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Vendors fill streets for annual craft show

NEWBURYPORT — Downtown was in full, artistic bloom on Tuesday when dozens of merchants lined Pleasant, Inn and State streets during the annual Market Street Craft Day Show.

Hundreds of residents and visitors flocked to the event, which brought vendors from across New England and beyond to sell their wares — creating an eclectic selection of items that included clothing, jewelry, decorative items, artwork and plenty of other unique offerings. 

Anyone passing through the neighborhood could also browse tile and glass creations from Tyngsborough-based Once Upon a Tile, sniff through various scents at Country Farm Candles, and even taste a “wicked hot” blend of habanero and ghost pepper flavors from Chelsea Fire Hot Sauce, based in Chelsea, of course.

Many of the vendors were Yankee Homecoming veterans, including Steven Manning, owner of The Silver Spoon in Ludlow, Vermont. On Tuesday afternoon, his silverware creations sang like wind chimes in the breeze that puffed past his tent at the corner of State and Pleasant streets, where he has set up shop every Market Square Day for the past five years. 

“I enjoy the crowds and I enjoy the people of Newburyport,” said Manning, who added that he has been doing silverware art for three decades. He said he also sold goods at Yankee Homecomings in the 1990s.

There were also tents from some newcomers to the Craft Day tradition, including kitchen + kraft, whose owner, Tori Kendrew, just moved from Amesbury to Newburyport last week. 

And while Kendrew has had kitchen + kraft’s naturally dyed home and kitchen accessories on sale in some Newburyport shops since starting her business three years ago, she said she was glad to be able to greet her customers in her new hometown under sunny skies.

“Wholesale is great, but it’s nice to actually meet the people who buy your things,” Kendrew said. “And it’s a beautiful day, so I’m not mad being outside.”

Also making their Yankee Homecoming debut was the Massachusetts-based pottery company, Poppy Sisters, which is run by sisters and former California dwellers Lianna McQuade and Kia Petrie.

The event marked the duo’s first public showing of their work, which includes whimsical, hand-built garden statues and other decorative accents.

“The response has been good and the breeze is blowing,” McQuade said, noting that the event marked the duo’s first public showing of their work.

“I love the spirit of this town,” Petrie added.

Staff writer Jack Shea can be reached via email at or by phone at 978-961-3154. Follow him on Twitter @iamjackshea.

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