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  • Frequently Asked Questions about Saturday Market
    Central America coupled with childhood memories of European markets The first Saturday Market was held in the alley next to the Oak Street Overpark After a short one summer stand on the plaza in front of the County Courthouse the Market was moved to the Butterfly parking structure across from the courthouse Saturday Market moved to its present site on the Park Blocks in April 1983 For the detailed story read founder Lotte Streisinger s telling of the events You can see some photos of the Market in the good old days here on our Flickr stream How and what can I sell and how much does it cost Handcrafters are welcomed into the Saturday Market without a jury approving their work though products are screened in advance to ensure they fit our handcrafting guidelines The prime guideline for selling at Market is that all products must be sold by the person who made them or a member of his or her family living in Oregon The Saturday Market Standards Committee enforces product standards related to uniqueness originality and craft processes The Member Handbook and the Craft Specific Guidelines contain all the information you need The Member s section of this site has pages full of helpful information especially the Selling at Market page You can apply online from the Market Applications page At the first Saturday Market each vendor was charged one dollar Today vendors pay an annual membership fee of 50 00 and 13 00 plus 10 of their sales for their weekly 8 x 8 booth space quite reasonable rent for a weekly store front Can I start my own Saturday Market Eugene s Saturday Market is the original Saturday Market The name Saturday Market is used by other similar markets around the state of Oregon with the permssion of the Saturday Market Board of Directors To gain permission Markets must adhere to the Maker is the Seller basic guideline There are currently other independent Saturday Markets operating in Portland Bend Salem Hood River and Ashland Other communities are in planning stages for Saturday Markets Some basic information about how this Market is organized is available through the Market office What about the Lane County Farmers Market Lane County Farmers Market takes place each Saturday across the street from the Park Blocks April through November and also on Tuesdays from May through October The Farmers Market is an independent organization and Saturday Market s sister market First set up under the auspices of Saturday Market in 1979 Farmers Market became independent in 1989 Their website is here www lanecountyfarmersmarket org or call 541 431 4923 or info lanecountyfarmersmarket org How is the Market organized Saturday Market is an Oregon non profit organization whose mission is to provide a low cost marketplace for local handcrafters and artisans and a weekly celebration for the Eugene community There is a full time staff of three and there are seven additional Saturday assistants The Market manager is Kimberly Cullen The Market

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  • The History of the Eugene Saturday Market
    the Market is actually good for downtown business attracting many shoppers who would otherwise not have come into town people who came because of the Market and who then go on to shop in the stores Other Markets have been started in Oregon communities under the auspices of the local Chambers of Commerce or downtown business associations Occasionally the Market is criticized for not paying downtown taxes However the Market occurs only once a week it is a non profit organization and basically a community attraction and event located just outside the taxable boundaries Finally the Market has been the object of some resentment because it represents a deviation from the usual form of retail merchandising in the U S It does indeed and we think this is one of the Market s greatest strengths Here you get to meet the person who made the object you are buying You can find out how she or he made it you can bargain or perhaps put in a special order It is a totally different shopping experience than in the usual supermarket or department store and most people once they get used to it really like it Internal Strife and Growth The Market has had recurring problems of internal conflict over the necessity for rules and over the direction of its growth Some Market vendors have felt that the world of rules and regulations are just what they are trying to get away from and that the Market shouldn t have restrictions of any sort The Marketeers find it necessary to establish rules but we try to keep them to a minimum One rule which became a recurring problem with the growth of the Market was that booths should not be set up before 6 a m when the Market had jurisdiction over the lot Vendors began getting to the Market place earlier and earlier on Saturday in order to secure a particular spot and there were some conflicts over favored spaces In 1974 the Market decided to meet this problem of space competition with a lottery system of weekly random space allotment There was room for about 225 8 x8 booths Those vendors unable to get spaces one week got first priority for the following Saturday In subsequent votes of the Market Community the lottery was retained until the 1978 season when attendance and vendor competition had leveled out and enough spaces were available for all The problem of space competition was allied with the problem of limited space for selling There was just not enough room for all the people who wished to sell at the market to set up every Saturday Since a substantial number of vendors depend on the Market for the whole or greater portion of their yearly income limiting their selling days presented them with a severe economic problem Some vendors backed plans to institute priority seniority or judging systems for selling at the Market thus insuring them a weekly space In 1974 a Sunday Market was instituted to give vendors an additional selling option The Sunday Market never attained the popularity of The Saturday Market and was not the expected relief valve for the Market s growth problems Regular Sunday Markets were discontinued in 1976 and now only happen for special events In 1981 the first special five day Christmas Market was tried with limited success perhaps due to some especially calamitous December weather Another more subtle problem associated with growth was a loss of community spirit within the Market It used to be the Market against the world a tight little group fighting together to prove the worth of an idea When the Market became bigger more successful and accepted many vendors came on Saturday mornings and left in the evening without feeling particularly involved in the organization The Board works to keep communication open through the Market newsletter and by urging people to come to Saturday Market Board and Standards Committee meetings which are held two Tuesday evenings of every month Occasionally there are short meetings on the Market site at 9 00 or 9 30 on a Saturday morning Such meetings serve to pass out information but are not suitable for decision making BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE MARKET There are two basic principles which the Market Board considers most important and which it has decided to require of any other group in Oregon desiring to use the term Saturday Market in any form Eugene has pre empted the name Saturday Market for the State of Oregon Other communities wishing to use the name will have to prefix it with their name e g the Medford Saturday Market Even so they must get permission from the Saturday Market Board which will require that the following two conditions be met 1 that the Market organization is non profit i e that none of the Directors gain any profit from the running of the Market and 2 that everything sold at the Market is made grown or gathered by the person selling it or a family member or partner This means that there are to be no imported or second hand goods thus insuring the direct relationship between the maker and the buyer Generally the Market staff and the other vendors are able to decide quite easily whether a certain item is locally handmade or not In the event of a doubtful situation the vendor is usually told that he she may stay that particular Saturday but must come to a Standards Committee meeting before selling again The Standards Committee was formed in 1981 to set up craft guidelines and to resolve questions and disputes An exception to the second principle above is made for produce Produce is considered very important to the Market because it is an essential food item and it brings buyers back week after week We have found it difficult to attract the small producer because of the low profit margin and the time involved in selling Therefore we allow

