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Third annual Fall Fest brings together collectors, ‘upcyclers’ and ‘junktiquers’

Open-air market off Dawson and Oleander will be held Saturday, September 8.

An example of what expect at Legacy Architectural Salvage: during the demolition of WAVE transit’s old warehouse on Castle Street, this 1800s Philadelphia freight elevator was salvaged. (Port City Daily photo | Johana Ferebee)
An example of what expect at Legacy Architectural Salvage: during the demolition of WAVE transit’s old warehouse on Castle Street, this 1800s Philadelphia freight elevator was salvaged. (Port City Daily photo | Johana Ferebee)

WILMINGTON — A group of local collectors, upcyclers, and “junktiquers” will be selling their artifacts at the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s third annual Fall Fest next week.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the open-air market behind Steven’s Ace Hardware off Dawson Street.

Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) spokesperson Lucy Pittman said that Wilmington boasts the state’s largest urban architecture National Register District, and that the Fall Fest will be part of upholding the city’s historic legacy.

Vintage vendors will be displaying “upcycled statement pieces” — pieces that have been restored and repurposed to enhance their value and appeal — and eclectic mementos in the open-air market, while visitors can find old mantles, wooden windows, pilasters, corbels, and columns in the adjoining Legacy Architectural Salvage.

It’s also a good place to find “junktiques,” pieces that might not be in as good of condition as other antiques, but could be rewarding if given a little TLC.

“We’re thrilled to cater to the antique and vintage community,” said HWF Legacy Salvage warehouse manager Deb Helms. “Our inventory is truly unique.”

According to Pittman, the Legacy Architectural Salvage is an HWF project founded in 1966 by a group of local Wilmington residents with a mission “to preserve and protect the irreplaceable.”

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