Creative finds under one roof: Market Under Glass slated next week
WILLMAR — The greenhouse at Stacy's Nursery is empty now, but by next Friday morning it will be stuffed full of reclaimed, refurbished, recycled and reimagined items as the third Market Under Glass opens its doors to local and regional shoppers.
"The atmosphere is alive," said Caryn van Dijk, who founded Market Under Glass in January 2016 with Angela Doyle and Laura Miller of Stacy's Nursery.
The refurbishment, shabby chic decor movement has been popular for several years now, gaining followers as more stores and television personalities show the public what it is all about.
"I have been loving the vintage junk shopping for quite a while," van Dijk said, adding she has attended fairs and events around the region. One such event, where the show took place in a greenhouse, really piqued her interest, but it wasn't until December 2015 that she took that idea seriously.
"It was one of those things that if I didn't do it, I'll never do it," van Dijk said.
A month later she was sitting down with Doyle and Miller about her idea.
"Within two-and-a-half months, we had our first market," van Dijk said.
Van Dijk said that similar events take place in the cities, but there was nothing like it in this area. She and her partners wanted to change that.
"Why not Willmar?" Doyle asked.
The first Market Under Glass took place in March 2016, with a fall-themed market following in October. Between the two, the trio has seen interest grow both from vendors and shoppers.
"This is the first time we've had to turn vendors away," van Dijk said.
In addition to the March event, there will also be a Market and Music on the Farm July 14-15 at Stonewall Farms.
A difference between Market Under Glass and some other typical craft shows is that vendors here are invited to sell their wares at the market.
"We hand-pick the artisans," van Dijk said.
This allows for a varied selection of items and mediums ranging from furniture to metal working to textiles. This year's market will have 21 different vendors.
"Half of them are coming from within a 30-mile radius," van Dijk said.
Vendors at Market Under Glass can only have 20 percent of their booth be devoted to brand new items that are manufactured to look old or repurposed. The majority of the items for sale must be vintage.
"They have to have an element of repurpose or recycling," van Dijk said.
Not only is the market a good place to find one-of-a-kind decor and gift items, it is also a treasure trove of ideas.
"It shows people what they can do. They get ideas here," Doyle said.
There are several reasons why van Dijk and Doyle believe the repurposing movement is still going strong. It allows people to save family treasures or antiques, while at the same time putting their own spin on them.
"Finding something that has been discarded and transforming them into something beautiful," van Dijk said.
The artisans and crafters who repurpose items are able to give their visions life, and events like Market Under Glass offer the opportunity to share those visions.
"I love walking through and seeing how creative people are," Doyle said.
Van Dijk also wanted the market to be more than just a shopping excursion. She wanted it to give back.
"We wanted more of a purpose," van Dijk said.
Firstly, it provides a place for local artisans and creators to show and sell their creations.
"It is all about helping the small businesses," van Dijk said.
Market Under Glass and those who attend are also giving back to the community. For each market, van Dijk has chosen a nonprofit to receive a portion of the proceeds of the market. Last year's two nonprofits were Home 2 Home Project with Community Basics and Grace Place of Willmar. All totaled, Market Under Glass donated $5,000 last year.
For next week's market, Family Promise of Kandiyohi County has been chosen, which assists families dealing with or in danger of homelessness.
"They're a really neat organization that provides a hand-up," van Dijk said.
Market Under Glass will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 10, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Stacy's Nursery on U.S. Highway 12. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at www.marketunderglass.com, at the offices of Family Promise and at the door.
People who want to get a head start on the greatest finds can purchase VIP tickets for $15. This allows early access to the market, along with free coffee and a treat, from 8 to 10 a.m. March 10. LuLu Beans will be providing the refreshments and they will be on sale throughout the market.
"It is a feel-good shopping experience," van Dijk said.