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person in a yellow coat taking a seat by a permanent lawn fixture, an old trailer.

epic yard sale in montauk

person in a yellow coat sitting next to an old trailer, with frames and flowers positioned beside them.taking a seat by a permanent lawn fixture, an old trailer.

given that melet mercantile is one of the greatest vintage showrooms in america, we had to go check out its long running and aptly named “epic” 4th of july yard sale in montauk.  proprietor bob melet’s place is an off the beaten path nook where you can sip lemonade, enjoy a groovy, feel-good summer playlist, and mingle with the neighbors. above all, it’s a secondhand shopper’s paradise, choc-o-bloc with rare vintage and antique oddities. great vibes, all around!

the grande finale of the event was the fashion show, where volunteer attendees graced the grass in their vintage finds.

wide-angle view of a yard sale with many people and bikes in the front, and an old house in the back.
the tucked-away yard sale of treasures.

body shot below the shoulders of a person in a long coat, hand on waist, posing.
japanese socks, worn under sandals.

close up shot of japanese socks, worn under sandals.

person posing with a mad expression, wearing japanese firemen gloves.
the spoils: japanese firemen gloves.

above angle of antique wedding slippers.
antique wedding slippers.

full body shot of a person with long beard and hair, wearing plaid shorts, hands at waist.
plaid swim trunks.

person holding a macrame wall hanging on shoulders, slightly smiling and wearing sunglasses, with a cyclist and parked cars in the background.
macrame wall hanging. so jealous!

full-length photo of two children hugging and smiling at the camera, with decorative pictures in the background.
sunny melet and friend, in their yardsale workwear

french clothing stand positioned at grass.
french clothing stand?? it's anyone's guess but it's cute!

botticelli's venus frame.
botticelli's venus.

person holding a hanger with a printed 60's dress, looking at the camera, with a market happening in the background.
a perfect 60s print.

display of asian conical hats.
display of asian conical hats.

full-length of a shopper smiling, next to a bicycle behind a truck with various items.
a shopper piles on all of her finds.

shopper models patriotic finds with people watching in the background.
a shopper models her patriotic finds.


melet’s wonderland of wares sprouts up in montauk every 4th of july, but if that's too far a haul, they also have an incredible retail shop in montauk, plus a vintage showroom, and creative studio in manhattan!

for more information: meletmercantile.com

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by julia popescu

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