Witch Collective’s Samhain market mixed magic with charity

Witch Collective market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Witch Collective market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Witch Collective market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, Mercury Cafe in Five Points became a little bit more magical. Just in time for Halloween, or the pagan festival Samhain, Denver’s Witch Collective threw the first official Witchcraft Mercantile to benefit the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program.

From 1:00-6:00 p.m. the cafe hosted 11 vendors who offered an array of local arts, crafts, snacks and services.

Yasmine Hill of Don't Be So Cuticle gives Nuffer Rodriguez a manicure at Witch Collective market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Yasmine Hill of Don’t Be So Cuticle gives Nuffer Rodriguez a manicure at Witch Collective market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Attendees grabbed custom manicures from Don’t Be So Cuticle, snacked on Black Dog Chocolates, hunted for treasures at Little Stitches and explored homeopathy through folk medicine by Stellaria Spellcraft. Tarot card readings seemed to be the most popular service–Erica Adams always had a line at her booth.

Co-founder Zoe Williams said the collective, which is just over one year old, only works with like-minded vendors and donates 10 percent of proceeds to charity. They keep overhead low and charitable donations high by picking venues that will host them free-of-charge and by mandating artists donate, rather than pay booth fees. 

Witch Collective was founded by Zoe Williams, Katy Zimmerman, Stephanie Tierney and Mark Addison as a means of cultivating a more socially conscious community through (witch)craft.

Zoe Williams of Stellaria Spellcraft at Witch Collective. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Zoe Williams of Stellaria Spellcraft at Witch Collective. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

“We are witches and magical people,” Williams said, explaining that the collective of artists identifies with social justice issues and spirituality.

Witch Collective rallies artists to contribute to their communities. Williams said they are especially interested in gentrification–and protecting Five Points from RiNo’s fate.

“There is always more space for this kind of community,” Zimmerman said. “As we grow it is important to focus on who is already here. And love each other.”

Stephanie Tierney of Little Stitches at the Witch Collective market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Stephanie Tierney of Little Stitches at the Witch Collective market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Williams said Sunday’s market had a large turnout. The collective will host their next market Nov. 12 at Chatfield Botanic Gardens’ Washstand. Proceeds will benefit 4 Winds Foodbank and Standing Rock.

The Witch Collective threw their first craft market in Five Points. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Erin Williams reads tarot for Brynna Herbener at The Witch Collective’s first craft market in Five Points. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

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Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

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