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    I was wondering if anyone knew of more alternative, modern craft fairs?

    Craft fairs for young, contemporary crafters anywhere in the country.

    Thanks

    Rhian x

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    Originally posted by rhimix View Post
    I was wondering if anyone knew of more alternative, modern craft fairs?

    Craft fairs for young, contemporary crafters anywhere in the country.

    Thanks

    Rhian x
    As opposed to those for us old, out of date crafters?!
    Cynthia
    http://iforjonesdesigns.website.orange.co.uk

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    • #3
      I spent a couple of years doing traditional craft fairs when i first went self employed and the average craft fair goer was not interested in my jewellery (maybe it does have something to do with age). Since then i have encountered some street fairs/craft fairs with more modern and contemporary items for sale which my items fit in with.

      I wasn't meaning to offend anyone. I loved doing craft fairs and miss them and the people i met doing them but the profits (if any) weren't justifiable for the money spent on a pitch, travel, display, food etc. As i miss doing them but can't afford it as a hobby i was looking for craft fairs appropriate to what i make.

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      • #4
        I believe they do exist. The Craftsman magazine might be a good source of info, they usually showcase contemporary stuff (along with traditional stuff).

        Have you tried galleries too?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by rhimix View Post
          I spent a couple of years doing traditional craft fairs when i first went self employed and the average craft fair goer was not interested in my jewellery (maybe it does have something to do with age). Since then i have encountered some street fairs/craft fairs with more modern and contemporary items for sale which my items fit in with.

          I wasn't meaning to offend anyone. I loved doing craft fairs and miss them and the people i met doing them but the profits (if any) weren't justifiable for the money spent on a pitch, travel, display, food etc. As i miss doing them but can't afford it as a hobby i was looking for craft fairs appropriate to what i make.
          Sorry, you will get used to my sense of humour, I wasn't offended!! I do understand what you mean, but think mnost craft fairs are attended by a certain age group. Probably need something organised for a "younger" audience if that can be found. Again - I was only joking with my response - I am not really that old!!
          Cynthia
          http://iforjonesdesigns.website.orange.co.uk

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          • #6
            Is it possible to get student unions or colleges to think of organising a space for younger modern crafters such as yourself to show off their work? If not a craft/fair market? Maybe it could tie in with their charity work...i.e. If you were paying for a table pitch or whatever then could this be donated to college's current charity?
            Good luck with your venture!
            Txx
            ps Are you Welsh?

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            • #7
              I think there are definitely some places where your work would be appreciated by a younger crowd. I don't know where you are but try selling at flea markets, or how about a stand at a music festival or carnival of some sort. Good lucck.
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              • #8
                There's a great craft fair happening in November in Oxford - here is the flickr page that has all the details:

                http://www.flickr.com/groups/handmadeoxford/

                and here is the blog page for it:

                http://handmadeoxford.blogspot.com/

                The flickr page also has some pictures of some of the work of some of the exhibitors too.

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                • #9
                  you can try handmade oxford and wemakelondon events I think they may be something a bit different than traditional craft fair...

                  I am going to be at handmade oxford
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                  • #10
                    I shall be there too jezzabell!

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                    • #11
                      Hi,

                      Depending on how far away you are from Nottingham there may be something thats worth your while here - we hold mini markets for the Trent University students once a month and we also have one or two spaces available at Goose Fair (Europes largest travelling funfair).

                      If you want to know more get in touch.

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                      • #12
                        I was at a fair yesterday (Bank holiday Monday) and was approached by the Student Union of the Uni here in Luton and asked if I would consider doing a candle party for the students at the SU Centre. I am a 54 yr old grand mother and willing agreed to do it. He is going to contact me when he can arrange a day. Also several 'youngsters brought my candles where as 'my' generation where not so interested. Perhaps it is different for candles if so I am glad it is, was my best fair this year.
                        Pauline

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                        • #13
                          hi ,I know what you mean, I think my jewellery is better marketed at a younger crowd and so I went to music festivals this year, I fly pitched at glastonbury and did a few smaller music festivals and did well. The large corperate ones are very expensive and I cant see how anyone could make much of a profit unless you are selling food but the smaller ones can cost as little as £40 for a stall for 3/4 days. Its really worth ago, if your intrested i can pm you some websites with info on for next year, good luck in whatever you do though,
                          visit my website www.kayaflower-jewellery.com

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                          • #14
                            I think fresh on the market in preston may be kind of what your looking for. I have a table booked but Ive never quite made it there yet for various reasons! I am deffinetly going in september though!
                            I like to make things - usually a mess!
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                            • #15
                              Hi. We have a local college, which does regular arty fairs for up and coming artists, only handmade items allowed. it's on the web. I can't post links yet but if you pm me i'll spell it out for you. Hils
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