left, is the owner and Stacia Fassender, right, is the manager
of Vintage Market on Cedarburg Road in Mequon.
Photo by Craig McCarthy
Stacia Fassender is without a doubt a visual person. She’s the
manager of the Vintage Market at 10503 N. Cedarburg Road in Mequon
and has a real eye for finding both new and old items and having
them repurposed for home decor.
“We love old
windows, we do a lot of architectural pieces. We find it all
ourselves,” said Fassender.
The “we” in this
equation includes Sara Harder. She is the owner of the Vintage
Market and the Colour Bowl Salon & Wellness Spa in which the Vintage
Market is located. Harder has owned the salon for about four years
and has a background strictly in hair design.
into the Colour Bowl last October. She previously had her own store
(Stacia’s Home and Garden Decor) in Cedarburg, which she sold
several years ago to take some time off. For years, Harder had been
one of Fassender’s best customers and approached her last fall about
going into business together. She invited Fassender to move into the
five-room open space in her salon and the Vintage Market was born.
“She knew it
would work because we like the same stuff,” said Fassender,
admitting she doesn’t have any formal training. “I really don’t have
a design background. It was a learned thing and it turned into a
Vintage Market features one-of-a-kind pieces and other treasures
discovered at flea markets. Many are fixed up or repurposed.
Photo by Craig McCarthy
It’s a business
in which she has done quite well for herself. She continues to have
a following on Facebook – people who remember her from her other
store – which translates into customers for her new venture.
“One of our
number-one sellers would be the flea market finds, one-of-a-kind
pieces,” said Fassender.
some of those items new life is Harder’s husband, who is directly
involved in the fixing up and repurposing process for the store.
“A lot of people
will look at something and say, ‘Why would you buy that?’” said
Fassender. It takes her keen sense to make sure items being
purchased can be sold for a profit.
“We can’t be
buying things that are really expensive to begin with. We know we
have to turn it over,” said Fassender.
Spring and fall
are Fassender and Harder’s busy time, in which they attend at least
one flea market a month in search of items. Fassender admits that
barn sales are a good source for finding great pieces. The two also
have contacts they can call when searching for inventory.
“We have a
basement that we keep a lot of the stuff in,” said Fassender.
Market is preparing for its free Fall Extravaganza on Sept. 26 and
Sept. 27, located outside the property surrounding the store.
According to Fassender, not only will there be items for sale, there
will be pumpkin carving and fun activities for the entire family as
the store approaches its one-year anniversary.