Back Alley Market coming to DeKalb


Patrick Murphy

An open sign hangs on the fence of The Hillside Restaurant located at 121 North 2nd Street in DeKalb as many small businesses begin to re-open.

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist

DeKALB – The DeKalb Back Alley Market will start 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8. It will take place between 1st St. and 3rd St. and feature products from local vendors as well as one vendor from Kentucky.  

Co-coordinator Leslie Conklin said there will be just shy of 50 vendors selling antique and vintage items, upcycled jewelry and organic, handmade health products such as candles and even dog treats. 

This year there will be no food vendors, but attendees are encouraged to go to local restaurants, Conklin said. 

The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N 2nd St., will have their doors open for vendors and food concessions for attendees, Conklin said. 

Local musicians will also be performing at the market, according to the Experience DeKalb County website. Conklin said there will be a steel drum player, violinists, guitar players and a harp player. 

“It’s just for anyone who wants to come out and share their music,” Conklin said. 

This will be the Market’s third year; however, the second year was canceled due to COVID-19, Conklin said. The coordinators try to host the market every spring and fall, rain or shine, she said. 

Conklin said this Market is a great opportunity to get people to shop downtown and locally. 

“You might come for one thing, and end up with something completely different because there’s so much variety. It’s a quirky variety,” she said.  

Co-coordinator Vickie Obermiller said there will be a lot of vintage at this market — very unique items from eras gone by, she said. 

“[Attendees] like to come by and just reminisce and be like ‘oh wow, could you imagine using whatever this gizmo is, can you imagine using that to make whatever,’” Obermiller said.