The third Vintage Market is right around the corner and is different in nearly all respects this year, after quickly outgrowing its location of the past two years.

Patron’s requests were heard and the sale has expanded to two days this year, as a means to offer flexibility to shoppers. On Friday, April 5 hours will be from noon to 8 p.m. 


On Saturday, April 6 shoppers will have from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to peruse the wide selection of quality furniture, antiques, collectibles, artwork, upscale accessories, jewelry and plants. The event is sponsored by the Southern Cherokee Cultural Center (SCCC).


Each year is quite different. Last year there was an abundance of fine vintage glassware and beautiful original artwork — the latter was initiated by well-known local realist painter, Dan Woodward, who offered a piece he painted especially for the Vintage Market.


This year there will still be original artwork, but the amount of furniture has grown. There will be a variety of gently used furniture from Paul’s Furniture in St. Robert and an assortment of contemporary pieces and antiques, all donated by generous individuals from the community. 


There will also be imported items – first from Japan, then from Iowa. Susan Kuyper and her husband, Tom, have traveled extensively, spending many years in Japan and the Orient. As a part of their travels, they have collected a wide variety of oriental furniture, art and accessories. 


Organizer of the first Vintage Market, Linda Carr, said: “Last year I was in Iowa after Susan’s mother had passed.


“As we were catching up, I told her we were preparing for the second Vintage Market and that its purpose was to accrue sufficient money to help the Southern Cherokee buy a building. 


“Without saying anything, she stood up and handed me an antique Japanese rice bowl off the coffee table and a collection of statues off the mantle. 


“This year Susan and Tom filled their car with all the items it will hold and drove them down from Pella. To say we are grateful hardly covers it.” 


Each year there is also a variety of one of a kind items — among the original pieces this year will be a collection of beautiful ceramic vessels created by Missouri University of Science and Technology student, Tammi Korte.


Korte is also a Veteran, who wants to make a difference, and Korte will pot succulents into her creations as her contributions to the Vintage Market. 


Seeing that the Vintage Market has expanded to two days, twice as many volunteers are needed this time. On Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., volunteers are needed to open boxes and organize items at the Red Shed. 


On Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 more volunteers are needed to host tables of items for sale and greet patrons. Runners are also needed to wrap fragile items and carry parcels to cars. 


“We have a great deal of fun and there is a lot of camaraderie,” Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Bird, said. “As an example, one of our volunteers, Kate Cosa, originally from Poland, and her daughter, Ola, will be preparing special pastries to share with the other volunteers.” 


Bird added, “We’re all working together to help our friends, the Southern Cherokee, get the building they deserve.” 


The Red Shed offers a great deal of space; therefore, donated items will be accepted at the Red Shed till 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. 


If you’re wondering, should I donate that? The answer is: If it is in good condition and you think someone else would want it? Yes. 


The SCCC is a 501(c)(3). Therefore, all contributions are tax deductible. Proceeds from the Vintage Market will go toward a building for the Southern Cherokee. When the tribe first arrived in southern Missouri, they had to meet in secret because of the danger to Native Americans. 


Yet, meet they did, on an annual basis deep in the woods. Therefore, a building has both an important functional purpose and is of deeply symbolic importance to the Southern Cherokee.


The SCCC was formed for the purpose of moving the Southern Cherokee Indian Tribe in Missouri, from below the poverty level to a sustainable and fulfilling way of life.