Market's breadth may leave you dazed

2010-01-21T00:00:00Z Market's breadth may leave you dazed David Sanders Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 21, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Voyager RV Resort's Market Daze event has grown from three vendors in 1984 to more than 130 vendors last week.

The event takes place at Voyager RV Resort, located just south of Interstate 10 on South Kolb Road, and has become popular with winter visitors.

From hats and leather belts to fresh jam and sloppy joes, there is something to please almost everyone.

"The people are very friendly and they have such a nice variety of different crafts, so it's really nice, and it's easy to get to," said shopper Andrea Dwyer, who seemed particularly interested in the ironwork being sold.

Vendor Maria Pope, setting up a display of items made from recycled materials, mirrored that attitude.

"I like meeting people from all over the United States. This is a real popular trailer park. We travel all around - it's one of the steady ones that we come to."

Jewelry vendor Bill Story, one of the first-ever sellers at the event, said Market Daze is gaining speed.

"We approached the activities director back in 1984 and she said, 'Yeah, if you want to try it, we will see what happens,' and it all went from there," said Story, who sells American Indian jewelry with his wife Sandy.

"So it's gone from two or three vendors to basically a Fourth Avenue Street Fair in Voyager," Story said as he looked around at all the vendors.

"It's good now, but there are too many jewelry dealers," he quipped.

One thing that might explain its popularity among sellers is timing: elsewhere, there aren't many winter arts and crafts fairs.

"For the vendors, after the first of the year, the shows really die off, the buyers die off," said Debby Mitchell, the RV resort's activities coordinator.

"A lot of them (vendors) come from the Phoenix and Apache Junction area. It's amazing that they come down here for our four-hour show, but a lot of them have been coming for years."

If you go

What: Voyager Market Daze.

Where: Voyager RV Resort, 8701 S. Kolb Road.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday through March; the next Market Daze will be Wednesday.

Cost: Free for shoppers; $6 for resident vendors; $20 for non-resident vendors.

Information: Call 574-6100.

Contact photographer David Sanders at dsanders@azstarnet.com or 573-4155.

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