Good Makers Market Set to Return

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Naturally creative, Muscatine County resident Jess Meyer enjoyed selling her original artwork and unique vintage items she discovered at markets all across the region. When some of her relatives invited her to host a market of her own using their restored barn in 2016, she jumped at the chance. “Since I already had good connections with other makers throughout the market world, it was easy to get everyone on board to try a market of our own in this area.” Thinking back to the original Good Makers Market, the name she gave her event, Meyer recalls, “the shoppers began lining up before the gates even opened, the music was playing, the food was delicious, and our Good Makers were absolutely awesome–from then on I was hooked.”

From these successful beginnings, the Good Makers Market has grown into a twice yearly event, held at the Cedar County Fair Grounds. Meyer describes it as the, “hippest market,” where shoppers can find, “handmade artisan goods, score some amazing vintage, shop our on trend mobile boutiques, eat from our delicious food trucks, and listen to local live music.”

This fall’s Good Makers Market will take place Sept. 4 from 3-7 p.m. and Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $5 for those ages 12 and over. In order to keep attendees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, this market will have some new health and safety guidelines. Meyer outlined: “we have been working with Cedar County Public Health to ensure the safety of our vendors and shoppers. Booths will be spread out to allow for proper social distancing, masks will be required, and plenty of hand sanitizer will be placed around the market.”

Though the market goers will notice these changes, Meyer knows that the friendliness of the vendors and the quality of the finds will stay the same. Because many small businesses have seen a decline in sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Meyer considers shopping the Good Makers Market a great way to support entrepreneurs and area business owners during a challenging time. “I encourage everyone to come to Good Makers Market because our maker community really needs you now more than ever,” said Meyer: “This has been a rough year for everyone and I think we can all use some good vibes and a little fun all while being safe. Come shop small, support our Good Makers, stay 6 feet apart, wear your mask, and have a good time.”

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