Change of venue on Feb 25th

Just a short post to let you know that due to unforeseen circumstances, it has bene necessary to change venue for the next Craft & Vintage Fair in Higham Ferrers. We will be back at our usual venue – the Working Men’s Club on Westfield Terrace. For those of you who don’t know where it is:

Starting from the Market, turn left along the High Street then turn right by the Queens Head pub. Westfield Terrace is the first turning on the right, just before you get to the schools. It’s literally less than 5 minutes from the Market.

This is promising to be a fantastic fair – as always!! This month’s stalls include vintage cake stands, crochet, yarn and patterns, carved and turned wooden items (raising money for the NSPCC), upcycled furniture, handmade fudge, milestone frames, fabric gifts, handmade and vintage home accessories, gold and silver jewellery, cards, personalised phot gifts, beaded jewellery plus more! Entry is always  free and there will be refreshments – including cakes! – on offer too so please do come and join us. Everyone always comments on what a lovely atmosphere there is and it’s fantastic to see customers coming back regularly. See you there!

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BBC Radio Northampton visits Higham Ferrers!

On Saturday 28th January, BBC Radio Northampton and Three Counties featured the Craft & Vintage Fair at the Working Men’s Club on the Treasure Quest Show. We were delighted to be visited by Jules after listeners cracked the clue ‘A single sex destination with stalls to browse’. It was great publicity to have our events on the radio and we hope lots of listeners who listen to the show will come to visit us very soon. We hold a Craft & Vintage Fair on the last Saturday of each month 9am-1pm, at the same time as the Farmer’s Market. We’re usually at the Working Men’s Club but on February 25th we will be using the downstairs of the Band Club on Wharf Road, opposite the Junior School. So no huge flight of stairs to climb, thank goodness..!

We always have a great selection of stalls and refreshments on sale and seeing as it’s free entry, why not come along and check it out for yourself?  This month we will have vintage cake stands, milestone frames, fudge, handmade jewellery, vintage and upcycled furniture, crochet, wood carvings, handmade cards, fabric and knitted items among others.  At the Band Club, we will also be using a room as an extra gift room, featuring extra stalls including Scentsy and Forever Living. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more information. Throughout the month, I post updates about which stallholders are coming and the sort of items they’ll be bringing, so do click on ‘going’ on the event page to be kept up to date.

In January, I gave out 1000s of flyers at schools in Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Stanwick and Raunds and that will be continuing this month. I’ll keep you posted!! If you work somewhere where you think you could put a poster and some flyers in the staffroom or attend a club where you’d be able to distribute some flyers,  let me know and I can bring some over for you. Any help is always appreciated! rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk Thank you, Louise

BBC Radio Northampton visiting Craft & Vintage Fair!

So only a few days to go until the 1st Craft & Vintage Fair of 2017 and I’m really looking forward to it! We have a very special visitor too – Jules from BBC Radio Northampton and Three Counties will be visiting so listen to your radio around 11am!

We’ve got a great event lined up for Saturday (Higham Ferrers Working Men’s Club 9am-1pm) with several new stalls. I like to maintain a good mix of stalls to keep an interesting mix of handmade and vintage items for customers. This month I’ve been busy making vintage cake stands, felt ball garlands, felt brooches and magnetic pegs for holding photos etc on the fridge. We’ve also got Scrabble pictures, vintage and upcycled clothes and accessories, furniture and homeware. Phillip will be there with his wood carvings raising money for the NSPCC, there’s fabric gifts such as memo boards and bunting, knitted and crocheted items, cross stitch kits, make your own kits, jewellery, yarn and needles, toys, bags, cushions, fudge and items made from vintage and antique forks! Such a fantastic range and definitely something to suit all tastes!

From 9-10am it will be HAPPY HOUR and all customers who come nice and early can have a FREE HOT DRINK! We’ll be selling drinks and refreshments throughout the morning as always and entry is free so please do come and join us and support your local community! Plus the Farmers’ Market has some new stalls this month too so come and check them out! With Valentines Day only a few weeks away this is an ideal opportunity to come and buy something unique for your other half! See you Saturday!

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First Craft & Vintage Fair of 2017 in Higham Ferrers

Well, first of all a very Happy New Year to all! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, it feels like a long time ago now! I’ve got off to a busy start this January with the Craft & Vintage Fairs in Higham Ferrers and have been making lots of bookings for all of this year’s dates. There are still a few spaces at each event so please do let me know if you’d be interested in coming along.. My email address is rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk

On Saturday 28th January, we will be holding this year’s first fair at the Working Men’s Club on Westfield Terrace 9am-1pm, at the same time as the ever popular Farmers’ Market. We have a great selection of stalls – lots of lovely handmade items and a growing selection of vintage which I’m really pleased about. I’ve noticed that some craft stallholders have also started selling some vintage items so there’ll be plenty there to suit all tastes! L & D Vintage will be bringing a fabulous range of vintage clothes, jewellery and handbags, while Heritage Vintage and Retro will be bringing lovely vintage and upcycled furniture. Polka Dot Craft, Gift and Vintage will also be selling vintage and handmade home accessories which I’m looking forward to seeing.

