There’s a rule about success. If it works, repeat it.
And, that’s exactly what Flint Handmade founder Crystal Pepperdine is doing with the 12th Annual Spring Craft Market Saturday, April 27th – repeating success.
“We were so excited about the momentum around our post Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday event last year that we decided to host multiple Small Business Saturdays throughout 2019 to coincide with our craft markets,” says Pepperdine.
This year’s event, which will take place at Flint’s Masonic Temple, is a part of a larger campaign to encourage the community to experience the revitalization of retail in downtown Flint. A crowd is anticipated when doors open at 10 a.m., so shoppers are encouraged to come early to gain access to the one-of-a-kind items so many Flint Handmade customers have come to expect. The shopping event will conclude at 4 p.m., according to organizers.
In addition to unique finds, shoppers who make a purchase of any amount at participating local retailers receive one punch on a special shopping card. Once they accumulate four punches, they can turn in their card to be eligible for a $200 gift basket filled with local items.
One lucky winner will be contacted by email or phone following the drawing, according to Pepperdine.
More than 70 iconic vendors from Flint Farmers’ Market and Flint Handmade shops will be joined by independent stand-alone shops including Bedrock Apparel, Brush Alley Skateshop, Totem Books, Dryden Building Building shops, the Local Grocer and Great Escape Gaming.
Among Flint Handmade vendors are 40 local artisans.
“Flint has a creative class like no other,” says Pepperdine. “Shoppers love the unique, modern handmade items our artisans create.”
Vintage-inspired jewelry, knit and crocheted goods, hand-poured soy candles, natural bath and beauty products, hand-painted wood signs and more will be available at the Flint Handmade marketplace at Masonic Temple/
“And the first 25 shoppers of the day will receive free goodie bags filled with vendor coupons, merchandise and other treats,” says Pepperdine.
Admission to the Flint Handmade event is $1. There will be a activity room, coloring party and make-and-take crafts for Kids 12 and under, who will receive free admission to both the event and related kids activities.
The Temple Dining Room will be open for lunch and seasonal beverages will be available from Fireside Coffee in the lobby, according to Pepperdine.
Editor’s Note: To learn more about Flint Handmade’s 12th Annual Spring Craft Market visit their facebook page.
Lead image: Flint Handmade artists from the Shear Happiness Salon show off their skills. Photo courtesy of Flint Handmade