Our Story

Our market began in 2016 as a partnership between Chelsie Weldy and Jessica Flores, both makers and event producers, and Coppes Commons, a historic shopping complex in Nappanee, IN. The plan was to host a two-day artisan market that would benefit market vendors, producers and tenants of Coppes Commons alike and bring a family-friendly holiday shopping experience to the community. The first show was a success, and it has continued every December since, usually on the first weekend of the month.

In 2020, our market moved to a virtual format for the safety of our guests, but we are returning for shopping face to face in 2021 at the beautiful Southgate shopping and event complex in Elkhart, Indiana! Visit our home page to preview a selection of past market vendors.

Variety, Quality, Creativity

Our market is open only to vendors who create their own products by hand and/or curate vintage goods. We pride ourselves on creating a show with a balanced variety of quality, on-trend goods displayed with care and creativity. Each booth gives guests the feeling of walking into a mini boutique!

A Holiday Tradition

We love creating a festive atmosphere for our guests - pumping up the Christmas tunes and decking the halls, corners and rafters with lots of fun, surprising decor that evokes a nostalgic hometown holiday feeling. Plus, extras like live music, kids’ activities, giveaways and hands-on projects for grown-ups bring guests back year after year, making our market a holiday tradition!

Our Makers Make Us Who We Are!

When you visit It’s a Wonderful Market, you’ll find products made in our community by artisans and collectors with a passion and a skill for their chosen medium. You won’t likely find these items in a big box store or a website warehouse, and the shopping experience is top notch, because you get personalized customer service from the makers themselves!

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