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Back Roads Vintage Market returns for sixth year

June 7, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

Approximately 50 vendors lined the streets of downtown Dysart for the 6th Annual Back Roads Vintage Market, where area vendors showed off their unique crafts to locals and art enthusiasts.

"This is a repurposed/antique vendor market they can sell their wares with our local businesses," Rhonda Lassen, a coordinator of the event said. "It started just on Main Street and now we've expanded it to Wilson and Clark over the years."

According to Lassen, the idea behind hosting the Back Roads Vintage Market was to bring different types of vendors to Dysart and expand what the town had to offer. The market proved successful from the start, drawing in crowds of 2,000 people over the course of the day in past years.

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"I think people who come enjoy the different, unique items the vendors offer," Lassen said. "We have a gal on the corner that makes lawn ornaments out of spoons. That uniqueness brings people here and brings vendors back each year."

In past years, around 70 vendors have taken over Main Street as well as Clark and Wilson, but this year featured 50 vendors filling out more space to sell their wares. One vendor who has attended the Back Roads Vintage Market over the past four years is Jazzed Up Junque by Jan Miller of Waterloo. Miller had previously worked as a school teacher before taking up repurposing and repainting lawn chairs and decorations.

"20 years ago, I started painting and accessorizing chairs," Miller said. "I must have done 100 chairs for people and donated some to a church bazaar. I decided to make more and it got bigger. When my husband retired, he was able to help."

Miller over the years has enjoyed attending markets in small town Iowa, and learned about the Back Roads Vintage Market through an acquaintance. They applied for a spot and have been coming each year since.

"We've kept coming back because of the good crowd," Miller said. "Dysart is quaint, little town and locals come to these events. They are very interested in this time of art. As long as we can keep making this product, we will continue to come here because it's a fun place to do be."

With the Back Roads Vintage Market having grown and expanded to feature artists and food vendors over more of Dysart, Lassen hopes to continue the market for years to come.

"The idea is to convince people to come to Dysart," Lassen said. "It's a nice little community and we have fun doing this each year."



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