Here in Country Vic, new craft markets are popping up everywhere, I was recently invited to one in Geelong, and I hear that there is to be a regular event in Ballarat next year.
Melbourne is the same - when I was starting out 3 or 4 years ago, the only craft market I could find was Flemington, and I never had much success there. But now we are spoilt for choice, as new markets are popping up all over the city. Isn't it great?
From a maker's perspective, I really think craft markets are a great thing, not just to raise some money but to make contacts and to help you to develop your fledgling business in a low-risk environment. When choosing which markets to attend, I would advise sticking close to home (early morning starts are a killer!), and visiting a few to get a feel for which one suits your product. And watch out for the fees, which seem to be rising. I was recently quoted $300 for an ordinary one-day market (!). Needless to say, I am not going.
Having said that, I'm tempted to do an interstate market next year, I think that would be fun. It looks like there are some great markets in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane. And Canberra and Hobart of course! Hmm.
But getting back to Melbourne, I am going to be taking the Lark stall to these two Christmas events in the city:
Mathilda's Market THIS SUNDAY 22 November from 10-2 at Hawthorn Town Hall. I'll have a wide range of Lark goodies, Genki tees, Paumes books, Japanese masking tape, Christmas toys, handmade gifts and of course some special offers. We'll also be manning a stand for our friends from Mae, have you seen their super-sweet fabric wall decals?
Sister's market SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER from 10am-2pm at Brunswick Town Hall. One of my favourite markets, and I'll have all of the above goodies plus I'll be joined by Mandy Sutcliffe of Belle & Boo, who'll be signing her lovely artworks.
So I hope to see you there, whether you are having a stall or just visiting. I'm personally planning to knock off most of my Christmas shopping at these events, yay!