Thank You!

Our market goes from strength to strength thanks to our fantastic stallholders and wonderful customers. I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who’s been to the market this year. It’s been lovely. Hope you’ll join us again in 2015 for a great set of markets. First Saturday of the month in the Grainger Market, starting in February.

Here’s some photos from our September market to give you an idea of what to expect from us next year. We’re always finding new stallholders so there’s plenty of surprises in store too.

Make & Mend 1960’s Special – Grainger Market.

As part of the Grainger Market’s October Festival (from 27 October to 1 November 2014) we’ll be having a 1960’s themed market on 1st November. Come down to see our wonderful makers all dressed up and with some 1960’s style goodies for all. A great chance for some early Christmas shopping.

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Due to the cancellation of our Christmas market this is now our final market of the year. We’re looking forward to dressing up and sharing our lovely work with you all.

New Dates to Book

We’re now taking bookings for the following dates in the Star and Shadow Cinema:

  • 18th October

If this will be your first market with us please send some photos of your work when booking.

Make & Mend Christmas Market 2014

The Star and Shadow is moving. To help raise extra funds for the move we’re putting on a lovely family friendly market on the 18th October. There will be a fantastic selection of handmade, recycled, locally made and designed work and vintage.

Stalls are £20, stallholders must bring their own table or display.
The market will run from 10am until 5pm.

We’ll be back in the Grainger Market in February. If you have any questions about the markets just ask.

Market Day – April 2014

Some lovely folk and lovely things at our last market.

I also managed to spot Jessica Catherine‘s porcelain flowers unglazed. I love seeing things in progress. They do look unusual when naked.

You might have spotted us on ezebee last week. We’re thrilled to be featured in their magazine. You can give the article a read here: The monthly Make and Mend Market: a handmade medley in Newcastle UK.

Our next market is on the 3rd May in the Grainger Market.

We’ve also got a special market coming up in Whitley Bay Library on the 24th May. Make & Mend Fictional Worlds Market.

 

Make & Mend Fictional Worlds Market

Join us in your own fictional world.

Make & Mend has gathered the best artists, designers and makers in the North East for this very special market.

Make & Mend Market Fictional Worlds Market PosterOn Facebook? Join the Make & Mend Fictional Worlds event and invite your friends.

Our stallholders create their own worlds every time they make. We’ve chosen the most inspirational and unique in handmade, upcycled, local and independent work.

Beautiful art for your home. Custom designed items, just for you. Magnificent jewellery. Carefully created ceramics, fresh from the kiln. … and so much more.

Pop in for a short visit in your own Wonder Land or make it a grand day out. The Library has fantastic facilities for all with a lovely cafe, brilliant children’s area and of course books for you to read, borrow and get lost in. Located just off Whitley Bay main street, we’re easy to get to and a hop away from the beach on this Bank Holiday weekend.

Would you like to be part of this market?

We currently have stalls available. For details please email makeandmendmarket@gmail.com with a little bit about yourself and what you make. We love to see photos of your work.

It’s Good to be Creative

I love a bit of statistics. The only thing missing from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport’s recent press release, Creative Industries worth £8million an hour to UK economy, is a visually appealing graph. 

I can’t wait for their new website design to be applied to our pesky tax return forms. Speaking of which, online returns are due at the end of January. Have you filled yours in? Lois Addy’s UK Tax for Small Crafting Business Series is a great place to start if you’re filling in the form for the first time. If you’re really struggling though, Lois points out “there is no substitute for taking paid for professional advice specific to your circumstances”.

Good luck with your creative endeavours during 2014. Hope you’ll join us for our first market of the year, 1st February in the Grainger Market.

Make & Mend Christmas Market 2013
Our Christmas Market in the Star & Shadow Cinema – Photo by Paul Thompson

Make & Mend 1950s Special – A review in photos.

