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.
|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|
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|
Rain or shine allocation happens at the red info booth.
Early morning, you can be sure most vendors have coffee in hand.
|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|
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.
|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 use the time waiting for their turn to choose a location, to visit and catch up.
|Each morning is different|
The line of people varies in length and people from day to day.
|Trying to keep warm on cold mornings|
Coffee!!! Survival tool, he he
|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.