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May 3, 2014

City Market draws large crowd on opening day

Shoppers pleased with inventory from local vendors

ANDERSON, Ind. — Clutching a $10 bill in her hand, Lori Shipley was prepared to shop Saturday afternoon at the opening day of Anderson’s City Market.

“I spent all my money and I’m not going to tell you how much I spent,” Shipley, 57, of Anderson, said with a laugh. “I’m going to leave with only three or four dollars.”

The market featured several items like plants, fresh eggs, cider, honey, soap, fresh grilled food, local produce, baked goods and a variety of items crafted by local artisans. Both the vendors and customers seemed pleased with the opening day turnout.

Shipley, who was enjoying the sunny day at the market with her husband Steve, said she would be back.

“I’m very impressed by the crafts and the local musician is a nice touch.”

Steve Shipley, 64, was loaded down with items the couple had purchased earlier that day.

“We have a bag full of goodies,” he said, lifting the bag in his hands. “It is nice to see something so positive in town and it is a chance for everyone to come and be together.”

The couple said they were also impressed with the table featuring the work of Andrea Schaffter, 21, of Anderson who is an Anderson University student.

“It was nice to see a student trying to make some extra money,” said Lori Shipley.

Schaffter was selling recycled paper and hand stamped fabric products.

“If I’m going to have to write so many papers, I want to find a way to recycle some of the paper being used, otherwise I feel like I’m wasting it,” she said.

Schaffter was inspired to sell her crafts after visiting the Anderson City Market last year.

“I love being out here,” Schaffter said. “Cards are a dying art form because people send a text or an email. It’s nice to sell something I think is meaningful.”

Several people had stopped to purchase from her selection of handmade tea towels, cards, fabric and bows.

“It’s been a good day,” Schaffter said as live music played in the background.

Laura Roudebush, 42, of Anderson was shopping with her three-year-old daughter, Sarah.

“We came last year at the end of the year and really enjoyed everything,” Roudebush said. “We plan on coming back every time they have it. We are trying to eat healthy and eat local.”

Roudebush said she particularly enjoyed the family atmosphere at the market.

“I bought a big jar of honey last year and it’s almost gone,” she said. “We used it all winter in tea and on toast. It just tastes so much better.”

Several people in attendance were impressed with the musical talent of JT Sifuentes, 33, of Anderson, who sang several original songs and played a guitar at the event.

“I’m donating my time and playing for tips,” he said as his son, Josiah Torres, 9, played nearby in a Captain America costume. “I believe in giving back to the community.”

When told that many people thought the music being played was from a music soundtrack, he said that was the biggest compliment he could have received.

“That is really encouraging to hear,” he said. “I will be here next week.”

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