We had a fantastic time last Saturday. Joining in with the Grainger Market’s October Festival, 1950’s themed celebrations. It might have been a little cold for some of our dresses but we had a grand time all the same. We love a good excuse to dress up.

Did you take some photos at our market? We’d love you to share them.

As if that bit of excitement wasn’t enough we got a wonderful write up on F6.Studios blog for our October event and a lovely piece in November’s The Crack, giving readers a run down of our upcoming markets and our wonderful stallholders.

What’s that? Upcoming markets?

Why yes. Our Christmas market is the next up and final for this year, on Saturday 14th December at the Star and Shadow Cinema. Our next few blog posts will be introducing you to some of the wonderfully talented stallholders joining us for this year’s Christmas shindig. So, keep your eyes peeled. If you’re the Facebook type we have an event set up, please join and invite your gang. There’ll be festive tunes (and not so festive ones too to keep it interesting) and mince pies to warm you through. See you there folks.

Make & Mend Christmas Market 14th December 2013 Star and Shadow

Boardgame Jam with Paul Thompson at Saturday’s Market

Next weekend, we’ll be running a Boardgame Jam as part of the Make and Mend Market at the Star and Shadow Cinema.

Wizard CubesSim Stratego

This is going to be pretty informal, I’ll be there from ten till four. I’m certainly not an expert, but I do have some ideas and will be bringing worksheets and a box of ideas to get people started thinking about themes and mechanics.

A little bit of structure is useful: deadlines help the creativity along and if people are working to a timetable at least we can figure out when we’re playing each others games – so here’s how it’ll work:

  • 10am and 11am: Talk about boardgames, come up with ideas and get people started.
  • Make Prototypes individually or in groups.
  • High Noon: Play the games people have made, and discuss how the games can be made better.
  • 1pm: Talk about boardgames, come up with ideas, get people started.
  • 2pm: Play the games people have made, and discuss how the games can be made better
  • Make Prototypes individually or in groups.
  • 2:30pm: Talk about boardgames, come up with ideas, get people started.
  • Make Prototypes individually or in groups
  • 3:30pm: Play the games people have made, and discuss how the games can be made better

The other thing i’ll be bringing is a huge box of boardgame bits that we can use to create mashups with: Any collision of Monopoly and Risk seems almost guaranteed to be greater than the sum of its parts.

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If you’d like to attend, please consider bringing an old boardgame that we can hack up and a donation of three or four quid to pay for any bits and pieces you use or take away with you at the end.

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If you’re interested in board game design and playtesting, you should check out this boardgame playtest group – there are fortnightly meetings in Newcastle, usually on Tuesday evenings in the Bridge Hotel organised by Daniel Howard.

If you’re looking to buy bits to make boardgames you can buy massive stacks of games at the various charity shops around Newcastle, but you’ll get better results in places like North Shields and Whitley Bay. Mosaic sets are good for lots and lots of pieces to use as generic tokens.

If you want high quality bits, check out Board Game Extras.

Crochet Toy Making at our 21st September Market

Also joining us at the Star and Shadow on the 21st is Semeli who will be running a crochet toy making workshop. Join us to learn a simple technique of crochet-in-circles and use it to make children’s stuffed toys and more!

Fee: £7 per person which includes, crochet hook, yarn, acrylic filling, felt and buttons which you’ll get to take home.

This workshop will be running from noon until 2pm. If you’re interested in this workshop please reply and book in.

Crochet Toy Workshop

Upcycled Bottle Plastic Jewellery Workshop with Lena Pringle at our 21st September Market

Based in Hexham, Northumberland, I design and make beaded and metal jewellery and teach jewellery making in my local community. I sell my work through several shops and galleries in the North East, Cumbria and Scotland and through my website.

In this workshop I will show you how to make earrings and a multi-strand necklace using shapes cut from plastic milk bottles and coloured tigertail wire. You will make a pair of earrings and, if there’s enough time, also design a necklace that you can finish off at home.

