Based on the success of last year’s Recycled Wedding Market, the event is back again this year with more vendors, more sellers, and in a bigger location!
In case you aren’t familiar with the Recycled Wedding Market, it is an upscale flea market – of sorts – for all things wedding related. For newly-married couples, the event is an opportunity to recoup some of their wedding costs by selling their gently used wedding items.
For recently-engaged couples searching for bargains or a way to make their wedding a little less wasteful, the market is a chance to pick up needed items – from décor and linens to even a wedding dress – without paying the full retail price.
“The Recycled Wedding Market is an excellent resource to potentially save money and to cut down on waste from the wedding,” said Mac Little, Sales and Events Coordinator for Rowland Publishing, publisher of the Northwest Florida Weddings magazine. “Being conscientious about the mark you are leaving on the community while also throwing an incredible party can now go hand in hand!”
Saving green and going green are by no means novel in the wedding-planning world. Nonetheless, the vision of the Recycled Wedding Market is even more on trend now as use of vintage, repurposed, and DIY wedding items are taking the spotlight.
Couples are increasingly looking for stylish upcycled items like window panes, furniture pieces and doors, as well as mismatched china, eclectic vases, and vintage linens. Getting these items easily and inexpensively, however, can be a challenge.
Online resources often require a shipping fee and don’t allow for the opportunity to see, touch, smell, and inspect the item before purchasing. And even if a couple does find the used items locally through Craigslist, a thrift shop, or a nearby buy-and-sell group, there can still be a good deal of transportation and coordination involved.
These challenges are what inspired the idea for the Recycled Wedding Market, which grew from discussions of Sustainable Tallahassee’s Super R’s Committee (refuse, reduce, repurpose, reuse, recycle).
The Super R’s Committee is committed to minimizing solid waste disposal through prevention and reduction while increasing reuse and recycling. Several committee members looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of local weddings brought the concept of the Recycled Wedding Market back to their respective businesses.
From there, the idea took off and the committee decided to launch the event as a fundraiser for Sustainable Tallahassee. This year’s Recycled Wedding Market is a joint effort by Sustainable Tallahassee, Abernathy Entertainment, Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine, and Chop Barbershop, all of whom are committed to reducing the environmental impact of Tallahassee weddings.
Although sellers keep 100% of the money from the items they sell, all entrance and registration fees go to Sustainable Tallahassee.
“The proceeds from the Recycled Wedding Market will further Sustainable Tallahassee’s mission of promoting sustainability in our community,” said Jim Davis, the Executive Director of Sustainable Tallahassee. “Last year’s Recycled Wedding Market totally exceeded our expectations.”
Given that the average wedding today easily can cost tens of thousands of dollars and produce hundreds of pounds of waste, the Recycled Wedding Market is a real boon to Tallahassee and the surrounding communities. In fact, last year’s event saw over 400 buyers walk through the doors. And some of last year’s buyers are this year’s sellers! So, the cycle of giving new life to wedding items and keeping them from the landfill continues.
The Recycled Wedding Market takes place from 2-4 pm on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the TCC Student Union Ballroom. Tickets for Tallahassee’s 2nd Annual Recycled Wedding Market can be purchased at the door, but can also be bought at a discount at 850tix.com. If you are interested in selling wedding items, or for further information, contact WeddingMarket@SustainableTallahassee.org.
Jodi Wilkof is a member of Sustainable Tallahassee and chair of the Recycled Wedding Market Committee. She can be reached at WeddingMarket@SustainableTallahassee.org. This is a “Greening Our Community” article, an initiative of Sustainable Tallahassee. Learn more at www.SustainableTallahassee.org.
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