Is one of the Southeast’s largest and best-juried arts and crafts shows, featuring the unique, handmade creations of over 300 artists and top-quality artisans and craftspeople. Market Days offers a beautiful array of works in various price ranges, from breathtaking fine art to charming stocking stuffers. The works include fine arts, ceramics, country furniture, stained glass, woodwork, glasswork, dolls, clocks, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, metalwork, clothing, photography and calligraphy.
Market Days is one of the Southeast’s largest and best-juried arts and crafts shows, featuring the unique, handmade creations of over 300 artists and top-quality artisans and craftspeople. Market Days offers a beautiful array of works in various price ranges, from breathtaking fine art to charming stocking stuffers. The works include fine arts, ceramics, country furniture, stained glass, woodwork, glasswork, dolls, clocks, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, metalwork, clothing, photography, and calligraphy. This event is volunteer-run and all proceeds go to support the Tallahassee Museum whose mission is to inspire people to transform their lives, community, and the world through an enhanced understanding of our region's natural and cultural environments.
North Florida Fairgrounds
441 E Paul Russell Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd, 2023
Saturday Hours 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday Hours 10 am - 4 pm
General Admission Tickets
Tickets are available at the gate on the days of the event and are only good for one-day admission.
$10 for Adults (13+)
Children (Ages 0-12)-FREE
Early Bird Shopping
Saturday 8am – 10am
CLICK HERE Early Bird tickets ONLINE ($30 per ticket) – ON SALE NOW. Tickets can also be purchased at My Favorite Things and The Prepared Table during normal business hours.
Limited to just 1,000 tickets, Market Days Early Bird shoppers peruse stress-free and get the first choice on top gifts, and 2 hours head start on holiday shopping before the rush of the crowds arrive. Plus you get premium parking, coffee and muffins! Tickets to participate in this treasured holiday shopping tradition are available for $30 (sold in advance). Everyone (except infants) must have an early bird ticket to enter.
- First to Shop the Show – You get in 2 hours before general admission shoppers!
- Unlimited Admission All Weekend
- Saturday Morning Refreshments from our Trail Break Café (coffee and muffins)
- Free On-site Parking (EARLY BIRD ENTRANCE ON SOUTH SIDE OF FAIRGROUNDS ONLY — click for map)
- Support the Tallahassee Museum
RULES & REGULATIONS
All arts and crafts media are eligible. Items submitted must be the original work of the Artist or Craftsman applying. This show is promoted as an arts and crafts show, not buy/sell. You must disclose any items submitted on your application that are not made by you but are a necessary part of your original work. Artists can only display and sell work that has been juried.
The Arts and Crafts Chair and Committee will have final approval on all acceptance/rejections, placement, and reserve the right to remove misrepresented or inappropriate materials from the show.
If your exhibit contains school or sports logos, you must have your trademark licensing information with you. Reproductions of the images submitted by artists who are accepted may be used for publicity.
Applications will not be juried without payment.
In order to be juried for Market Days, you must pay the non-refundable $35 application fee and a $100 deposit. If you are not accepted your $100 deposit will be refunded to you. If you are accepted to the show and paid the $100 deposit, the balance of your fee will be due no later than August 31st. No money will be refunded after this date. If payment is not received, you are subject to lose your deposit and space at the show. The committee will assign all spaces and honor any space request, whenever possible, based on availability.
Categories: Our jury is broken down into categories, i.e., jewelry, woodcraft, food, wearable art, etc. If you have more than one product in your booth, you must list your products. Due to the number of applications we receive for the jewelry category, if you have jewelry of any kind in your booth, jewelry is the category in which you will be juried. Example: If your primary product is woodcraft and you also make jewelry to sell, your jewelry will take precedence and you will be juried in the jewelry category.
Digital Media: Artists and craftsmen must submit at least three (3) high-resolution digital images of their current work. Also, you must submit 1 image of you making your product and copies of two current receipts where you purchased materials to make your product. To be considered for use in the newspaper advertisement, it is important that images be of excellent quality, in good condition, and representative of work you will sell. Pictures will become part of the Market Days archives.
Exhibitors are responsible for collecting and reporting all State of Florida and Leon County sales taxes (7.5%).
During Market Days, you are required to collect 7.5% Florida Sales Tax for every taxable sale. The taxes collected will be submitted to the Florida Department of Revenue.
If you have a Florida Sales Tax Identification Number, you will be expected to submit the tax collected at Market Days on your Florida Sales Tax return. If you do not have a Florida Tax Identification number, you will be required to submit the Florida Sales Tax on the Special Event Sales Tax Packet you will be given at check-in.
At the end of the show, we will provide the Florida Department of Revenue your name, contact information, and Florida Sales Tax Identification Number, if provided, as record that you participated in the event.