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  • Press Materials for Eugene Saturday Market
    How To Sell At Market FAQ Membership Applications Member Handbook Market Standards For Market Members Membership Applications Market Calendar Meetings Weekly Member Newsletter Wooden Booth Plans Handy Links Board Minutes Candidate Statements Holiday Market Visit Holiday Market Holiday Market Application Press Materials Fact Sheets 2016 Saturday Market Fact Sheet pdf format 2016 Saturday Market Fact Sheet txt format High Res and Web Size Market Images Visitors browse craft booths along Oak St at the Eugene Saturday Market Photo credit Saturday Market Download high res image 1800 x 2400 px 3 5MB right click for Safari IE Download high res image 450 x 600 px 225K right click for Safari IE Shopping for baubles at Shawnna Holmes booth Photo credit Saturday Market Download high res image 1800 x 2400 px 3MB right click for Safari IE Download high res image 450 x 600 px 193K right click for Safari IE Visitors browse craft booths at the Eugene Saturday Market Photo credit Saturday Market Download high res image 2400 x 1800 px 3 5MB right click for Safari IE Download high res image 600 x 450 px 227K right click for Safari IE For more information and photos contact Saturday Market Promotions

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  • Helpful Links for Visitors to the Eugene Area
    in Portland Oregon Portland Saturday Market Visit our friends in Ashland Oregon Lithia Artisan s Market Visit our friends in Bend Oregon Central Oregon Saturday Market Holiday Artist s Cooperative in Corvallis Oregon Teal Holiday Market and a host of other events take place at the Lane County Fairgrounds For more information about open air markets around the world OPENAIR MARKET NET The World Wide Guide to Farmers Markets Street Markets Flea Markets and Street Vendors Other Events Visit our friends at the Oregon Country Fair Eugene is home to the world famous Oregon Bach Festival Another local art festival that takes place over 4th of July weekend Art the Vineyard Folks come from far and wide to attend the Lane County Fair Junction City celebrates the region s Scandinavian heritage in August at the Scandinavian Festival The Eugene Celebration has been replaced by The Festival of Eugene Your guide to the runner s and track field fan paradise that is Track Town USA We don t just watch people run we run The Eugene Marathon For all things related to U of O sports check out GoDucks com Up to date local event listings can be found in the

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  • Employment Opportunities at Eugene Saturday Market
    to assist the Market team with food court cleaning recycling and customer service A Market Assistant is responsible for keeping the Market site safe and clean during Market hours and may also assist with recycling sorting through trash to separate recyclables and compost The hours for this position will usually be Saturday 9 30 AM 5 30 PM The Food Court Market Assistant reports to the Site Operations Supervisor and Marketing and Promotions Manager During a shift he she is also responsible for helping the market managers the events management staff and the security to regulate activities of market members and the public in accordance with market rules various municipal regulations and the rules of common sense The Market Assistant is not an enforcer but a communicator of information He she should be able to effectively communicate guidelines to market members and patrons in all types of situations and he she should be able to communicate important situational information to market managers in a timely and effective manner This position is team oriented Duties and Responsibilities The primary duties of this position are maintaining the recycling and garbage bins of the Market and cleaning the tables and surrounding areas of the Food court This job requires constant vigilance and attention to surroundings during working hours Market Assistants are the first line of safety for the Market and also Market s representatives to the public In doing this job Market Assistants must remain constantly alert and on the move He she must arrive on time and sign in at the Information Booth This position is physical and requires walking bending stooping standing and the ability to lift 50 lbs The person in this position must have an attention to detail and respect for Market city and county property He she is expected to become familiar with aspects of their community and anticipate where they may be needed next Attributes needed to succeed in this position include the ability to work well without supervision set realistic goals and act effectively and calmly when faced with a crisis Market Assistants should be familiar with vendor and city regulations A certification in Rescue Breathing and CPR techniques is a plus Following safe work practices is an absolute MUST The Saturday Market is dedicated to sustainability workers must be able and willing to sort compostables and recyclables from the trash Protective equipment is provided During Market hours a Market Assistant shall patrol the entire Market site at least once each hour During such tours the Market Assistant should remedy and or report unsafe conditions assist Market members and patrons remedy and or report infractions of rules regulations and ordinances pick up trash empty trash receptacles keep food court tables and benches clean and check the condition of public restrooms When not touring the Market site the Market Assistant shall station him herself in the food court area and shall monitor the food court and the adjoining picnic areas or be working in the recycling area

