Yesterday, Sunday August 13 2017 was the latest market at Parkdale Flea in Toronto, and the last to end the summer! What a beautiful day, so much foot traffic, and I got to put my crafted goods in the hands of some new customers.
ANTIQUE, VINTAGE, COLLECTABLES, DESIGNER OBJECTS
LOCAL ARTISANS, CRAFTS, FOOD AND DRINK, & MORE!
The next Parkdale Flea is happening on Sunday September 10. It’s both an indoor and outdoor event, dog friendly, child friendly, and an all around fun event with free admission to the public. Visit http://parkdaleflea.com/ to find out more about the event or apply as a vendor
Visit my etsy store to see the most up to date jewelry available. I do local craft shows fairly often, so if you see something you like, snatch it up before it’s gone! Or, get me to make something custom for you. I love making custom one of a kind jewelry to an appreciative customers specifications. Contact me for more details!
I have new designs in the works for my fall collection, follow me on instagram to get the most up to date news on upcoming projects!
Not your average craft show – The Bazaar of the Bizarre : a marketplace for all things, different, interesting, weird, strange, one of a kind, macabre, whimsical or just things to flip your brain out!
Full on with freaks, magicians, dancers, and other oddities!
All CANADIAN MADE!
Sunday October 8th, 2017 open to the public from 11am – 8pm
Where: 6 NOBLE st.Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement (queen west/dufferin area)
Artists, clothing designers, craft-folk, publishers and other independent makers of all things, exotic, whimsical, creepy, interesting, strange, fun, different and macabre are encouraged to join us for this marketplace of curious crafts.
The bazaar remains a true Bazaar of the Bizarre, open to the public with free admission, showcasing a wide variety of independent artists, designers, and crafters. With our usual entertainment of dancers, stilt walkers DJ’s and freaks. 😉
A couple summers ago I vended at a local craft show in Liberty Village. It was hosted by Toronto Art Crawl, and sponsored by Cirque du Soleil Luzia. I was so excited for this event, it was my first craft show, and put in so much time toward preparing! In retrospect, I feel I actually over prepared for an art show held in an area that did not actually suit my style. As a result, my sales were pretty lousy (Note to artists, be wary of craft shows in condo neighbourhoods- your work might not suit their particular styles…heh. But I still had a great time and I got to meet many other local artist who had tips of their own that I can now pass along.
For any artists looking to vend at their first craft show, here are some tips to prepare you for the event, and also help you choose what events you should apply for. I’ll also be writing a list of craft show supplies in a separate post. Stay tuned
Step 1: Find your local craft shows!
This is easier in a large city, but there are usually arts and craft shows in many smaller cities and towns as well. You just have to look for them and be weary of whether your product will fit the market (ie; will the local churchgoers enjoy your gothic themed home decor at the local church flea market?)
Here are the methods I’ve successfully used for finding my favorite craft shows to participate in:
Facebook -> with an easy search tool, you can find any number of events, posts, or groups suggestions with leads to popular craft shows in your area. Try these search terms: “City you live” craft shows, art fairs, craft market, flea, bazaar – try any number of combos with the aim of finding events close to your area.
Google -> “Your City” craft shows / craft fairs / craft market, etc. Similar to the Facebook searches, you can search directly in google to find the top ranked markets in your area. This might be best for more obscure cities and towns that don’t have a huge online presence and might not have events posted to Facebook.
Step 2: After choosing your favorite craft shows, APPLY or SUBSCRIBE!
If you found an upcoming craft show or market in your area that you want to participate in, make note of the application deadline, and send in the best application you can whip up with the time allowed! This might mean you need to submit photos of your products, or link to your website. Make sure everything you have online is up to date, beautiful and polished. And if you’re submitting photos, make them your best photos, edit the brightness/contrast to highlight your products in the best light, and show some variety. Consider doing a mock up craft table setup at home (maybe outside for the best lighting) and shoot photos of your table, with some close up shots of individual items. These images or the images you have on your website and online portfolios will be the most important aspect of your application, so you want to make the best first impression possible! Make sure your branding is concise across all platforms, and that your descriptions of your brand is up to date and well edited. If you need to, have a writing savvy friend or family member look over your content. And then SEND IN THOSE APPLICATIONS!
