Today I’m showcasing BadWill Market. BadWill Market is an event held in Seattle, Washington at an amazing space called The Rhino Room. One Sunday a month, the bar turns into a market place for local creators and small businesses to sell and showcase various products. You can find a range of things from jewelry to ceramics to vintage clothing to handmade skincare- the list goes on. This being the first market we've been a part of, we've learned so much and have realized how beneficial it has been. Allow me to give you a little snap shot of what we've experienced:
BadWill does a great job at creating a welcoming and upbeat environment. You’re in the heart of Capitol Hill, walking into a super sick bar, and there's a DJ laying down the beats while everyone is shopping and drinking mimosas and Bloody Marys: what else could you need? This also isn't a typical flea market; when I think of "flea market" I envision a bigger version of a garage sale: cheap items, extremely basic space and conditions, and opportunities for hagglers to unite. Instead, BadWill has carefully selected vendors that fit with the vibe they are trying to create. Whether it's the music the DJ is playing, the drinks the bartender is serving, or the unique shops that you’re perusing- they've intentionally been placed there to create an experience that allows you to kick back and have a flipping great time! Though it can be insanely busy, it never feels overwhelming. The more people the better! Now, let's talk about all the fine individuals we have met since working with BadWill.
Our first visit to BadWill Market was October of 2015, I think- so not too long ago. Since then we've partnered with them three times. Each time as a part of the Market, we’ve had the opportunity to meet some incredibly talented people. Let me introduce you to some of them:
I think one of the first gals we met at BadWill was Savannah Columbia. She is a ceramic artist, photographer, and graphic designer. Brooke and I are really into Southwest inspired pieces so when we saw her earth toned ceramics covered in cacti it was love at first sight. She is one of the coolest Canadians we know (even though we don't know very many we know she’d still be one of the coolest) and she loves supporting local, small business. She even came down a few times to our actual shop in Tacoma and we ended up collaborating on a styled shoot with her! Turns out she's pretty badass and we are super stoked to have met her. Savannah has an Etsy that you can go and browse her radical creations. Go buy everything!
Next, we have Garret Jon Hystek. This dude turned a 1976 vintage Volkswagen Bus into a photo booth. Think about that for a second...yup: A PHOTO BOOTH. Such a rad idea! His company is called Shutter Bus Co. and they are based out of Gig Harbor, Washington. He runs the business with his mom and dad. The concept is so cool when you hop in the bus and start snapping photos with your friends! They do weddings, special events, build custom photo booths, etc. I was super encouraged to see a young dude, roughly my age, doing what he loves to do in an inventive way. I just personally haven't seen that before and in my head was like, "damn dude, your gonna kill it. Well done". We enjoyed a Bloody Mary together while we were at BadWill and I'll never forget that.
Brooke instantly gravitated towards the lovely booth these ladies had. The Moon Bloomers are two mountain girls using flowers to create unique floral arrangements. Their company was created with the intent of getting involved with other small businesses, venues, and parties in the Seattle area and creating a fun, fresh, and local community. From dried flower crowns to lush floral arrangements to fresh wreaths during the holidays, these girls have got floral on lock and we can't wait to see them at another BadWill Market!
This part of the blog is really interesting to me because it's crazy how different the Tacoma customer is to the Seattle customer. Don't get me wrong we love Tacoma! That's why we call Tacoma home; it's the best! Still, anyone who knows the vintage industry knows that selling vintage in Tacoma is not easy, especially if your trying to make a living off of it. After our first market, we were shocked at how well we did! Our prior experiences in pop-ups like this was mainly a lot of the time for networking and promotion: we never expected to come out with tons of sales. At BadWill we were able to make some solid sales, network like crazy, and promote our shop: it felt insanely good! The craziest thing is, everyone who came by was super encouraging and loved our shop. They loved our products and prices and they keep coming back each time we do the market. We’ve even had a few customers make the drive to Tacoma after they shopped with us at BadWill! What is really great about BadWill is that the customer seems to be coming to support the vendor, not simply looking for a "deal"- which sometimes feels like the case in our Tacoma location. While we love being in Tacoma, selling to Seattle customers has been a breath of fresh air and an encouraging pat on the back.
The Captian: Osiris Navarro
We absolutely could not do a whole blog post on BadWill Market and not give a shout out to the creator of the event! Osiris Navarro started BadWill Market back in 2010 and since then, they've been featured in The Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan, Capitol Hill Blog, NW Source, Seattle PI, King 5, and Evening Magazine. She has created a network of creative, young, talented people and has been able to bring them together once a month for the last six years! Being a business owner myself, I know how hard it is to throw events- especially once a month and it's definitely not easy to create a unique experience every time you throw the same event. However, Osiris found the sweet spot and has created something that is so special! She makes it worth the time for the vendors, creates a fun and unique experience for the customers, and I'm sure The Rhino Room just loves having her throw these events in their space! Brooke and I are very thankful that Osiris reached out to us. We look forward to joining her and the rest of the vendors for years to come!
That's A Wrap!
All this being said, come join us this Sunday at the next BadWill Market! We will be at The Rhino Room from 12pm-5pm! Come meet all the great creators and vendors, enjoy the music, and sip on some Bloody Marys! I know this blog is super insightful (wink, wink) and you already have a clear idea of the market but experiencing it for yourself is way better than reading this post.
Come say hi, bring your friends… and a lot of money.
Nick & Brooke
Edited by: Anna Mischke