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A little bit goes a long way, and a few more families in the area will be able to have something to eat this holiday because of community donations and the efforts of a local business owner.
The Strathmore Trading Post Pop Up Market is a new indoor market that has been held in 2021.
Miranda Haden explains that this year instead of asking for monetary funds as admission for the market, she asked for food donations for the local food bank.
Haden raised $1889.10 for the Wheatland County Food Bank.
She said, “We just put a bucket there for people to donate to the food bank.”
“I like being able to give back where I can and then for myself with being a single parent, I've had to use the food bank, so when I can give back, I do,” she said.
When she was collecting donations, she didn’t truly think about the full impact it could have, and on how many people that need to use the food bank. Some people choose to pay bills, buy groceries or even starve.
“I didn't really look at it as me impacting anyone to be honest with you. I just wanted to help and that's how I was able to help and it worked out,” said Haden.
She explained that maybe next year the Strathmore Trading Post Pop Up Market will pick a not-for-profit group for the month and create a new donation campaign.
There is a new market on the scene, and look out, because this one is going to be a good one.
Miranda Hadden is currently organizing the best of the best for her upcoming Strathmore Trading Post Pop Up Market at the Strathmore Ag Grounds.
She explained that was one important reason why she decided to start this endeavor.
“A lot of the markets, they're asking for proof of vaccine, and I totally disagree with that, so I decided to organize my own.”
The pop-up markets start on the weekend of November 13, but Hadden has a much bigger goal in mind. “I want to eventually get a full-time indoor market, more of a permanent market.”
She explained that one of the things she is doing that sets her apart from other markets is heavy advertising. Spotlighting her vendors, especially younger entrepreneurs is something that is very important to Hadden.
“There is going to be all kinds of vendors. There's a lot of beaded native work, which I really like. There is pottery, candles, essential oils, beef jerky, and the list goes on.”
Hadden’s markets are scheduled to be every weekend leading up to Christmas which will give everyone multiple chances to get their Christmas shopping done.
She said that after Christmas, she will be taking some time off in January to prepare for the next year.
“I want to maybe do theme ones late in the year. For example, have kid entrepreneurs or a Valentine's Day theme. I also want to help micro-businesses such as Tupperware or Scentsy, because I know a lot of other markets only want handmade items which eliminate a lot of those microbusinesses.”
So far, Hadden has had overwhelming support from vendors wanting to have a space at her market.
She is almost full up with only 4 spaces left to fill.
“What I want to do with the pop-up markets is accumulate some finances and then find a permanent location in Strathmore.”
She is hoping to find somewhere inside as she has had to face the elements of the weather before. “Stuff gets dirty, and the wind blows everywhere,” she chuckled.
“A storefront is a huge overhead for a small business, and this market will help those who don’t have the funds for that yet. Plus, I’m doing all the advertising for the market, so they don’t have to worry about the extra advertising cost. It is all included in the vendor fee.”
She explained that she is also hoping to have a wide variety of vendors each weekend.
“I have vendors signed up for every weekend, which is great because consistency is great, but I also have different vendors every weekend as well.”
Hadden has had lots of feedback from all her vendors and is very excited to see everyone come out on the first opening weekend.
Because Hadden is not requiring proof of vaccination, the building will only have one-third capacity of the fire code at a time and masks are required.
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