Craft & Vintage Fair Sat 25th February

Well what a lovely morning Saturday was! 22 fantastic stalls with a stunning range of high quality handmade and vintage items. As always, I had many customers comment to me about how impressed they were with the stalls there – always lovely to hear! I’ve attached lots of photos to show a selection of items that were for sale.

A couple of notes from the feedback (and things I’ve thought of too). Firstly, some stallholders commented on how nice it is to see other stallholders interacting with customers as they walked round – it really builds a lovely friendly atmosphere which is great and actually these stallholders certainly seemed to be making lots of sales! Definitely a good tip – having a chat with customers and having a big smile on your face is always a winner!

Secondly, stallholders commented on how effective they thought it was for me to spend time at the market handing out flyers and sending customers over. My lovely hubby also helped on Saturday so I could spend a bit more time in the hall with everyone. It was suggested that we have more people handing out flyers and I totally agree. I always ask for volunteers to help but only a couple of people have ever offered. Maybe it’s the cold weather..! If you are ever (as a customer or stallholder) able to spare half an hour or so to help stand at the market handing out flyers it would be massively appreciated! There’ll be a cuppa and cake waiting for you on your return! ūüėČ

There were an extra 5 signs out on the roads this month (10 lamppost signs plus 3 A boards) as well as the banner. When I get the next batch of flyers printed, I’ll also add a map to the back. Unfortunately lots of the signs were damaged by the storm a few days beforehand so I’ll do my best to replace as many as I can this month. 1000s more flyers to give out to schools too. If anyone knows of any clubs etc that I could deliver some flyers to as well that would be really helpful, thank you!

Well I’ll see you next month – Sat 25th March at the Working Men’s Club 9am-1pm

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

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.

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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A week to go to the closing date

Thank you so much for all the application forms I have received so far, it’s definitely going to be a tough job choosing a selection for the Valentines Craft Fair at Stanwick Village Hall on Sunday 7th February. Lots of stall holders are also adding additional dates to thier form which is great. I’ll keep hold of all the application forms and get back in touch with people after the closing date for each event.

I went to the Kimbolton Christmas Fair today at Kimbolton Castle and it was fantastic to meet so many local craftspeople who are interested in joining the Rainbow Craft Events gang! Hopefully I’ll see them again at some of the events next year.

So, there is only a week to go to the closing date (Sunday 13th December) for the Valentines fair so please do remember to send back any outstanding application forms as soon as possible. I think it’s going to be a fabulous event, can’t wait!

It really was a fabulous event at the Stanwick Christmas Craft Fair!

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Thank you so much to all who attended the craft fair on Sunday 22nd November at Stanwick Village Hall. It was lovely to meet so many fantastic stallholders and customers, all of whom I really hope enjoyed the day and will be back for more Rainbow Craft Events in 2016! The feedback I received was overwhelmingly positive and any constructive comments were useful in helping me make the craft fairs at Stanwick and The Mandeville Hall, Kimbolton as successful as possible next year. Lots of people commented on the high quality of the items for sale and what a lovely range there was. There were many cups of tea (and even more hot chocolate!) enjoyed with a delicious cake and it was great to see little ones using the highchairs and playing with the toys and books provided too.

I’m still really keen to hear what people thought of this event so if you have any feedback I would love to hear it – please do get in touch!

If you are interested in applying for a stall at any of next year’s events please send me an email rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk

Thank you, I look forward to hearing from you, Louise