By LYNN SKALL
There is a new “market” in town, the Questa Crafts and Collectibles Market, launched on June 12, and held every Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, throughout the summer. The Questa Economic Development Fund launched it, in response to locals looking for a venue like the Farmers Market to display and sell their artwork, handmade jewelry, antiques, and more.
The Crafts and Collectibles Market is just that place! It takes place adjacent to the Questa Visitor Center, in the same location as the Sunday Questa Farmers Market. Parking is always free, and the Visitor Center is open for restrooms, friendly conversation, and information about the area.
What will you find at the Saturday Market? Since vendors change every week, you’ll discover new treasures and collectibles every time you stop by. It’s where you will meet area locals showcasing one-of-a kind finds and selling their creations, such as handmade jewelry, antiques, original artwork, handcrafted items, collectibles, yard-sale sellables, and more. Wendy Medina, who is a regular at the Sunday Market, is a regular vendor, selling her famous Frito Pies, homemade baked goods, and her refreshing specialty summer drinks (non-alcoholic). The Questa Del Rio News has a booth at the Market, too, where you can sign up for subscriptions and chat with news staff.
The Crafts and Collectibles Market gives tourists passing through Questa another reason to stop—they’ll meet the local vendors who share stories, make suggestions about what to see, where to eat, and what to do. The Visitor Center will provide the directions, maps, and details. Visitors will stop, stay awhile, and be enchanted by the Questa area on their way around the Enchanted Circle scenic byway.
New vendors are always welcome to participate in the Saturday Market; just show up and register on-site beginning at 8:30 am for set-up. Bring your own tables, chairs, cashbox, and all supplies. There is a $10/week fee per booth space for the day, or $125 pre-paid for a guaranteed booth space in the same spot for the whole summer (16 weeks). All vendors are required to have a current Village of Questa Peddler’s Permit, valid for three months. It can also be purchased on-site during registration, for a $35 in cash.
For more information about the Saturday Market, please contact
Lynn Skall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (575) 586-2149.