SALISBURY — Coastal Finds Marketplace, featuring an eclectic selection of wares from vintage vendors, local artisans, consigners and pop-up retailers, recently opened its doors at 25 Bridge Road.
The new marketplace hosts nearly two dozen vendors offering upcycled items, refurbished furniture, vintage goods, antiques, costume jewelry, potted succulents and plants, nautical items, paintings, custom woodworking and home decor, according to a press release.
Co-owners Kelly Moore-Fredette and Jim Cooper took over the lease of the 3,000-plus-square-foot space in February and renovated the interior to accommodate individual retail spaces for more than 20 vendors.
Moore-Fredette brings more than 20 years of retail experience to the business, specializing in antiques as well as vintage and costume jewelry. Her retail experience began as a participating vendor at the original Flukes, Finds and Friends, a popular shop on State Street in Newburyport established in 1993 by Gail Gandolfi and Carla Moore, Moore-Fredette’s mother.
She focused on her online business when Flukes was sold in 2015. Additionally, Moore-Fredette captured an international following with an online retail presence for over two decades.
Cooper, a Newburyport native, also has over 20 years of retail experience in managerial roles. He brings to the partnership a strong marketing and sales background to help gain regional market share, the press release said.
“The online retail industry is amazing, and it’s certainly been lucrative to reach a global market, but I missed making real connections with my customers,” Moore-Fredette said. “Partnering with talented artisans in a collaborative, marketplace setting is so much more rewarding, and once I found a partner that shared my vision and work ethic, I knew it was time to get back into the brick-and-mortar retail experience.”
“Kelly and I have been known to travel hours on the weekends to find multivendor markets in search of that just right item, which we may not even need, but speaks to us just the same,” Cooper said. “The Bridge Road property has always had the potential, with ample parking, to offer a variety of vendors the opportunity to showcase their wares all under one roof. We decided it was time to create a venue that incorporated what we love about the hunt.”
Coastal Finds Marketplace is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours will be offered after Memorial Day. Visit www.coastalfindsmarketplace.com or call 978-358-7530.