Thank you to all the stallholders and customers who came to today’s Craft & Vintage Fair at the Working Men’s Club, Higham Ferrers. We had some lovely handmade and vintage stalls including crochet and knitted, garden ornaments, handmade jewellery, vintage clothes and accessories, upcycled painted furniture, cakes, sweet cones, cards, t shirts and bags, fabric gifts, yarn and needles etc, book art, personalised frames, door plaques, prints made from hand, finger and footprints, pyrography plus lots more! As always, it was free entry and early birds could make the most of a half price hot drink 9-10am. Due to popular demand, we are also now having a nearly new toy stall to keep the little ones busy.
The next Craft & vintage Fair will be on Saturday 28th October 9am-1pm so I hope to see you there!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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!