A Busy Morning in Higham Ferrers

It was all going on in Higham Ferrers today! Not only was it the Farmers’ Market, there was also the Neighbourhood Garage Sale and an Artisan Weekend in Chichele College. So lots of people to come to the second Craft & Vintage Fair at the Working Men’s Club.

I spent a couple of hours at the market handing out flyers – lots of positive feedback from people although still many people hadn’t noticed the signs and banners around town advertising the event so I think handing out flyers each month will really help to spread the word! When I went back to the hall I recognised lots of people who I’d given flyers to so at least that shows they had made their way round! The lady running the Artisan weekend also took some flyers to give out which I thought was very kind.

We had a great mix of stalls today including wood turning, wooden planters, upcycled furniture, fabric gifts, jewellery, cakes, crochet, needle felt animals, photographic prints and pyrography (wood burning). Several customers commented to me on how pleased they were with some of the items they had bought and one stallholder commented that some customers had come back to see her from the previous month as they knew which items they wanted to buy. Lovely to hear!

I would still love more vintage/retro stalls so if you know anyone who may be interested please do ask them to get in touch. My email is rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk. Thank you.

Lots of stallholders have been asking to book dates for 2017 which shows great confidence in the Craft & Vintage Fairs which I really appreciate. I will now start taking bookings for next year. To maintain a good mix for customers I will initially limit bookings to up to 6 per stallholder for 2017 although I am happy to place people’s names on the waiting list for any extra months they’re interested in.

As time goes by, I feel these Craft & Vintage Fairs will become a well established event in Higham Ferrers meaning even more customers. If you enjoyed coming today, please do let other people know!

The next Craft & Vintage Fair at the Working Men’s Club will be on Saturday 24th September 9am-1pm. Free entry as always. See you there!

Thank you to all at the Higham Ferrers Craft & Vintage Fair

Wow, what a great day! I’ve been really looking forward to these Craft & Vintage Fairs at the Working Men’s Club in Higham Ferrers and today went so well which was a great relief!! We had 20 fantastic handmade and vintage stalls including small leather items, cakes, wooden items, vintage haberdashery and kitchenalia, crochet, baby quilts, an author with her children’s books, fabric gifts and home accessories, shabby chic furniture, hair accessories and much more!

As always, lots of customers commented on how impressed they were with the high quality of the stalls and the wide range of items on offer. I saw lots of people leaving with bags full of goodies which is always a great sign! It was nice to have a chat with customers as they enjoyed a cuppa and cake and they told me their thoughts about the event. All were very keen to take a flyer with the upcoming dates so I’m sure they’ll become regular visitors.

Feedback from stallholders was equally positive and I really do appreciate the compliments and the constructive ideas – one person suggested an arrow by the Queen’s Head pub to point people in the right direction which is a great idea so I’ll do that next time. It was the first event where I didn’t do a table plan and so everyone chose where they wanted to set up which seemed to go well, thank you also to all those who helped put the tables and chairs back at the end!

The next Craft & Vintage Fair in Higham Ferrers is on Saturday August 27th 9am-1pm so I’ll look forward to seeing you then. There are a couple of spaces left so please get in touch if you’re interested: rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk

A little update..!

So first of all, the good news: tomorrow is the first Craft & Vintage Fair at the Working Men’s Club in Higham Ferrers during the monthly Farmers Market and it’s set to be FANTASTIC! 20 fab stalls including vintage kitchenalia, jewellery, small leather goods, face painting, sweet cones, needle felted animals, turned wooden items, candles and wax melts, baby quilts and bunting, vintage inspired crochet, hair accessories, wood carvings, shabby chic furniture and much more! Come and browse all the lovely goodies on offer and enjoy a lovely cuppa and homemade cake. All stalls are handmade or vintage and of a really high standard. Sure to be something to suit all tastes and budgets! These will run monthly on the last Saturday of the month to coincide with the ever popular Farmers’ Market so there’s lots going on in Higham Ferrers – come and visit! Tomorrow there are free raffle tickets being given out during the market so be sure to pop over and get one!

