The Philly Mart Winter Pop upThe Philly Mart, Philadelphia’s, newest, open air artisan and antiques market will launch in February with an indoor winter “popup” shop right on Main Street in Manayunk.

The Philly Mart winter pop up is a unique partnership with The Transfer Station, an innovative Manayunk startup offering a retail marketplace, co- working space, creative labs and resource center for artists and entrepreneurs at 4120 Main Street, Philadelphia, 19127.

The Philly Mart will feature original art, photography, housewares, collectibles, jewelry, up-cycled wood and glassware, ceramics, knit wear, and art prints with an emphasis on handmade.

The two-day winter pop up will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is curated, meaning vendors were chosen from a pool of artisans from Reading to South Jersey. The 30-plus participating artists and their talents are extremely varied. From award-winning textiles to cutting edge jewelry, there is a something for everyone – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

The winter pop up serves as an introduction for The Philly Mart, the new open-air market opening in Manayunk in spring 2014.

The founders of The Philly Mart are both artists. Kiersten Watson Lenat studied fashion design at Philadelphia University; Renee Pedro is a home textiles and housewares’ designer who is a regular at other East Coast artisan markets with her company Crash Pad Designs ( mission is to support an emerging community of artists and independent entrepreneurs, and to give shoppers a new and unique alternative to the typical retail experience.

The Philly Mart, opens {officially} outdoors in April 2014 with 70 vendors.

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