Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2nd Annual PA Wilds Made Buyer's Market March 3 At Clarion University

The second annual PA Wilds Buyer’s Market will be held on March 3 at the Gemmell Student Complex, Multi-Purpose Room, Clarion University in Clarion.
The one-day tradeshow connects retail establishments with quality wares, gifts, foods and beverages crafted in the Pennsylvania Wilds. PA Wilds Made products can be purchased in bulk at wholesale pricing for qualified buyers.
Hosted by the PA Wilds Center and the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center, Clarion University, the Buyer’s Market is a “made local, sell local” themed event.
“Customers are looking for locally made, high quality products – this show gives retailers and businesses the opportunity to meet producers creating high value products right here in the Pennsylvania Wilds.” Abbi Peters, Managing Director, PA Wilds Center, overseeing the Wilds Cooperative.
The tradeshow format allows buyers to browse product offerings and make purchase selections on the spot if desired.
The show is open exclusively to retailers from 9:00 a.m. to Noon for wholesale buying (registration is required). A free public showcase will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (no registration required).
Producers in the PA Wilds making art, wares, gift items, food and beverage that want to sell their goods to retail outlets. Producer exhibitors must be members of the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
If you are not a member, producers can apply for membership to The Wilds Cooperative first.
“The Buyer’s Market is where we determine the lines we will be carrying in the PA Wilds Conservation Gift Shops; last year we spent $80,000 on inventory from PA Wilds producers and we are gearing up to grow that number,” said Peters.  “It’s a great investment, and we see a return in our sales as our shoppers look to take home a piece of the PA Wilds.”
The PA Wilds Region includes the counties of Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Lycoming, Clinton, Elk, Cameron, Forest, Clearfield, Clarion, Jefferson and northern Centre.
For more information and to register for the event, visit the PA Wilds Buyer’s Market website.

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