When I was a kid, my mum ran the Christmas craft fair in our town. I insisted on having my own table when I was about 5, and from then on I did a few different crafts over the years. I started out with origami ornaments, moved on to rolled candles, then poured candles (I was making candles in vintage teacups when I was 11, take that, today’s hipsters! ;))
I haven’t done a fair in years, but I have always missed them. Etsy is lovely, but I do love the atmosphere of selling at craft fairs, even though I’m definitely an introvert, and am not generally in to talking with strangers. If I’m talking about things I’ve made, I can do that for ages!
This summer I discovered the joy of weaving on a lap loom, and I also volunteered for the Market Collective weekend at the beginning of September. I took the entrance fees for a few hours each morning, and it was great to see so many people excited about handmade goods (ok, maybe some were more excited about the food trucks ;))
That weekend, I decided that I’d apply to the next Market Collective I could fit into my schedule. That’s the problem with my job – I’m usually working weekends! Luckily, MC is doing 3 weekends in December, so I could pick one I wasn’t otherwise working on!
I’m doing the weekend of December 12th – 14th!
I’ll have my woven wall hangings for sale! I’ve been working away on these, and have decided that to get people excited, and to give myself a goal, Wednesdays will be weaving Wednesdays on the blog, and I’ll feature a few of the weavings I’ve made in the previous weeks.
I’m really excited to go back to craft fairs! I’ve got a Square reader, so I’ll be able to take credit card payments – I still remember mum’s chunka-chunka machine that did the carbon imprint of credit cards, back in the day!
If you’re in the Calgary area, come visit!