A professor will host a “Front Porch Market” Dec. 3 for the Abilene community and students to sell and buy services and handmade items.
The annual event will take place at the home of Chris Riley, vice president of Student Life, and his wife, Rachel Riley, instructor of psychology.
“I’ve always had this open-door philosophy where if you would like to join us you can come,” Riley said. “I’ll ask students if I’m aware of a specific talent that they have, will you come and make the things that you make and sell it.”
The Riley’s open their home and large yard to the community allowing vendors to have a table to promote themselves and their products.
“To whom much is given much is required and this is a way for me to share the house with the community,” Riley said. “To have a booth at my house is $5.”
Riley said she has always loved searching for unique items from garage or estate sales inspiring her to hold this event.
The Front Porch Market allows Deanna Tuttle, mission’s coordinator for the Halbert Institute for Mission, to promote her photography business, DeannaLynn Design.
“It’s a really great way to have exposure especially to people that are interested in something like local business,” Tuttle said. “And it’s really nice venue that’s casual and comfortable and welcoming.”
If students are interested selling at the market, booths cost $5.
“The Front Porch Market lets me share with different students ways to make extra money or get their name out and get their foot in the door for things they are promoting,” Riley said.
The market will open Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1725 Austin Street.