Porter Flea Holiday Market 2017
This past December I had the honor of being a part of the Porter Flea Holiday Market! Truth be told I had never even attended Porter Flea before becoming a vendor, but I had heard marvelous things about it & people kept telling me that I should apply to be a vendor. Once I finally launched my shop in September I figured I would give Porter Flea a go, so I sent in my application. I was pretty convinced there was no way I was going to be accepted. I was a brand new shop, and there are hundreds of vendors who apply. Some come from out of state, many have already been a vendor in previous years, and it felt like it was a long shot for me to get to be one of them.
Lo' and behold one normal afternoon, I check my email after waiting over a month for the results, and there it was... YOU'RE ACCEPTED! Not only was I accepted, but they had a record amount of vendors apply this season and still I was chosen. To say I was blown away is an understatement. I was in shock. Getting in was completely unexpected. My to do list quadrupled that day...
My store is online so I basically had to create a mini store for the Flea Market. It was such a good experience having to think through everything involved with creating a space like that. The booth size was 8x8, but I sure used every inch that I could to get all my pieces in!
Friday was set up day and that evening was the preview market for people who bought tickets to shop early!
Saturday was the long day, and the first cold day we had here in Nashville. I'm so thankful for the amount of people who waited in line even in the cold in order to come shop and support all of the vendors. People just kept coming and coming all day long.
Towards the end of the day I got to go do a couple laps around the venue and see everyone's booths. I was in GOOD company that weekend, and overwhelmed by the amount of talent in that room. It was so encouraging to be surrounded by people who are doing the same thing as me. Running a small business, maybe online, maybe a local storefront, maybe even out of state. Whatever the case may be, they were all there together showing off their craft. Most of the the vendors I had never even heard of. A good reminder that there is room for everyone. There is space for everyone to create and grow and find success. A good reminder that I'm not alone and it's an honor to get to be a part of such a creative community that supports each other.
We hope to be a part of the next market this summer so if you live in Nashville or plan to visit we would love to see you there! Here are some photos from the event :)