One of my favorite things to do on the weekend when the weather warms is to spend a couple hours strolling around an outdoor market. There are a variety of outdoor markets to choose from – farmers market, flea market, craft fair, arts festival, etc. To start this year’s season off, I headed to one of my favorite local Philly area outdoor art markets – the Clover Market in Ardmore, PA.
The Clover Market touts that they are “Lucky Finds for the Home.” They showcase vintage goods, antiques, handmade items and original art. I love the mix. It is a great, eclectic mix of shoppers too. You can find something for your home, your wardrobe or a unique gift. They have interesting, local food vendors and even a craft activity booth for the kids.
Something else that is good for kids at an outdoor market like this, is to give them a scavenger hunt list. I use it to keep my son entertained, engaged, and busy…so I can get my shop on! (Here is a checklist you can download and use on your next outing – Art Market Scavenger Hunt)
The Clover Market is held once a month in the Spring and Fall months. Most vendors show at multiple markets dates. The next one is this weekend, Sunday, May 19th (see website for more details). Want to see what kind of goods are available in the Philly area crafting market this year? Here are a few of my personal favorite vendors (you can click on their links to find out more information and buy online) –
Brandywine Antiques – This vendor is a true vintage treasure trove! Lots of salvaged pieces – keys, bottles, crates, pulleys, dishes, pottery, furniture, etc. They set up a beautiful display; and if you are ever out in Chaddsford, check out their funky shop packed with extensive stock.
Green Pad Living – These beautiful soaps caught my eye right off the bat. All natural, botanical soaps and shea butter from an eco-friendly, local, family business …what’s not to like!
Charlie and Sarah – Fun kids clothing; featuring eye catchers like cool appliqued American Apparel hoodies and t-shirts, and modern, patterned smock dresses.
Yardsale Press – Check out the cool, funny screen prints on paper, coasters, pins and the occasional t-shirt at this booth. The clever trinket vending machine is $1 and offers matching pin sets. (My husband and son now each rock a peanut butter and jelly pin (respectively) on their backpacks to school!)
dopdop designs – Beautiful colors and patterns dance around the kitchen and table wear at dopdop. The pot holders are well made and cleverly designed, and the aprons for both adults and children are “great gift” worthy.
Fresh Vintage – Offers flea market finds that have been carefully selected and presented in their best form. Vintage travelogues, picnic gear, linens, and cameras rouse the idyllic nostalgia of America in the 40’s and 50’s.
Olde Good Things – Check out the gorgeous tin ceiling tiles and re-purposed architectural salvage items; perfect for that interesting rehab in your space.
Malagueta – Want to wear some art? Malagueta has beautiful, amazingly detailed clothing for women. The embroidery on the textiles seem to replicate scientific patterns to make truly unique and interesting pieces.
Lura Jewelry – The gems in this shop stopped me in my tracks. Bold and stunning jewelry pieces, simply done – my favorite combo.
Made by Liddy – The recycled goods here are re-purposed into imaginative new items. Paper is twisted into flowers, ornaments and arrows. Whimsical and interesting.
Tadpole Creations – Handmade baby items with fun appliqued animals and nautical themes. Tadpole offers stuffed animals, onesies, and even doll sewing kits for your budding DIY crafter. Various items can be bought in matching themes, making great gift sets.
Open Eyes Press – These great screen printed items are eco-friendly with sharp design. Vintage inspired pieces are printed on tea towels, fabrics, and prints. Artwork itself is modern and clean…pure hippy chic.
Art Star – The Art Star Gallery & Boutique in Northern Liberties is great resource for shopping your local (or near) crafters’ goods, off market season. Their booth is filled with the goods from their shop and many of which are also featured at their huge craft market in the Spring.
Speaking of which, the Art Star Craft Bazaar is a not-to-be-missed crafting event held at Penns Landing in Philadelphia. (Mark your calendars for next year, but you can still shop online now!) This year it fell on Mother’s Day weekend. We went on that Sunday and enjoyed the perfect weather, great music, and wide array of vendors; including many of our favorites from the Clover Market (see above). Here were some additional vendors that impressed us; check them out:
bit & little bit – Screen printed t-shirts and accessories for adults and kids
Moxie House – letterpress cards and prints
metamorphis metals – whimsical metal jewelry
Pancakes for Breakfast – animal silhouette artwork
Wear Liberty – Philly themed t-shirts
Stevie Lynn Jewelry – Hand cut acrylic jewelry
The Clay Studio – ceramic arts classes (had a great demo for kids)
Leah Staley Designs – industrial style metal jewelery
typothecary letterpress – letterpress cards and prints
Peter Oravetz Arts – hand inked drawings
The Knotty Owl – wooden jewelry
Gnome Enterprises – hand printed t-shirts
The Wind and the Sail – handmade stuffed animals
Figs and Ginger – silhouette styled jewelry
This is what is happening in the craft world around Philadelphia What is happening in your area?