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The Growth of Rosebud: Creating New Communities with Timeless Treasures 

Featured Image: Customers and vendors scrolling through the vintage clothing on hanging racks. | PC: Mich Rouse ‘24
Article by Shelby Meek ’25

Through the lens of his Nikon D40, Trevor Brake, founder of the Rosebud Flea Market, captures the moments of people proudly holding up the hidden treasures they found amongst the racks, filled with the fashion that transcends the times of the 90s to early 2000s.

They say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” That’s certainly the case as the Rosebud Flea Market brings back the Y2K clothing and streetwear from the 90s.

“Getting to treasure hunt and find unique vintage pieces from the past is so freaking cool,” says Lydia H., a vendor from the Rosebud and owner of Ramblewood Vintage. “I love what I get to do, and I love that I get to share my finds with others.”

Trevor Brake strives to create an inclusive and welcoming community by bringing together vendors who sell vintage items, where every item is a timeless treasure for many discerning collectors. 

“I found that I have a community that comes around and really enjoys being in the presence of a fun environment, safe, inclusive, and non-judgemental,” Brake says. 

For his most recent project, he decided to open an event on February 25th and March 3rd for local small vintage businesses to come together in Barley’s Backyard uptown in Towson.

A photo of a Rosebud Flea flyer outside of Barley’s Backyard on February 25th | PC: Mich Rouse ‘24

Along with this most recent venture, last summer, he hosted the Rosebud Flea Market at the nearby Radebaugh Florist Shop, which consisted of 31 vendors. 

Before his establishment of the Rosebud, Brake tried other ventures and hosted nightlife events in Winona, Minnesota. He worked with his sister as a vendor during the 2021 Lucky Flea Market, where he learned valuable skills that have aided him in organizing and managing his own flea market 

He cites his sister as “…the driving factor of the brand identity” as well as “…the most creative person [he] work[s] with to this day”

While working with his sister during the summer of 2021, Brake learned about the operations behind a flea market as well as the layout and management of it and various “tips and tricks” that have helped him along his way.

The driving trend for vintage clothing began in earnest in 2020, as the pandemic has led many to focus on the longevity and sustainability of clothing. Brake says that vintage clothing and the sustainability of it has become fashionable, creating a larger market for these specific items. His experience moving around and working in various different places with many different communities led him to seeing opportunity in Towson. “Towson never had something like this and as a businessperson, I always see opportunities where I can do something better for the community,” Brake says. “Also, Towson is growing as a city and I believe as it grows, more businesses are going to grow with it, and I would like to be part of that growth.”

Zoe Brier, a student from Goucher College, says that this is an intriguing setup to bring students and other people of all ages out for a day event in Towson. 

“Towson is typically a small town, and to have an event going on that has never occurred before was really intriguing and exciting,” Brier says. “I feel like it brings students together from different campuses, specifically Towson and Goucher.”

Jeremiah (JR) Quarles, owner of Mozart’s Thrift Shop, attended the Rosebud Flea on March 3rd, selling vintage T-shirts, football jerseys, and anything relating to 90s pop culture.

“I grew up in 90s pop culture, so anything I see that is 90s related, I pick it up,” JR says. “For me, I am a student of art so everything I see with a great graphic design, I pick that up.”

While being newly exposed to marketing, he came across the difficulty of pricing his items fairly. He now tells his customers that he “charges what he would pay” to make his items affordable for students and everybody. 

“I base my prices on the continuous model of knowing who my customers are,” JR says. “My customers are young college kids and not everyone has a lot of money to spend on shirts, so I try to make stuff affordable for everybody. I know what it was like to not have any money.”

During COVID, there was a month-long period when JR was unemployed, and he decided to sell vintage clothing as a side hustle. 

Mozart’s Thrify Shop sign. | PC: Mich Rouse ’24

“My girlfriend, now wife, at the time, was telling me to keep doing this,” he says. “A year ago, I took a chance on this on trying it out and it just worked out. I just have been loyal to Rosebud and Trevor.”

The Rosebud Flea has given not just college students, like Zoe Brier, but people of all ages an outlet to gather around and appreciate the unique styles and treasures each vendor presented. 

Brake and JR, along with the other vendors who attended on February 25th and March 3rd did not fail to create an inclusive and positive environment for the people of Towson.

“It is a welcoming and arm-opening place where everyone is welcomed and the overall vibe I try to create is that everyone can walk out with a smile and tell their friends about the Rosebud,” Brake says. “The last thing I want is for someone to leave with a frown on their face.”


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