We had the delightful opportunity to chat with Braider Beccy Bingham about the upcoming Beehive Bazaar, a local Utah County maker’s market. Beccy is one of the organizers of Beehive Bazaar, the owner of Aspera Jewelry, and a Community & Culture finalist for the 2019 Sego Awards.
Keep reading on for her full story and some cool thing to look forward to at this season’s Beehive Bazaar.
Q: What’s the story behind Beehive Bazaar?
A: Beehive Bazaar started as an artist’s market where artists could make and sell pieces outside of their normal scope. When the founders were ready to move on, they handed their mailing list off to a few friends who took market from there.
Q: How did you get involved with the Bazaar?
A: I started selling as a vendor in 2007, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I started getting involved in organizing. The Beehive Bazaar team dropped by a yard sale that I ran with my brother Richard and a friend. They were so impressed with our sale setup (multiple vendor booths but a central checkout) that they invited us to help with the 2012 winter Bazaar. At that point, we ran one weekend in May and one weekend in December. Eventually we added second weekends to each market and now we run six weekends every year!
Q: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve experienced while running the Beehive Bazaar?
A: One challenge is that the maker’s market space is getting saturated. At this point, our team has realized that we can either get frustrated about our competition or we can get better at what we do. Every market we run, we strive to craft a great experience for market vendors and customers so they’ll return to work with us every season.
Q: What are some things about the Bazaar that you’re really proud of?
A: Two things that we are really proud of are:
1. Inviting fine artists to sell at the market. The first time that we featured fine artists, customers got great deals on original pieces and artists got their art into the homes of people that they otherwise would not have reached.
2. Opening up a youth vendor section. Giving kids ages 8-17 an arena to experience early entrepreneurship in has been really awesome.
3. Being open to customer and vendor feedback. Helpful feedback from customers and vendors has been key for our growth.
Q: Where do you see the Bazaar going and growing in the future?
A: We have a lot of ideas but are still figuring out which direction to take. Right now our focus is making the shows the best that they can be and continuing to make supporting small businesses and shopping local a great experience.
Q: Are there any team favorite or up and coming shops that we should keep an eye out for at the spring Bazaar?
Rock Blocks sells these multifaceted stacking blocks that are pretty new to the Bazaar and are really fun.
Sabrina Squires is a new artist with a lovely palette.
El Taller De Diseno, our very first international vendor, has done some really amazing woven seed beadwork that just blows our minds.
Turquoise Revival handcrafts turquoise and silver Apple Watch bands that are exquisite.
Little Rebel Rosie sells feminist plushies and coloring books tell stories of cool women throughout history.
Andi will make all of your scrunchy dreams come true. I lived through the first round of scrunchies in the 90s so it’s fun to see them come back.