Do You Feel Lucky?

“I always had this idea,” explains Amy Yetman, founder of Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market, “and called it in my head ‘Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market’ because it’s got the Western feel, but it’s also a sign of luck — and I feel when you go to an outdoor market, craft fair or flea market, you hope to get lucky.”

Yetman got lucky with the first incarnation of the market last year, which ran out of vendor space completely and attracted 3,000 attendees. “The vendors were happy and felt like it was a great community day,” she notes, “and shoppers and customers said they really liked the mix.”

Yetman drew her inspiration not just from the Old West, but from modern technology as well. “I kind of wanted to create a live Etsy,” she says. “I had a vintage Etsy shop, and I love that you can go on Etsy and find vintage stuff, antiques, but you can also find art for your walls, order a scarf, and you know that everything is made by a real human, which is fun. And I love to support that. I think that people love that mix on Etsy; I feel like it’s more accessible, and when people go out on Saturday morning, it’s fun to go thrifting, but it’s also fun to go to Fancy Tiger.”

And you can bet it will be fun to stop by the second incarnation of the market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the parking lot behind Moore Howard Chapel, 46th Avenue and Tennyson Street, and will feature fine arts, local and handmade crafts, antiques and vintage goods. “We have a great collection of creative people gathered in the same place,” Yetman says. “It just shows that Denver and Colorado are brewing with this creative energy, so I hope we can offer a space for people.”

And not just today: Yetman plans to make the Horseshoe a seasonal market and has already scheduled additional events on August 6 and October 1. For more information, go to http://horseshoemarket.com.
Sat., Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2011

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