Inland Vintage Market to Reside at CPP

By Marlen Chinos

Beginning May 3, Cal Poly Pomona will host the Inland Vintage Market.

Taking place the first Sunday of every month from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Inland Vintage Market will be the only monthly vintage market located in the Inland Empire area.

Initiated by Tomi Heard, her mother Karen Pierce and her sister-in-law Joanna Heard, the Inland Vintage Market aims to provide a venue for all vintage and repurposed items.

“We basically came up with the idea because my dad, Tom Pierce, has had a secondhand store in Yucaipa for over 20 years and has been in the buying and reselling business for over 30 years,” said Tomi Heard. “We’ve done small things, but we just figured that now is the time to take it to the next level and bring a venue for people to be able to shop towards the Inland Empire instead of having to drive all the way to Long Beach, Orange County or Pasadena for the Rose Bowl.”

Tomi Heard is confident that CPP will help steer the Inland Vintage Market into the right direction.

“It is a beautiful campus,” said Tomi Heard. “It is centrally located between the counties. [CPP has] been really awesome with us. Out of all of the colleges that I have talked to and called, I’ve experienced the nicest people at Cal Poly. Everywhere else was very rude. [CPP Licensing of Facilities Coordinator] Robert Hutchinson has been amazing. He is the nicest person I have ever worked with.”

Although the team has been working with the concept for about a year since planning, online promotion has only taken place for the market within the last two months.

“We actually just went live with the website and promoting it through advertisements and now [radio station] K-FROG,” said Tomi Heard. “We didn’t want to start too soon and have people forget about it.”

With a current total of 50 vendors, Tomi Heard, her mother and sister-in-law plan on reaching up to 100 vendors before May 3. In the future, they hope to have up to 500 vendors.

“Right now, we are working with people who buy and sell antiques and repurpose furniture ” handmade or hand-done,” said Joanna Heard. “We are accepting packaged food vendors. As for requirements, all items have to be 20 years or older unless it is hand-made. We are not too strict, but obviously we do have our requirements. We don’t want just anybody in there.”

Linda Davidson, owner of The Red Rooster, an antique store located in Yucaipa that specializes in vintage French country custom furniture and accessories, will be present as a vendor at the first market.

“I truly believe there will be something of interest for everyone visiting,” said Davidson. “We are excited to be a part of this new venture, and also the location at beautiful Cal Poly.”

Tickets at the door will be $5 for the general public and $3 for students, faculty staff with a CPP ID. Merchandise prices will depend on the vendor.

“I’ve seen stuff that start at $10, and then there’s prices that go all the way up to $400 to $500 to $600,” said Joanna Heard. “[It all depends] on the pieces. Possibly more, obviously if they have a piece that is very unique.”

With the presence of K-FROG, the Poly Trolley and vendors with unique repurposed vintage, market-goers can expect large amounts of fun.

“I believe that the Inland Vintage Market will fill a void in the Inland communities,” said Davidson. “There are large vintage markets in the Los Angeles area and Orange and San Diego counties, but there has never been one to serve the Inland Empire area.”

Inland Vintage Market

Sungah Choi / The Poly Post

Inland Vintage Market

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