“We are a cool, community based artisan market in Ridgewood, Queens. We have over 40 curated vendors at every market in the historic ballroom of Gottscheer Hall, a German beer hall. There are also new vendors at every one of our events. Customers can purchase local, artisan, and vintage gifts. There is even food, canned goods, and pastries! You can order beer, cocktails, and German food in the in the German beer hall. There is live music, entertainment, raffles, games, and more. Our events are always kid and date Friendly! This is not your average market, this is a monthly happening in Ridgewood, Queens! Located inside the German beer hall, Gottscheer Hall. Also, there is always free entry.”
Hello my name is Sarah Feldman, I am the creator of the Ridgewood Market.
You can find at our market local food, handmade, and vintage products. Everything is very affordable and we are always open to having new vendors in the upcoming market dates. We will have almost 50 vendors joining us in the upcoming months with the hope of music, a restaurant/ bar area serving German food (Click for details) in the front, entertainment, and more! Click for details about the venue we use: the historic beer hall Gottscheer Hall.
Back in December of 2012, I was selling my jewelry at a regular flea market in Ridgewood. A few artistic vendors and I came to the realization that we needed something more. We needed a place away from resold, mass produced items. Those types of goods are really hard to compete with, without lowering your prices on handmade products.
We yearned for an affordable, local artistic outlet without the high costs of renting a storefront or other artisan fleas around New York City. I know from experience that some fleas can cost around $150 per table. We also wanted a recurrent clientele. So we decided to have our very own artisan flea market right here in Ridgewood.
The vision hasn’t really changed as much. The market went from a fun idea to an actual professional business. I had no idea I would be considering hiring interns, drafting up proposals, making sponsorship packages, or posting ads in local papers ever in my life. We have an actual application process vendors have to go through and we curate specific vendors for our upcoming markets. As of our last markets, we have had over 500-800 people join us depending on the season. We have also had hundreds of artisan vendors join us since we started.
Many of our vendors (Click for upcoming vendors) have been with us since the beginning. Our market has a personable approach with a close-knit, diverse, artisan community. All our vendors know my name. I find in this digital age, human contact or the feeling you are talking to another person, is very important. Our vendors have created a sort of six degree separation in our neighborhood and elsewhere in the Queens and New York City area. Our event not only helps vendors with their business, but also with networking.
Please join us for our upcoming indoor artisan markets. (Click for upcoming events) We have Saturday night bazaars and Sunday brunch markets. We are monthly except for January, February, July, and August. We also try to have two holiday markets in December during the Christmas season.
History of the Gottschee people: With the dissolution of the Austrian empire Gottschee was given to the newly formed country of Yugoslavia. In 1941, Gottschee became a territory of Italy, as a result of a treaty between Germany and Italy. Over 11,000 Gottscheers were relocated into a German annexed sector known as Untersteiermark (Lower Styria), that had formerly belonged to the Austrian province of Styria until made a part of Yugoslavia in 1918. At the end of World War II, when both Gottschee and Lower Styria were reclaimed by Yugoslavia, the people of Gottschee were made homeless and stateless and ended up as refugees and expellees in temporary camps in Austria.
Thousands of Gottscheers had come to the United States of America since the late 1800’s, settling mainly in New York and in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1945, they started a large-scale movement to help their uprooted kinfolk in Europe, who eventually migrated to many countries. Today, the largest number of Gottscheers and their descendants live in the United States of America; smaller numbers have settled in Canada, Austria, Germany, and some have found a new home in other countries.
Sarah Feldman: Head Manager of the Ridgewood Market
Ridgewood Market: An Affordable, Community-Based, Artisan Market
657 Fairview Ave. Ridgewood, NY 11385
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