And the not so good news: due to unforeseen circumstances I have unfortunately had to cancel the Nearly New Sale/Craft Fair in Raunds on Saturday 6th August. All stallholders involved have been emailed. The next one, however, on 15th October 1-4pm is still good to go and I am starting to take bookings for this event so please do get in touch if you’re interested (rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk). This event will be set across 2 rooms, the first for over 25 handmade stalls – not necessarily child related! – and the second room will be for people selling preloved baby and children’s clothes, accessories, toys and books. The tables on the Nearly New Sale will be on offer for only £8 and all stallholders receive a free hot drink, bottle of water and a cereal bar to keep them going! As always, entry is free and there will be refreshments and homemade cakes too. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

PS The poster is a sneak preview of next month’s Craft & Vintage Fair!!

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Baby and Children’s Nearly New Sale / Craft Fair in Raunds

Some people have been asking about this event which will be held on Saturday 6th August at Saxon Hall in Raunds…so I thought I’d write this blog to explain it a bit more! At Saxon Hall we are lucky enough to be able to use 2 rooms for events. This means I can separate the types of stall to make it clear for customers what each room is for. So at the Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Events so far the large room has been for handmade items and the smaller one for vintage and gift stalls. This can be switched depending on the number of stallholders I get for each category.

At the Nearly New Sale / Craft Fair, the large room will be for handmade items and the smaller room for around 16 stalls selling baby and children’s nearly new items. This is also the room where refreshments are sold. Other local Nearly New Sales tend to run for 2 hours for £10, whereas mine are for 3 hours and the fee also includes a free hot drink, bottle of water and cereal bar. As this is the first one, I have reduced the price to £8 in the Nearly New Sale room. The Craft Room will have over 20 stalls selling all handmade items including vintage inspired crochet, greeting cards, scrabble products, plaques, personalised gifts, dream catchers and bears with adoption certificates.

Why not book a stall to sell some of your children’s pre-loved clothes, toys or equipment? I know I’ve got plenty of toys, books, play mats etc. that still have plenty of life left in them and a few pounds back would be very much appreciated! Or if not, why not come along and grab some bargains!?

There will also be plenty to keep the little ones entertained. At this event there will be a face painter and Sarah from Ink Marked, the tattoo shop in Raunds will be offering temporary tattoos! Also, Little Art Works will be there so you can come and have a go at pottery painting too!

Much more than just a Nearly New Sale! Check out the Facebook event and SUBSCRIBE to events so you never miss out! Thank you. See you there!

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Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Event – Raunds

The sun was shining today (for most of the time anyway..!) and we had a lovely day at Saxon Hall in Raunds. So many fantastic stalls including memorial gifts, vintage style crochet, fabric gifts, homemade cakes, vintage jewellery, greeting cards, hair clips and hair bands, needle felt gnomes, leather goods, handmade pens, wooden gifts…the list goes on! Lovely to see lots of people taking part in some pottery painting too! As always, an incredibly high standard and wide variety on offer!

We had a really good turn out in the morning, although the afternoon was a bit quieter, maybe due to a couple of local events which were also on today. However, there were lots of smiling faces and customers leaving with bags full of goodies! We certainly got through lots of cups of tea and coffee and the cake stall completely sold out! So that’s always a great sign. It was suggested that maybe these events are shortened to 10am-2pm, for which I could reduce the fee to £15. I’d be interested to hear people’s opinions on this. The next Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Event is in November, ready for Christmas so would people prefer this was 10am-3pm as it’s bound to be a busy one or shorten it to 10am-2pm? Let me know what you think!

Thank you for all the positive feedback regarding the amount of advertising I do for all these events. I certainly do my best! However, I’m always looking for more ways to spread the word. I’m going to invest in some smaller banners which I can put out the week leading up to each event around the main entrances into the town so hopefully lots of people will see them. I always give out around 4000 flyers to local schools and nurseries etc. and advertise monthly in the Raunds Roundup. Facebook is a great way to advertise and the more people can help by sharing posts and inviting as many people as they can on the actual event page for each event always really helps. Adverts go in the Nene Valley News and although I sent in an article this edition, unfortunately it wasn’t published! I’ll try again this month!!

Upon reflection, I have decided to concentrate on the Raunds and Higham Ferrers events as I feel the feedback and footfall is/will be much better here and so have cancelled the events at the Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton. Anyone who has paid for a stall will of course either be able to transfer their fee to another date or have it refunded. This year is most definitely proving to be a very steep learning curve for me and I appreciate all the positive comments and helpful suggestions as at the end of the day, we all want to have a successful day! I’m sure that as events become more established in Raunds and Higham Ferrers, word of mouth will also help and people will get to recognise the signs that are out. Customers are always so incredibly positive so please do tell your friends and encourage them to come and visit us next time!

