If you are not sure what a multi-vendor marketplace is, don't worry, I will explain. If you heard of Etsy, then you probably have a good idea of what a multi-vendor marketplace is. Basically, a multi-vendor marketplace has various individual small businesses under one central business. Now you are probably thinking, 'Are these marketplaces just online?' The answer to that is no! From what I noticed, more and more of these multi-vendor marketplaces are popping up around town.
For example, you can find my artwork at Divinely Restored Marketplace in San Clemente, California, along with 40+ local artisans and boutique businesses.
What makes multi-vendor marketplaces stand out from a single business is that they allow small solopreneurs, like myself, to have a physical storefront and shelf space without the expense costs of owning a business and renting a traditional retail property. Instead, vendors typically rent out a fraction of the space on a per square foot basis. Additionally, this marketplaces model brings in a variety of local makers, artisans, crafters, and curators. When was the last time you bought a candle that was curated, packaged, and stocked all by a small business owner? If that isn't impressive enough, then keep reading. By the end of this blog, I promise, you will want to check out your local multi-vendor marketplace.
Here are a few amazing handmade products that you will find inside Divinely Restored Marketplace, my favorite local multi-vendor shop!
1982 Candle Co. These are the best smelling handmade candles I have ever come across. I recently purchased a candle for a bridal shower. The moment the bride-to-be opened her gift, a handful of guests said "That candle smells amazing!" Low and behold, it was immediately passed around for everyone to smell!
Custom Pet Portraits by Tiffany Dnaka I created my artwork around pet loss and my goal has always been to help as many rescues in need. Needless to say, my artwork has been seen across the US, among various animal rescues. I love turning fur babies into beautiful one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
WhistleStop Shop OC Features unique handmade signs and more. Their specialty includes custom made laser goods. Pair their custom signs at your wedding with a custom pet drink menu and you definitely will have a G-O-O-D T-I-M-E.
Adriana Brown Silver Jewelry Looking for something shiny? Adriana has you covered! She has turned her dream into a reality and designs high quality silver jewelry. One of the best parts about her company is that she is committed to giving back to the ASPCA.
Last, but not least, all of these small businesses wouldn't have a storefront to call home if it was not for Becca and Alex, owners of Divinely Restored Marketplace! Thank you, both, for supporting your local community and businesses by embarking on this journey with some of Orange County's best artists and crafters.
Those that are local to Orange County, California, should check out Divinely Restored. Shopping locally supports your community and the unique small businesses.
Divinely Restored Marketplace is located at: 307 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672. If your city has a local multi-vendor marketplace, drop a comment below and let me know what goods you have found there!