On September 16 and 17, Europe will be coming to Alpharetta. For six years, The European Market on Milton has been wildly popular among the community, drawing in 1,500 to 2,000 people over its short, two-day duration. Vintage décor, handmade jewelry, fashion apparel and one-of-a-kind treasures will be some of the unique findings among the market, which is described as “vintage, shabby, farm, French, artisan and industrial.”
During the event, a large tent will cascade down Milton Avenue from Main to Roswell Street, right in the heart of historic downtown, creating a cozy market feel. “It really is a unique market and a fun shopping experience, similar to markets in Europe,” says Tina Soucie, Market Curator. “It is not all handmade, but woven through the assortment are some very experienced gatherers who find unique stuff. The booths are merchandised for a big wow!” A lot goes into all the booths, which are not only filled with treasures, but also decorated to add to the visual appeal of the tent’s atmosphere.
Natalie Grace, one of the vendors, features beautifully repurposed items with European flare. At their booth, you’ll find things like shutters turned into furniture, functional lamps made from metal scraps and unique paintings. Beautiful Chaos and Rochelle Nation are two of the jewelry crafters on site, and Tribal Chick and Vintage by Tosi will be featuring edgy and artistic fashion. The market further fuels Alpharetta’s “shop local” mentality; shoppers will get a taste of the very best there is in the area as vendors are carefully selected.
It wouldn’t be a market without great food, and I can’t think of a better fit than the Alpharetta Farmers Market. While the farmers market already operates every Saturday off of Main Street, they’ll be joining forces with The European Market on Milton, offering fresh produce, natural home goods, flowers, meats, baked goods and other exciting finds cultivated with love by the locals. Cinnamon Bay Bakery, deGraan Farms Grass Fed Beef, Green leaf Soaps, J&J Produce, Crepe Cottage, King of Pops, and Fitzgerald Fruit Farm are some of the irresistible vendors. Hansel and Griddle whips up German chocolates and other authentic treats! There are 75+ farmers, foodies and local businesses that will also be a part of the festivities.
“The excitement, buzz and visual impact under the tent makes one feel like they have entered a market in a foreign land. Sure to provide discerning shoppers with a shopping experience like no other market,” adds Soucie. “The location on Milton Avenue, in the historic area, is a perfect place for this type of event. I look all year to find the most exciting collection of artisans, gatherers and merchants whose sole passion is to mix old and new, to create and craft unique treasures for your home and you. Prepared to be WOW’ed when you walk into the tent.”
In past years, fiddlers or guitarists have attended to add a little lively spirit under the big tent; nothing beats a fun day of market hunting, local food and some simplistic music. You are also welcome to bring your four-legged friend along as your shopping buddy, just be sure to bring your leash! The market will happen rain or shine, so if the clouds roll in, the market will still be hopping.
If you are looking for that dress or bag that no one else has, want to add rich, cultural style to your home or perhaps just want to get out and about, this a versatile event that appeals to all ages.
You can visit EuropeanMarketOnMilton.weebly.com for additional information or to read the full list of vendors.