Today we’d like to introduce you to Dianne White and Sheryl Simpson.
Dianne and Sheryl, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We started with Whimzy! which is a retail store in Tustin. After meeting artist after artist, we decided it was time to bring them all together and Glitterfest was born. Glitterfest is a handmade, mixed media, art sale with loads of sparkling treasures, from painting to papier mache, jewelry, vintage ephemera, clothing and home decor. We have a wide variety of different creations. The artists are handpicked for their craft and personality. It is a juried event which we are always on the lookout for unique people and pieces to include in our event. We hold Glitterfest in spring and fall. Currently our home is the Spring Field Banquet Center in Old Town Fullerton. It is a gorgeous vintage venue that really suits our event. In 2018, we celebrate 10 years of Glitterfest! Our next spring event is Sunday, March 18th from 10-3.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We believe anything worth having is worth working for. We both work hard to make Glitterfest a unique and special get-away! We decorate, much of which is handmade. We like to spoil our artists as well as our guests! We want to transport them each time they step through the doors! The biggest hurdle is the venue. There aren’t many venues large enough with enough parking to accommodate our event. All in all, we have learned so much over the past years and continue to pick up tid-bits each show. After the venue, the only difficulty is weather. We are indoors, but waiting in line through heat, wind or rain is not something people enjoy.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Glitterfest – what should we know?
Whimzy! is the umbrella for a few different projects. Beside the shoppe itself and Glitterfest, we handle the Vintage Flea Market of Old Town Tustin on the fourth Sunday every month, but December, and Savoir Faire Vintage Market on the CSUF Campus the first Sunday every month.
Whimzy! is only open during the OTT Flea with its specialty being vintage supplies for artists, antiques, unique and quirky items for fun. The OTT Flea is a mid-sized vintage flea market with vendors from all over SoCal. The Vintage Flea Market of Old Town Tustin has been happening since 2007. Savoir Faire is now 2 years in the works and is growing bit-by-bit. It, too features vendors from all over the SoCal area. Both flea markets are free to shop and have free parking as well.
We are very proud of the culture our events have grown into. We have made so many friends along the way. The folks have enriched our lives ten-fold and made us both better people.
We do what we like. We have always showcased our likes-things from our childhood, things that bring childhood memories to life, and Halloween! We love Halloween!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Our parents are very supportive, as well as our friends and family. You have to have people to depend on and family fits that bill all the way! Our artists are some of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders we have. They help us forward our events, give valuable input for improvement, and spread the word. They are helpful both physically and mentally. They regularly have nice things to say about the work we put into each Glitterfest!
- Entry is $7.00 at the door.
- Space fees are $200.00 per table and $300.00 per 10 x 10. It is a juried event.
- Address: Glitterfest
501 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
- Website: www.Glitterfest.com
- Phone: 714-573-1025-Whimzy!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: #glitterfestlove
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Glitterfestlove/?ref=bookmarks
- Twitter: @glitterfestlove
- Yelp: www.yelp.com/events/fullerton-glitterfest
Cynthia Shaffer Photography