Walking down the row, a soft cover of John Mayer’s “Edge of Desire” echoes through the street mixed in with the sounds of Mexican music playing on Cinco De Mayo Saturday.
Along with the music, people crowded around many different booths set up to showcase Santana Row’s Makers Market annual craft fair.
The store Makers Market, located in suite #1110, hosts a free craft fair every first Saturday of the month for local creators and artists to showcase and display the work they sell to the public.
In previous months, the fair was located in front of their store, but this month the fair was located in the Oak Tree Lounge across from Pinkberry.
The fair consisted of 30 booths from local artists selling handcrafted jewelry, handbags, ceramics, glassware, soaps, succulents, candles and more. Live music and some do-it-yourself (DIY) workshops were also offered.
A henna artist from Hiral Henna created beautiful artwork on the hands of visitors ranging between $15 and $35 depending on the size of the henna.
“I’ve sold my husband’s artwork at this event several times,” Jenny Ha, seller of Patrick Hobbie Art said. “It’s just an opportunity for maker’s to showcase their work and sell to the public here in Santana Row.”
Some of the creators at the fair were ImagiNature Jewelry, Less is More Jewelry, Airy Kurktchi Abstract Arts, Gypsy Vine, Monarch 12 and more.
“I’m part of Monarch 12 and we sell succulent arrangements along with cactus and air plants,” Phuong Herz said. “This is about our fourth or fifth time here at the event and usually there’s pretty good traffic and people coming and looking at all the different products we have here.”
Several of the booths came with a sign that read, “Check me out inside at Makers Market!”
This was so people could be aware that some of the creators’ items were located inside the store in case they wanted to check it out on a different day outside of the fair.
Many visitors at Santana Row stopped by just to see what was happening. Others, such as San Jose resident Vernessia Craig come monthly to check out some new creators or revisit some of their favorite sellers.
“When I was here last month a seller for Butter Me Up Organics told me about her magnesium,” Craig said. “I was catching cramps and wasn’t sleeping well and she said, ‘Try this.’ Can I just tell you I have not had a cramp! I’m sleeping so much better and I had to come back to say thank you and get more.”
Makers Market not only hosts craft fairs in Santana Row but also at San Pedro Square in San Jose and Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek.
Creators who want to showcase and sell their work for future craft fairs can just sign up on the Makers Market website for the next month’s craft fair.