Jelly Bean Tree Artisans move into new building

SAXTONS RIVER — The Jelly Bean Tree Artisans, Vermont's oldest crafts cooperative, is moving to new digs a block away from its current location, to 26B Main St., opening Wednesday, Aug. 28.

The shop's new home is in the building that used to house the Quality Impressions Print Shop, directly across from the Saxtons River Inn.

According to JBTA President Joanne Lester, the move will be seamless as far as opening hours are concerned. The shop is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In announcing the move, Lester said The Jelly Bean Tree was happy with its home of 38 years, but looks forward to tapping new opportunities for growth in its new location.

“Our membership is re-energized. We are looking forward to updating not only our shop and displays, but [also] our policies, membership and merchandise,” she wrote.

She added, “We are actively seeking new members who will add even more positive energy and new products. Our rates are very reasonable and we look forward to providing a wonderful space for selling. In addition, we are planning craft classes, on-site craft help, extended hours, open house events and fundraisers.”

The Jelly Bean Tree Artisans is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the work of area artists and craftsmen. In continuous operation since 1975, the shop gives members a place to market their goods, and has helped hundreds of artists establish themselves in the crafts market. The Jelly Bean Tree Artisans shop has become a favorite stop for many repeat visitors to Vermont.

Lester welcomes anyone wishing to become a member to call 802-869-2099, or visit the shop and pick up an application. Exhibiting artists' submissions must pass a jury process based on workmanship, originality, and use of materials.

“This assures a high standard of craftsmanship, which The Jelly Bean Tree Artisans customers expect,” Lester wrote.

Once accepted, co-op members receive payment on a commission basis. The cooperative helps new members with marketing, display and pricing. Members who staff the shop receive a larger commission.

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