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News and updates about Market Day events in Des Moines, IA.

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5 locally-sourced treats in our VIP's bags

It's the last business day before the sale, so I only have time for a quick, ugly text post. But we're finishing up VIP bags and they are GREAT. 5 things:

  1. Gift cards to Proof restaurant
  2. Gift cards to Cache Bake Shoppe
  3. MASSAGES (not in the bag, but part of the package) and COFFEE from Mars Cafe
  4. ART by XOLP
  5. $50 off coupons for Badowers

The point is, we want Market Day to help us keep our money in the community. Get a VIP pass and you can start with us, and you'll be on your way to a locally-sourced Christmas. 

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5 years of Market Day and 5 ways you can help us

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5 years of Market Day and 5 ways you can help us

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This is the end of our 5th year of Market Day! This Black Friday is our 31st event! We have compiled a scrapbook of photos from these five years. Review. Reminisce.

This week I mailed invitations to people who've helped Market Day happen, and it was a very nice way to spend an hour: feeling connected and grateful for all the people who've supported us these five years. You, reading this, are one of those people. Thank you. We enjoy running Market Day, and we're proud to bring it to you.

Part of the fun of Market Day is creating an experience together, with a community of people who care and support it. Here are ways you can be in on the fun:

1: Invite your friends to like us on Facebook

2: Invite your friends to the event.

3: Invite your friends to be your date. 

Theres no link for this. Just gotta pick up the phone. 

4: Tweet about @marketdayiowa. 

And post about going to Market Day on your Facebook wall.

5: Pick up a VIP pass

This one's good for you, too. If you haven't already heard, VIPs get chair massages, coffee, coat check, snacks, and a gift bag. 

 

Really and seriously and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the support you've given us already. Even just stopping by the info desk to say hi means a lot and reminds us what a good town we live in. 

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5 gifts for the Laura Palmer in your life

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5 gifts for the Laura Palmer in your life

It's hard to shop when you sit behind your own booth, but this Market Day, this 5th Anniversary Black FridayShopping Extravaganza Market Day, I did some early scouting to find my must haves. 

For that Laura Palmer in your life, not the Twin Peaks one, but that someone who loves puns, highlighters, whiskey, cooking (while dancing) and things that warm your heart, here's a quick guide to your must-buys at Market Day.

Kate Brennan knows the way to my heart and into my kitchen. I'll buy anything Iowa. Anything. I have some serious IA pride and this sweet tea towel is cute and IA patriotic. (Iowa-triotic? Is that a thing?)

 

I've given makexdo's warm, knitted creations as gifts for several years now, but never snagged one for myself. This year is my year, Jen. 

Florence Oliver is my favorite. Every little coin purse, lip gloss pouch, or really any bag with a zipper that floats in and out of my handbag-- Danelle made it. I can't wait to get one of these hand painted leather ones.

Not only does Nicole and Dime have a punny name (a woman after my own heart) she also makes wearable, colorful necklaces. These triangle pendants would be the perfect addition to my everyday wardrobe.

 

Oh. And I want a Market Day VIP pass. Coupons to local businesses, a limited edition MD print, a super cool shopping bag and access to coffee and treats? That sounds like a holiday treat I can't be without.

Merry Market Day, my friends. Can't wait to see you on the 29th.

xo-LP

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5 reasons to be a VIP at Market Day

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5 reasons to be a VIP at Market Day

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Five reason you need to be VIP for Market Day's 5th anniversary shopping extravaganza:

1. Chair Massage. Nothing feels better after shopping 70 handmade vendors' booths than a relaxing massage from Jenny of Ocean Breeze Massage in Beaverdale. Jenny will be offering blissful chair massages in the VIP area from 2pm to 5pm
[Does JC Penny offer this on Thanksgiving night at 10pm? I don't believe they do.]

2. You're entered to win that incredible Des Moines bag of amazing-- read more here!

3. You get a button shouting to the world that you support Market Day and thus are VIP. (Very Important Peeps at Market Day and Beyond) You'll also get a custom shopping bag emblazoned with the Market Day logo. Classy swag.