Don’t forget, I’m taking bookings for the Craft & Vintage Fairs in Higham Ferrers and am looking for more people to have a stall in the Nearly New Sale Room in Raunds on Saturday 6th August 1-4pm. Stalls are on offer for this room at this event – £8 including a free hot drink, bottle of water and cereal bar. Please email me at rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk for more info. Thank you, Louise

 

Higham Ferrers Craft & Vintage Fairs

So as I mentioned last week, I have booked monthly Craft & Vintage Fairs to run at the same time as the very popular Farmers’ Markets in Higham Ferrers. They are usually on the last Saturday of every month (except in December) and run 9am-1pm. The flyers and banner have been ordered and I’ve started putting up posters to advertise this event – MANY more to follow! Lots of bookings have already started coming in which is wonderful. Please remember that these events are for HANDMADE and VINTAGE items only.

Occasionally the Working Men’s Club may have another booking so we will need to move venues as I’m really keen for this event to be held every month so that people who come into Higham Ferrers for the Market will know that we are on too. There are 2 dates this year that the WMC is busy (29th October and 17th December) but I have managed to book the Band Club which is just round the corner on Wharf Road for these dates. They have a lovely big airy hall upstairs (no lift so keep this mind if mobility is an issue or you have very heavy boxes!) which we can use and I have now booked for these 2 dates. If any stallholders have booked the WMC for either of these dates and would prefer not to use the Band Club I would be happy to transfer your booking to another date.

There is a car park at the hall which will fit around 12 cars and we should be able to use the car park at the hall opposite (to be confirmed). There is also a free car park by the Doctors’ Surgery on Saffron Road which is only round the corner which stallholders can also use once they have unloaded. For the dates at the Band Club I will provisionally limit the number of stalls to 20 and take it from there! The Band Club is opposite Higham Ferrers Junior School and Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School so plenty of passing trade to see the banner!

At all of the events I will place the large pavement signs at each end of the Market to advertise where we are and also one on the corner of Wharf Road to point people in the right direction so I’m sure people will see us! I have also just written an article for the Nene Valley News which will hopefully be published on 2nd July. This introduces Rainbow Craft Events and advertises the events in Higham Ferrers and Raunds. I’ll continue to write them for this fortnightly newspaper as it reaches so many people locally.

As always, feedback is welcome. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

Louise

PS 3 large pavement signs and 5 sets of the smaller signs have been put out for the Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Event at Saxon Hall, Raunds 2nd July. Have you seen them and WHERE!?

A lovely day in Kimbolton

So today was the second Craft Fair at the Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton. We had 20 fantastic stalls, as always the quality and diversity of stalls was wonderful. I’m always so impressed with how much effort everyone puts into making their stalls look so appealing and yet again, many customers commented on that to me too. Customers also commented several times at how nice it was to see a craft fair where all the items for sale are handmade rather than bought in which was great to hear.

There was a great selection including chocolate novelties (very popular today!), upcycled vintage and vintage craft items, wicker hearts, cushions, bunting, toys, crochet, wax melts, preserves, children’s pottery painting, cakes, dream catchers, jewellery, war time foods and plenty more!

It wasn’t the busiest day we’ve ever had but there was a good steady flow of people throughout the day and they all seemed to leave with a bag of goodies which is great! One stallholder described their day as  ‘phenomenal’ so I’m delighted to hear that! It was also great to see how friendly all the stallholders were, sharing tips and buying from each other’s stalls, there is always such a fantastic relaxed atmosphere at all the Rainbow Craft Events Craft Fairs which I’m really proud of. A lovely day had by all!

Higham Ferrers Craft & Vintage Fairs

I’m over the moon with the amazing response to the Higham Ferrers Craft & Vintage Fairs which are booked to run at the same time (9am-1pm) as the Farmers’ Markets on the last Saturday of each month. Places are being booked right up to the end of the year so please do get in touch if you are interested in a stall (£15). The first one will be on Saturday 30th July. Thank you, Louise