Make Good on Your Holiday Shopping at the Annual Good Trade Makers Market
The large-scale community shopping experience brings nearly 100 independent makers under one roof for a two-day celebration of creatives and tradespeople.
Mark your calendars: The Good Trade Makers Market is set to return to the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence on Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20, from noon to 6 p.m. The annual event gathers nearly 100 independent makers and small manufacturers of home decor, art, apothecary products, apparel accessories and more from all over the country under one roof.
“What’s unique about The Good Trade is that we’re not only showcasing the amazing artisans, makers and manufacturers who are based here in Rhode Island, but we are also welcoming businesses from eleven other states and introducing them to our little city during the weekend,” says event organizer BJ Mansuetti. “Rhode Islanders have long been committed to shopping small, and we believe that creating an inclusive space for creatives to come together before the holidays and sell their handcrafted goods provides an important boost to the local economy.”
Last year’s market brought in 5,000 shoppers from across New England as well as an estimated $300,00 in revenue for participating small businesses.
“The community response to the event has been overwhelmingly positive, both from the vendor and shopper perspective. In 2021, vendors shared moving personal stories with our team about the life-changing support they received from shoppers, which was especially meaningful after an extremely difficult couple of years for small businesses,” adds Mansuetti.
Peter A. Mello, managing director and co-CEO of WaterFire Providence, agrees the event was a great success.
“We can’t wait to welcome them back to the WaterFire Arts Center again this year. It’s an event that we’re always excited about and look forward to hosting for many years to come,” Mello says.
In addition to the appearance of familiar local small businesses — like Beautiful Day Granola, Beehive Handmade, Giraffes and Robots, Goddex Apothecary, Mack and Hound, Frog and Toad, Ocean State Pepper Co., Dips Dips and Newport Sea Salt Co., to name a few — the Good Trade Makers Market will also see the return of the popular “Plinko for a Cause.” Shoppers are encouraged to participate in the interactive fundraising game by donating $5 and playing to win prizes from the market and its vendors. All donated funds will benefit the Steel Yard’s Workforce Training Pvrogram, a job-readiness initiative dedicated to teaching industry safety standards and metalworking skills.
Tickets are available now for $7 at goodtrademakersmarket.com/tickets (but note: advance sales end at midnight on November 18) or for $10 at the door. Price of admission includes an offering from the market’s sponsors, meaning either a small beer from Proclamation Ale or Trinity Brewhouse, a small cocktail from the Industrious Spirit Company, a small hot coffee from New Harvest Coffee Roasters, an iced tea from Granny Squibb’s or a small ice cream from Gather Farm. For more information, visit goodtrademakersmarket.com, or follow @goodtrademakersmarket on Instagram for daily giveaway opportunities now until November 18. WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence, waterfire.org/about-the-waterfire-arts-center.