By Adam Hansen
Contributing Writer at HPR
On the first Saturday of every month the Makers Market takes the stage at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor, a local shop found at 916 Main Ave. in Fargo. One part craft fair, one part live event, the Makers Market features entertainment such as live music, film screenings and poetry. At the same time there is a craft fair with a wide range of goods from handmade jewelry and prints to local jams and jellies. It places a large emphasis on creativity and self-expression, allowing performers and artists of any talent level to take the stage and do what they love.
Now more than ever it’s hard to find quality, hand-made goods on a regular basis. Thus, the Makers Market was born. Originally “FM’s 15 Minutes of Fame,” the Makers Market has evolved into more of an open forum. It provides local artists with an opportunity to sell their wares or share their talents. Often, it gives them a chance to make sales that would not otherwise be available.
“It’s really nice that they don’t take a commission, which is kind of unusual,” said local artist Elise Forer. “It’s definitely the easiest way to sell your stuff in the area. Other places have wait lists or contracts. Plus there’s been a decent attendance every time I’ve been there. It’s also a really laid back, unpretentious environment that gives people a better chance to interact with the artists.”
While providing exposure to local artists, filmmakers and musicians, it also promotes a more responsible version of consumerism. Brian Washburn, one of the founders of the event, is very passionate about this aspect of the program.
“What people don’t realize is that they have a huge amount of power in where they spend their money. By supporting Ma and Pa shops, their money goes further and it supports people that are doing what they love.”
He went on to describe the emphasis that people place on convenience or price compared to quality of both the product and the environment in which it was produced.
To get more involved or seek more information, find the Makers Market on Facebook or visit the event on the first Saturday of each month at the Red Raven.
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IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Maker’s Markets
WHERE: The Red Raven
WHEN: Sat., Mar. 3rd, 5-10 p.m.