Portland Saturday Market


Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is the largest outdoor arts and crafts market in continuous operation in the United States. [Associated Press, "Portland's Saturday Market Opens" [http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_022908_lifestyle_saturday_market.1bbbd6c.html] ] It is held every Saturday and Sunday from March to December under the west end of the Burnside Bridge in Portland, Oregon. In addition, the market has a "Festival of the Last Minute", which runs daily until Christmas Eve. The market has over 400 vendors who generate about $8 million in gross sales annually and attract over 750,000 visitors to the historic Old Town district of Portland each year.Fact|date=February 2007

The market is accessible by foot, bicycle, and TriMet's MAX Light Rail line which stops within the market at the Skidmore Fountain stop beside Skidmore Fountain.

History

The market was founded in 1974 by craftspeople Sheri Teasdale and Andrea Scharf, who modeled it after the Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon. It was founded as a mutual benefit corporation, under which all members would share in the cost and governance of the market, yet keep all profits they receive from selling their items. All items sold at the Saturday Market are required to be handmade by the person selling it, and a committee of members judge each new item against a minimum standard of quality.

References

External links

* [http://www.saturdaymarket.org/ Official website]
* [http://www.MixtGoods.com/ Offers crafts from the market]


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