Are you ready for Autumn & Winter at the Make & Mend?

It’s been a great Summer so far! We’ve got one Summer market left on the 5th August (only two stalls left if anyone wants to snatch a last minute spot) but it’s time to start thinking about Autumn and Winter. And Christmas.

Our Dates for September to December.

Right in the heart of Newcastle City Centre, the Grainger Market:

  • Saturday 2nd September
  • Saturday 7th October
  • Saturday 4th November
  • Saturday 2nd December

Stalls are £25 and you’ll need Public Liability Insurance for £5million to take part. For full details read our Stallholder Agreement (397KB PDF file).

To book just email hello@makeandmendmarket.co.uk with which dates you would like, confirm you have the required public liability insurance and have read our stallholder agreement.

If this is your first time at the market send some photos of your work when booking so we know what to expect. These photos may be used to help advertise you coming to the market.

Join our Summer 2017 Markets

 

We’re preparing for Summer at Make & Mend HQ (the spare room) and we’re looking for unique works from the best makers, artists, designers, crafters and recyclers in the North East.

Our markets are known for variety, quality and quirky finds. If you’d like to join us, now’s your chance.

Our Market Dates
You can now book for the following dates with us:

  • Saturday 3rd June
  • Saturday 1st July
  • Saturday 5th August
  • Saturday 2nd September

The market runs from 9am to 5pm in the exhibition space of the Grainger Market. Stalls are £25 and you will need public liability cover for up to £5million to take part. For full details please read our Grainger Market Stallholder Agreement 2017 (397KB PDF file).

To book just email hello@makeandmendmarket.co.uk, let me know which dates you would like, confirm that you have the required public liability insurance and have read our stallholder agreement. If this is your first time at the market send some photos of your work when booking so we know what to expect.

Spring is nearly here!

Nearly. We had some lovely new folks join us for the February market, I’m looking forward to seeing you all again. It’s very important that we keep the market fresh and varied so if you know anyone who might want to give it a go please forward this on. There’s always room for a few more.

You can now book in for the following market dates:

  • Saturday 1st April
  • Saturday 6th May
  • Saturday 3rd June
  • Saturday 1st July

We’ve also got a couple of spaces left at our 4th March market.
Stalls are £25. The council require stallholders at the Grainger Market to have public liability cover for up to £5million, please confirm you have this when booking.

To book just email hello@makeandmendmarket.co.uk confirming you’ve read our Grainger Market Stallholder Agreement 2017 and have the required public liability insurance. If this is your first time at the market make sure to send a description and photos of your work so we know what to expect.

 

Summer Sunshine

You can now book for our Summer markets in the Grainger Market, Newcastle city centre.

  • Saturday 4th June
  • Saturday 2nd July
  • Saturday 6th August

For more details or to book email makeandmendmarket@gmail.com. We’re excited to be seeing so many new faces at our markets recently, can’t wait to see who’s joining us in the Summer.

Stalls are £25. The council require stallholders at the Grainger Market to have public liability cover for up to £5million.

If this is your first time at the market make sure to send a description and photos of your work so we know who’s coming. Please read our StallholderAgreement before booking.

Spring Time Markets

You can now book for Saturday 2nd April and Saturday 7th May in the Grainger Market, Newcastle city centre.

Just email makeandmendmarket@gmail.com to book.

Stalls are £25. The council require stallholders at the Grainger Market to have public liability cover for up to £5million.

If this is your first time at the market make sure to send a description and photos of your work so we know who’s coming. Please read our StallholderAgreement before booking.

Grainger Market

Tables for Feb & March 2016

It’s nearly 2016!

How about that? Okay, not just yet. But you can book for our first two markets of 2016 right now.

We’re taking bookings for Saturday 6th February and Saturday 5th March in the Grainger Market, Newcastle city centre.

If you’d like to book just email makeandmendmarket@gmail.com.

Stalls are £25. The council require stallholders at the Grainger Market to have public liability cover for up to £5million.

If this is your first time at the market make sure to send a description and photos of your work so we know who’s coming. Please read our StallholderAgreement – 2015 (59kb PDF file) before booking.

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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.

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

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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