4. You'll get coupons, information and promotional items from some of our favorite local businesses in Des Moines so you can continue to shop local and support our fair city throughout your holiday weekend! (Thank you Eden, Badowers, Cache Bake Shoppe, Le Jardin, Greater Des Moines Community FoundationGreater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and more!)

5. You love Market Day. I know you do. And fellow lover of Market Day, this is a great way to support what we do here in Des Moines. You're supporting Market Day's mission of promoting Very Small Business, lady entrepreneurs, man craft, and keeping Des Moines surprising. (and who doesn't want to support that)

Join me. Be VIP.

Sincerely,

LP

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5 gifts for the fashion forward, glitter obsessed, techy in your life

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5 gifts for the fashion forward, glitter obsessed, techy in your life

That is to say, five things to buy for Dani Awesome.

If you know a quirky, fashion ­forward, glitter­-obsessed, techy, workaholic woman between the ages of, say, 25 and 34, this list is an excellent reference point for her Christmas present. Or, if you are my friend, relative, or husband, take note.

Statement Necklace, Plants + Planets

Statement Necklace, Plants + Planets

I love a statement necklace. This one hits me on all cylinders. It's huge.

It's shiny. It's original. I love that it's leather on the back side, as it would be WAY more comfortable to wear. I need this in my life.

iPad sleeve, Ingrained

iPad sleeve, Ingrained

I just got my iPad last month, and I am OBSESSED with it. Why should it not have a

beautiful home? This handmade, solid wood case by Ingrained is the perfect environment for my new favorite toy.

tiny sloth by Animalito

tiny sloth by Animalito

Why, you might ask, does a 31-year-old woman need a teeny, tiny sloth? WHY NOT, I SAY. This just makes me happy. I just want to look at it once every hour, see its sweet yet mischievous expression, and breathe a deep sigh of relief and happiness. So there. It's a tiny sloth by Animalito.

collar by bean & the sprout

collar by bean & the sprout

Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot deal with being cold. Not even a little. I'm the biggest baby ever. Now, if one needs to be warm, there is no reason that one cannot be warm and fabulous. Why has this not already happened for me? I need one of these collars from bean & the sprout

metallic clutch by Vintage Salvation

metallic clutch by Vintage Salvation

These are just so shiny I can't even think. This may actually end up saving me money. I will reach for my purse to retrieve my wallet, and get so distracted its beauty that I forget why I'm even holding it. This is an unlikely scenario, but it doesn't make me want this purse any less. These metallic clutches are by Vintage Salvation.

This is just the short list, of course. I could go on and on and on. I think that the point is that Market Day Black Friday is a perfect place to shop for a daniAWESOME, so what are you waiting for? Those gifts aren't going to buy themselves. You know what to do. Get to Black Friday this week. 

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5 pieces of craft you can win at Market Day (and how to win them)

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5 pieces of craft you can win at Market Day (and how to win them)

First, let's be clear: the giveaway packages we're talking about contain WAY MORE than 5 items. We're giving away two bags of great stuff from our vendors:

  • When you sign up to receive our newsletter, you're entered to win a gift package. (If you already subscribe, you can still drop your name!) 
  • VIP shoppers are entered to win their own prize package, so if you have a VIP pass, you have two chances to win more than $250 in giftable, lovable art and crafts.

These giveaways are LOADED -- you win one, and you'll have a bunch of creative gifts to give this Christmas. Or self-gift. 

Okay, let's see. 

What you can win: 

This beautiful market bag, produced by Apolis, sold exclusively at Badowers, and sure to be part of your Market Day/Farmer's Market/Arts Festival/80/35 experience for years to come. 

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A big blue chunky knit cowl (similar to this one) by makexdo, aka Jen Geigley. Once you squeeze Jen's knitwork, you know the luxury that a good knitted piece can bring. Cozy, cute, and comfortable...this could be a big prize in and of itself. 

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Format Analog is giving away three retired cameras. They don't capture images, but they make a shelf look pretty classy. 

We're got a hand-stamped IOWA bracelet made by Decadence. How great is this?

