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Rising Stars: Meet Veronica Irizarry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Veronica Irizarry. 

Veronica, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
We started out as 5 shops via Instagram (Michelle, thebohobedside, Maleah, Vase + Vignette, Veronica, EN!GMA, Taylor, Thrifted Theory & Kari Lynn, vyntagegoods) who love vintage & home decor. We came together and put on a secondhand sidewalk pop-up at Maleah’s home in the Hourglass District. It was such a successful event where we were honestly taking a gamble on how those in the area would react to an upscale “yard sale” Seeing its success we decided to do another one just a month later where we had our fellow co-founder join (Kat, socalrooted) to bring in more variety to our event. After putting on another awesome event in Maleah’s front yard we felt like it was time to scout for a larger scale location in which we could curate a longer list of vendors and bring the vintage experience to full circle. We set up a meeting in which we took on Maddy & Maggie from Olive + Aura to join in this new large venture. Ironically enough our meeting was held right across the street from us soon to be Collective Corner venue at Gaston Edwards Park. We really wanted to curate specific vendors who complimented each other so our market felt more complementary to every vendor. We all worked together to make sure we provided the best market even in the midst of uncertainty. Collective corner has been so well received by the community that we have also been nominated for Best Arts Event or Art Festival through OrlandoWeekly. We’ve had the best time curating this event and are currently working on two more markets in the upcoming months. October 10th is our rescheduled event at Gaston Edwards Park from 11 am-4 pm. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The pandemic really had us worried on whether or not the city would allow us to have our event but we came together with a plan to keep everyone safe during this time of uncertainty. Weather also plays a factor when hosting an outdoor event, so we have had to make tough decisions of postponement but we know we are consciously making decisions for the safety of our vendors and guests. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We are a collective consisting of 8 small business owners. We work together to bring the best-curated markets to central Florida. What sets us apart is that we all have experience in vending at markets and we wanted to build a market that’s made for our vendors to succeed. We are most proud of building a market that’s curated and well-crafted with similar vendors who specialize in all things vintage, boho, etc. 

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
Don’t be afraid to try something. We wouldn’t have known if this was something people would be into if we didn’t at least give it a shot. 

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