Downtown Rochester, MN holds a weekly market called Thursdays on First and 3rd. The number of people attending this market is huge and I have a number of friends who are weekly vendors there. So I thought I’d try it out and signed up for one Thursday a month through the summer months. See, we have this great farm where I have a studio, kiln and thoroughly enjoy spending my time on weekends so I figured if these Thursday events work well, I could do fewer weekend shows and spend more time where I really want to be. Make sense right??
Well… yesterday was our third time participating and I’ve concluded it is not an event for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome event. Extremely well run by the organizers, lots of great art and food vendors and since it’s right outside Mayo Clinic, it sees tons of traffic from Mayo employees and those visiting the clinic for medical care. Even with all that, I just didn’t sell much. I had plenty of time to think about why while there – maybe people who have traveled internationally to come to the clinic just don’t want to deal with dragging a piece of pottery home (I’d be happy to ship it by the way) or any of the many other reasons one could come up with. My friend who sells jewelry and beads does well and that would seem to support the reason above. Fact is it doesn’t really matter why, it’s just not working for me and it’s time to move on.
All told, I’m glad I tried the market and enjoyed the time we spent there. I met some new friends and was presented with a couple new opportunities I wouldn’t have gotten if I hadn’t been there. Gotta love silver linings.
Next time I go back to Thursdays on First and 3rd it will be as an attendee and that’s just fine.
Hope you learned something this week too. Be well.
Yesterday, I participated in a weekly street market in Rochester Minnesota called Thursday’s on First & 3rd. The event has an amazing amount of traffic due to it’s proximity to the Mayo Clinic. I’ve participated in lots of sales, shows, festivals and markets, but this one takes the First Place ribbon because it is so well organized. The staff and volunteers do a phenomenal job getting all the vendors to their spaces, unloaded, set up and back out again at the end of the day. If you’re an organizer of this type of event, this group is the gold standard you want to try and match in my book.
Way back in January, a local PBS station ran a piece on my pottery. It was really well done and great fun to participate in making the episode. Yesterday, a woman walked into my booth, looked at my pottery and then at me and said, “Were you just on PBS?” “Well yes, in January”, I said. “No, this morning”, she says.
Huh – TV rookie that I am, I’d completely forgotten about re-runs. Anyway, it was kind of funny to have a complete stranger comment on seeing the episode. I’d had friends watch it and comment, but I’d never really had anyone else recognize me from it.
This Thursday you’ll find me and a large collection of my pottery at the street market in downtown Rochester MN called Thursdays on First & 3rd. It’s usually a huge event and I’m hoping it will be a great pottery sales venue. If you’re near Rochester, come down and see us. There are countless food and art vendors and performers on two stages. Look for us on the far north end of the booths on First – see ya there.
Found out I was accepted into Thursdays on First & 3rd in Rochester this year. It’s a weekly market in downtown Rochester Minnesota near Mayo Clinic so it has awesome traffic. Since this is my first year at this event, I’m just going to do one Thursday in June, July and August and see how it goes. If it works well, then I’ll do more of them next year but it seems like a great alternative to weekend festivals. Now I just gotta get some pots ready for it. Have a great weekend.
Yesterday my friend Sheryl and I had a fun afternoon strolling the Thursday’s on First & 3rd market in downtown Rochester. Every Thursday Rochester has a street market on First Avenue around the 3rd Street area which is by Mayo Clinic. It’s a big event with artists, crafters, growers, food booths and two stages for performers. This week the downtown businesses were also having sidewalk sales which made the event even larger and actually took up some of the space usually used by the weekly vendors so some of them weren’t there this week. That was a little disappointing.
But we enjoyed the vendors who were there, and had a great lunch at Chesters (the restaurant in this photo). We had a well balanced meal of barbecue chicken sliders, french fries, old fashioned chocolate cake (to die for!!!) and mojitos. Quite a combo huh? I think we covered all the major food groups and it was excellent!