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If you're lucky, you'll win this painted plaque made by Rocket Assembly. Hang it on a wall. Give it to a teen. Cherish yourself or share it with a friend. Once you get the goods, what you do with them is up to you. 

Items not pictured: 

We're still collecting work from our vendors, so this list will get even longer. But right now, a suitcase full of prizes sits next to me, eagerly anticipating finding a new home on Black Friday. 

Anyway, here's the list of what we've got: 

  • Two sparklysaurs from Tara's Dinos (as featured here)
  • Four feather globe ornaments by DaniAWESOME
  • $10 gift card to KimB Kreatures (and a reusable card cozy!) 
  • Another $10 gift card in a card cozy...which I have temporarily misplaced and cannot put a vendor to at the moment. -_-
  • 2 catnip fish toys from The Sara Initiative
  • 1 onesie and assorted cards by Kate Brennan Hall
  • 1 bracelet by Fashion Funward
  • Forever Gold photo book by Michael Watson
  • A soft gray cowl by Clara Ruth Scarves
  • A bracelet from Big Button Archive
  • A tee from Vintage Salvation
  • Earrings and a set of coasters from Gardenia Gifts
  • A pack of posters, prints, and stickers by Dead Clown Art

How you can win:

  1. Buy a VIP pass: you'll have a chance to win two bags of craft. 
  2. Black Friday shoppers can drop their name on our newsletter signup. You'll only be in the drawing for one giveaway...unless you buy a VIP pass

We will draw for both prizes at 3:30 on Friday. You need not be present to win (but you might as well be there to spend your gift cards!) 

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5 reasons to get a Market Day VIP pass

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5 reasons to get a Market Day VIP pass

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Market Day will always be a free show, but that doesn't mean we won't take tips. Buying a VIP pass lets you contribute to Market Day and lets us scheme bigger schemes in 2014. It also grants you:  

  1. 8:30 AM check in (optional) -- Talk to our muscle at the door and they'll let you in a half hour before we open. You can grab a cuppa coffee (or a mimosa), take off your jacket, and stay a while in our
  2. lounge, just for vendors and VIPs. Might be the only good seats in the place.
  3. Coat and bag check at the front desk
  4. Coffee all day, $3 mimosas and bloody marys (this could almost be two reasons)
  5. A swag bag containing a Market Day 5th Anniversary commemorative card from XO-LP, deals and flyers from local shops also doing Black Friday sales, and a few surprises. 

Treat yourself (and us) with a VIP pass to Market Day's Black Friday sale

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5 midwest craft shows ripe for holiday shopping

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5 midwest craft shows ripe for holiday shopping

...other than Market Day. ;) With Christmas comes shopping, and that shopping means we all have a big chance to invest in our community, our region, and super small business. So let's do that. Here are the Market Day crew's favorite picks for en masse craft shopping this winter.

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  1. What a Load of Craft
    Celebrating 10 years this December 14 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa from 11am-6pm. WALOC is Iowa's premiere punk craft show. 
  2. The final Art vs Craft 
    In Milwaukee on December 30. After 10 years, AvC is closing up. Makes us a little sad. Makes us also feel like craft infants. 
  3. Unglued Market 
    In Fargo, ND. They have a brick and mortar store and a February craft mart. We have to love them because we inadvertently inspired them to start!
  4. Lucky Star Market
    An upstart market in Ames on December 7.
  5. Renegade Chicago Holiday Market, December 7 & 8
  6. A bonus market: No Coast Craft-a-Rama
    A Minneapolis outfit now in their 11th year! December 6 & 7

Hope you find some useful picks on this list!

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5 Market Day gifts your brother will love

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5 Market Day gifts your brother will love

We have a big craft sale coming up: it's our huge Black Friday sale on 11/29. 70 vendors from five states will converge on downtown Des Moines. It's so big you'll find thoughtful gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. 

Today I've picked a few things to serve the brothers, boyfriends, and dads in your life. Let's see what our vendors have prepared.

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Solid cologne from Aromi will be a hit. Easy to pack, easy to dab, and smells just right. You'll be able to find handmade makeup, lip balms, and soaps as well.

