Saturday, May 7, 2011

Portland Saturday Market 5/7/11

Have you ever wondered what happens before Portland Saturday Market opens for the day?
Ever wondered why some booths seem to always be in the same location, while others move around each day?

Here is a typical start to a Saturday at Portland Saturday Market:

The red information booth opens at 6:45 am, for vendor sign in

The red information booth opens at 6:45 am, for vendor sign in.

Vendors waiting to choose there location for the weekend.
Vendors waiting to choose there location for the weekend.
Allocation begins at 7:35 am for vendors without reserved spots.   The market has a certain percentage of the 285 booths that are dedicated to reserved spots.  This means a vendor has earned the right to choose a space and be able to remain in that space for the entire season.

Vendors waiting to unload and set up
Vendors waiting to unload and set up
The loading zone at 7:00 am is fairly empty.  However as the morning progresses, the availability ebbs and flows.   Though all vehicle's must be out of the loading zone by 9:45 am.

Coffee in hand while vendors wait
Coffee in hand while vendors wait

Rain or shine allocation happens at the red info booth.

Main entrance
Main entrance 
Early morning, you can be sure most vendors have coffee in hand.

Vendors chatting before the day starts
Vendors chatting before the day starts
In the background you can see one of the reserved vendor booths being set up, while we wait for allocation.

Early morning at the market
Early morning at the market
Did you know that you can easily locate a vendor by stopping at the information booth and looking at the map.   There is a map available every day the market is open.

Morning allocation
Morning allocation
Each vendor has a different routine while waiting
Each vendor has a different routine while waiting

Some vendors can be seen walking the boardwalk, practicing Tai Chi, and other assorted martial arts, to pass the time while waiting to be called for allocation.

Vendors set up takes two to three hours each day
Vendors set up takes two to three hours each day
Vendors use the time waiting for their turn to choose a location, to visit and catch up.

Each morning is different
Each morning is different
The line of people varies in length and people from day to day.

Trying to keep warm on cold mornings
Trying to keep warm on cold mornings
Coffee!!!  Survival tool, he he
Days start early for Portland Saturday Market vendors
Days start early for Portland Saturday Market vendors
Yep, days start early at Portland Saturday Market, but we love what we do!





Edited 5/16/11 to add pictures and fix a broken link.

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