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By students, for students: Clemson Blue Ridge Market

Angelina Furano // Senior Photographer

Students swarmed the tables, eagerly sifting through vintage clothing, personalized Clemson apparel and handmade accessories.

The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership partnered with Clemson University student vendors to organize and put on Clemson Blue Ridge Market on Friday, Oct. 21 at the amphitheater. In just three hours, the sales from the more than 25 student vendors totaled greater than 550 products, according to the event’s Instagram page @clemson_market.
Caleb Hannon, a senior management major, headed the event’s coordination with the help of Angie Wiggins from the Spiro Institute. Together, they recruited more than 25 student vendors, charging a $10 vendor table fee, which the sellers easily made back during the event.
Students swarmed the tables, eagerly sifting through vintage clothing, personalized Clemson apparel and handmade accessories. Vendors showed off their entrepreneurial ingenuity as well as their creative talents. From plants potted in upcycled vases to personalized note cards, there was truly something for everyone.
The event vendors’ experiences were just as positive as that of their customers. When asked about her experience at the market, Ava Gallo, a sophomore marketing major and owner of Golden Daze shop (reachable on Instagram @shop.goldendaze), reported that she gained much more from the event than the profits from her custom trucker hats. “Not only did I have some great sales, but I also met so many new people and other business owners I plan to collaborate with soon,” says Gallo.
Baylee Bartlett, a senior graphic communications major and owner of Shop Bay Bart, shared her sweet story. “It was a full circle moment because I attended Blue Ridge Market my freshman year and now I am someone selling at it.” Her store can be found on Instagram @shopbaybart.
Nick Denbow, a senior finance major and owner of nmdthrifts, has been “buying and selling vintage clothing since freshman year of high school.” He sells his finds on Instagram @nmdthrifts. But this was his first time selling at a Clemson event and he had only positive things to say about the environment. “It was great to be supported by the Clemson community,” Denbow explained.
The event sought to promote student work and unite the student entrepreneur community on campus, succeeding in both. From all accounts, Clemson Blue Ridge Market was a hit, and shoppers and sellers alike anticipate its return.
The event was sponsored by local businesses and establishments, Charleston Sports Pub, All Inspired Boutique and Pot Belly Deli. Every purchase at the market came with an entry into a raffle to win one of three gift cards to these businesses, with values ranging from $30 to $50.

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