Holiday-Inspired Vintage Shopping at Mosaic Marketplace
● By Kimberly Boney
Bits & Pieces
By Kimberly Bonéy
Photos by Kimberly Snowden
The indoor pavilion at Big League Dreams in Redding, lined with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, held the warmth of the holiday season in its hands. Patrons hummed along with Christmas carols floating in the space above them, sharing glad tidings with each smile. This is the essence of Mosaic, an old-time, holiday-inspired vintage marketplace that is the brain-and-heart-child of two local creative entrepreneurs, Viki Twyman and Ginger Mallard.
Twyman, resident artist at Altered Wing Studio, and Mallard, co-owner of Altered Wing Studio, pioneered Mosaic in December 2014, when they seized an opportunity to create a quality, juried holiday market that focused entirely on vintage, artisan-made and repurposed items. With their creative committee, including Troy Hawkins of Cerulean Gypsy, Bernadette Wheeler of Joyful Soul and Bobbi Berg of Toffee & More, who each have booths at the show, they create captivating holiday vignettes throughout the indoor pavilion, regaling shoppers with the charm of an old Victorian village at Christmastime. The holiday tunes, live entertainment and the opportunities to snap a photo for this year’s Christmas card in a stunning holiday vignette are the icing on the cake of it all.
The name was suggested by Berg to encapsulate the eclectic mix of vintage dealers and artisans. “We didn’t want all vintage or all artisan-made – we wanted the best variety for our customers,” says Twyman. Not bound by limitations with regard to design aesthetic or medium, Mosaic has become home to vendors who create handmade soaps and lotions, hand-dyed silks, painted art, mixed media jewelry, up-cycled furniture and home décor, as well as those who curate a divine selection in vintage and antique treasures.
The annual holiday experience takes place on the first weekend of December each year. Mosaic boasts a one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop the sweetest selection of gifts, seasonal treasures and all-year-long curiosities in a relaxing and joyful atmosphere.
“We don’t allow for any mass-produced items, and although we’ve caught some flak for it, we plan to stick to that. It’s one of the things that sets us apart from other shows,” says Twyman.
The wildly creative duo is so solid in their passion for maintaining the integrity of the market that they have committed to decorating the venue exclusively with second-hand Christmas trees, lights and vintage ornaments that they have either found along the way or made themselves. The only exception is the “Wings of Angels” tree. Team Mosaic purchases a new artificial tree each year and creates 100 to 150 specialty ornaments to adorn it to perfection, making it the ideal opportunity for shoppers to support an important community-based organization while trying their luck at winning a once-in-a-lifetime kind of Christmas tree.
“Wings of Angels” was started in 2002 by Dan and Donna Araiza, who lost their 9-year-old daughter, Alyssa, to leukemia. Committed to providing support to other local families affected by the experience of having a seriously or terminally ill child, the Araizas use the funding to help with transportation to and from treatments and have even helped a family to purchase a reliable vehicle when they needed it most. The Araizas, who know the pain of caring for a sick child first hand, provide emotional support for others forced to walk such a hard road. Partnering with the Araizas to help local families is an important part of Mosaic’s tradition, which Twyman, Mallard and the creative committee proudly put their hearts and souls into each year.
What Twyman loves most about Christmas “is the joy and anticipation, the time with family, the traditions and the overall feelings of festivity and happiness” that are virtually palpable during the holiday season. For Mallard, “it’s the hustle and bustle of it - and the good will.” Mosaic has managed to breathe life into the creative duo’s love of the holidays, preserving the joy of Christmas in the hearts of its patrons, beckoning them back each year with good vibes.
“Even with everything bad that goes on in the world, you can find a way to put it all aside during this time of year,” says Twyman, her words rife with hope. In the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” the prolific writer once penned the words: “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” A visit to Mosaic is the physical manifestation of just that.
Saturday, December 3, 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, December 4, 10 am to 4 pm
Big League Dreams Indoor Pavilion, 20155 Viking Way, Redding
Admission $5, with return admission on Sunday at no additional charge; children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult.