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Arts Market Fundraiser Pairs with City-Wide Yard Sale

FULTON, NY – Yard sales, bargain shopping, treasure hunting, fundraising – all these and more describe CNY Arts Center’s fourth annual Arts Market set for Sept 13 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the old Nestles parking lot on Fay Street.

Timed to coincide with Fulton’s annual City-Wide Yard Sale, CNY Arts Center will host another gathering of artists, crafters, flea market and food vendors, to serve a feast for the sidewalk shopper this time with an emphasis on fundraising for the organization.

“We are preparing to make some transitions that will improve our arts programming and the overall art experience,” said Nancy Fox, director. “We strive to bring economic opportunities to the community and this time we’re highlighting our own need to raise funds and meet the need of these critical transitions.”

Arts Market will offer handmade items and creative crafts and holiday gift giving ideas. Shoppers can meet local artists and entrepreneurs and take a chance on a gift basket valued at more than $200, all in support of CNY Arts Center and Arts in the HeArt Gallery.

New this year will be a Halloween costume sale. The community is invited to donate good, used Halloween costumes and receive a $2 coupon toward the purchase of a costume at Arts Market. Costume donations can be dropped off at Arts in the Heart Gallery, 47 S. First St.

Good quality flea market and yard sale items are also being accepted for the Arts Market sale to help CNY Arts Center raise funds for continued programming. Those interested in donating should bring items to the market September 13 by 10 a.m. or call 592-3373 to arrange for pickup.

Yardsale enthusiasts will not only find treasures throughout the neighborhoods but also a full market gathered in one oversized location for an extended shopping experience.

“The Arts Market has become a popular event that attracts hundreds of shoppers every year to Fulton. Garage sales and yard sale hopping is a popular weekend activity here. With the city-wide event, we complement that experience with a full market – a one day event to encourage outsiders to come to Fulton and see the array of goods from artists and merchants all over CNY,” said Fox. “We have artists and crafters from around the region, many whom participate in our other events such as Arts Fest. Shoppers will find a wide variety of vendors to browse as well as food and drink for a pick-me-up during their busy shopping day plus the satisfaction of knowing their participation is helping to support the Arts Center.”

With the size of the lot, there will be ample room for vendors along with children’s sidewalk chalk painting in a special section of the lot.

“This market is part of our ongoing effort to bring artists to the community for an engaging experience, and this year for ourselves as well,” Fox said. “We’re continuing our efforts to generate momentum for something that promises great economic benefit and revitalization for the entire region. When artists collaborate, great things happen.”

There is still room for vendors in the extra large parking lot.

More information can be found at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.