A new kind of market is coming to Kamloops, organized by a relatively new resident of the city following the success of a punk rock flea market in Ontario.
Jess Santos moved to Kamloops two years ago and brought her love of craft markets with her. She met a few artists and decided to build on the success of a market she operated in Ontario.
Santos put the call out and discovered a number of willing vendors with goods that fit her misfit theme.
The date for the first Misfit Night Market in March came and went as the pandemic took hold, but as everyone figured out how events and shopping could continue, the event got a new date.
“Now, with winter coming, we’re doing a tweaked version of it,” Santos said.
The market will run this Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Brautigan Library, 443 Tranquille Rd. That location is the former Moustache and Go, and a sponsored spot, offered up by Mitch Forgie of Red Beard Cafe.
Rather than vendors manning booths themselves, Santos will act as merchant on their behalf, operating the market as a store and taking payment for items. Vendors will still receive 100 per cent of the funds for their sale, while other costs taken on by Santos are being covered by one-time fees.
A number of other COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Only Santos will be in the store, plus one or two others at the door, limiting the number of shoppers at any given time. Masks will be required and contactless payment by card will be preferred.
Santos created the market as a place to sell wares for artists, creators and makers with an alternative slant.
“Everything has a little bit of a goth or weird vibe,” Santos said.
Asked for examples of artists at the event, Santos mentioned James Henry, a trapper from near Kamloops who “uses all of the pieces from what he does,” among other artists using ethical or reclaimed bones to create their goods.
She also mentioned a few artists who are particularly on theme for the Oct. 30 event — those who dabble in witchcraft. But there’s no bad juju, she said. These artists are selling things like candles, decorative jars, home decor and jewelry.
In all, 11 vendors are listed for the sale, but there is a host of others who weren’t included due to size limitations for this event.
Santos said she received more than 70 applications, many of whom she’d like to include in the next sale, should this one be successful.
A number of vendors have been featured on the market’s Instagram and Facebook pages leading up to the event and Santos hopes those who aren’t up for in-person shopping can instead go to the artists directly, should something catch their eye.
For more information on artists and vendors, find the Misfit Night Market pages on social media.