Shop ‘N Swap

Pop In To A Pop-Up Market

By Hywania Thompson | Photo courtesy of Amandalynn Jones Photography

The sweet smell of ice cream and melodious music fill the air as shoppers line up to peruse handmade trinkets, bags, clothes and art during these three summer and fall outdoor events.

Madison Night Market is one of several pop ups around town. Such markets are becoming increasingly popular for the unique shopping and enjoyable experience they provide. “There’s no better place than downtown Madison to spend time with your friends and family, visitors and out of town guests,” says Tiffany Kenney, executive director of Madison’s Central Business Improvement District.

In addition to the vendors on Gilman Street, booths and food carts can also be found at the top and at the bottom of State Street. These “pockets of fun” include several Monroe Street boutiques. Kenney says downtown retailers could empathize with the heavy construction currently taking place on Monroe Street and invited the businesses to participate in this year’s downtown series.

Makers Market Sun Prairie is another collaborative venue hosted by Brass Tacks Resale. Owners Kendall Brunker and Andrea Schneeberger say Makers Market Sun Prairie is like shopping Etsy in real life. “You get to see, touch and feel all the products while getting to meet the incredible makers.”

And held at creative studio One-One Thousand on Madison’s near East Side, Good Day Market is a maker’s and artsy shopper’s paradise. Browse the retail area and watch live demonstrations, all while savoring a variety of food and drinks. “It’s a modern mercantile style event showcasing the ingenuity, craftsmanship and beautiful, practical items produced in the Midwest,” explains founder Sarah Artz. “So come prepared to nosh, sip and shop well-made, handmade goods.”

For upcoming dates and details see visitdowntownmadison.com; brasstacksresale.com; oneonethousand.net.