Memories from our #LocalMarketSeries

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We spent the month of April at Local Market Series! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #LocalMarketSeries right here on our CIJ blog!

The Local Market Series opened April 1st and ends April 29th!  We saw a few styles of Market spaces!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! Our team members have amazing Market spaces!

Each artist shared with us their Market space,as well as a little about themselves. Please join me as we close our Local Market Series! Watch for new opportunities to come!

Here are the featured Markets:

SummerStarsMasonJars/Jessica

AliciasFindings/Alicia

RosesWorkshop/Roses Workshop

Please use #LocalMarketSeries on social media as you visit our virtual Market Series!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #LocalMarketSeries!

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#LocalMarketSeries – RosesWorkshop

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

#LocalMarketSeries – RosesWorkshop

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1. What show are you participating in? Tell us a little about it.

April is the first of my shows at “Prom Art”. www.promart.info/
which is an exhibition of Arts and Crafts along the promenade (seafront) at Grange-over-sands in Cumbria. It runs the last Sunday of the month from April through September.

2. Have you been to this show before? If so what made you come back.

I’ve been every year since 2012. The location is beautiful, though at the mercy of the weather. The organizers are friendly, helpful and enthusiastic, and get up very early to put up banners on all the main roads in the area. Being a regular event is great too, as you get returning customers.

3. How far in advance did you prepare for this show? What do you prepare (besides items)?

As with most of the events I attend through the summer, you have to inquire very early – most are fully booked and paid for by March. The major preparation is any maintenance on my Gazebo. This is a crucial piece of equipment, as even on a warm summer day there are sea breezes that will blow the stock off your display if you don’t have some protection.

4. Have you picked a select few shows or are you a weekend warrior?

I generally do two events per month through the summer. Agricultural Shows and County Fairs work well for my British Wool products, and it’s lovely to be in a marquee full of local makers.

5. What advice do you have for first time craft show sellers?

I would advise first timers to check the venue as a visitor if possible, so you can see if it’s the right fair for your kind of craft before you book. You can also navigate the traffic system and find the car park in advance so you don’t have to stress on the day.

6. What are your social media sites?

You can see my events here: www.rosesworkshop.co.uk/calendar.asp

and find me on these social media sites:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RosesWorkshopUK
Twitter: twitter.com/rosesworkshop

#LocalMarketSeries – AliciasFindings

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

#LocalMarketSeries – Alicia from AliciasFindings

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1. What show are you participating in? Tell us a little about it.

It is called “Handmade by Design” show benefiting SCC Academy Athletics Team and was held on April 9th. This event is among the first of its kind in my local area…in that it is handmade only.

2. Have you been to this show before? If so what made you come back.

This is its first year, but the people running it did a fall one as well. I came as a buyer to the fall one and loved what I saw.

3. How far in advance did you prepare for this show? What do you prepare (besides items)?

I have been preparing my items for a few months now. I am still creating some extra inventory now. I always prepare my “rolling bags” full of inventory, stands and such in advance – I also check this the night before any event. I do also make an inventory sheet of all my items, so as to know what to remake for the next show.

4. Have you picked a select few shows or are you a weekend warrior?

I do a few shows every season. I have my calendar set up for next years seasons already.

5. What advice do you have for first time craft show sellers?

Do your research. Make a checklist of all you need for your show. Get ideas/help from other craft show veterans. Have fun and don’t sweat it! Eeach show can be a learning experience.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AliciasFindings

Twitter: twitter.com/aliciasfindings

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/AliciasFindings

Instagram: www.instagram.com/aliciasfindings

#LocalMarketSeries – SummerStarsMasonJars

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

#LocalMarketSeries – Jessica from SummerStarsMasonJars

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1. What show are you participating in? Tell us a little about it.

I am participating in MAKE. It’s going to be a small store in downtown Leominster, MA that will have all hand-made items from local people!

2. Have you been to this show before? If so what made you come back.

I have never been here before.

3. How far in advance did you prepare for this show? What do you prepare (besides items)?

It took me a couple of days to carefully choose which prints I wanted to try to sell, mat and frame them.

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4. Have you picked a select few shows or are you a weekend warrior?

I have a few other shows I am doing this year although I am not certain on the dates yet but stay tuned!

5. What advice do you have for first time craft show sellers?

Don’t stress about it! They are fun and interacting with the people who are going to buy your products is great. It’s very different and rewarding for the people to be able to see your products on real life vs on-line.

6. What are your social media sites?

Instagram: @summerstarsandmasonjars
Etsy: summerstarsmasonjars

Join Us For A Local Market Series – #LocalMarketSeries

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We are thrilled about our #LocalMarketSeries! We want to know all about anyone who is having a Market during the month of April.

This series is all about promoting, helping and marketing our #EtsyCIJ members.

Our #LocalMarketSeries is open to members worldwide having an April market! We want to have a wide variety of market types.

Each shop at our #LocalMarketSeries will be individually introduced so please check in throughout the month to find out all about their show!

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Now let’s check out the shows!

Jessica / SummerStarsMasonJars / #LocalMarketSeries

Alicia / AliciasFindings / #LocalMarketSeries

RosesWorkshop / RosesWorkshop / #LocalMarketSeries

Please use #LocalMarketSeries on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops this month!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #LocalMarketSeries!