‘Upcycling’ vendors and summer harvest

Sequim Open Aire Market

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays downtown on Cedar Street

What’s new at the market this week are our exceptional “upcycling” vendors and the summer harvest that is flowing. We are filling the market square with farms! Emily Tolbert of Emily’s Flowers is now joining us with her fabulous bouquets, mountains of raspberries and produce. This year we are happy to have the following farms participating: The Family Farm Market, M & H Farm, Emily’s Flowers, Nash’s Organic Produce, Burkhardt’s Herb Garden, Clark Farm and Graysmarsh Farm.


New Social Club is one of our hottest new vendors; make a trip to see the unique line of clothing that Roni Lavatai and family are sewing. New to us this year, her exciting, colorful line of “upcycled” clothes are unique and inspiring. Each article has to be the only one because she takes used clothing, a sharp pair of scissors and a hardy serger (which is a type of sewing machine) and puts together elaborate combinations to create jackets, skirts and coats. We are thrilled to have New Social Club in the mix.


Speaking of recycling, Diane Frandsen of The Raggedy Rug Company also is new this year and she too “upcycles” old clothes. Diane is a weaver who takes old cotton garments and denims, makes them into thin strips that she then works on a loom to make into rugs. These are exceptionally well-made and beautiful rugs that divert the amount of decent fabrics ending up in the landfill.


“Upcycling” sweaters into shawls and ponchos, as well as other textile creations, is Nicole Brown’s Out on a Whim. This longtime vendor of gorgeous handbags has branched out into creating a clothing line. She still makes handbags with contemporary fabrics and highly functional pockets.


As for her clothes, Nicole also works with lightly used garments and turns them into something fresh and new. She has a mirror — come down and try something on that is locally made here in Sequim and that will have heads turning in admiration.


In our Suzanne Arnold Community Booth on July 28 will be Native Horsemanship and on Aug. 4 the Rotary Club of Sequim (noon) will be present. Our Suzanne Arnold Community Booth program makes available a tent for nonprofit community organizations three times a season to educate the public about the important work being done in Sequim and Clallam County. Contact the manager at 460-2668 to arrange dates.


The music on July 28 will be the Old Sidekicks. Making their debut at our market, they are a rocking group of talented local musicians. On Aug. 4, Cort Armstrong and Company will be back. This ensemble of local musicians comes the first Saturday of the month, each time with a different mix of players, all of whom are fabulous.


Check out live music every Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


We are looking for new vendors, especially farmers or produce growers.


To learn more, go to our website at


See you at the market!

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