We have a great range of handmade items this month including Scrabble pictures, button heart pictures, handmade jewellery, knitted items, yarn and needles, fabric gifts plus lots more! I’ve been busy making cake stands using beautiful vintage plates, cups, saucers and bowls, magnetic pegs to pin photos and pictures to the fridge, felt ball garlands and felt brooches so there really is lots on offer!

9am-10am is HAPPY HOUR! All customers can have a FREE hot drink so it’s worth getting up early and coming straight over! Please do help spread the word about these fabulous Craft & Vintage Fairs by inviting friends on the event page and sharing posts if you like them. It really does help and is much appreciated! I’ve had 6 extra road signs printed as well as 5000 flyers. I gave out 1500 to schools and nurseries this week and am planning to give out about the same next week.

In February we will be using the DOWNSTAIRS of the Band Club on Wharf Road (opposite the Junior School) – we’re not using upstairs any more so no more long flights of stairs! Yippee! At this venue we have more flexibility as we can use the inter-joining rooms. So we will be using the back room as a gift room – selling items which are not handmade or vintage such as Scentsy products which will make a welcome addition. Please do get in touch if you’re interested.

Well I will hopefully see you on January 28th – remember it’s a great opportunity to buy unique gifts for Valentines Day – not long to go now!!

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A fabulous festive morning in Higham Ferrers

Well it was certainly feeling very festive in Higham Ferrers on Saturday morning! It was freezing cold but Santa certainly put a smile on people’s faces at the Market! He was raising money for the NSPCC, a great cause. There were also some lovely carols played by the Rushden Mission Band which really added to the festive spirit. This month, the Craft & Vintage Fair was held upstairs at the Band Club. We had a lovely range of vintage and handcrafted stalls selling vintage clothes and accessories from the 1940s-1960s, crochet, beaded and silver jewellery, lamps made from pipes, coasters and pan stands, fabric gifts, bath bombs, novelty soaps, cards and a whole range of lovely gifts. As always, these events are free entry and there are refreshments and snacks on offer.

There was a lovely atmosphere and although it was a quiet start, things soon picked up as customers made their way over from the market. Obviously it’s not ideal being upstairs and this will be the last time we’ll be using this room. From now on, if we use the Band Club (already booked for Feb 25th) we will be using the whole of downstairs. This also means more people are likely to see the banner outside and there’s more room for stalls, including a room for a Gift Room (not vintage or handmade!!). Most months, we’ll be at the Working Men’s Club which is much easier for customers to access.

Some stallholders have commented that they are happy to be contacted in case of a cancellation, even if it is last minute. I have decided to start a Cancellation list of people I can contact if a space becomes available at short notice. Please let me know if you would like to be added to this list.

After holding 6 Craft & Vintage Fairs in Higham Ferrers, I am keen to get more feedback from local people. If you have been to one, what did you think? What did you like or what can be improved? If you haven’t come along to one yet, what would tempt you to pop along? I’d love to hear any suggestions.

Finally, I would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the fabulous stallholders and customers who have supported Rainbow Craft Events this year and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I look forward to seeing you at next year’s Craft & Vintage Fairs! #SupportHighamFerrers

Farewell to events in Raunds

This first year of organising craft fairs has been a very steep learning curve for me and as with most things, there have been lots of positives but also things which have needed to change along the way. The Higham Ferrers Craft & Vintage Fairs, for example, have been a real success and it’s been great to be able to go to the market for a few hours each time to drum up business and hand out 100s of flyers. Unfortunately, the events in Raunds have become a bit more of a headache…Support hasn’t been great locally and although many stallholders say they have done really well at these events, I’m not as happy with the footfall which is really frustrating as I know how much effort I put into advertising. I’m forever having signs vandalised and spend a lot of money advertising in the Raunds Roundup and distribute 1000s of flyers to local schools etc. Although I hate to have to cancel events I also hate to put on events that I don’t feel confident will be successful for my stallholders so have decided that this is the right decision to make. I have been in email contact with all stallholders involved. I do apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope you can understand my decision. Thank you

Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Event in Raunds

A massive thank you to all the lovely stallholders and customers who came to the Handmade, Vintage & Gift Shopping Event in Raunds on Saturday. We had 25 handmade stalls in the larger hall and 15 vintage and gift stalls in the smaller hall as well as refreshments and yummy cakes! Stalls included vintage jewellery and Christmas decorations, cards, wax melts, both handmade and Scentsy, Forever Living, fabric gifts, vintage inspired crochet, knitted items, charity stall, patchwork, printed illustrations, sand art plus plenty more! As it’s been a year since Rainbow Craft Events first started Dawn had made a fantastic birthday cake as well which was delicious! Jamie took some great photos of local families too which went down really well.

Feedback from stallholders was positive and many said they had had a successful day which I am always pleased to hear! For me, I would’ve preferred higher footfall. I always advertise like mad and spent some time on Saturday walking up and down the High Street giving out flyers but there were hardly any people on the High Street to give them to. The ones I did see tended to already be on their way up to the hall. There was always a steady flow of people walking round the hall and most had bags full of things they had bought which is great. We certainly got through a lot of tea and coffee and I sold plenty of craft bags!

On December 3rd 1-3pm we will be holding a Nearly New Sale and Craft Fair at Saxon Hall. There are still spaces in the NNS room so if you would like to book at able please send me an email to rainbowcraftevents@Yahoo.co.uk Stalls are £8 and include a free hot drink, bottle of water and cereal bar.