Vintage Market Days Celebrates 10 Years of Success in Tulsa

Owner’s passion for vintage evolves into franchise with markets in 25 states

By: Angi Bruss | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: April 2022

Dianna Brown invites you to “Let’s Eat Cake” Vintage Market Days 10 year anniversary event!

Dianna Brown invites you to “Let’s Eat Cake” Vintage Market Days 10 year anniversary event!

What started out as a fun hobby has created 10 years of success on a scale larger than Dianna Brown could have imagined. Brown is the owner and co-founder of Vintage Market Days, an upscale, vintage-inspired, indoor/outdoor market. Ten years ago, Vintage Market Days started off in a pumpkin patch, quickly outgrew that space, and made its way to downtown Tulsa. It ultimately ended up in the Creek County Fairgrounds. During the last 10 years, Vintage Market Days has created a franchise with almost 60 territories in 25 different states. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vintage Market Days,, the Tulsa event “Let’s Eat Cake” will be held April 29 - May 1, 2022.

Brown said she’s always loved vintage, even as a child. And her family has embraced her love for vintage as well.

“It has completely transformed not only my life but so many others,” Brown explained. “For me, it allows me to make a living while doing something I absolutely would be doing anyway. My entire family has been involved in the event from day one. The boys and my husband load furniture and park cars, and my daughter takes tickets. They help set up the event and tear down when it’s over.”

About 100 vendors are involved in Tulsa’s upcoming Vintage Market Days, and more than 40,000 vendors are a part of the national franchise. Brown said almost all of them rely on the income they make from Vintage Market Days. Vendors like Kim McGee, who owns Okie Chic with her sisters and best friend. 

McGee said, “Okie Chic has been with Vintage Market Days since the very first event and hasn’t missed one. We always have great sales there and it has never let us down. Since we are mostly all handcrafted it takes us months to prepare.” 

Vendors at the upcoming Vintage Market Days sell a wide variety of goods including antiques, clothing, handmade jewelry, home decor, original art, floral and garden, home and body fragrance, textile, and outdoor furnishings. There will also be food trucks and snack vendors. 

The market is family-friendly with fun activities for children including balloons, face painting, and fun temporary tattoos. There will also be live music during the event. 

Partnering with a non-profit is something Vintage Market Days has done from the beginning. For this event, the non-profit partner is Branch 15-Eastern Oklahoma. Branch 15 provides Christ-centered housing with individualized care and support for women on their paths to recovery. Branch 15 will receive a donation at the end of the event.

Brown said, “It means the world to me to be celebrating 10 years with Vintage Market Days. My love for this business and all the individuals involved is very real and is something that has forever changed me.”

Vintage Market Days will be held at the Creek County Fairgrounds located at 17808 W. Highway 66 in Kellyville, OK. Tickets for April 29-30 are $10 and tickets for May 1 are $5. Children 12 and under are always free. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door.

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