In today’s video, Becky Sue tells the story of how she started out by making one polymer clay barrette 7 years ago… and then quite quickly ended up with a hundred of them. So her family decided that she should start selling. Ever since, she’s been setting up a booth at the Astoria Public Market in Oregon, every Sunday from May to October.
Be sure and stick around to the end of the clip, cause you’ll hear why Mark (Becky Sue’s husband) felt that he should go to confessional after snagging some Grizzly Hackle Feathers at a Fly Tieing shop.
When we met up with Becky Sue and Mark at the Public Market in Astoria, it was a beautiful sunny day, with a soft breeze and a charming lively atmosphere. The smells of candy popcorn, fresh baked bread, Mexican food and seafood were in the air. And the intriguing and colorful displays of cut flowers, art and all kinds of handmade goods filling the streets, made for a relaxing yet fun afternoon.
To give you a better idea of what the Astoria Sunday Market is all about, posted just below is a time lapse video of the magic of this wonderful event as it takes over the streets in full glory, and then disappears without a trace after a long and eventful summer Sunday spectacle.
Neat EH? Isn’t it great to see someone making a go of selling their own art jewelry! I love to see people succeeding while pursuing their creative passions. Becky Sue and Mark are the perfect example of a couple who has figured out how to “Make What They Love and Love What They Make” … while generating some income to support themselves too!
I am very proud to have influenced their work. It is rewarding as a teacher to see Becky Sue doing something with what she is learning and making it worth her while to do so. It was also really nice to see that she was working alongside with her husband. They make a terrific duo!
Oh a little side note: You know that six degrees of separation thing where you are only 6 people away from knowing anyone in the world, or something like that? Well turns out that there was a connection of this type between Mark in this video, and Alisa Burke from a previous PcT Roadtrip Video. This connection is actually a lot less than 6 degrees!
While chatting with Alisa at her gallery, we talked about heading out the next day to the Astoria Market to see one a member’s jewelry booth. She said she had seen some polymer clay work there, and asked who we were going to see. When we told her it was Becky Sue Mizell she was delighted and told us that she had a teacher in High School named Mr. Mizell where she grew up in Seaside, and wondered if they were one in the same.
Well when we connected with Becky Sue and Mark, he confirmed that he was indeed her teacher and asked what she was up to. It was fun to tell him that she had become a successful mixed media artist and author with a new gallery in Seaside. He was pleased to hear that and said he would be sure to check it out.
It was fun for me to witness just how small the world really is. That we are often more connected than we think, and that there are artists and creative people making income for themselves even in these turbulent economic times. It was especially nice to see when so many people feel discouraged about their futures.
Now of course running a creative business isn’t for everyone, but it sure is nice to see when it can work for someone!
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