Shirley (aka Grandma’s Corner) says:
When I was young one of the highlights of the year was an annual fair held in the local church hall. My parents were involved in organising the event, and for months before we would be making things to sell. Knitting egg cosies and hot water bottle covers; decorating jars for baths salts; padding coat hangers; and nearer the actual day, baking. I remember the joy of seeing someone buying something that I had help make.
With this in mind I love buying from a small maker because I know that my purchase will make them happy.
If you are looking to buy gifts try to find time to go to a Christmas Fair and buy something from a local crafts person. If you aren’t able to physically go to a Fair there are virtual fairs you can join in. Now I have to admit, I don’t understand how these work – so I am hoping Gemma is going to add a bit below to explain to us how they work!
Remember when you buy from a small business you make somebody really happy!
Gemma (Concrete Gems) says:
There are lots of online craft events happening this year. The ones I am involved in are on Facebook and Instagram, but I imagine other social media channels also run them.
On Facebook, an event or group is created and images of products are uploaded with details of prices, sizes etc. On the day of the event, often a password is provided and you would use that password to comment on the item you would like to buy. The seller then contacts you to arrange payment and delivery, which can be through their website, PayPal, etc.
Instagram works in a similar way, except the items are just added as images to the business feed.
Online markets that are coming up as as follows:
Facebook Snowflakes and Keepsakes Christmas Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/516451422527464/
Facebook Stocking filler frenzy: https://www.facebook.com/events/336409273668553/
Concrete Gems will also be at the following actual Christmas markets:
Norden Farm Night Market, Maidenhead, Fri 15th November 5-10pm.
Willowbank Junior School Christmas shopping event, Woodley, Reading, Fri 29th November 6pm-9pm.
Etsy Made Local, ST Laurence’s Church, Reading, Sat 30th November 11am-6pm.
Reading University Christmas craft fair, Thurs 5th December 5-7pm.