FORTY FORT — A crowd turned out to browse dozens of local businesses showing off handmade products, “upcycled” vintage items, art, food and more Sunday.
The second 900 Marketplace Art, Craft and Vintage Market of the year was held in the parking lot of 900 Rutter Ave., home to restaurants, photography studios, businesses and apartments.
Shylo Egenski, the event coordinator, oversaw the market.
“We notice people of all ages coming out,” said Shylo Egenski, the event’s coordinator. “We’re dog friendly, which people like. This is our second market, and we’re discussing having another before the holidays. We hope to have four or five a year.
“I think there is an appreciation for art in this area, but not enough venues that cater to quality, handmade items. People like to go to Philly for these kind of events, so we figured ‘why not have one here?’”
The vendors showcased a variety of crafts and talents from jewelry to tarot card readings.
Heidi Michael, of Winged Wonders, makes colorful jewelry out of preserved butterfly wings.
“All my wings come from butterfly sanctuaries, which I get from four different sanctuaries,” Michael said. “The lifespan of a butterfly is typically 10 to 14 days, and they weren’t doing anything with them, so it’s a way for me to help the sanctuaries by purchasing the wings, and then I repurpose them into something pretty and unique that people can enjoy for a lot longer than two weeks.
“I lost my mom when I was 16 years old, and a lot of people associate butterflies with a lot of different things, whether a metamorphosis or a change in life, or a loss of a loved one. I wanted to find a way to capture the beauty of the butterfly in a different way that people can enjoy.”
Sierra Marsh makes vegan soy candles in vintage containers for her store, Whimsy Wicks Candle Company.
“I get the containers from local antique shops and thrift stores,” Marsh said. “It’s very important to me to be aware of what you’re doing, especially if you are creating something, how you’re helping to sustain and create a better environment.
“I am noticing that there are more items like this coming to the area, especially at an event like this. You look around and see all kinds of upcycled things. I do think it’s something we could continue to move forward with, but I do think, especially for our area and considering how small it is, I think we’re doing a great job.”
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