For many vendors at a pop-up market in Vancouver celebrating Black History Month on Saturday, the event marked the first time they had the opportunity to sell their wares alongside other black and to make themselves known outside the black community.
The market, organized by Art Soul Methods and The Beaumont Studios, was organized by June Frederick, who said she wanted to hold a BIPOC vendors market to celebrate Black History Month.
“It’s important to me to support and seek out and buy items from people of color just because it’s a small market for us here,” she said.
Frederick said she hopes the marketplace will be a step towards her dream of one day creating a lifestyle store showcasing BIPOC artists and vendors.
“Their businesses are there and they may not be as visible because they’re often online, but I’m hoping to change that,” she said.
Jahmira Lovemore of Blue Mahoe Chandlery was at the market to sell her range of candles and said it was a good opportunity to hear from the community and connect with other black sellers.
“It’s pretty vital to have black spaces where black entrepreneurs can just work together and see what we’re doing is pretty important,” she said.
“It’s important to see yourself doing this kind of work. It kind of builds solidarity.”
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