You will be able to experiment with different shapes and incorporate other beads into your piece. All materials and tools will be provided.

Price of this workshop is £6.00. This includes materials for a pair of earrings.
Additional materials, such as findings, tigertail wire and beads will be available for a small charge – the plastic bottles are free, of course!

This workshop will run from 10am until noon.

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Jewellery Moment’s Drop-in Jewellery Workshop at our 21st September Market

Pop along to the Star and Shadow Cinema for our market on the 21st September and you can join in with our many activities and workshops including the Jewellery Moment’s Drop-in Jewellery Workshop from 2.30pm.

Newcastle’s handmade jewellery company are giving you the chance to make your own jewellery! Alice Thompson, jewellery maker and entrepreneur hosts jewellery workshops across the North East. She will teach you the basics of jewellery making, use of the tools and you will leave with your very own handmade piece(s)!

Choose a kit (all difficulty rated 1-5), learn the skills required to make your chosen piece, leave with your own handmade piece of jewellery!

Priced per piece which can all be taken away. £8 earrings, £10 bracelets and £12 necklaces. Starter packs can be purhcased for £30 which includes all necessary tools, a beading mat and one free kit of choice.

Jewellery Starter Kit

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Collaborative Fabric Map of Northumberland National Park

On 21st September we’ll be back in the Star and Shadow cinema with a rather special market, full of workshops and activities to get you inspired for a crafty Autumn. The first one we’d like to tell you about is a fantastic collaborative project, making a giant fabric map for Northumberland National Park.

NNP Authority has commissioned Clare Satow and Clare Armstrong to make a fabric based map of the National Park area, involving people and groups across Northumberland (rural) and Tyneside (urban). The map projection has been done by Clare Satow, with illustrative and site specific contributions coming from group activities during the past year.

The map (size 2.5 x1.5m) covers an area from the Scottish border in the North, down to Hadrian’s Wall in the South, and is 80% complete.

The work still to do mainly involves adding textures to the different terrains and major landscape features such as Redesdale (and other smaller) forests, moorland, the dark skies over Kielder.
Participation on this “worker bee” stage is very welcome, and absolutely FREE!
Your name will appear on any supporting information that accompanies the map on it’s future journey.

All the necessary kit will be supplied, along with any instruction on the stitching involved.

Market Day Essentials

My first market day back in June 2011 was a bit haphazard. I turned up with my stock and very little to display it on. Luckily I managed to bring a float, pen and notebook. I ended up borrowing scissors, paper-clips and many more items over the next few markets, each time I’d add the offending item to my market day kit upon returning home. Since then my market kit has grown and I’m happy to loan out the odd bit of blu-tac or carrier bag to our stallholders. While we can’t possibly plan for everything, it’s very handy to have a stash of useful bits and bobs with you. Some things are more essential than others, some are just kind of nice.

Essentials

Here are the items that I always have and always need, every market, without fail.

Float

Your first sale of the day will almost certainly be paid in notes, make sure you have enough change to last a few £20 notes. Lots of coins, lots of £5 notes. The smallest float you can get away with is probably £40 but you’ll learn what works with your price points as you do more markets.

Blu-tac

The universal display tool. Blu-tac can be used for signage, propping up products, placing posters and sticking down items on those windy days.

Food

This is especially important if you don’t know the area. The last thing you need is hunger when you’re trying to be sociable. Bring dry snacks, stuff that won’t spoil stuffed in the bottom of your bag.

Drink

At least a bottle of water, at best a large flask of tea. When you’re at the market all day those pennies can add up, specially if you drink as much tea as I do.

Packaging

You’ve made your first sale, it’s raining outside so the customer asks for a bag. This will happen. If you’re selling anything large or breakable be sure to bring plenty of tissue paper or bubble wrap too. And sticky tape, you’ll need it.

