Forbes magazine and the US Small Business Administration recently released updated statistics regarding the vital role of small businesses: “There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US and…Over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business [and] small businesses have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1995.”
These hardworking entrepreneurs work tirelessly to support their families, keep hard earned dollars local, and become a vital part of the community. On Saturday, November 29, Lacey’s Shipwreck Beads will host more than 80 such vendors as part of their Winter Artisan Market. The Market is part of the growing Small Business Saturday movement, founded in 2010 by American Express which “encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.”
This year’s event makes helping fun, easy, and the perfect pre-holiday/one-stop-shopping extravaganza. Pat Simmons, Shipwreck’s Creative Director, is proud that “last year’s market was a great success thanks to the support of our amazing and talented local community, and this year’s promises to be even better.”
“You can celebrate the season and discover a treasure trove of hand-crafted wares from over 80 local vendors. We’ll also have a live broadcast from our friends at 94.5 ROXY,” continues Simmons. “Buying local and participating in Small Business Saturday helps keep our unique community strong and vibrant! Why not shop fabulous, one-of-a-kind selections of crafts, wood-working, fine art, jewelry, soaps, clothing, baked goods, and more for this gift giving season? Also, be sure to bring two nonperishable food items to be entered into our hourly raffle so you can win amazing prizes donated by our talented vendors as well as Shipwreck Beads Gift Cards. All food donations will be given to Thurston County Food Bank to help local families in need.”
Shipwreck Beads’ Social Media Coordinator Kelsy Vincent says the only requirement for vendors is that the goods they sell be handmade. They host the event twice a year, making this the fourth—and biggest—session of the Market. As she explains, “our second Annual Winter Artisan Market is held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. Shipwreck Beads got their start selling at small craft shows and we are excited to be able to offer our customers an opportunity to share their goods. Being able to give back to our community is very important to our store and we are happy to be a positive force in our community.”
The epitome of a small business success story, Shipwreck Beads began as a family-run shop more than 40 years ago. Through attention to customer service, high quality products, and amazing classroom learning opportunities, they’ve grown into one of our region’s greatest attractions.
They are located at 8560 Commerce Place Drive NE in Lacey. Additional details about the event can be found online or by calling 800-950-4232. Bring your holiday shopping list, canned food donation, and civic pride…your friends, neighbors, and community will thank you for it.