The first-ever Savannah Bazaar was held at Southern Pines Company on Saturday, September 14th. Local artists battled the heat and set up booths all around the courtyard to showcase and sell their goods.
For creator and organizer Lauren Schwind, the Bazaar was long overdue.
Savannah Bazaar is basically an opportunity for people to have a
voice, to present their work without any strings attached,” she
said. “It’s a platform for artists to represent themselves
without having to pay back anything.”
sold a wide variety of products, from handmade T-shirts to flower
headbands to screenprints. As Lauren explained, the artists only had
to pay a vendor fee of twenty dollars. The rest of their income from
the Bazaar was theirs to keep.
an economic alternative to renting a gallery space at City Market,
which Lauren called “a drain on my wallet.”
Though it was the first of its kind, the Bazaar seemed to be popular, even with other events like Revival Fest and Savannah Pride going on at the same time. People of all ages, from students to older couples, milled around the courtyard and enjoyed the nice day.
musicians like Omingnome were also on hand to provide live music, and
karaoke was offered later in the afternoon.
Many of the vendors saw the Bazaar as an extension of a Renaissance-like movement in Savannah.
“We’re seeing this all over town, but more and more, it’s getting focused to a local artist-based community,” said Taylor Locke. His company, Humblelove, makes all-natural soaps and candles, among other products. “There’s so many people here doing so many cool things, and there just need to be more marketplaces like this to show it.”
Theus, with 13 Bricks Clothing Company and a student at Armstrong,
“It’s such a good local eclectic scene that doesn’t get noticed, so we’re trying to shed some light on that,” she said.
“The people in the community are here. We are all here, and it’s a matter of coming together to make this feeling of unity,” he said. “We have too many college students in this town for the art and music thing not to be popular. This is kind of the beginning of the Renaissance of art and music popping off in Savannah, and we want it. This is a place of acceptance.”
Michelle Kanke, also of Optimistic Vibrations, agreed with Alan.
is a great place for an artistic community. I would like to see more
of the Southside come,” she said. “I think that a lot of kids
that aren’t from Savannah that go to Armstrong don’t really get
downtown very often.”
The vendors’ comments echoed those from Lauren, who feels at home here.
“I’ve never felt such a sense of home and family until I came to Savannah, and it’s because of that that I want to do something like this that showcases my family,” she said.
Depending on the success of Saturday’s event, there may be more Bazaars in the future. Many vendors expressed the hopes of holding one monthly, but Lauren says she aims for small ones weekly.
“We want to have this become a staple in the community,” she said.