Some Craft shows require that you subscribe to their mailing list, and they will email you news on upcoming shows with instructions on how to apply. Subscribe to craft shows where you think your products will be best represented, that serve a focused niche for the best outreach.
Step 3: Pay Your Dues
Every craft show or art fair will require some sort of table fee or booth fee. Make sure you pay it on time to reserve your spot! Fees can vary depending on how popular the craft show is and the size of the space you want to rent. If you are just starting out, I would suggest trying out some smaller affordable craft shows before hitting the big ones so you can test your products on the market, see what they love best, and experiment with different setups.
Step 5: Get the info!
Do you need to bring your own table? Are table and chairs provided?
Do you need to build a booth to precise specifications?
Do you need to bring or rent a 10×10 tent?
Are you outside? Will you need an umbrella for shade?
Are you allowed to bring your own lighting? Will you have access to outlets?
Are dogs allowed?
How much time do you have to set up and tear down?
Are you required to stay until the end, or can you pack up early?
Are you allowed to hang anything on the walls?
Each craft show is different, so be sure to take note of all the details and specifications, what’s included, etc, so you can move on to making your list of supplies to make set up a breeze.
My next post will list all the supplies, materials and equipment you might consider for your next craft show.
After leaving my Etsy store empty for years, I finally got my photos organized and I’m doing a big shop update and making all my jewelry and soap available for online purchase! Use promo code AUGPROMO for 10% savings from your purchase until August 31! Items will be available on Monday July 31.
Coming up on Sunday April 16! Get a hold of my wicked new soaps, prints, and jewelry before they run out! Location: 6 Noble Street at Queen West and Dufferin. There are lots of nifty, macabre, and whimsical works by some amazing local artists that you won’t want to miss!
If you’ve never been to one of the Bazaar of the Bizarre craft shows in Toronto or Hamilton, you are seriously missing out! I am so grateful that I got to be a part of the Frostbite edition of the Bazaar on December 11. My soaps and jewelry did especially well at the market, and I’m so pleased that they found wonderful homes and I can begin formulating new soap recipes and jewelry designs for the New Year!
This is SERIOUSLY the place to be if you love handmade goods but want to see something more UNUSUAL compared to what other craft shows have to offer. Dubbed “Not your grandma’s craft show” for good reason!
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The Bazaar of the Bizarre is both a tri-annual marketplace that takes place in Toronto Canada, and a travelling marketplace.
In October we bring you The Bazaar of the Bizarre – Halloween Market Place
,in spring The Bazaar of the Bizarre – Circus Sideshow Market Place ,
and in December: Frost Bite – the Bizarre of the Bazaar – holiday edition.
In surrounding cities, the Bazaar emerges to bring together fresh local talent as well as established alternative vendors.
Aspiring vendor? You just need to sign up to their email list on their website and vendor calls for upcoming shows will be sent straight to your inbox.
For years I’ve had the idea of contributing toward an online resource for beginner and intermediate artists. I’ve been putting it off for too long, consumed by other work responsibilities. Lately I’ve been trying to transform my life in such a way that all my actions are deliberate and true to my authentic self as an artist and instructor. I also believe in open source information that is accessible to all, and that everyone has something to contribute to an open source world.
In addition to online tutorials, I’m planning to run Watercolor, Pen and Ink, and Mixed Media workshops for both Families and Adults at local venues in the downtown Toronto area. I’m also currently teaching toddler arts and crafts at Kidz Oasis at 2780 Yonge Street for children aged 2-5.
Over the next couple months I’ll be adding tips and techniques for artists who want to take up or improve their skills in Watercolor Painting, Pen and Ink, and Mixed Media.
Next post, I’ll start with an introduction to Inking; Materials, Basic Techniques, and Practice Exercises to get you started.
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You might have stumbled here looking for a guide on illustrative and watercolor tips and techniques. It’s still a work in progress, but over the next few weeks I’ll be adding content (this will increase in December, I promise…. winter is coming which means more indoor solitude and time for me 😉
In the next post, I’ll focus on materials for inking. The majority of my work is mixed media, however ink drawing is usually the foundation of my work.
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