The crafting community is great!

Over the last year, I have met lots of lovely crafters; some of them at events I have attended, others through networking sites on Facebook.  One lady had to explain to her mother that we had ‘met’ through Facebook and communicated for some time about her...

Is that door creaking open?

It’s been a week of looking at new things. After we knew that Wood Street Market would not reopen, I have had to think about what I’m going to do.  Wood Street was my main base and I had built up some regular customers who I saw twice a month.  I’ve...

Children at Craft Fairs

Some time ago, I asked on my Facebook page if other crafters took their children to fairs with them. There seemed to be two approches to this. Some crafters consider their time at fairs to be ‘their’ time, and would only take the children if their other...

Another door closes?

This week’s blog post has been delayed because of the uncertainty concerning Wood Street Market. About three weeks ago, I went with other members of our community market to a meeting of the Traders Association, following on from complaints from a couple of the...

People buy from those they know and trust

Our village runs a little gift and produce market; it started off as a couple of ‘one-off’ events, then went to monthly, and is now run around certain events – Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Village Fete and Christmas. Various people have...

Where to go from here?

I belong to a community market where we trade twice a month as a street market in Swindon Old Town. We are there on a Sunday, February to December, and a lot of the time the local traders ignore us – most of them don’t open on a Sunday, and they...