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More Than Vintage hosts first-ever Vintage Fest

October 2, 2022
<p>The East Lansing community enjoys the first annual Vintage Fest hosted by More Than Vintage on Oct. 1, 2022. </p>

The East Lansing community enjoys the first annual Vintage Fest hosted by More Than Vintage on Oct. 1, 2022.

Photo by Audrey Richardson | The State News

More Than Vintage hosted its first-ever Vintage Fest Saturday afternoon in downtown East Lansing.

Owner Louis Azor had been picturing Vintage Fest since he opened the store back in April, and—after working out logistics and waiting two months for city approval — Azor’s plan came to fruition.

“When we first got in here, I just knew this was going to be a thing eventually,” said Azor. “It's been a little bit of a process ... but it ended up happening two months later.”

The event saw many people from the area come to shop, eat and enjoy music on a closed-off portion of Division Street.

Vintage Fest is something fresh to East Lansing residents like Michigan State alumna Jessica Wiltse.

“I'm drawn to anything, any type of unique event,” Wiltse said. “It's just like a fun event because you get to see all different types of vendors.”

Wiltse said that she loves fashion and decided to attend the event after her sister heard about it on Instagram.

Several different vendors set up shop for the event, including local small business Blu Threads and Co.

Blu Threads owner Megan Timmerman started her business a year and a half ago and has been designing and embroidering clothes since. 

Vintage Fest was just the second pop-up event that Blu Threads and Co. attended, and Timmerman said her most popular design sold out within just 30 minutes of being there.

“A lot of people don't know about me already, so when they see (the store) at the pop-up shop, they start looking online for stuff,” Timmerman said. “Today's been very busy. I've only ever done two (pop-ups) and this is the biggest one I've ever done.”

The busy day marks just over five months since More Than Vintage opened its doors and brought many new and returning customers to the shop.

“This has been the greatest thing for our business to date,” Azor said.

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