By Bella Q of the Citizen Rosebud

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Midtown Bazaar

Main Location: 1616, I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
(Be sure check website for updated “pop-up” locations)
Saturdays, 12-5pm
Second Saturdays, 12-8 pm

When the Midtown Bazaar opened up as weekly open-air market in June of 2010, it was
originally envisioned as a farmers-meets-flea-market. It has since evolved into something quite different- a Saturday pop-up shop that serves up a variety of arts and crafts made by locals. While the offerings run the gamut from objects d’art , occasional edibles, hand-rolled candles, lotions and soaps, the majority cater to what’s wearable: silk-screen t-shirts, crocheted and knitted goods, vintage apparel and all sorts of jewelry. Did I mention jewelry? There are oodles and oodles of jewelry available for sale at the Midtown Bazaar. The quality of goods sold varies, but one thing is consistent: the vendors of the Midtown Bazaar consider this their community. Says Steven Michael Millington of NewOld Jewelry: “It really is like we’re a family, and I think that’s quite different than what you’d find among vendors at other events.” In fact, the most common comment from the sellers at the Midtown Bazaar was how much the Bazaar has become a close-knit community. And they would like to share their community with you.

Here are my picks for the top 5 shops at the Midtown Bazaar:

Megan Ellis Art Glass

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Megan Ellis sells beautiful artisan glass beads and glass bead jewelry. The glass beads are all
hand-blown by her, and you’ll usually find her behind her Midtown Bazaar making assembling
her jewelry. She’s made the Bazaar her primary venue and likes the atmosphere. “It’s warm and
welcoming here,” she says.

Jewelry By North

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Sharon and North are the dynamic duo behind Jewelry By North. North is the artist and the
more reserved of the two, while Sharon is outgoing, tending to the front of the store. The
jewelry is made using the lost cast wax technique, mostly crafted out of sterling silver. Known as
much for their warm and friendly manner with their clients, as they are for their jewelry, North
says regarding the tight-knit group at the Bazaar: “I really like the community aspect of the
Bazaar. It’s a great way to be social with our vendors and customers.”

Time and Again Fashions

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Two of the best shops at the Midtown Bazaar are run by one lady, and her name is Nora Mattes-
Kniveton. Her keen eye for smart vintage pieces make shopping Time and Again Fashions, her
vintage clothing shop, fun- she offers up a fantastic selection at reasonable prices. Time and
Again Fashions is hands down one of the best-kept secret shopping gems of Sacramento.

Transient Treasures

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Nora Mattes-Kniveton’s passion for recycling goes well beyond her appreciation (and admirable
collection) of vintage clothing. She is an artisan as well, crafting artful wind chimes made from
vintage silver-plate, and costume jewelry re-made from vintage bits and bobs. She calls her line
of recycled and re-mades Transient Treasures, and there’s always something new to covet at her

NewOld Jewelry

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One of the most colorful characters at the Midtown Bazaar comes in the personage of a certain
Steven Michael Millington, a charming Californian sporting a southern accent. He has declared
himself “The Mayor of the Midtown Bazaar,” and his line of clever re-mades, NewOld Jewelry.
Steven has endless energy and creativity, making everything from necklaces, rings, bracelets
to table mosaics, and an amazing array of rag dolls, all utilizing recycled vintage materials. His
signature pieces almost always feature vintage buttons, including opulent strands of buttons
transformed into grand neck collars.

Bella Q is a Sacramento-based personal style blogger who is obsessed with Daniel Craig, street
style, and polka dots. You can read about her latest style obsessions over at The Citizen Rosebud
and see her most recent street style captures at Street Style SACRAMENTO.