Last week was one of waiting for news. I had applied to quite a few crafty events coming up to Christmas, and last week most of the answers were due. I must say us makers survive emotionally thanks to positive responses and generally people liking our work. And when those people are professionals, sifting through hundreds of applications and decide to include you, it gives you such a lift and makes you think Yes! This is definitely what I need to be doing!
The response I was most nervous about was from Renegade Craft Fair. Originating in Chicago, the fair tours mainly around the States, showcasing makers and small businesses specialising in DIY crafts. I love everything about this fair’s image, ethos and enjoy following them and their participants on Instagram etc. When I hadn’t heard anything on October 8th I thought oh well maybe next time. But luckily I checked my emails later in the evening and there was an acceptance message. Hooray! Now I’m obsessing over stall display ideas…
That email appeared to be the catalyst for more good news. As part of the Brighton Etsy Team I had applied to their Pop-Up Shop and Christmas Market. And I’ll be selling at both! If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at the Etsy team blog, where the dedicated team leaders keep you posted on all our local events.One acceptance that took me by surprise was from the online phenomenon Blog and Buy Sale. The site features seasonal curated Wish Lists for shoppers in simple categories, ie ‘for him’, ‘for her’, and ‘for the home’, making shopping easy for those who like their style. I applied, expected nothing to come of it. But it turns out 3 of my products have been picked to feature on their site from 16th November. So another great big Hooray for that! If you are a maker you can find out about applying here.
Another gem coming up this autumn is the Fairy Tale Fair. This friendly, sparkling, magical event is a highlight in my calendar, taking place in Patcham, Brighton. Claire has been running these fairs for years and always creates a wonderful atmosphere. I’m thrilled to take part again!
Something I’m trying for the first time is the Lewes Artists’ and Makers’ Fair. Lewes is rich with creative folk, lovely galleries and shops, so I’m thoroughly looking forward to joining in the festivities there.
I think that’s everything covered so far… One more Brighton fair yet to hear from, but I won’t tempt fate by mentioning which one…
The events in order:
Brighton Etsy Pop-Up Shop is on throughout November in Brighton Square. More details to follow.
Fairy Tale Fair is at Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton, on Sat 15th November, 10.30-3.30.
Brighton Etsy Christmas Market is at Open Market Sun 16th November, 11-5.
Renegade Craft Fair is at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London on Sat and Sun, 22nd and 23rd November, 11-6.
Lewes Artists and Makers Fair is at Lewes Town Hall, Sat 6th December, 10-5.