vendors as far north as Ingram and as far south as Brownsville.
Some of Jasik’s favorite vendors include Crosses of the Heart by Jerry and Diane Rumfield from La Vernia, Garvinworks, LLC-Handcrafted Rustic Furniture, and locals Darla Royal, Amy Porter and Carla McDaniel.
“Sometimes you can meet people and they may have something really good, but then they may not have the best personality. So, I feel whenever someone is kind, and you can tell that they’ve put their passion into what they’re doing and then they’re just good people, that’s what makes a vendor stand out to me,” she said.
In addition to adult vendors, VNV offers the chance for kid entrepreneurs to have booths at the show. In the past few years, children 16 and under have been able to get a 10×10 booth for $25 to sell whatever creations they have. This year, VNV has 12 kid vendors.
“They are all set up around the playground area and it’s really, really cute to see them helping each other out. And it’s so impressive the creations they come up with,” said Jasik. “I think it gets them excited and inspired when they come out and see their friends selling things and they think, ‘Oh I want to do this, too.’ Just to see them get so driven, it’s neat.”
Jasik’s own son and daughter will be selling their own creations at VNV this year including fishing rods made out of bottle caps and cactus themed ornaments and magnets.
Locally and familyowned, VNV is the perfect weekend destination to do all of your Christmas shopping in one stop while supporting locally and family-owned businesses.
“Community … that’s what I want people to think of when they hear about Vintage in Verdi. It’s a community full of people just like all of us,” said Jasik. “It’s neat just to come together and build relationships, friendships and it feels like small-town family.”
Other highlights include antiques and oddities, coffee, homemade eats, hot chocolate bar, free kid’s crafts, live music, jewelry, home decor, glassware and more. Friday First Pickin’ will be from 1-8 p.m. on Dec. 3 with $7 entry. On Saturday, Dec. 4, the hours will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with $3 entry.
Be sure to follow the Vingtage in Verdi Facebook and Instagram page for a sneek peek at the 80+ vendors you can find at this year’s show.