(Ames, IA) On December 7th, a new ‘pop up’, European-style market will make its debut in Ames. The Lucky Star Market is a one-day shopping experience that will feature over 30 vendors selling hand-made crafts, jewelry, clothing, vintage goods and art. True to the style of a ‘European-style’ market, festive food, drink and holiday activities are planned throughout the day.
The event, organized by Jody Bergan Bennett and hosted by Prairie Moon Winery and Prairie Bloom Farm, is being billed as a “live Etsy,” a reference to the popular handmade/vintage e-commerce website.
“This is an idea that has been incubating for a long time.” said Lucky Star Market’s creator Jody Bergan Bennett. “Ames is the most wonderful city and deserves a high-quality market that showcases the diversity of creative hand-crafters and collectors that live and work in Central Iowa.” “To bring together artisans, ‘re-purposers’, vintage collectors, hand-made creators and designers, under one roof for the day, will be a true joy and we hope, a great addition to our community.”
Bennett is looking to engage a wider spectrum of the Ames community by bringing on event planning, communications and design student interns from Iowa State University.
Many of the people who have submitted applications to the juried Lucky Star Market have their own online ‘Etsy’ shop. Several others also have their own local retail business. Bringing them together in Ames, a few weeks before Christmas, will provide Central Iowans attracted to the hand-made, the eclectic and the classic a ‘rare and wonderful’ shopping opportunity.
Vendors have until October 15th to submit online application to participate in the “juried” market.
The Lucky Star Market is considered a ‘sister market’ to the highly-acclaimed Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market in Denver, Colorado which is organized by Bennett’s sister (and Ames native) Amy Bergan Yetman.
The Café, Wheatsfield Cooperative, JB Knacker and The Fighting Burrito have all stepped up to participate as sponsors and Prairie Moon Winery and Prairie Bloom Farm are the event hosts.