With a costume Bootique and Ames student art, Beautiful Land market pops up downtown Sunday

Ronna Faaborg
Ames Tribune
Friendship Ark will be selling Halloween costumes Sunday at the Beautiful Land market. They will also be accepting donations of gently used costumes.

Creations made by Ames High School students and gently-used Halloween costumes sold by the Friendship Ark are two of the new features at the Beautiful Land’s fall pop-up market. The Ames-based event, which highlights handmade and vintage items, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the downtown Fareway parking lot, 619 Burnett Ave.

A free, family-friendly event, the Beautiful Land pop-up market will showcase more than 65 vendors – regional artisans, designers and vintage collectors – along with food trucks and live music.

Shoppers browse at a past Beautiful Land pop-up market at the downtown Ames Fareway.

Live music will be provided for four hours, double that of past markets, with local musicians Fred Love and Tyler Miller each performing two-hour sets.

Two Ames High groups, the National Art Honor Society and the Art Club, will sell work they’ve created, including paintings, drawings, prints, photos and knitted goods.

"We are really excited to have this opportunity to help showcase our student artwork," Lindsay Wede, Ames High Art teacher and NAHS/Art Club advisor, said in a news release. “We have several students with a variety of work and they're eager to be involved."

Friendship Ark's Halloween Bootique fundraiser is another feature of the fall market. The Ames nonprofit organization supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They will be accepting donations of gently used Halloween costumes and unique clothing items for children and adults. The Bootique will also offer these costumes for sale at the market for a free-will donation.

“I think this will be fun for kids and adults, and it gives Friendship Ark’s residents a really meaningful thing to be involved in,” Jody Bergan Bennet, co-owner of Beautiful Land, said. “We’re going to have them set up near the live music in kind of a grassy area.”

Friendship Ark will be selling Halloween costumes Sunday at the Beautiful Land market. They will also be accepting donations of gently used costumes.

"This is a wonderful hands-on fundraising opportunity for the core members as they can help sort and arrange the costumes and can be present at the event," Natalie Seibold, Friendship Ark community relations specialist, said in the release.

Food trucks Mary’s Pupusaria and Huey’s Mini Donuts will both be onsite for the market, and Fareway will be serving apple cider.

Sunday is Beautiful Land’s third pop-up market and the biggest event so far, Bergan Bennett said.

"We can't wait to bring people together once again, celebrate the fun and beauty of the fall season, showcase our talented vendors and also encourage the community to shop and explore downtown and Main Street businesses,” she said in the release. “The core of our mission is the in-person connection that our vendors make with customers, so events like ours help set creative entrepreneurs and small businesses up for success and bring them awareness and community engagement. It's a win-win for everyone involved."

The Friendship Ark Bootique will be one of the features Sunday at the Beautiful Land pop-up market.

Bergan Bennett has a long history as an entrepreneur and was the founder of Lucky Star Market. She co-owns the market with Andrew Kingsbury, owner of Decadence and senior graphic designer with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State.

Bergan Bennett, a collector of vintage items, and Kingsbury, with his Decadence jewelry created using found and vintage items, will each have their own vendor booths set up at Sunday’s market.

"We aim to connect makers and creative entrepreneurs with their customers, create an event that builds community and fosters collaborations, and is great fun while supporting the local economy," Kingsbury said in the release.

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