Vendors Offer Handmade Gifts at Schenectady Jay St. Collective Market – The Daily Gazette
Looking for unique, handmade gifts this holiday season? Jay St. Collective in Schenectady, a year-round indoor manufacturers market, offers quilts, candles, ornaments, glassware and more from 19 local artists and entrepreneurs.
“When you shop here, you are supporting members of your community,” said Erin Eckler, owner of Jay St. Collective. “Plus, we have so many unique items made by creative and talented people, so it’s a whole different experience than shopping at a bigger store.”
Eckler opened the collective in October at 135 Jay St. after the Clinton Street Mercantile closed in Schenectady, where she had been a salesperson.
“I was doing really well on Clinton Street and when I found out it was closing I wanted to keep doing it and other vendors felt the same,” said the Gloversville resident. “I also fell in love with the concept of Clinton Street.
Salespeople rent the space, so they have the freedom to work on other work, and are also able to record their own inventory and set their own prices. It’s a shop within a shop.
Since the collective’s opening, seller Paul Martin, owner of PhD Design, has been selling his printed postcards, silkscreen posters, magnets, glassware and more, featuring Capital Region landmarks such as Union College, General Electric and Nipper.
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“You can introduce new products and change things easily,” he said of the collective’s model. “It’s a nice, intimate and well organized space featuring vendors of different specialties who work well together.”
Martin said that this holiday season, guests can expect area landmarks such as Schenectady, Niskayuna, the historic stockade gates and Schenectady station on ornaments and ceramic trivets.
“People are very proud of where they live, so I try to specialize in products that feature that,” he said. “Each seller in the collective is proud of their products and we are grateful to have the opportunity to sell in such a beautiful space. “
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Like Martin, Shelley Burgio, furniture designer and owner of Consider This Furniture, has also moved from the Clinton Street Mercantile to the Jay St. Collective.
“I was so excited when Erin opened the collective,” Burgio said. “It’s like having my own store, but having the ability to set my own schedule and being able to watch it grow. The more I put into it, the more it can become a success.
Burgio started his small business in 2009 and started selling antique glassware and home decor before embarking on furniture design three years ago.
“I started making custom parts and learned a lot doing it,” she said. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, people were spending more time at home and started thinking about how they could improve their homes, so I had a lot of clients reaching out to me.”
In addition to creating custom pieces for customers, Burgio has also become an elite retailer for the Dixie Belle Paint Company and now stocks its full lines of mineral chalk and silk paint at the Jay St. Collective for customers to use. can design their own furniture.
“Do it yourself [DIY] is more profitable and helps customers make a difference, ”she said. “Interior design makes people feel good about the space they live in. “
This holiday season, Burgio presents holiday-themed jugs, cake stand stands and ornaments at the Jay St. Collective.
“Having a place where you shop from a variety of vendors who have worked hard to make holiday items is so nice,” she said. “Plus, you support the local while choosing from unique, handmade items. “
Burgio said she hopes the Jay St. Collective becomes the go-to place to shop for gifts.
“It’s such a nice and welcoming atmosphere with a great group of vendors,” she said. “There is always something new to watch.
The Niskayuna resident added that Jay Street is a local gem. “I love having an area like Jay Street where you can shop, have coffee and eat,” she said. “Schenectady has grown so much and there’s always something going on. Hopefully the collective will bring more people to Jay Street and allow other small business owners to grow their businesses. “
Helping other small business owners is one of the Jay St. Collective’s primary jobs, according to Eckler.
“The model is designed to grow small businesses, and it certainly has happened,” she said. “I hope this will continue and the suppliers can grow from this space and open up theirs. “
For Eckler, who grew up in Schenectady, the choice to open the store in the Electric Town was easy.
“There is a creative energy in Schenectady that I haven’t experienced elsewhere,” she said. “People here are so passionate about creativity and there has always been someone to cheer me on. I like to be a part of that now and be the one to cheer on all of my vendors.
Going forward, Eckler is looking to add more vendors to the Jay St. Collective. Besides having an active Instagram account for marketing purposes, she said additional vendor requirements include quality product manufacturing and a team player attitude.
“It’s important to have someone who is passionate about the collaborative environment we have and who is excited about what everyone else is doing,” she said. “Most people understand what we’re trying to do and really appreciate what we’re trying to do. The answer has been validated and makes me think that this jump I took was a good idea.
Throughout the month of December, the Jay St. Collective will have extended vacation hours on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be open Christmas Week Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call (518) 986-9894 or visit jaystcollective.com.
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