The Peabody Pop Up Market “Kids Day” was yesterday, July 10, 2018 at the Leather City Commons off of Lowell Street in Peabody.
It could have been the heat or something, but there were about half the vendors there. But–no harm!–more shoppers for the rest of us! Haha! It sort of worked out for me, because I got to set up at one of the park’s entrances, which allowed for more attention. I abutted two great new vendors.
It was hot, but there was a lot of shade and I got my NEW tent up with a little help from my neighbors. I was also able to give my “old” tent to a local artist named Lauren, whom I met through a GreenPeabody friend. She was so excited to have a tent and the old one wasn’t any worse for wear, so that was a real “win win”! My tent weights–which are compact, horseshoe style square weights–have been ordered, but didn’t come in time, but the tent stayed put.
One of my abutters was Reni (pronounced Ree-Knee) Wilson from Tumbled By Time. Reni has been collecting sea glass only from the beaches of Marblehead (birthplace of the American Navy and famous pirates, too!) for the last 28 years. Recently she decided to figure out how to make her found treasures into unique jewelry pieces. She doesn’t use clasps, but slip knots to make the necklaces and bracelets and she uses black fishing twine, so you know you can never wear her pieces out!
I got a little sea glass lesson from her, too, and told her all about my glass collecting friend from Canada. I chuckled when she told me the beaches in Canada aren’t good for sea glass! What beaches were she talking about, Deb Reid? Reni is able to tell exactly what type of bottle the glass originated from on most of her pieces and she was a font of knowledge about all thinks sea glass. She was originally from Ohio, but got lured here to our Atlantic Ocean beaches in her early years. They really DO lure you, don’t they?
To my right was a curious man named Adam who was wearing a fruit-adorned shrubbery on his head and handing out samples of “shrubs”. I was curious so I just had to ask what a shrub was…it’s flavored vinegars that have healthy/probiotic and culinary uses. Go figure!! Very keen hipster dude, who helped me out in the end when a certain someone whom I avoid IRL sauntered by.
I got back in touch with my friend, Michael Lucas from back in my days as CSM and VP of a local catalog company. Michael is retired from most of his other jobs, but he is still doing his Justice of the Peace gig, but also is selling the most unbelievably tasty flavored olive oils and vinegars–real authentic Greek oils! His son-in-law and he have a store at the North Shore Shopping Center (we old “locals” still call it that!) called The Branch Olive Oil Company. After trying his Fig Flavored Balsamic Vinegar yesterday, I can tell you he can keep his JP skills and just hand me over a bottle of that Fig Flavored Balsamic Vinegar for my salads!!
P.S. I guess there is life after working at a certain local catalog company! Go figure!
I also ran into several GreenPeabody members, including Sheila D’Ambrosio back from Maine, Pam Paine and, of course, Janette, who also runs the Tillie’s Community Herb Project over on Tillie’s Farm on Lynn Street.
Pam was headed to the Salem “No Place For Hate” Meeting…sure do wish we had one of those committees in Peabody, but she said she was turned down when she proposed it to the mayor. It may be something to revisit, Peabody? What do you think?
Not that many produce/farmers, which I think was the reason why the original farmers market outside of City Hall didn’t do well. Lisa from Bella & Harvey–the event coordinator–has done an outstanding job of getting and keeping interesting vendors and activities. For clarification, this is Peabody’s version of the traditional farmers market, which I think is great, because it allows people like me with natural and/or handmade products to have a booth. Anyone have any ideas? Are you a vendor and want to show your wares? I can point you in the direction of the woman with all the knowledge!
Because it was Kids Day at the market, I gave away some coloring sheets that I did using my Cricut, of course! Full sized pages were also for sale and in about a dozen FREE designs from Cricut’s Design Space.
And because I use the creamiest, thickest white card stock, it elevates your coloring experience all the more.
This was the first market that I had some soaps for sale and I did sell a few bars. Lip Balms were the other purchases. I had a load of really fun market bags, but I think I have to display them better. Oh! And it didn’t help that the DJ was giving away free market bags around the corner.
Of course, I’d like to have sold more, but the benefits still far outweigh the difficulties! <3
The NEXT Peabody Pop Up Market will be on Tuesday, July 24th from 3-7pm. I *think* the them is Crafty stuff…so I won’t need to make anything “special” for that….cuz everything I have is crafty! BOL!
Here are the vendor details from this post. If you visit any of them, be sure to tell them you heard about them from my blog! Thanks, loves!
The Branch Olive Oil Co.
- North Shore Shopping Center, 210 Andover St., Peabody, MA
- (978) 531-1920
- The Branch Olive Oil Co.
- New store coming to Pickering Wharf, Salem, MA in 2018
- Also on Facebook at /thebrancholiveoil
Tumbled By Time:
- Studio located at 28 South Street, Marblehead, MA
- (617) 510-1846
- Tumbled By Time
- Also on Facebook at /TumbledbyTime, Instagram and Twitter
Peabody Main Streets:
- Pictures are posted on Facebook.com/peabodymainstreets
- E-mail newsletter at: Live Peabody
- (978) 538-5704
La Diva Bella/Miss Rita to the Rescue! (that’s me):
- Miss Rita to the Rescue! The Blog
- On Facebook at /MissRitatotheRescue and /LaDivaBella
- Also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Quora under my name: Ritamarie Cavicchio
Art with Lauren:
- Sit and paint events, bachelor/ette parties and private art lessons
- on Facebook at /ArtWithLaurenNoyes
Peabody Pop Up Market:
- On Facebook at /Peabodyfarmermkt