Smith's Marketplace featuring arts, crafts, plans open house today

Craftspeople, a formerly shuttered business and a new business have found a home for their wares at a Smith's Marketplace in Richland.

The store at 1418 Jadwin Ave. plans an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

The store that rents booth space to vendors is the former home of Liquidation World, said Scott Smith, who owns Smith's Marketplace with his wife, Penny.

Scott Smith was the manager of Liquidation World for 13 years before it closed in July 2009. Then, he and his wife leased the 13,000-square-foot space.

Initially they reopened as Smith's Liquidation Outlet and continued selling items liquidated from bankruptcies, close-out sales and more.

Along the way, they started a Saturday market for people to sell arts and crafts and flea market items, Smith said.

"We had so much response, we decided to turn it over to (a merchant mart)" and renamed it in December, he said.

Today, 30 vendors offer products, many of them craftspeople who sell everything from hand-dyed yarn and ceramics to nautically themed shelving units and jewelry created from computer parts.

Another vendor has a children's clothing boutique. And Parties and Pages is a former Uptown Shopping Center business that closed but now is selling scrapbooking supplies and other items.

The merchant mart also offers novelties such as English saddles and their handmade stands.

Smith said the store has space for up to 50 full-time vendors.

Smith's Marketplace has some special events planned for today's open house. Some of the craftspeople will be offering classes. Also, a reception is planned for Smith's mother, Carol, who lives in Pomeroy. She is legally blind and has a disability that prohibits her from holding a paintbrush, so she paints instead with squirt bottles. "Some are pretty wild," he said of her creations.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Phone number is 371-9696.

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