2011marketday-8.jpg
2010-Lineup.jpg
DSC_1559 copy.jpg
2011marketday-8.jpg

Market Day Iowa


A pop-up marketplace of independent handmade and vintage goods in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

SCROLL DOWN

Market Day Iowa


A pop-up marketplace of independent handmade and vintage goods in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

Next Event:

Event Dates

What is Market Day?

We are Des Moines' pop-up craft market. We happen three times a year. We want people to buy handmade, buy local, and have fun talking with each other.

All our vendors are juried in, so you know they make good stuff. 

We work together to learn how to make a living as artists and crafters. We have learned how to pay our taxes, make a product, market ourselves, make a sale, talk to customers, and be great. Together.

Free Pop-Up Markets

In May, August, and November, in downtown Des Moines. 

Truly Small Businesses

We launch businesses. Our vendors go on to open shops like Hill Vintage

Local Shopping

When you spend your money at Market Day, you support real artists who make your home a real weird place. 

2010-Lineup.jpg

A Des Moines Tradition


Since 2009, local-minded shoppers from Iowa and beyond have bought local at over 30 Market Day events in downtown Des Moines.

SCROLL DOWN

A Des Moines Tradition


Since 2009, local-minded shoppers from Iowa and beyond have bought local at over 30 Market Day events in downtown Des Moines.

Celebrating our 5th year! 

Black Friday 2013 is our 31st event . We've hosted hundreds of artists and crafters and more than 15,000 shoppers. We've occupied two warehouses and one really nice Kirkwood hotel, bar, and ballroom. We've had a hell of a lot of fun. And this is just the start! Come celebrate our first five years with us on November 29. 

 

DSC_1559 copy.jpg

We Built This


Market Day is a project for independent business owners, by independent business owners. We love the challenge of building our own platforms. 

SCROLL DOWN

We Built This


Market Day is a project for independent business owners, by independent business owners. We love the challenge of building our own platforms. 

Cat Rocketship Project Director Business: stick.rs      Cat is a painter. She also writes, organizes, and champions Des Moines. Her name is really Rocketship.       She does all she can to help Des Moines grow as a surprising and creative city.       Email her: cat@marketdayiowa.com

Cat Rocketship

Project Director

Business: stick.rs

    

Cat is a painter. She also writes, organizes, and champions Des Moines. Her name is really Rocketship.  

   

She does all she can to help Des Moines grow as a surprising and creative city.  

   

Email her: cat@marketdayiowa.com

Dani Ausen Design, Vendor Relations, vendor Business: DaniAWESOME       Dani is Market Day's heart, because she keeps all our vendors organized and happy, and without good vendors, Market Day is nothing.       She's also our crackerjack graphic designer, and keeps Cat and Laura on time for everything.  

Dani Ausen

Design, Vendor Relations, vendor

Business: DaniAWESOME  

   

Dani is Market Day's heart, because she keeps all our vendors organized and happy, and without good vendors, Market Day is nothing.  

   

She's also our crackerjack graphic designer, and keeps Cat and Laura on time for everything.  

Laura Palmer Director of Making Friends, vendor Business: XOLP   Laura is, like all our ladies, lovely and smart. She expands Market Day's horizons and forces Cat and Dani to try new things. She is the respectable face of our event, and loves wordplay more than any person should. 

Laura Palmer

Director of Making Friends, vendor

Business: XOLP

 

Laura is, like all our ladies, lovely and smart. She expands Market Day's horizons and forces Cat and Dani to try new things. She is the respectable face of our event, and loves wordplay more than any person should.