What started as a simple idea, has grown into one of Hickory’s “must do” events. Merry Market brings together 50 (36 for 2021 due to COVID) local craft vendors to a one-day shopping extravaganza.

Product offerings include home decor, homemade soaps, sewing/knitting/crocheting, wood designs any many more. Entry fees paid by the vendors help raise funds for missions. Mission team members and volunteers host a silent auction of items donated by vendors and a Dollars for Jesus fundraising table to raise additional funds.

After you walk up an appetite, head over to the Merry Market Cafe (Fellowship Hall or Cafeteria for you church members or SSLS alumni), for some sustenance with our High School Youth. Youth leaders and group members serve up limited breakfast items and lunch sandwich combos and soups to raise funds for youth events.

Vendor registration begins the first Tuesday after Labor Day at 8:30am and typically sells out on the first day within hours, with an extended waiting list for those in hope of snagging a last-minute opening. Registration takes place on site at St. Stephens Lutheran Church & School.

Merry Market volunteers needed
The 10th annual Merry Market will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 and we will need your help. It is a great time for fellowship as we serve the community right here at St. Stephens Lutheran. You can visit our team in the school foyer this weekend to see how you can be helpful to this event (a list of areas is listed below). We look forward to our church family being involved in serving our community.
Friday night setup 5pm-7pm
Vendor check-in
  • assist vendors with finding their space, if they need help, assist with bringing in items (this also allows a sneak peak of items available)
Saturday 9am-2pm
Parking lot attendant (Spencer Rd. side and playground side)
  • Help those cruising the parking lot find that open space
  • If needed those parking on Spencer Rd side can park across the street at the Peacemaking house.
Welcoming crew
  • Welcome those that come on campus at the main doors or outside on the sidewalk
  • Shopper control in school foyer to direct shoppers to cafeteria (8 additional vendors in cafeteria) and gym
  • Help capture the spirit of Merry Market while you walk around and shop, we can provide the camera
Vendor Hospitality
  • Walk through Merry Market and check on vendors, thanking them for coming, see if they need anything
Merry Market café
  • Serve along side our youth for breakfast or lunch, give our youth parents time to take a break and walk around Merry Market
  • We want to make sure the building is ready for church on Saturday night / Sunday morning and ready for school on Monday morning.
  • With many hands to make light work, we hope to be finished with clean-up by 3:30pm