Local artists, crafters, dealers of antiques and vintage collectibles, and local food producers are now signing up to display their products for sale in Fairhaven this summer at the new Huttleston Marketplace, to be held on Saturdays on the lawn of the town’s Visitors Center.
From June 16 to Sept. 1, the marketplace will have vendor spaces available at Route 6 and Main Street, next to Fairhaven High School.
“This is intended to be a vibrant little crafts and vintage collectibles fair — also including fresh farm produce — that happens every week on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” said Fairhaven tourism director Chris Richard, who is organizing the market. “It will provide very affordable space for crafters, artists, and other compatible merchants to set up shop, so to speak. Vendors can sign up for a single week, several weeks, or for the entire 12-week season.”
Since news of the Huttleston Marketplace was announced earlier this spring, word spread quickly and the response has been very good, both from the general public and from vendors, a press release from the tourism office stated.
“There are vendors signed up in every category,” Richard said. “There are farms with fresh produce, quite a variety of great crafters, some antiques and collectibles dealers, and a couple of local authors setting up to sell their books. The group will vary from week to week, but there are more than a dozen already signed up for the full season. Each week you should find twenty or more booths set up.”
A list of vendors is posted at http://fairhaventours.com/huttleston-vendors-2018/.
Guidelines for vendors have been created to help insure the quality of the products sold. Crafts must be hand-made in New England. Imprinted clothing such as T-shirts that are not handmade, must have images created by the sellers that have local significance. Antique and vintage items must be of a certain age and condition and have collectible value. Food products must be made locally.
“The public coming here each week will see select, unique things for sale. There won’t be any new mass-manufactured goods, multi-level marketing products, or garage and rummage sale items,” Richard said. “Shoppers will be supporting creative artisans from our own region.”
Application forms and guidelines for vendors are available now and can be downloaded from the Fairhaven Office of Tourism website at fairhaventours.com/huttleston-marketplace.
For additional information, email Richard at FairhavenTours@fairhaven-ma.gov or call 508-979-4085.