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The 2nd Annual Shipwreck Beads Artisan Market was August 9th and let me tell you, it was an incredible event! With 70 vendors selling a variety of handcrafted goods, food from Heavenly Hog BBQ and a live radio remote from our friends at 94.5 ROXY radio! We also were lucky enough to have the wonderful and talented ladies from TierraCast in our store doing free demos! (More on that in a separate post later.)
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The market ran from 10-5 all day long and shoppers were able to enjoy the sunshine with the vendors set up in our parking lot.  Parking spots were a little scarce but customers didn’t mind the short walk to check out all the amazing vendors.
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We hosted a special Vendor Passport contest in which we asked customers to pick up a map and get it signed by any 15 vendors at the event.  Completed maps were turned into the Shipwreck Beads booth and participants were entered in a raffle to win a $250 gift card to our store.  There was also a “secret” vendor that changed every hour.  If a shopper found the secret vendor they received a bonus entry to the contest!Roxy
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Just as we did for our Winter Artisan Market last November, we held a food drive and raffle to benefit the Thurston County Food Bank.  Hunger is a year round problem and we were happy to contribute to our local community.  Customers were asked to bring 2 non-perishable food items to be entered into the raffle.  Raffle tickets could also be purchased for $1 each.  Two of our employees, Tara and Sevanna manned the Shipwreck Beads booth, also selling cold beverages and cookies with the proceeds going directly to the food bank.  Check out the picture above to see all the great prizes that were donated by our generous vendors!
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I took a climb up to our roof to take some pictures of the event with a birds-eye view! It was certainly a different perspective and was great to see how full our parking lot looked filled with vendors booths and happy customers!
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Our company CEO and vice-president Glenn and Lisa Vincent came out to meet our vendors and enjoy the day!  Douglas Boling, our General Manager also spent his Saturday at the store meeting and greeting and hanging out.  Our entire staff got these really fun tie dye event shirts.  The bright shirts made us stand out and easy to spot.  Our entire Shipwreck Beads team were rock stars!  This was one of the busiest days our showroom has ever had and our staff really came together.  The event was so lively and the energy in the store, from both staff and customers, felt great to be a part of.
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Here is the list of all the vendors who joined us for the 2nd Annual Summer Artisan Market!

  1. Lunaversoul
  2. Pigtail Creations
  3. BeJewelled by Theri
  4. Beyer Beads
  5. Sandra Designs
  6. T&D Brothers Construction Inc.
  7. Tammy’s Unique Designs
  8. Gemstone Knobs by Whimsy
  9. Lindsey Czerwinski
  10. Unique Chique / Glass with Grace
  11. Lynne’s Loops / Handily Beaded 
  12. 2 Gifted Women
  13. Denise Mucha
  14. Larry Bender
  15. SCS Designs
  16. Retail Therapy Jewelry
  17. Bling! Bling!
  18. Paper and Pearls
  19. Tipsy Owl Studio / Geeked Out
  20. Unique Creations by Margie
  21. Flash Glass Tacoma
  22. Ruth Greening Designs
  23. Fancee That / Stone Designs
  24. Rockshanks Repurposed Art Jewelry 
  25. Nicolette Designs
  26. Painted Sky Soap
  27. Susie’s Shards
  28. Fenton Studios
  29. Rainbow Beads
  30. DePaolo Design
  31. Mo Grins
  32. Makarios Creations
  33. Sally Penley Caligraphics
  34. Stones of Glory
  35. Arora Studios
  36. Sherry’s Treasure Trove
  37. Joyful Heart – Sassy Art
  38. Hand Beaded Masks
  39. Jewelry by Jenness
  40. Picky Vicki
  41. Sisters
  42. Around Your Wrist
  43. Freebird Studios
  44. Watkins Merchandising
  45. Dragons Fire Designs
  46. Christina Miller
  47. Martha’s Attic Handmade Jewelry
  48. Patrick’s Creations
  49. JDK Wallets
  50. Kolibrie Jewelry 
  51. Simple Treasures
  52. Glenna Gibson Creations
  53. Raney Daze Jewelry
  54. Connie’s Creations
  55. Rock’n Gems by pao
  56. Draxton Designs
  57. Cece’s Creations
  58. Totally Twisted
  59. K-N-M Hobbies
  60. Susanne Randolph
  61. Kaleidescope Glass
  62. DeVan Designs
  63. Relay for Life
  64. Las Calaveras and Things
  65. Ravishing Reds Jewelry & Gifts
  66. An Ardent Life
  67. Rosebridge Artisans 
  68. Above and Beyond
  69. String a Theme
  70. Harold & Rose Kennedy
  71. Kreative Kettlecorn LLC
  72. Heavenly Hog BBQ

If you missed out on this summer’s market, not to worry.  We will be holding another Artisan Market this holiday season.  It will be held on Small Business Saturday (that’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving folks!) in the upstairs half of our store.  I hope you will take the time to check out all the websites of our talented vendors and mark your calendar for the Winter Market!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a post devoted to the great people from TierraCast, who were in store on both August 8th and 9th to do a couple of really fun and FREE make-n-takes for our customers!

Kelsy

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