ALTON — In conjunction with the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market Saturday, Oct. 10, residents can sign up for booth space at the Alton Park and Recreation Department’s Tailgate Sale to sell yard sale items, crafts, antiques, specialty items and unwanted goods. Direct sales reps are also welcome. Admission is free for shoppers to browse for bargains in both areas of the parking lot at the corner of Landmarks Boulevard and Henry Street.
The tailgate sale will run from 7 a.m. to noon, and anyone wanting to sell goods must preregister and pay $10 per parking space in advance. To register, visit www.alton-il.com and click on the sports registration box on the right side of the page; or call (618) 463-3580 or go in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2 Emma Kaus Lane, Alton.
“This partnership is a great way to attract some additional shoppers toward the end of the market season, which only runs for two more weeks,” Alton Main Street Executive Director Sara McGibany said. “We hope that everyone will come down to purchase their Halloween pumpkin from a local farmer and also find some great bargains on yard sale items.”
Alton Main Street organizes the market, which has been in operation for approximately 23 years, as part of its efforts to revitalize the downtown Alton historic district. The market features products that are handmade or homegrown within a 50-mile radius, and new vendors are welcome. Registration fees are $12 for Saturdays and $5 for Wednesdays; anyone who is interested is encouraged to visit the events page at www.DowntownAlton.com to download the vendor registration form and bylaws.
The market will be in session from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday mornings and from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings through Oct. 17. Live entertainment and special activities have been scheduled throughout the season. On Oct. 10 artist Renee Tate will demonstrate how to make hand-woven rugs. And on Oct. 17, live music will be performed by When Universes Collide.
Shoppers will find a wide selection of locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, including heirloom varieties and organically grown crops. Along with produce, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry, farm fresh eggs, local honey, fresh bread and other baked goods will be available, along with fresh-cut flowers, potted plants, and a large assortment of hand-crafted artwork such as pottery, stained glass, handmade soap and woodworking items.