New seller current market launched to assistance NYC business owners get back on their ft

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The moment New York began to reopen immediately after the coronavirus

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The moment New York began to reopen immediately after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic compelled a citywide shutdown, commencing in March 2020, West Brighton resident Lorraine Perez realized she experienced to do some thing to support firms get again on their toes.

So Perez, who formerly owned a credit card debt assortment business that folded for the duration of the pandemic, teamed up with two friends — Kelly Vargas, a photographer and creative arts designer of West Brighton, and Lisa Vega, an avid volunteer living in Travis — to host vendor markets.

Dubbed The Three Amigas Vendor Market place, which was launched on May perhaps 1, 2021, the small business hosts numerous gatherings on Staten Island where by vendors can display screen and sell their wares. The marketplace has attracted a selection of distributors, from individuals promoting baked goods and residence items, to jewellery designers and candle makers.

The 3 Amigas Vendor Market place has attracted a wide range of sellers, from those people offering baked goods and household products, to jewellery designers and candle-makers. (Courtesy of Michelle Levesque Campos)

“Our mission assertion is to deliver back to everyday living the compact corporations and the forgotten regions of Staten Island, and to enable us improve all alongside one another,” claimed Perez.

“There are a whole lot of forgotten [businesses] on Staten Island that most individuals really don’t even know about, in which they are situated or what they’re about. And we are hoping to carry these sites to lifestyle by internet hosting these vendor marketplaces. We lease place and convey in vendors in order for them to exhibit their wares,” she included.

The Three Amigas Vendor Market

The house owners of 3 Amigas Seller Market submit forthcoming occasions and advertise by using Facebook and Instagram. (Courtesy of Vivian Zavala)

The A few Amigas Vendor Market place also caters to the many people who misplaced their career through the pandemic and opened their own enterprises or designed a new line of goods, claimed Perez.

“We give organizations the chance to convey out their crafts — their one of a kind merchandise — to the general public so they can crank out sales. A good deal of these tiny small business homeowners were being gainfully employed just before the pandemic, and experienced to make a different change profession-intelligent. Some are making use of their creative expertise to create further profits to take treatment of their family members,” reported Perez.

The Three Amigas Vendor Market

“We test to have at minimum two to a few events per thirty day period. The marketplace several hours range it all relies upon on the location,” Perez mentioned. (Courtesy of Tracy Thomson)

NO Profits TAKEN

With no motive for revenue between by themselves, Perez explained the 3 gals just aimed for the company to be self-adequate.

“This is what is serving to individuals ‘come again.’ So lots of persons lost their work, and [selling products] is what is trying to keep them alive,” claimed Perez. “We never make just about anything from this. We support the sellers. We get them lunch we carry them the drinking water.”

Perez explained that all added funds attained is donated to Creating Strides In opposition to Breast Most cancers, as Vega is a breast most cancers survivor.

HOW TO Grow to be A Vendor

Perez reported that the house owners article impending gatherings and advertise by means of Facebook and Instagram. Interested distributors achieve out on social media regarding distinct dates.

“We consider to have at least two to 3 functions for each thirty day period. The market several hours differ it all relies upon on the area,” she said. “We have a blended variety of vendors. Jewelry, candles, household items, woodworks, clothing, resin pieces, baked cooks, meals, authors, wreath-makers and more. We have about 80 sellers outlined with us.”

The Three Amigas Vendor Market

The up coming seller current market is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 15, at Immanuel Union Church, Westerleigh. (Courtesy of Rebecca Darby)


Perez stated the a few gals hope this marketplace will definitely help upstart or restart enterprises.

“We are honest. We really like helping other folks. We know what other people are heading through with their firms through these instances. We take care of the sellers as companions,” she said.

“We would not explain it as a work. For us, we are providing a support to our group by assisting the suppliers crank out revenue that will allow for them to increase, to achieve their aims,” she additional.

The Three Amigas Vendor Market

“We give companies the prospect to provide out their crafts — their exceptional objects — to the community so they can produce gross sales,” explained Perez. (Courtesy of Kelly Vargas)

The following vendor current market will be Sunday, Aug. 15, at Immanuel Union Church, 693 Jewett Ave., Westerleigh.



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