Best Bets: Summer Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market

July 2013

You don't have to be looking for something specific to enjoy shopping at an outdoor market. In fact, Amy Yetman says she founded Denver's Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market in 2010 in part because of her passion for the unexpected purchase. "I have always loved the experience of waking up on a Saturday morning, grabbing a cup of coffee, and hitting a craft market, thrift store, or estate sale search of 'lucky finds,' " Yetman says.

On Saturday, July 13 (9 a.m.–4 p.m.), you could be the lucky one as you peruse more than 100 carefully curated vendors offering locally made and vintage items—fashion accessories, paper goods, furniture, dog collars, vinyl records, ceramics, you name it—at Horseshoe's summer market (the market also has a spring and fall date each year). About 5,000 to 7,000 people are expected to stop by the Olinger Moore Howard parking lot at 46th Avenue and Tennyson Street (just north of the popular Berkeley shops and galleries) to sample bites from food trucks, enjoy DIY booths (for adults and children), and support area creators and businesses.

"One of the main goals of the Horseshoe Market is to showcase all of the amazing artists, crafters, and vintage collectors that Denver and Colorado have to offer," says Yetman. "Our market is also about community and connection. We want the makers and shoppers to connect, engage, and inspire each other. It's not only about buying local, but about building a culture of creativity and inspiration."

Here, our don't-miss picks for this summer's Horseshoe Market:

Who: Field & Field
What: "Stable to street" leather pouches (clutch and wristlet-style)
Why: For less than you might pay for that Coach wristlet two of your friends already have, you can snag a unique, equestrian-inspired pouch made from scrap saddle leather to hold your phone, keys, and credit cards.

Who: Hippo Kiss Creations
What: On-trend, elegant bracelets and necklaces made from a mix of new and reclaimed materials
Why: The prices on Hippo Kiss Creations' whimsical pieces (most are in the $20–40 range) are just right for gifting, and Hippo's simple but charming aesthetic can suit younger girls and professional women alike.

Who: Vava's Vintage
What: One-of-a-kind upcycled furniture and home decor items
Why: Vava's rescues landfill-bound "junk"—from chairs and headboards to paned windows and candelabras—and turns it into funky, Pinterest-worthy pieces. Stop by to find inspiration for reinventing your own outdated furniture, but don't be surprised if you find you can't walk away without snagging a fabulous fabric-topped side or coffee table.

—Top photo courtesy of Rachael Grace Photography; product photos courtesy of Horseshoe Market

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