New monthly markets offer ‘Fresh Finds, Far From Ordinary’

Making its debut Oct. 8-9, at Scottsdale’s Salt River Fields, the monthly UnCommon Markets will bring a whole new shopping and event experience to the Greater Phoenix community.

The showplace for regional goods in: fine art; craft/handmade; vintage/repurposed goods; food and spirits; music and entertainment; and emerging art for social change — the new event offers something for everyone.

To qualify as a vendor, offerings need only be original and uncommon, not mass produced, according to a press release. From the most exquisite and best fine art the area has to offer to original and quirky work by young artists to items that are sustainable and support social change, this will be a festive gathering place to find uncommon goods you can feel good about buying.

Designed for discerning shoppers seeking “Fresh Finds. Far From Ordinary,” including visitors, permanent and temporary residents of Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix community,  UnCommon Markets is the brainchild of exhibition and event industry veteran Joan Ulrich.  With years of proven experience overseeing successful launches and management of fine art, handmade, home, design and other trade/consumer events across the country, Ms. Ulrich sees a tremendous opportunity to build a vibrant Arizona marketplace that supports local artists and businesses.

“My love of Arizona inspired me to find a way to showcase artists of all kinds in a fun atmosphere that truly reflects the unique offerings and proud heritage of the area,” stated Ms. Ulrich, owner, UnCommon Markets, LLC, in the release. “Our uncomplicated vendor vetting process, which ensures quality, authenticity and balance, as well as our  ‘markets within markets’ format , will make  UnCommon Markets   unlike any other events on the annual Arizona festival calendar.”

Providing the ideal backdrop for this non-traditional shopping and lifestyle experience, Salt River Fields is part of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the fastest growing cultural and entertainment district in Scottsdale. With a beautiful, grassy expanse and plentiful parking, it’s easily accessible by bike, from freeways, airports and public transit.

Attendees can look for “UnCommon Offers,” weekend themes and other special features at each monthly event.  Among them, ticket specials, featured pavilions, “UnCommon” performances, events and special musical guests.

The 2016-2017 UnCommon Market Schedule at Salt River Fields, 7755 N. Pima Road, in Scottsdale includes:

  • Oct. 8-9: Columbus Day Weekend
  • Nov.19-20: Weekend Before Thanksgiving!
  • Dec. 10-11: Shop For The Holiday!
  • Jan. 14-15: Martin Luther King Weekend
  • Feb. 11 -12: Co-location With Street Eats Food Truck Festival
  • March 11-12: Spring Training Month!  held at Rancho Solano Preparatory School – directly across from Salt River Fields
  • April 8-9, 2017: Last Chance For The Season!

Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. General day pass admission tickets are $10. Season tickets and special VIP packages are also  available.

For information on attending or exhibiting, visit www.UnCommonmarkets.com, call 855-238-6999 or e-mail joan@UnCommonmarkets.com.

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