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Wrangell holds first community market

Amber Al-Haddad sells handmade jewelry, Photo by Carol Rushmore

Only two hours in, many vendors were already selling out at this past weekend’s first community market. Saturday more than a dozen vendors turned out at Evergreen Elementary School’s old covered basketball court, selling everything from homemade baked goods, herbs, bead and clay art, jewelry, to homemade soaps. Local Jamie Townsend.

“Black Sheep Soap Works”, it’s a vegetable based soap, no scents, no additives or preservatives.” She’s only been making homemade soap for the past few months. Selling 50 bars by noon, she says the market was a great way to get the word out about her new product.  “I’m almost sold out. It’s not even two o’clock yet. I need a lot more soap,” she says.

Community Market Organizer Kris Reed says it was great to see so much community support and says she’s excited for the prospect of a permanent community market in Wrangell.

“We had quite a few people here the first 45 minutes. It was great to see this many people. It was very festive and it was great to have people out seeing what we are up to,” she says.

Next to Reed was Daughter Haley. Selling clay figurines originally intended for cruise ship tourists, Haley says Saturday’s market gave her a better idea of what people like and what to make for the next market.

Vendor Haley Reed, Photo by Carol Rushmore

“I think today was good because I got a feel for what people want and now I can go back and make more of that,” she says.

The next Community Market is scheduled for June 16th at the Evergreen Elementary School covered basketball court.


The Wrangell Community Market is looking for a logo.  The theme is “Homegrown, Handmade.” All sketches can be submitted to City Hall by Saturday, June 29th. If you have questions e-mail Amber Al-Haddad at amberhaddad@hotmail.com.


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