Ashley Norris believes good business is pretty simple: work smarter and harder. Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market – hosted five to six times a year in Central Arkansas – is a labor of love for Ashley. “During college I worked at Becky’s Hallmark in Searcy and fell in love with collectibles, creating displays, and the excitement of the holidays. As I learned about current collectibles, my interest turned to vintage and antique collectibles” She wanted to create an event where customers buy vintage, vintage-inspired, and handmade items from exhibitors. This required a two-fold strategy. “I have exhibitors and shoppers to retain and recruit – plus there’s the logistics of selecting venues and planning an exciting event.”
Featuring more than 125 exhibitors, Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market boasts something for everyone. From one-of-a-kind handmade pieces to over-the-top vintage collectables, each event is carefully curated to appeal to exhibitors and shoppers. Having promoted 61 events since 2011, Ashley remains steadfast in her commitment to excellence: “Don’t stop when you’re tired; stop when you’re done.” And she’s fulfilling her dreams as a business owner and a stay-at-home-mom for her two children.
She realizes the quality of exhibitors = quality events. “My exhibitors work so hard to find and/or create the items they sell. I go above and beyond to make their event experience as smooth and successful as possible.”
It’s creative additions and unique offerings that complete the Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market experience. “We have something for everyone. Antiques and vintage lovers can find over-the-top décor and collectibles; Those who want one-of-a-kind art and gifts find many talented artisans at Bella Rustina; and some visit my events for the food trucks and amazing snacks like fried pies, baked goods, and coffee. Every exhibitor represents a small business.” It’s an undeniable winning combination.
2923 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock | 501.230.5728
Owner Ashley Norris | Photography by Jamison Mosley
Upcoming Show Dates; July 15-17, September 9-11, November 18-20 in Conway
for other show dates visit bellarustina.com | for estate sales visit ashleysfinds.com