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« on: December 26, 2003 08:21:04 AM »

Anyone living in/near richmond should check out Bizarre Market, in the near west end (by VCU)

Chop Suey books hosts an artists fleamarket. Its free to setup a table, and 10% of proceeds are donated to a local charity (past charities have been the Polkadot Art Gallery and Richmond READ center).

These happen every few months or so, the last one was December 6, and I think the next one is in February. Crafty people should definately think about setting up a table, or at least stopping by to see whats for sale!
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2004 03:51:08 AM »

Next Bizarre Market is March 27
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2004 10:24:01 AM »

is it the same girl, anna, putting this together? i tabled my distro at the first one in july, she never sent out any notices about the other ones, i usually ended up finding out about them through fliers at video fan or something.
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2004 06:30:32 PM »

Yes, Anna (bizarremarket#yahoo.com) is still putting it on. I think there wasn't a very consistent email system until the second bizarre market.

Usually I get an email from Chop Suey about it first, since Ward from Chop Suey is so good about emails. You can get on their email list by asking them at usedandrare#erols.com. It's a very worthwhile email list. The emails aren't too often, but are always friendly and witty, and Ward makes sure to announce all the cool Chop Suey events (like readings, and the Bizarre Market).

FYI this upcoming market is going to benefit the Richmond Peace Education Center. If anyone is interested in selling, you can email that first address I listed and state yr name and what you'll be selling.  Then you show up like maybe an hour in advance the day of the event (which is noon to five on Sat, March 27) and sign in and set up. You have to bring your own tables or racks or whatever you need for display purposes.

The Bizarre Market is hosted by Chop Suey at 1317 W. Cary St (well, actually in the street next to it) in Richmond's Fan district. It's a great time, so if you're not selling and you're nearby, I highly recommend coming out. I and my posse, Franglais, shall be there-- if you see us, say hi.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2004 02:46:11 PM »

The Bizarre Market is hosted by Chop Suey at 1317 W. Cary St (well, actually in the street next to it) in Richmond's Fan district. It's a great time, so if you're not selling and you're nearby, I highly recommend coming out. I and my posse, Franglais, shall be there-- if you see us, say hi.



Do you mean that that is the address where the bizarre market can be found?  My friend and I are planning to go tomorrow, and I want to make sure we are not driving around all morning in search of it.  If you could reply here or pm me, that would be helpful and super awesome.  THANK YOU!
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2004 04:02:48 PM »

it's usually held on the street beside chop suey, which is randolph street. if you park on cary or any streets near it you should be okay. i believe there is a big mural on the side of the building when you go down cary that says "chop suey books" on a chinese takeout carton.
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2004 08:39:20 PM »

thank you so much!  we will be there!
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2004 07:38:22 PM »

What did you think, if you did go?

and. . . Did you see my stuff (franglais-- towards the end on the left)? What did you think of it?

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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2004 11:27:44 AM »

My roomie and I went, but maybe we got there too early (around 11) because everyone was still basically setting up.  We needed to drive down to Blacksburg, so we couldn't stick around to see if things would pick up.  It looked like it would have been lovely and at least now I know where it is.  Did you get a good crowd?Keep us posted on when another one rolls around.  
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2004 07:02:43 AM »

Yeah the event is from noon to five. The next one is in June. I gave my flyer away because I knew I'd hear more about it before too long, so I can't remember the date. But I'll keep you posted.
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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2004 11:34:45 AM »

Hi Everyone!

I should have posted this a lot eariler, but I've been busy!

Anyway, my pal Erin and I (Miss Chief Productions) went to the Bizarre Market and it was indeed great.  It was our first time in Richmond and I'd say it was worth the trip.  There seemed to be a constant flux of people and we sold a fair amount of stuff, (and then promptly spent all our earnings on all the other awesome stuff there was to choose from!).  We traded with some people too which was great.  I really like the idea of bartering.  There was a really nice variety including screenprinted, handmade and altered/reconstructed clothing, buttons and accessories, zines and artists' books, fine art/paintings, music, felt flowers, hmmmmmmmm I'm probably forgetting stuff.  But my point is that you should all mark your calendars for the end of June and it's worth a trip whether you would be going to buy or sell!!  

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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2004 04:26:30 PM »

I recieved an email stating the next one will be June 26th- I will be planning to vend at thgat one:) I will have all sorts or ecclectic clothing (handmade and reconstructed), as well as cd's etc.
YAY! My first vending spot since 2002!
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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2004 08:28:58 AM »

I'm new here and was wondering what sort of stuff they usually have on sale at this one so I know what to bring Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2004 10:04:20 PM »

Everything from handmade soaps and lip balm to art prints, paintings, and handmade sketchbooks from various people using various binding techniques. Lots of clothing of all kinds of styles, jewelry (actual silver jewelry, intricately beaded stuff, and imaginative yet simpler things too). Cool-yardsale-type finds, witty magnets, independently printed zines and books. There's more but I've run out of memory. Oh, I know my dad is coming and he's bringing echinacea plants which will hopefully be in bloom! My partner and I will be there selling clothing (stencilled and reconstructed), accessories (ditto), and sketchbooks. We are Franglais and we do our best to recycle and repurpose and never waste, and never bring in new materials when there's plenty of it already around. See you there, say hi!

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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2004 02:10:28 PM »

Hey, I'm around that area and was wondering if they still have them?
I'm pretty busy this next few weeks but I would love to make it to one if I could. Thanks!

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« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2004 08:23:29 AM »

Hi!  I'm fairly new, and i just recently found the Richmond crafty-posty section.  It's August 5, 2004, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me when the next Bizarre Market is.  I heard about it from a friend, and I think it sounds awesome!  Thanks!

Also I think it's really cool to find other crafters in Richmond!  I need to start being more involved in stuff so I can meet people.
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« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2004 07:43:12 PM »

the next bizarre market is october 30th, 12 to 5.  if you're interested in selling your stuff, email anna at bizarremarket@yahoo.com, and she'll give you the details.
the last one i sold at was the one last october and it was awesome.  heard it's getting even bigger and better.  i'm excited. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2004 03:53:01 PM »

I'm new to this forum too, and I just heard about the Bizarre Market.  What kinds of things are being sold there now? Anyone know?  I have lots of different kinds of stuff that I make and I'm wondering what it the most appropriate to take there. 
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« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2004 01:59:51 PM »

Thanks for the info!
I've heard there is all kinds of crafty stuff at the bizarre market.  I'm sure anything you could make would be cool.  I'm thinking of doing t-shirts, but I've never done them "whole-sale" before.  Also maybe wristwarmers - knitted - but i haven't finished my prototype yet.
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« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2004 03:01:00 PM »

The first Bizarre Market I went to was the last one, and it was really fun.  People were selling all kinds of things from bags and pillows to original art, used stuff, a variety of food, much of it vegan.  I'd like to participate in it one of these days once I get to making enough stuff.
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« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2004 03:35:28 PM »

Hey guys,

What kinda prices are there? Is it a lot like the carry town prices (little higher then normal) or is it more of like a little craft fair?

I was thinking about selling some of my jewlry there.

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« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2004 05:16:45 AM »

I found it to be cheap, generally.  It's definitely not a Carytown atmosphere--think more like scruffy VCU kids and artists and whatnot (I meant this all in the very best way! Smiley) having an eccentric little craft fair in an alley. 
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« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2004 10:44:35 AM »

LOL, ok. Grin
Thanks for the info. I think I might just go down to this next one to shop and then maybe the next one I'll look into selling.
Do they have them very often?

-Nelly
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« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2004 04:41:14 PM »

I think they're four times a year.
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