Navigating local design and craft markets and how to make the most of the day!
"Who doesn’t love a wonder around a baby craft market?"
- "I sure do!"
It was one of the reasons that I became a vendor and have been selling at baby markets, fair and expos for several years now. The difference between a market, fair and expo is basically the size. Markets tend to be smaller and more local makers, fairs are a little bigger and expos have a the big players showcasing a wider range of products.
Over the years I have thought so much about the lovely people and gorgeous conversations that I’ve had with visitors and have begun to compile a list of helpful do’s and don’ts for shoppers.
Here are 9 tips to help you know what to expect and plan your day.
Unique Handmade Items: Craft markets are known for their unique and one-of-a-kind handmade items. Expect to find items such as jewellery, clothing, home decor, and pottery. Often it’s the artist behind the table and most often they are happy to explain their process and give you the back ground story of the range.
Local Products: Craft markets often showcase the work of local artisans, this is exciting especially if you are a tourist to the area, as you can get some special pieces that you wouldn’t otherwise find in the shops. It’s often the first thing I do when I’m new in town is find out when the markets are on! This gives you an opportunity to support local businesses and communities.
Price Range: Craft markets can have a range of prices for items. Be prepared to see high-end, one-of-a-kind pieces, as well as affordable items that are perfect for gifts or personal use. This makes it ideal for gift shopping, so make a list of special occasion coming up that you might like to shop for, be it a Birthday, Christmas presents or Anniversary.
Quality vs Quantity: Craft markets prioritise quality over quantity, so you can expect to find well-crafted and durable items. Set aside enough time to browse so you don’t feel rushed.
Personalisation: Many vendors at craft markets offer personalised or customised items. This can include jewellery with custom initials or hand-painted signs with personalised messages. These make great keepsakes for new babies!
Seasonal Products: Craft markets may offer seasonal items such as holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, or summer accessories. Our reusable swim nappy sells all year round and so do our bathing suits! Swimming is a year sport with so many of the lessons being held at indoor pools.
Food Vendors: Many craft markets have food vendors that offer unique and delicious foods, often made by local chefs. Food trucks and freshly brewed coffee go a long way to complete the overall enjoyment of the day.
Payment Methods: Most vendors today use Square which is a safe and secure way to pay by card. You can choose to have the receipt sent to your mobile or email which makes the transaction smooth and easy. Some vendors will happily accept cash too, but might not carry a big float for change, so try and have smaller bills and coins.
Shopping Tips: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring a tote bag to carry your purchases, and take your time to browse through all the vendors to find the perfect item for you and your loved ones.