Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Market Day at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site is back and seeking vendors! Be ye a dealer of antiques or collectibles, artisan or crafter, or someone seeking to unclutter your world -- Historic Camden invites all to Market Day each Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., rain or shine, starting Sept. 5 and ending Nov. 21. Market Day will not be held on Nov. 7 during the 45th annual Revolutionary War Field Days.
Market Day vendors must pay a non-refundable fee of $25 per 15x15 space; the fee for nonprofit organizations is $15. Multiple spaces may be reserved and vendors keep all the percentage of their profits. Vendors may choose their stall location at registration from the designated spaces available in Historic Camden’s parking lot or the grassy areas adjacent to Broad Street.
According to Historic Camden Director Joanna Craig, Market Day was launched in 1995 and for years was a popular bi-annual "happening" and fundraiser for Historic Camden. Bound to its mission to interpret Colonial and Revolutionary War Camden, the museum aptly named the event Market Day to enhance awareness that the town’s original market was located just up the street at the northwest corner of Bull and Market Streets prior to destruction by the disastrous fire of 1812. Today 18th century "Lot No. 39" is occupied by the basketball court/playground facing Zemp Stadium.
Initially, Market Day will be open for the remaining Saturdays of the Farmers Market 2015 schedule (www.kcfarmersmarket.org). In the future, Market Day will run from April through November in tandem with The Farmers Market’s yearly schedule. As loyal patrons know and drive-by folks are delighted to discover, the Kershaw County Farmers Market is a showcase for quality vendors selling vendor-grown or resold farm produce or related items plus arts/crafts items made from natural materials that are created and sold by the vendor.
Set up for Market Day will be 6-8 a.m. the morning of the event in tandem with the hours of the Kershaw County Farmers Market. Sellers are asked to provide their own tables, chairs and other equipment. They are also responsible for removal of their trash at the end of the event. Tents must not exceed the size of rental spaces. A small truck from which to sell merchandise is permitted. To ensure successful sales, vendors are asked to sell merchandise in good resale condition.
If all goes as planned, nearby Market Day stalls, manned by some of the event’s former "regulars" plus new vendors, will beckon shoppers with tempting merchandise ranging from charming antiques and collectibles to wonderful attic treasurers and gently used merchandise. As Craig noted, "We want Saturday morning visits to 18th century Camden to be on everyone’s radar. We think the opportunity to buy local farm produce plus nifty "must haves" and attic treasures will do just that. It’s win-win plan for everyone."
Vendor fees are payable by cash, check or MasterCard/Visa and must accompany a completed registration form available at Historic Camden’s office. Registrations are due at 5 p.m. each Friday prior to Market Day. The deadline is purposely last minute so vendors with an eye on the weather may determine their decision to register. The fee is non-refundable and fees paid by vendors who choose not to set up will be considered a donation to support Historic Camden’s education programs.
All proceeds from Market Day will benefit Historic Camden, whose mission is to discover, protect and interpret things pertaining to early Camden to 1825. The museum is governed by the trustees of The Historic Camden Foundation, a 501 (c) non-profit organization, and annually receives some funding from the City of Camden, County of Kershaw, foundations, businesses and individuals.
For further information or to register as a Market Day vendor, please call 432-9841 or 432-3815, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.historic-camden.net. Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site is at 222 Broad Street, Camden, 1.4 miles on Highway 521 North from I-20, Exit 98.