What is the Clover Market?
The Clover Market is an open-air market featuring 100+ vendors with antiques & collectibles, vintage jewelry & clothing, handmade items, original art & artisan crafts.
When and where is it held?
Clover is held one Sunday per month in the spring and fall in downtown Ardmore, PA. The Market is open from 10 am-5 pm, rain or shine! Starting in the fall of 2013, the Market will be expanding to Chestnut Hill.
Where is it held?For online/GPS directions, use 12 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore which is the closest physical address. A Google map is here. The main vendor parking lot is located next to Bella Italia Pizza and across the street from 23 East East. Vendors are also located in the main parking lot (spaces #1-58), on Cricket Terrace just off Rittenhouse (spaces #59-94) and in the parking lot behind Rittenhouse Electric (spaces #95-97 and all food vendors). Click on the map below to enlarge and print.
Where can I park?
There are numerous parking lots within a one to two block radius of the Market (shown below in magenta - the Market is in "Schauffele Plaza"), as well as street parking nearby. Click to enlarge and print the map below. All parking is FREE in Ardmore on Sundays.
*PLEASE be courteous to all of our nearby neighbors and do not block any residential or business driveways or park in the Suburban Square lot which is reserved for their customers. Also, no parking along Lancaster Ave. except in the designated metered spots which are free on Sundays. Thank you!*
There is also a temporary customer parking lot at the corner of Ardmore Ave. and Lancaster Ave, just two blocks west of the Market directly across from the Mc Donald's - just come to the Clover info tent to have your hand stamped so you are not charged on exit.
The best options for parking are the large Cricket Ave. lot (behind the Philadelphia Sports Club), the Athensville and Public Safety lots (at the Lower Merion Twp. Municipal Building), the Ardmore Post Office Lot, and street parking along Rittenhouse Place and the adjacent streets south of the Market.
How can I get there?
From Center City Philadelphia:
- Take 76 West and exit at City Line Avenue (Route 1 South)
- Proceed south on City Line Avenue to Conshohocken State Road (Rt. 23)
- Take a right onto Conshohocken State Road and follow for several blocks
- When the road curves sharply to the left, it becomes Montgomery Avenue
- Follow Montgomery Ave past the Suburban Square shopping center
- Take a left at Anderson Ave, cross under the bridge, make a left onto Lancaster Ave and the Market parking lot will be to your left
From the PA Turnpike:
- Use the Valley Forge Exit.
- Proceed East on the Schuylkill Expressway (Route 76) to Route 476 South.
- Exit onto Route 476 (the Blue Route) and Proceed South
- Follow "From the Blue Route (476)" directions below
From the Blue Route (476):
- Exit at the St. Davids/Villanova exit
- Turn right at the bottom of the exit and proceed east on Lancaster Avenue (Route 30) through Villanova, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford until you get to downtown Ardmore.
If you can, it's best to get to the Market by train. Take the Paoli/Thorndale (old R5) to the Ardmore train station stop. Walk towards Lancaster Avenue, turn left (east) and we're about a half block away.
What happens if the weather is bad?
The Clover Market will go on rain or shine. We will ONLY cancel in conditions which are truly severe and/or life threatening to our sellers and patrons. In that case we will post a message to the blog, Facebook page, and Twitter by 8 AM Sunday morning. Please always check there first before heading out if the weather looks "iffy".
Is there food at the Market?
Yes, we do have food onsite at the Market from a variety of Ardmore businesses - check the website and Facebook page prior to each Market for a list of confirmed vendors or sign up for our mailing list using the form at right. You can also explore the many nearby businesses in Ardmore with sit down food options as well. The food vendors are located in the parking lot behind Rittenhouse Electric, just off Cricket Terrace.
Is there other shopping nearby?
Of course! You can visit the Ardmore Initiative's website for a list of other stores and restaurants in our downtown area. And don't forget the Suburban Square shopping center (J. Crew, Apple Store, Banana Republic, Williams-Sonoma, Ann Taylor, Lilly Pulitzer, Urban Outfitters, Trader Joe's, the Farmers' Market) which is also just short walk from the Market.
Where can I get some cash nearby?
As you'd expect, our sellers mostly prefer cash for your purchases, although many are now accepting credit card payments with the Square card reader. If you need to replenish your cash, there are ATM's cash within one block of the Market going east or west on Lancaster Ave.
Are there bathrooms at Clover?
There are not portable bathrooms at Clover, but please feel free to stop by any of the nearby restaurants on Lancaster Ave. such as Firinji or Milkboy Coffee for a bite to eat, a coffee, and use of the bathrooms.
Is there anything good for the kids to do there?
Yes! We always have a free kids' craft to keep the little ones happy.
Are dogs allowed?
We love having four legged friends visit us at Clover. Please feel free to bring your well-behaved, leashed dogs to enjoy the Market.
Who can participate as a seller?
The Market accepts applications from sellers with:
-Antiques and collectibles
-Original art and photography
-High quality artisan crafts and handmade
-New handmade jewelry
-Up-cycled items and architectural salvage
If you are interested in participating, click on the "Apply" tab above for details and a link to the online application.
Is the Market juried?
Yes. All applicants must submit an online application with photos of their work. Sellers are carefully selected based on product quality, fit with the aesthetic or "look" of the Market, and the overall mix of sellers.