FEES AND BOOTH SPACE
Application Fee: (non-refundable) – $35
Entry Fee: Space size, cap, corner, tables and camping fee details are broken down at check out. Only tent frames are allowed inside. If the requested space size is not available and you agree to a different size space, you will either be billed or refunded the difference.
Electricity is available for all spaces: You are responsible for providing your own heavy duty extension cords, 3-way plugs, duct tape and any additional lighting you may require. NO space heaters are allowed.
- Average number of applications submitted each year: 375
- Average number of artists selected from the jury to participate in the event: 325
- Average number of exempt from jury artists who are invited to participate in the event: 175
- Vendors that are excluded/ineligible: Buy/Sell Vendors
- How images are viewed by jurors: Other
- Within a medium category, applications are sorted and viewed by: Random Order
- Comments for “Select the method in which applications are reviewed within a medium category.” by craft
- Jurors score applications using the following scale: Yes, No, or Maybe
- Number of jurors scoring applications: 7
- The show organizes the jurors for a: Single jury panel that scores applications for all medium categories
- Jurors score: Separately from various locations
- Am I allowed to observe the jury process? Jury process is closed
Welcome to the 57th Annual Market Days
The Holiday season has officially arrived and the 57th Annual Market Days is ready to welcome you with an amazing selection of original and unique gifts of abundant varieties for those who are special in your life. This holiday shopping tradition helps us create and celebrate wonderful memories with friends and family while perusing the amazing creative skills of nearly 300 artisans from across the country who were juried and accepted in this year’s Market Days.
Market Days 2023 is as essential today for the Tallahassee Museum as it was in 1965. Funds from the Market Days benefit the Museum in innumerable ways. From educational programs for all ages to the care of our living wildlife collection and historic buildings, Market Days supports the Museum helping to provide the many services we deliver to our audiences throughout the region.
We are tremendously grateful for our sponsors who help bring Market Days to life each year and we thank these supporters and encourage you to patronize their businesses.
Lastly, I extend a heartfelt thank you to the endless dedication of our Market Days volunteers who work so tirelessly throughout the year to make Market Days a reality each year.
Whether it’s your first or your 56th year attending Market Days, we thank you for your continued support of the Tallahassee Museum and wish you the best as you enjoy our region’s most memorable holiday shopping tradition.
With warm thoughts of the season,
President/CEO Tallahassee Museum
2022 Market Days Committee
Event Chair: Rhonda Hammond
Operations Director: Jim Cunningham
Gates Coordinator: Melanie and Doug Roberts, Brandy Cottrell
Arts & Crafts Chair: Kay Cunningham
Coffee Chairs: Diane Perkins, James Wade
Early Bird Co-Chairs: Laurie Jones, Barbara Corven
Exhibit & Recruitment Coordinator: Lou Ogburn
Security Chair: Jim Skipper
Info Booth Chairs: Bill & Dianna Norwood
Feature Writer: Sam Miller
Grounds Chair: Gary Adams
Grounds Co-Chairs: Richard Massey, Richard Dowden
Hospitality Tent Chairs: Lee Matthews, Lynn Guevara
Vendor Hospitality Chair: Mary Riordan
Jr. Exhibitors Chair: Pat Bull
Food Co-Chairs: Ken Mills, Jill Brock
Gingerbread Co-Chairs: Jennifer Craig, Renee Strickland
Building 1 Co-Chairs: Julia Gerrell, Gary Peterson, Rhonda Hammond
Building 2 Co-Chairs: Cyndi Mendelson, Colleen Kelly
Building 3 Co-Chairs: JoAnn Prescott, Annie Prescott
Building 4 Co-Chairs: Sheila Skipper, Codi Esser
Building 6 Co-Chairs: Kay Cunningham, Nancy McConnell, Jim Robinson
Building 7 Co-Chairs: Tracy Tyson, Sheila Connell
Outdoor Co-Chairs: Pam Kyllonen, Tauno Kyllonen, Jr.
Event Staff: Sandra Washington, Angela Dell
Board Chairman: Allen McConnaughhay
President/CEO: Russell Daws
Vice President/COO: Rebekka Wade
Vice President of Philanthropy: Katherine Ashler
Finance: Malynda Bright
Facilities: Mike Sullivan
The tradition of this impactful event would not be possible without the longstanding support of our dedicated volunteers and committee members.
Jim Wilson, Gainesville, Florida, Wildlife Drawings
From Ball Point Pens to Prismacolor Pencils; from Insects to Elephants
Gainesville artist Jim Wilson, a Market Days stalwart for decades, is one of two featured artists for the 2022 event. Jim specializes “in drawing wildlife of any kind from insects to elephants,” and his images are utilized for book covers, national veterinary conferences, a 2022, 51st edition wildlife calendar and everything from note cards and framed prints to t-shirts and medical scrub tops.
