The Good Trade Makers Market will return to Providence this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19. This annual event gathers nearly 100 independent makers and small manufacturers of home decor, art, …
The Good Trade Makers Market will return to Providence this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19. This annual event gathers nearly 100 independent makers and small manufacturers of home decor, art, gourmet food items, apothecary products, apparel, accessories, and more from all over the country for a weekend-long community shopping experience at WaterFire Arts Center.
“We believe that for small makers to grow, they need opportunities to meet new shoppers outside of their immediate communities, in addition to receiving support from their local area,” said BJ Mansuetti, co-owner of Rhode Island-based Ampersand Creative Co., the organizers behind the event. “What’s unique about The Good Trade is that we’re highlighting local Rhode Island-based artisans, makers, and manufacturers while also welcoming businesses from 11 other states and introducing them to Rhode Island during the weekend. In trade, we aim to introduce Rhode Island small businesses to other cities to help them reach a new audience, too.”
Held annually since 2021, The Good Trade Makers Market brings thousands of shoppers from across New England to Providence. In 2022, the Rhode Island-founded event expanded to Burlington, Vt.
The Good Trade will also bring back the popular “Plinko for a Cause” game this year, a large, interactive fundraising game where shoppers can donate $5 to play to win prizes provided by The Good Trade and event vendors. This year, 100% of the funds donated will benefit Riverzedge Arts, a Woonsocket-based non-profit organization that offers paid work-based learning opportunities for teens who create art and design products for real-world clients.
Advance tickets for The Good Trade are available now for $8 (advance sales end at midnight on Nov. 17th) and $10 at the door at goodtrademakersmarket.com. Ticket price includes a beverage from sponsors, including a small beer from Proclamation Ale, a small cocktail from The Industrious Spirit Company made with Boot Black Cocktail Syrup, a small hot coffee from New Harvest Coffee Roasters, Topo-Chico Sparkling Mineral Water, or a small ice cream from Gather Farm. Other sponsors include Providence Tourism Council, Trinity Beer Garden, Gather Glass, and Swamp Yankee Art.
The market is open from noon to 6 p.m. each day.