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  • Frequently Asked Questions about Selling at Saturday Market
    8x8 on the Park Blocks If your structure is a 10x10 it just won t work Each member can only rent one space each week We do sometimes rent double 4x4 spaces if there are enough available There is no place for selling from vehicles at the Market Do I have to have a booth structure No you do not have to have a booth structure but the weather is changeable here in Eugene so if your product is water soluble or easily damaged by weather better plan ahead There are plans for the classic wooden Market booth in PDF form at this link on the Applications page Pop Up tents Market umbrellas and metal frame booths are also popular at Market You can sometimes find used booths for sale in our weekly Market newsletter Unclassified section which you can find on the Member Newsletter page A list of possible sources for 8 x8 booths can be found on the Handy Links page If you set up a booth structure at Market you must have a fire extinguisher easily accessible and with an inspection tag dated within the last 12 months The fire extinguisher must be a 2A10BC or bigger those little ones don t count All your roof and side coverings must be fire retardant and there must either be a label on the fabric or plastic or you must have some kind of documentation with you to prove that it is fire retardant Table coverings and wares do not have to be fire retardant The Saturday Market is subject to unannounced inspections by the Eugene Fire Marshal Booth weights are required for pop up style booths and umbrellas and are strongly suggested for wood or metal frame booths A minumum of 25 lb per booth leg is required for 8 x8 booths water in plastic containers is not allowed Please read the Booth and Umbrella Weight Requirements for detailed information on this requirement Canvas bag weights are available through the Market office or at the Info Booth for 10 each If you buy them before April 1 they are 8 each Do you rent booths or tables The Saturday Market doesn t have storage capacity for booths or tables to rent You must provide everything you need for selling including chairs There are chairs in the food court but those are reserved for use by customers How often do I have to sell There is no attendance requirement for non reserved crafts vendors Can I share a booth space You can share your space or share with a member who has a space You both need to check in at the Info Booth so that we know you are selling and where and so that you can each get your point If you are sharing with someone who is a family member or who is a partner in making your craft you do not each have to have a Membership If you are selling with someone who makes

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  • Saturday Market Membership Applications and Helpful Documents
    Applications Member Handbook Market Standards For Market Members Membership Applications current Market Calendar Meetings Weekly Member Newsletter Wooden Booth Plans Handy Links Board Minutes Candidate Statements Holiday Market Visit Holiday Market Holiday Market Application 2016 Season Membership Applications For Renewing Market Members This form includes Reserve Space Renewal Form and Wish List sections Membership Renewal Form For New Members For those who are new to Market or returning after a break of 2 years or more New Member Application Featured Local Food Producer Program Info Application Important Membership Documents Links 2016 Membership Agreement Member Information Handbook Market Standards Craft Specific Guidelines Booth and Umbrella Weight Requirements How Market Points Work Park Blocks Space Map New Product Screening Form Plans for the classic wooden Market booth Welcome to Saturday Market Basic Market information Subscribe to Saturday Market Members Only Email News Request to join Saturday Market Member Private Facebook Group Holiday Market Applications Applications will be available in July 2016 Holiday Market Documents These documents are related to Holiday Market and may answer some of your questions about participation Once fees are settled on they will be published here as well Holiday Market Rules Regulations and Contract Provisions Electrical Requirements 2015

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  • About the Market Standards and the Standards Committee
    Items must be handmade or grown or gathered by the Market member or a member of their immediate family living in Oregon The member contribution to a finished product must outweigh the contribution of any commercial components used in the making of that product Skills in craftsmanship as well as creative abilities ingenuity and design skills are examples of member contribution The product must meet basic expectations of product life function and safety The Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month after product screening at the Market office We do new product screenings twice monthly on the first and third Wednesdays March November The first screening date this year is March 2 There is a New Member Orientation at 3 30 PM right before the Product Screening You must attend an orientation session before having your products screened The New Product Screening Form needs to be presented with your items you can download it and fill it out in advance if you prefer or fill it out in the office Market s Board of Directors reviews all proposals and decisions of the Committee for final approval In addition to product screening this Committee is charged with formulating the guidelines that define handcrafted Each year we review the guidelines and sometimes rewrite them in order to more precisely convey the Market s intent Our guidelines use what might seem to be clear words yet when we try to implement these guidelines we find that their meaning is far from clear or fail to allow reasonable uses of artistic accents This is an ongoing project We continue to deal with other issues as they present themselves in the ongoing functions of this committee Member input is always welcome by the Standards Committee either on the above issues or any other concern

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