Making the most of a market

KAPAA — On the second Saturday of March, the lawn of the All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Kapaa bristled with activity.

Themed “Going Green,” the monthly market featured its regular eWaste collection but, true to form, also offered eager shoppers a chance at good shopping deals.

“We’ve been here about a year,”said Mark Jimenez, who was helping at the Mailelani booth. He said business is picking up — a trend he expects to continue. “It seems like every month is getting stronger.”

The monthly market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Proceeds from vendor space goes to the church.

Besides benefiting a good cause, shoppers said the market is also a good time.

Donna Duer of Sacramento, California, who purchased items from Mailelani, noted how much fun the market is.

“I love it here,” said Orla Sater of San Francisco, who was accompanying Duer. “They have nice people here.”

Alexandra Gutierrez, one of the original vendors who offers unique wood-burnt items, agreed.

“There is nice energy here,” she said. “I go to all the art nights and this is a nice place with nice people.”

The market coincided with the county’s monthly eWaste collection, which gave the market that much more of a bustling atmosphere.

The Rev. Ryan Newman said the monthly Saturday market and swap meet is coordinated by Sybil Nishioka and David Murray.

“We’re not going to build a new church with this market,” Newman said. “It’s more of a community service. We have the church’s youth group and women’s group raising awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.”

Nishioka said the church welcomes nonprofit groups to participate in the market. Registration can be done at the website.

“Nonprofits like the Girl Scouts are welcome to vend their products,” Nishioka said. “Additionally, we usually have a car wash with the market, and they can host the car wash as well.”

Nishioka said the theme for April is Spring; people selling plants are welcome. The theme for May is Mother’s Day.

“We expect that one to be huge,” Nishioka said. “We’ll probably use the gym. There are already a lot of people signing up for that one.”

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