Oprah wore this tote bag.

White River's Newberry Market Hitting Its Stride

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Lee Michaelides

One stop shopping for maple syrup, a tote bag made from Oprah's pants and soap that smells like Cuban cigars.

As Christmas approaches the response by vendors and customers to White River Junction’s Newberry Market, is coming on strong. The market, an eclectic combination of a farmer’s market, crafts fair and pop-up store located at 19 South Main Street in the space between Piecemeal Pies and Tuckerbox Cafe, is open every Thursday. 

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And we mean eclectic in the best possible way. The 17 tables at last week’s market included people selling fudge, jewelry, wooden bowls, pottery, solar panels and a $1,025 tote bag fabricated from the leg of pants once worn owned by Oprah Winfrey.

Totes with Tales owner Nancy Roy makes her custom bags out of recycled clothing. She can transform an old London Fog raincoat into a one-of-a kind waterproof tote. The tale behind the Oprah bag and what happened to the other leg involves Chicago and charity. Best to ask Nancy yourself in person.

Phoebe Buskey of White River Junction has been a regular vendor at the market selling bath and beauty products under the name of PoJo’s Pure Vermont. Buskey said that business has been good and she’d be coming back.

PoJo's Pure Vermont sells a Cuban cigar scented soap for men.

Harvie Porter, owner of ’Round Vermont Wooden Bowls, was a first time vendor at the market. He was having a slow day— having sold only two bowls. He wasn’t sure he’d return. Same with Ron Andrews of Thetford-based Beachcombers jewelry studio. She wasn’t sure if she would be staying in Thetford and returning to the market or packing her RV and heading south to Florida. Andrews fabricates jewelry from sea glass.

The superstar of the market is Morenas Latin Cantina, a booth serving Latin American food that was featured prominently in the Valley News last week. The Observer hoped to buy an empanada for lunch but the owners had already left before he got there. Morenas Latin Cantina sells at the market every Thursday. (This week the Observer is taking no chances. He'll be at the market when it opens at 11.) 

Original Cupcake Queen Kathryn Page sells her baked good at the Newberry Market.

Other returning merchants include the Long River Gallery, Prosper Valley Farms, from Woodstock, selling glutten-free products and maple syrup and Claremont’s Mountain View Fudge.

One new addition to the market— dailyUV.com will have a table. Please stop by, and if you sign up for the site (or have already signed up), you'll be entered for a $25 gift certificate to Piecemeal Pies! 


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