SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Shopping local for the holiday season is starting off early this year with a group of businesses putting together a "Vintage Crawl" this Saturday. The plan is to attract shoppers who are looking for something unique or special.
It will also help a collection of business owners who want to share their locations and related interests in quality used items, with shoppers.
Each business has uniquely curated its collection of retro and one-of-a-kind items. Some stores have multiple sellers inside. Often buyers are looking for clothing, specialized decor, classic furniture, art, signs and jewelry. Some browse. Some buy.
The event was was coordinated by Faitell Attractions at on 127 W. Canon Perdido Street near Chapala. Some shoppers may be looking for gifts. Others looking for something for themselves for parties and other gatherings.
Faitell Attractions owner Lisa Faitell said, "we need to keep that. That's what makes Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, is to keep the local boutique businesses alive and we want to support everyone".
Some items can be used, reused, redesigned and repurposed.
"They can wear these pieces over and over again and not just one time use and that's really important to me and its important to me that every piece has a story," said Nina Quiros from The Story Shop at 220 W. Canon Perdido (in the back.)
The owners want the public to find and support the small business owners and support the boutique nature of Santa Barbara.
At the Antique Alley on State St. near Ortega working the counter Wednesday afternoon was Eva Linowski. "We've been here for 30 years so I think we're doing pretty well," she said.
With multiple vendors under one roof, it is a trend that offers customers an ever-changing selection.
"We have a little bit of everything, we've got things from the 1900's into the 20's, the 40 's, the 70's."
The stores involved in the crawl are: Faitell Attractions, The Story, Antique Alley, Maison, SB Mid Mod, The Art of Consignment, the Vintage Fox, Eclectica Pop up Boutique, and the Blue Door.