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If you go

What: URBNmarket Bethesda, a crafts and vintage market with 35 vendors.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad ballroom, 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda.

Cost: Free admission.

Information: urbnmarket.com

A homegrown crafts and vintage market is set to return to Bethesda on Sunday.

URBNmarket Bethesda is a shopping venue that hosts 35 vendors from the area selling handmade and vintage items.

Julie Greenstein and Debbie Sonnenreich, who both live in Bethesda, organized the first URBNmarket Bethesda in May.

“Bethesda really doesn’t have any markets other than the farmers markets, that we’re aware of, and the occasional annual events,” Sonnenreich said.

The market gives people the opportunity to support local businesses that may not be able to afford retail space in Bethesda, she said.

“I have a cookie and confection business, so I can speak to the fact that retail space is very challenging,” Sonnenreich said.

With retail space unaffordable for some small businesses, some business owners have taken their wares online to venues such as Etsy, where people can sell vintage and handmade items. URBNmarket, Sonnenreich said, is “like Etsy live”: Shoppers can find a selection of handmade home goods, jewelry and accessories and also get to interact with the artist or business owner in person.

“There are so many small, local businesses with great goods to sell,” Sonnenreich said.

One vendor plans to offer on-site embroidered monograms, and a food truck, Linda’s Luncheonette, will have food for sale.

For more information and a complete list of vendors, visit urbnmarket.com.