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! 😉

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

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!

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.