- Sierra Smith
If you haven’t been to 3rd on Third on a sunny Sunday afternoon, you’re missing out.
The market (which happens rain or shine), located at 1121 E. Third Street in Dayton, has everything from art to produce and attracts a mix of people from all over town. There’s a reason why it’s called “the eclectic outdoor market.”
So, how did it come to be?
Founded by a group of eight people representing business owners and neighbors from East Third Street, St. Anne's Hill and the Huffman Historic District, the group wanted to spark residential and business development from Third Street to Keowee, and further east. The market is operated by The Collaboratory, a non-profit organization.
“The purpose of 3rd on Third is to help build business and community on Third (Street) from downtown and move it east,” said Dot Schnering, 3rd on Third Team Administrator.
The market also serves as something for the hardworking community of Dayton to enjoy.
“People say it’s so nice to have something on a Sunday where you can shop and eat,” said Schnering. “Most people work through the week and on Saturday they have to run errands. Sunday is the day people get to kind of do something fun,”
Now in its second year, it’s drawn a wide variety of vendors from all over, including locals and people from north and south of town. What attracts people to this unique space is the sense of community and the wide range of things to see, do and eat.
On average, it features six food trucks, live music from mainly acoustic artists, art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, paintings and drawings, photography and candles. It also has foods to take home, like produce, jams, honey and more.
“It’s a mixed bag of everything,” Schnering said.
The best part about the market isn’t just the cool things you’ll get to see or do, it’s being a part of a community in a relaxed, family friendly space right at home.
“It’s really fun. You meet a lot of people from different walks of life. It’s a good thing,” said Schnering.
Want to go?
WHAT: 3rd on Third Market
WHERE: 1121 E. Third Street, Dayton
WHEN: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month, from April through October
INFO: @3rdon3rd on Twitter, or visit them on Facebook