New market offers small traders an affordable outlet to sell their goods

By AMY LEWIS

Published 08/09/2015 | 00:00

The Collective Emporium market will take place in St Josephs Club Community Centre in Wexford
The Collective Emporium market will take place in St Josephs Club Community Centre in Wexford

A new indoor and outdoor market will be launched in Wexford this week, offering a base for small businesses who wish to sell their produce.

The Collective Emporium, which will be based in St. Joseph's Community Centre, will open its doors on Saturday, September 13 and run each Saturday thereafter. According to Jennifer Barry, founder of the market, the idea is to create a space for small business owners who may not be able to afford the high cost of renting a premise.

'I was looking for a place to sell my books but I was unable to find an affordable marketplace where I could sell new books rather than second-hand items,' she said. 'I thought, if I am unable to find a suitable place, how many others out there are in the same position?'

The market will begin with 17 stalls, with space for future expansion. At present, the majority of traders are from the Wexford area, including Itsy Bitsy Butterflies and local Usborne suppliers.

Each nine-metre-squared space will cost €25 per week to rent. No second-hand, fake or replica goods will be permitted. There will be also be a raffle for customers each week, which allows people to enter once they have bought an item.

Organisers are urging both traders and non-traders alike to come to the market launch on September 13 at 10.30am. In addition to the market, there will also be face-painting and a colouring area to keep children entertained. More information can be found on The Collective Emporium Facebook page.

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