Makers Journal was created by Rusty and Ingrid Kinnunen, of Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company of Rockport, Massachusetts to celebrate the community of creative entrepreneurs in New England and beyond.
For many Makers, we launch and grow our businesses under 10 x 10 foot white pop-up tents. A good arts market offers an affordable opportunity for Makers to connect with customers, and with a community of fellow creative businesses. For visitors, a market can be a fun day on the town and an exciting experience of discovery that can't be found anywhere else. In the Maker community, we have all experienced good and bad events, and word gets around which markets are the best.
At Makers Journal, we want to make it easier to know which markets to take part in, as vendors and as customers. We aim to compile a list of our recommendations of the best markets in New England for both Makers and for visitors. This list is "Maker Approved," compiled from the experiences of the makers who have been selling at them for years, taking into consideration the quality of vendors, management, location, and overall visitor experience of each market. We will continue to update and add to this list over time.
For the Visitors: SoWa Open Market has been a popular weekly event in Boston for over a decade. Known for it's great selection of trendy and hip makers from all over New England, you are sure to discover unique gifts, decor, accessories, apparel, and more. It is also a destination for Food Trucks, a Farmers Market, and local artist studios and stores. Parking lot directly across from market for convenience.
For the Makers: This juried market is a destination on Sundays where locals and tourists come to shop and eat. Crowd size can be very weather dependent but vendors have been known to have good days even in the rain. Set up runs smoothly, and free parking is fairly easy to find on a Sunday morning.
For the Visitors: This open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers, and is close to other Boston attractions like The North End, New England Aquarium, Boston Harbor, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
For the Makers: This juried market is located where Boston tourists and visitors pass by in large crowds throughout the summer. Many find it by chance on their way to other local attractions. Products that are more tourist-geared in theme, price, and size, do well.
For the Visitors: Lovely outdoor New England town common market in early spring, featuring a juried selection of local vendors who represent a broad range of crafts and original artwork. This is a very family friendly event and it always takes place the day before Mother's Day, making it a great event to buy a unique, special gift.
For the Makers: The locals come out to this event rain or shine! Volunteers offer to booth sit for bathroom breaks and snack runs throughout the day.
For the Visitors: This competitively juried market is held once a year in the Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline, MA. It has a large selection of high quality local Makers, with a wide range of unique products and prices. A selection of Food Trucks offer lunch options, but the location is also great for local food choices.
For the Makers: This market has the reputation among Makers, to be the one to get into, during the busy summer market season. The crowds show up and shop! It is well organized and volunteers are on hand to booth-sit, if you can even get a chance to sneak out of your busy tent for even 5 min!
For the Visitor: Great local, festive event all along Cabot Street in Beverly Ma, with over 150 artists, crafters and vintage vendors from the Boston area market scene, and all over New England. Includes entertainment, food trucks, kids’ activities as well!
For the Makers: This well-run juried market has been consistently good for makers all over New England, bringing them out to the North Shore for the day every year. Large crowds turn out for this community/family type event.
For the Visitors: Unique shopping experience for locals and visitors in historic downtown Salem, MA. This fun monthly market features a juried selection of vendors of vintage and up-cycled furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, architectural salvage as well as a select number of jewelry, art, and handmade goods by local artisans.
For the Makers: Locals and tourists alike come out to this event, in a season that is not quite so Halloween-centric as Salem in October can be. Derby Square Location is great to catch the passer-by's. Handmade vendors will be outnumbered by the vintage sellers at this one, but can do well, especially with the tourists.