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If bikes are Dude's thing, you'll find special goods from Des Moines Bike Works on 11/29.  And if bikes are Dude's thing, you'll also find bike notebooks, bike jewelry, and bike posters. 

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Ramona Muse brings soft and cozy cowls to take your giftee through the winter in style. Other vendors bring scarves and socks, not to mention knitted hats and gloves. 

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Hartford and Union specializes in vintage menswear. This booth is stocked with 70s flannel, paper thin 80s tees, and even jack boots. 

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Decadence restyles leather goods and metal wear into men's and women's cuffs. Heavy on the style. 

This was a quick pick of the first five manly crafts I found in our vendor preview -- and I skipped the more unisex goods like LEGO lamps, comic book wallets, horror art, and restored Polaroid cameras. What I'm saying is: whomever you're shopping for, Market Day has you covered this Black Friday. 

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5 wild gifts you can snag at Market Day on Black Friday

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5 wild gifts you can snag at Market Day on Black Friday

On November 29 we're hosting our fifth Market Day Black Friday Sale, and to celebrate, Laura, Dani, and I have compiled posts centered on that beautiful numeral: cinco. Starting with this one. 

I've picked five cheeky, wildly original gifts to share, to whet your appetite for the kinds of goods you'll find from our vendors. You can see an even bigger selection in our Vendor Preview album on Facebook. 

A glittersaurus by Tara

A glittersaurus by Tara

I start with a glitter-green stegosaurus from Tara's Dinos because I have been playing with it all night. It's fighting a sparkly velociraptor. Both are in my office, waiting to be part of our giveaways on Black Friday. They are zany, silly, fun gifts. 

Ocelot by Animalito Clay

Ocelot by Animalito Clay

Sticking with the animal picks, you need to know about Animalito, who makes itsy bitsy teeny weenie beautiful adorable animals out of polymer clay and I want all of them. This line hits all of my buttons. 

Sticking with the polymer clay theme, here are three tiny monsters from Lolamade Monsters. I saw her last week at a show in Minneapolis and she has just oodles of these guys, all hand made, all different, and it's in a fun festival-style booth. 

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These fur collars by bean & the sprout are just one facet of Christine Hilbert's design skills. All of her accessories are elegant, unusual, beautiful pieces. 

The Woolybooger journal

The Woolybooger journal

Friends of Bigfoot strive to ennoble the downtrodden 'squatch with their benevolent depictions of individual bigfoots they've known. These portraits are available on journals, as embossed leather keychains, and as original paintings. You'll find all three lines (maybe more!) at Black Friday. 

Before we finish here, remember: 

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When you want to shop on Black Friday and support good work

Read all about our VIP program in this missive, released today. If you want to receive news like this firsthand, sign up to receive our newsletter.

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Black Friday VIP passes now on sale

Be our guest and make the most of your day

Market Day, our longest running program, is now in its 5th year. Since we've got 30 markets under our belt, we did a little planning and decided to add a new initiative. With the VIP program, we're hoping to offset some of the costs of hosting the vent to be able to commit more resources to growing our programming.

This year we are offering a special opportunity to fans of local shopping. Our VIP pass comes with a lot of perks. You and a guest will enjoy: 

  1. access to the VIP lounge, where you'll find coffee all day, and a safe place to stash your coat and bags while you shop. 
  2. discount mimosas and screwdrivers.
  3. early check-in prior to the doors opening, giving you a chance to get settled and scope out the vendors before the place starts hopping.
  4. swag bags filled with Market Day surprises and coupons to local shops.
  5. supporting Market Day's mission of promoting Very Small Business, lady entrepreneurs, man craft, and keeping Des Moines surprising.
That's five big reasons to buy your VIP pass today. These are the facts: 
  • VIP passes are $25.
  • Passes grant access to you and a guest any time after 8:30 AM on 11/29.
  • VIP passes are limited. 
Thanks for reading. All 70 vendors are excited to see you on the 29th! 
-Cat
We recently launched a new site for Market Day! Have you seen it? 

www.marketdayiowa.com
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