Saturday, 6 February 2016

Some Good Market kicks off with first event of the new year

Around 30 exhibitors were present at St. John's St. Thomas Church today for the first Some Good Market of 2016.

It was a time for entrepreneurs and craftspeople, both young and young at heart, to sell their locally made goods, meet customers, and connect with others in the business.

Some Sweet Fudge on display.
What astonishes me most about the Some Good Market is the variety. No two exhibitors are the same. And their products are incredible.  Fancy some natural, fresh baked dog treats (which are also entirely edible if you want to do some snacking of your own!) from Boou?  And who wouldn't wonder what one of Some Sweet Fudge's Nutty Baymen or Cape Spearmint fudge tastes like.  How about one of Spindrifts Handknits Rune toques, featuring favorite Newfoundland sayings written in an ancient Runic language?  Or a handcrafted greeting card from Vicki's Home Made Cards?  And once you try a sample of Steve Curtis' Indian Spiced Tomato Chili Jam, your going to find yourself buying a bottle.

Donations for the Some Warm Welcome
Donations were also accepted for the Some Warm Welcome, an initiate began by Laurie Legrow, founder of the Some Good Market, to welcome Syrian refugees to Newfoundland by providing them with hand-knit hats, scarves, gloves, and vamps.  For more information on the Some Warm Welcome, check out the Facebook page, or this Compass article.

Several exhibitors shared their advice on how beginners can prepare themselves for trade.

"You have to find something unique, something thats in demand," said Darren Hayward of Newfoundland Seasonings. "Just find something that you enjoy doing and do it."

 "I got laid off from my job, and rather than just sit around the house doing nothing, I decided I would start knitting again," said Hilary Simpson of Because I Felt Like It!

"I started a business, and once I found a job, I just kept going at it!" said Simpson.

Admission to the event was free, however donations were accepted for local food banks.  Last year the market raised $20,293 for food banks, with a goal of $20,000.  This year, the goal is $25,000

For more information on the Some Good Market, including vendors and contact information, you can visit their Facebook page.

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