I love the monthly get together idea, brilliant! My dream is to get a weekly get together going but considering NH geography constraints that might be pushing it
As for fairs info...here in Concord there's Market Days in July. The deadline to get involved has passed but I thought I'd post the info anyway because it's a yearly event and it's good to know what's out there. I wrote to the organizers to see how much it cost to get involved--a 10 x 10 space is $375 for three days. I was shocked at the high price. Concord isn't exactly a town that's packed with a lot of eager shoppers, so I was skeptical about the high cost of participation and whether it would even be worth it...so I talked to some people who have been to it before who indicated that there weren't a lot of handcrafters involved generally, that it's a lot of junk food/carnival food vendors, and local shops selling their stuff outside, like a sidewalk sale. Doesn't really sound like an event geared toward handcrafters. Way to support your community crafters, eh Concord
? I gave them my polite two cents worth about that, complete with a cost breakdown...and received a predictable response about what a great event this is for the community but that they would pass along and think over my comments....eh...
South End Open Market in Boston is the only other market/fair I have personal knowledge of, here's the link to their website: www.southendopenmar ket.com
The long and the short is that it's an outdoor open market featuring handcrafters, farmers, vintage sellers and the like. The cost is $50 per 10 x 10 booth per Sunday--a minimum purchase is 5 dates, but if you pay for them all at once, one of your dates is free, so you get 5 dates for $200. Take THAT Concord, NH
Booths may be split/shared by groups/pairs of crafters as long as everyone submits their own application. I have reserved 5 slots already, so I'm committed, but would love to have others join me for one or more dates if interested. Great way to try out the whole market thing and see if it's for you.
I'll start another thread specifically for posting info about fairs so we can collect it....