We are excited to announce our 4th annual “Lydia + Pearl Market”!We have been so encouraged by the amount of people who have shown interest in this event or asked about being a vendor. We’d love to share a little of the backstory about this market and she got her name.
The Story of The Name: Lydia + Pearl
Lydia is mentioned in Acts 16:14, “ One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.”
She was a wealthy businesswoman, who sold her goods and used her wealth to serve others. She was the first European convert of the apostle Paul’s in the city of Philippi. It is suggested by some scholars that Lydia’s wealth perhaps was what funded the church of Philippi. One modern day preacher suggests, “Lydia bankrolled the Philippian church”. The example of Lydia’s skill as a businesswoman and devotion to God through her faith and generosity is why we named the market after her. We desire to promote women who sell their goods that they make with their own hands, for a greater good.
In Matthew 13:45-46, the pearl of greatest value is described as the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45-46)
The greatest good, our greatest treasures and investments should be eternal. While we want to promote local businesswomen selling their goods, we also wanted this market to add Kingdom value to the items you are purchasing.
Women selling their goods (Lydia), for good (Pearl).
We desire to see this market have a missional component that blesses our city and advances the Kingdom. Each year, we charge and entrance fee and a vendor fee that goes directly to a non profit that works in our city for the good of others. The past three years we have partnered with City Without Orphans. You can read more about the organization here: City Without Orphans
CWO is a local agency that helps bridge the gap between the needs of foster and orphaned children with the calling and resources of local churches through advocacy, education, support and events.
This market will be more than Christmas shopping, it will be supporting an agency that cares for the most vulnerable in our city, as well as supporting local artisans and small business owners.
Shop local. Shop with a purpose. Shop to give back.
Since our vision for this market is to promote women vendors, some of our values are to accept vendors that:
Create their own products with their own hands
Sell ethically made products
Support small businesses
*There have been a few exceptions this year to the above requirements, but beyond the few that have been approved, we have limited our number of direct sales vendors. We desire this market to promote women who create and make their own goods.
There is a $5 entrance fee that will be donated to City Without Orphans. You can buy your ticket online here: Lydia + Pearl Tickets
For a full list of vendors and sneak peeks at their products, follow us on Instagram @lydiaandpearlmarket and be sure to find our event on Facebook and RSVP!
If you are interested in being a vendor and you meet the above requirements, you can start the process by filling out an application here: Vendor Application
If you’d like to see what we’ve done in years past, checkout the hashtag: #lydiaandpearlmarket
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