“As far back as I can remember I have collected and studied animals of all types,” Jim says. He planned to teach and was working on a PhD in Economic Entomology “when I decided I enjoyed drawing a lot more than working at a university.” He was “self taught” and “my development as an artist/illustrator was longer than it needed to be.” His early images were created with a Bic Ball Point Pen and later with India ink. In the early 1990s, he introduced color to his work, using Prismacolor pencils.
Jim has established a library of images which can be used for book covers “and almost everything from coffee mugs, collector plates, note cards, t-shirts, and medical scrub tops.” He has published a wildlife calendar for the past 50 years; the 2023 calendar is the 51st edition.” Since 1992, he has done illustrations for The North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) and now Veterinary Meetings and Expo) (VMX).
Researching his wildlife subject matter is never-ending and Jim travels each year “searching out and photographing the animals.” He recently returned from three weeks traveling to five safari camps in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Other trips have been to Central and South America. Alaska is his favorite US destination.
Jim has been showing professionally since 1972 and has missed only three Market Days weekends in Tallahassee over the years – once because his van broke down and had to be towed back to Gainesville. “Sales are impressive but the staff alone is worth the visit,” Jim says. “Market Days is like old home week. The event is always well organized but much more importantly, it is always run with an incredible sense of humor. I just love the people.”
His clients include private and corporate collectors throughout the world, and of course, 50 years of Market Days shoppers.
Susan Spivey, Mountain Mist Products
Susan Spivey’s Homemade Bath and Body Products Inspired by Smoky Mountains
Susan Spivey and her Mountain Mist products from Hartford, TN, featuring homemade soap, perfume, crèmes and mists, are a regular Market Days feature.
“We are located in the heart of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Inspiration for our handmade, natural bath and body products is drawn from these ancient, majestic mountains and the unique, creative people who inhabit them,” Susan says.
Susan and Mountain Mist utilize “amazing natural ingredients like moisturizing shea butter, nourishing argan oil, skin-loving organic sunflower oil, soothing beeswax, and rich vitamin E” to create soaps, lotions, crèmes and other body care products. “Almost as important as what is in our products is what you won’t find – phthalates, petroleum, or mineral oil. We believe that what nature has to offer is far superior and better for you than questionable, synthetic ingredients.”
Kathleen Furness, Seashell Creches Inspired by Beach Walks and Her Faith
Jacksonville artist Kathleen Furness’ seashell nativity scenes were inspired by walks along Florida beaches and her faith. Kathleen creates crèches from oyster shells, abalone and claim shells and vintage barn wood and tobacco stakes. This is her third Market Days and she is one of two featured artists for this year’s event.
“Beach walks and faith inspired my work. I began walking on the beach after I retired from a long career as an elementary school principal,” Kathleen says. “The beach brought peaceful reflections of all the lives that intersected with mine. As I walked the beach I saw images in sea shells, just like those who see familiar shapes in the clouds. I was overwhelmed at the features in oyster shells that depict Mary and Joseph in the manger scene. So the inspiration was born to create creches that would house these symbolic interpretations of the nativity, so familiar to all of us.”
Kathleen travels the U.S. East Coast looking for the perfect shells. She collects thousands of shells, sorting through them “to create the best rendition of the nativity scene.” “One key to my art is that the shells used remain in a natural, unaltered state,” Kathleen says. “A pearl is used to represent Jesus Christ from the scripture in Matthew referencing Christ/Church as ‘The Pearl of Great Price’”.
Kathleen’s grandmother and mother “were collectors of nativities and both lived lives guided by giant faith and love. I have always tried to live by their example, so building these nativities reminds me of them. I also get great joy while participating in art shows, watching the faces of people who look at my art and ‘get it,’ as they understand the manger scene portrayed in shell art.”
This is Kathleen’s third Market Days. She learned about the event from her brother and sister-in-law who live in Tallahassee. She participates in several other shows each year, including Christmas Made in the South in Jacksonville, Savannah and Charlotte and Diamonds in the Rust and Art in the Park in Jacksonville. Her work is also displayed for purchase in artisan markets and boutiques in Ponte Vedra Beach, Atlantic Beach, St. Augustine Beach, and, now, Annapolis, MD.
Dr. Eric Lundgren, Jeweler
Holly Hill Jewelry Artist Loves New Ideas: “Ours or Yours”
Dr. Eric Lundgren, jewelry artist from Holly Hill in the Daytona Beach area participating in Market Days this year, will let you design a sterling silver piece and he will make it. “We love new ideas, ours or yours.” Eric says.
Eric produces sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious stones, including ocean quartz blue/green stone, white topaz, wild color topaz, a rare color green amethyst and London blue topaz. His pieces include stone rings, earrings, collars, bracelets and stone pendants.
“We are having great luck with special orders from our Internet site www.goldandstuff.com., and our past customers mostly, and it has kept us busy during this lousy pandemic stuff,” Eric says. “Each, of course, is one of a kind, but I can do similar ones if you tell me what you liked about a particular piece. I am not sure where this is going. It will be interesting.”