Surf City Summer Market finding success

Surf City Market

Shoppers look at items at the Surf City Summer Market in Albury Park in Surf City Tuesday. The market has a slight twist on the usual farmer's markets. This one also showcases local merchants' wares, aiming to sell on spot and draw tourists to shops in town. The market will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Tuesday until Sept. 2.

Ken Blevins/StarNews Media
Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

A new outdoor market in Surf City is proving a success as summer kicks into full swing.

Surf City Summer Market has opened every Tuesday to the public for about a month selling everything from handmade jewelry to local produce.

“We have about 15 vendors now and we’re getting more each week,” said Debbie Wilson, president of the nonprofit market.

Market shoppers can choose from a variety of goods, including handmade stained glass and mosaic stepping stones, jewelry, copper weather vanes, homemade soaps and scrubs, leather goods, fresh-baked goodies and just-picked vegetables from a Sneads Ferry farm.

Since the market was set up as a nonprofit, Wilson said, a spot is reserved each week for another nonprofit to showcase its work.

Area vendors began making plans to establish the market earlier this year as a way to stay local rather than travel to other markets, Wilson said.

“A lot of us had done other markets together,” she said. “Most of us live between Hampstead and Sneads Ferry. We just decided we wanted to do something local. Tuesday was the only day there wasn’t another market anywhere in the area.”

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