By Darla Shelden
The “reduce, reuse and recycle” motto is increasing in popularity, prompting many people to take a new interest in purchasing antique and vintage items. Whether you are a vintage enthusiast or just trying to reduce your carbon footprint, the Pickers’ Night Out event is the place to be
The first ever Pickers’ Night Out will be held Saturday, July 20 from 6 – 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein. Doors will open for VIP ticketholders at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
The event will feature 40 curators, designers and dealers selected by co-organizers Ruben and Kristal Pacheco, owners of Picker’s Night Out, LLC in Edmond.
“We are local ‘junkers’ who buy and sell antiques and vintage items for collecting, designing and repurposing,”
Kristal said. “We were both born and bred in Oklahoma and are excited to host an event that showcases local dealers, curators, designers and shop owners as well as several local eateries.
“VIP’s will get first dibs on all the good picks, the food samples from outstanding local vendors, free reusable Pickers’ Night Out swag bags filled with offers from our sponsors and access to the VIP bar line all night long.”
Food sponsors include popular metro eateries LOCAL, The Patty Wagon, The Iguana Cafe and J’adore Bebe.
The evening will include a full service bar and live music provided by Nicnos.
Kristal said, “Nicnos, is a great up-and-coming local group that was listed on the CMA’s list of ‘Who New to Watch in 2012.’
“We will also be holding a benefit auction on Saturday night featuring items from your favorite local boutique shops and vintage dealers. 100 percent of auction proceeds will benefit Other Options Food Pantry.”
The purpose of Other Options, Inc. is to provide food, resources, services, and education to at-risk individuals and families with a focus on those affected by HIV and AIDS.
Mary Arbuckle, Director, Other Options, Inc. said, “It’s worth remembering that this fabulous and unique event ‘Pickers’ Night Out’ ultimately is about one thing: helping people in crisis and need. The money raised for Other Options/Friends Food Pantry will help ensure that more people will have access to food, housing, and support services. It reaches individuals and entire families in need of a nutritious meal and a safe place to call home.”
Other Option’s primary program, the Friends Food Pantry, provides nutrient dense food, nutrition formula, and toiletries to over 1,200 adults and children able to shop monthly. The program also delivers food baskets and easy to prepare meals to homebound individuals and families.
Ruben Pacheco, co-coordinator said, “We are very excited to host an event aimed not only at celebrating the vintage culture of junkers, dealers, collectors and repurposers, but also an event that will give back to our community in such a fun way.”
Shoppers are encouraged to attend Sunday as well to take advantage of the best deals from vendors.
“Pickers’ Night Out is a vintage shopping experience like no other in Oklahoma,” Kristal said. “Our juried two day event showcases dealers who have a passion for picking. They curate their spaces with some of the most uncommon and exciting vintage finds around.”
Event sponsors are Verdigris Exquisite Antiquity, McNeil Estate Liquidations, and Le Trouve.
VIP tickets for Saturday, July 20 from 6 – 7 p.m. are $15 online, $20 at the door and General Admission tickets, from 7 – 11 p.m. cost $10. Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. costs $5. Saturday night is 18 and over only. All ages are welcome on Sunday.
Ruben said, “This weekend is designed for fun and giving back to Oklahomans in need. A generous spirit is a must for the Pickers’ Night Out dealer.”
Picker’s Night Out will be accepting donations for the auction right up until show time.
Arbuckle added, “Whether you leave with an autographed show poster or a one-of-a-kind auction experience, the resources you give so generously will lift up folks much less fortunate for a long time to come.”
For more information, visit www.pickersnightout.com.
Pickers’ Night Out vintage shopping event benefits Other Options Food Pantry
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