Display

Your display is what makes your stall different, what makes it stand out and attract your customers. The type of display you use will be completely different from anybody else’s but everybody needs price labels or tags, stands or baskets and a table cloth. People don’t like to ask what price things are, so make sure everything is clearly labelled. Other essential items for your display are a banner or sign telling customers who you are and business cards telling them how to find you and more of your work. The easier it is to remember you the more friends they’ll tell and return trips they’ll make.

Stationery

A notebook and pen for writing down sales and custom order details are the basics. Make sure you bring spare pens, both for recording sales and for making extra signage and price labels. I always carry a regular black pen, a pencil, coloured pens and a chunky marker. I also use these for drawing during quiet moments. Scissors, paperclips, string, bulldog clips and safety pins are useful for display based emergencies too. Do your tired, early morning brain a favour and bring a calculator too – even if you’re good at maths it’s useful to have a way of double checking those figures.

Public Liability Documentation

Many markets, like the Make and Mend, require it’s stallholders to have Public Liability Insurance (usually for up to £5million). Make sure that you bring your documents along on the day, you never know when the market inspector might need to see them. If you’re unsure what public liability is and how to get it then you should read our post on it, About Public Liability.

Recommended

Always think about your own comfort at markets, after all if you’re grumpy or tired it’ll show and can put folks off talking to you. A little comfort kit of tissues, hand sanitiser, paracetamol, deodorant, and mints will keep you feeling fresh and ready for whatever the day throws at you. Seasonal items like a hat, gloves and suncream will keep you safe from the weather along with spare layers of clothing. 

Speaking of weather, if your market is outdoors or only half covered prepare for the worst. Bring plastic covering for your products and heavy objects to weight them down. Even light rain can damage paper based goods.

The best purchase you can make if you do regular markets is a wheeled case or trolley. Even if you have a car you’ll need something to transport all your kit from the car to the venue. I like to keep my market day kit and current stock inside the wheeled case between markets so I never forget things, this means I can get an early night ready for those early starts. If you use public transport make sure the case is waterproof and can withstand a bit of wobbling too. Oh, and make sure you can carry and pull it. Stairs and steep curbs can be encountered in the most unexpected of places.

Just Nice

Having your float and takings in a money tin means either keeping it on your table or having to dive underneath repeadely during the day. I’m seriously considering a money apron, hopefully a cool looking handmade one. The benefits of the money apron aren’t just limited to change, you can also use it to keep your notebook and pen in and your hands warm in Winter.

Treat your customers well and they will spread the word, chat, swap ideas and listen to their suggestions. If you can, offer samples of what you do, people love free stuff. Think of them as longer lasting, more memorable business cards. The same can be said for including little thank you’s with purchases, coupons for money off future buys are always well received.

Was this post helpful in putting together your market day kit? What are your market essentials? We’d love to hear your tips and recommendations for market day success. In the same way that I love seeing other people’s workspaces I’d love to see your market kit, take a photo and share it here. Here’s mine.

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October – December 2013 Bookings

Hey folks. We’re already fully booked for 5th October and 2nd November in the Grainger Market and hope to see you there.

We’re currently taking bookings for 21st September and 14th December in the Star and Shadow Cinema. It feels so wrong talking about Christmas already but it’s getting closer and closer.

Handmade and vintage – clothing, homeware, art, design, music, books, food, and much more.
At our September market here there will be workshops and activities, if you’d like to run one let me know (we’ll start announcing our workshops soon).

There won’t be room for workshops at the Christmas Market but we’ll be sure to keep you all cosy with mince pies and Christmas crackers. Maybe even a festive film?

Stall spaces are £20 each (approx 2m x 1.5m), stallholders will need to bring their own table/display stand. The market will run from 10am – 4pm.

You can book for as many markets as you’d like. Payment can be made by paypal or cheque, just say which you prefer when booking. I’ll send confirmation and payment details once bookings are made.

To book or find out more just email makeandmendmarket@gmail.com