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Photos and story by Breeana Greenberg
REDO Vintage & Maker’s Market returned to Dana Point on Sunday, May 1, filling three blocks of Del Prado Avenue with vintage, second-hand and art vendors, plus beer gardens, food trucks and stages for live music.
The hundreds of visitors who came to this year’s market were able to find anything from vinyl albums, vintage homewares and retro clothing to handmade pottery, jewelry and paintings, from 120 stalls .
The latest event highlighted the growth it has seen since its first launch in 2019, when 60 unique vendors were featured. The event skipped a year in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the market had 100 dealerships and was seeing record attendance.
On Sunday, the REDO Market featured more than 100 vendors, a dozen artists, three music stages, three beer gardens and two groups of vintage cars lining several blocks along Del Prado.
Vintage car clubs framed the market, with the Volkswagen Bus club at the west end of the street and the Vintage Woody Club parked to the east.
One of the three scenes has been decorated with macrame art by artisan Jim Olarte. Music from Dano Forte’s Jukejoint Freakshow kicked off the morning and was followed by hula dancers and rock and roll band Uni Boys. Alternative indie artist Grady Strange wrapped up the final performance on the macrame stage.
The Dana Point-based Music Preserves Foundation programmed a soundstage in front of Dana Hardware, dubbed the Music Preserve Stage with young local artists.
“It was an absolute pleasure to be part of REDO,” wrote Anthony Small, co-founder of the Music Preserves Foundation in an email. “The turnout was tremendous and the opportunity to perform and share the stage with incredibly talented local up-and-coming artists like Iris and the Shade, Seahaven and Andrew Lavin was an honour.”
Attendees enjoying the entertainment at the Music Preserve Stage could purchase a beer from the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. Volunteers sold Stone Brewing craft beers in front of Dana Hardware with proceeds supporting the Marine Support Group.
“The warm welcome from the large public in the Stone Brewery entertainment area and especially from all passers-by made us all feel heard, appreciated and proud of our community,” said Small.
Breeana Greenberg is the city reporter for the Dana Point Times. She graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Prior to joining Picket Fence Media, she worked as a freelance journalist for the Laguna Beach Independent. Breeana can be reached by email at [email protected]
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