Spooky 'Swamp Meet' vendors gather in Sellwood
The spooky village of vendors that moved into Oaks Park's large outdoor pavilion on Saturday, September 4, was unlike most of the "swap meets" you may stop by. This one turned out to be the second annual "Swamp Meet", put on by the NW Haunters Association.
"We started the 'Swamp Meet' because crafters were looking for a place to show and sell their cool Hallowe'en stuff, before the season actually begins," explained organizer Missi Hamilton. "Our first year was 2019; the COVID-19 pandemic shut us down last year, but we're back strong in 2021!
"We consider ourselves the event that opens the Hallowe'en season, here in the greater Portland metropolitan area. Among our 37 vendors, we have artists and makers of 'dark arts', jewelry, masks, voodoo bags, Hallowe'en decorating, and oh, yes â€“ a live fortuneteller!" (There weren't any dead ones available…)
After the spooky swap meet was over, Hamilton reported back to THE BEE about it: "According to our shoppers and guests, our 'Swamp Fest' was a huge success! All the feedback from vendors so far has been positive, and they all want to be invited back next year."
While there wasn't someone designated to count the number of folks who came by, Hamilton estimated that several hundred Hallowe'en fans came through the gates.
"It was great fun to see Hallowe'en enthusiasts out and about, getting ready for our favorite holiday!" she enthused. "And, we're so thankful for the staff at Oaks Park who has been fabulous to work with; they've been supportive of our 'Swamp Meet' from the start."
Are you brave enough to learn more about the "NW Haunters Association"? If so, go online â€“ nwhaunters.wixsite.com/nwha
Meantime, here's a brief BEE video to show you why this wasn't any ordinary "swap meet"! â€“ youtu.be/yeAl07LFnlI
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