West Michigan Vintage Market and its refurbished space hold many fascinations


Photos by Jeanne Vollmer

From steps going up to the venue painted in jewel tones to elegant linens and jewelry to amusingly kitschy displays, the West Michigan Vintage Market last Friday and Saturday delivered the goods – and at reasonable prices.

Owner Rhonda Klingel set up shop in the former Amstore/American Store Equipment building on Getty, and invited in other vendors for a diverse and appealing show.

Klingel’s inventory is huge and each item is unique. In addition, her personality fills the room with a slightly zany joy.

In addition to the third floor merchandising space, the building , called “My Space Office and Storage,” offers low-priced studio and storage space. My Space, owned by Randy Klingel, also offered an auction of storage goods on Saturday.

On the second floor, artist Dan Vainavicz shows off his impressive paintings.  Vainavicz - dressed in steampunk finery – looks like a piece of artwork himself. His outfit coordinates with the building’s steampunk room, also on floor two, a background for photography that people can rent by the hour.

The crowds for the West Michigan Vintage Market were steady last weekend, and most people were favorably impressed with the cost of the goods.

Vendors included Gaylord Antiques, Let’s Dish It!, Unique Legacy and others. Righteous Cuisine offered food.

The next market will be held Oct. 19-20. In the meantime, contact Klingel by searching for West Michigan Vintage Market on Facebook.