Markets for Makers: Love Edition


Ryan McKean

The Miami Market in Wynwood.

Kate Markus, Life Editor

Whether spending this Valentine’s Day with Galentines, family, a significant other or enjoying your own company, doing love-themed activities can help make the holiday special. In the days leading up to Valentine’s, Market for Makers hosts a themed market – getting everyone in the holiday spirit.

Founded in 2015, Market for Makers helps small businesses keep their doors open and bring unique products to a variety of neighborhoods. The markets are held throughout the year in Jacksonville, Chicago and Miami. 

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Market for Makers hosts a love-themed market with a variety of small businesses selling unique products like candles, boba, jewelry and valentine’s day themed clothing and featuring over 100 “Makers,” those who sell the goods.

With over 150,000 past attendees, the once-small organization has exploded in popularity throughout the U.S, garnering traction through their social media account’s carefully planned marketing strategies. Their rapidly expanding internet presence has enabled the company to spread the word about upcoming markets and events through platforms such as Instagram (98,000+ followers) and Facebook (30,000+ followers).

With safety as a top priority for Markets for Makers, some COVID-19 precautions remain in place amidst the pandemic, including hand sanitizing stations, time-slot tickets, temperature checks and enhanced cleaning. As the event is outdoors, masks are recommended but not required. 

General admissions online tickets start at $8 and can be purchased in hour-long increments for both Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th. With these tickets, attendees must arrive within an hour of the ticketed time but can stay until closing time. Purchasing a time slot ticket in advance ensures one can attend the event as if it reaches capacity, those who bought online tickets receive priority entrance. Tickets cost $10 at the door.

VIP tickets are available for purchase online for $15 and include all-weekend market access, a dedicated VIP line, a special edition market tote and an Exclusive Preview hour on Saturday from 11-12 p.m.