Category: Craft Market

Lessons Learnt from Craft Markets

craft marketThe crisp sea air breezed in on Sunday, as the traders all unloaded their car to make their way to the back of Glencarin Hotel. The air was full of promise of potential customers for the various goods on sale, from soaps, salts to delicious Dutch Doughnuts. As usual, Michelle and I were one of the first to set up. Being a little out of practice, as it’s been about 2 months since we have done a market, I forgot our displaying bookcase. But we made do with what we had and soon the Reading Pillows were out, the Travel Sketch Books were opened and the Sketch Prompt Jars were lined up.

I was very pleased as my new little sign moved slightly in the wind on our table cloth and the sun glistened through the colours in my Sketch Prompt Jars. I badly need breakfast, but otherwise I was hopeful for the day. Last time we had done well at this market, but last time it was just before Christmas with lots of tourists. I wasn’t sure how we were going to do at this time of year.

My small concern started turning into a larger one as the day went on. I sold one or two items, enough to cover the cost of our stall, but not really enough to justify us being there.


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29th October – Thriving Sustainable Market

Arts and Crafts South Africa

On the 29th of October, I’ll be hosting a stall, along with author, writer and cat-lover Michelle Ainslie, at the Thriving Sustainable Community Market (it’s a mouthful, I know), at the Novalis Ubuntu Institute in Wynberg. Michelle will be selling second hand books from her personal collection, along with amazing ‘blind-date’ books – these are books wrapped in brown paper with a simple keyword on them. You buy them without knowing what they are, until you get home!

Art South AfricaI will be selling a collection of book-related crafts, from bookmarks, to large candles (it’s all about ‘reading’ ambiance), amongst other things. As the craft market is all about Sustainable Living, which means everything is second hand, organic, natural and home-made, I can inform you that all the bits and bobs on sale at our stall will be 99% made-up of bits and bobs in my home (with the exception of thread, that I needed to get from the beads shop), mostly left over items from my Creative Workshop I run, along with left overs from personal projects. I have even utilised space on the side of my children book illustrations I am currently working on, to make original illustrated bookmarks. (more…)

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