1. How did REAL NYC DESIGNER MARKET get started?
After years of experience selling at markets in NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago and many other places in the Northeast, Sara Keiser of BOX 185 took over the Market on Mulberry Street after the other two markets failed. Real NYC DESIGNER Market focuses on REAL, original, authentic works of art from fashion designers, photographers, silversmiths, writers, musicians, graphic artists, wood turners and more. No made in China here. Filled with all Made in the USA items and original ideas starting a market that is all about the REAL MAKERS that fill it.
2. What is the oddest or funniest market story you have experienced to date?
I’m not sure – this is business, nothing too funny. Jokes are funny, people are funny but business isn’t necessarily ‘funny’.
3. What do you want visitors to walk away from after visiting your market?
“That was awesome!” “did you see (insert person here) work? How fabulous” “such talent there” “Wow, made in the USA, original works of art – how great”
4. If you could visit any market in the world, which one would it be and why?
Grand Bazaar in Istanbul:
About three hundred years. It has already become a local landmark and bears the title of the largest covered market in the world. Randomly distributed on its streets is more than three thousand shops where you can find many of the most incredible products. The local kids here its quite lucrative ” business ” – for a fee, they take stray tourists out of the maze of stalls back to the streets of Istanbul.
Why: more than 3000 shops, over 300 years old….incredible products…. And a tour?! You can’t beat it
Every Saturday in Arpora (Goa):
Opens the night open-air market. Here you can buy a variety of goods of Indian craftsmen, mingle with the local hippies, artists, yogis and listen to ethnic music in a live performance.
WHY: love it, love the ethnic music while you shop !
5. If you could take anyone with you to the market–who would it be?
Karen Seiger of Markets of New York – she is a market enthusiast and knows about SOOO many markets in the world!