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scallyb
« on: October 17, 2005 05:26:29 AM »

Hello!
 Please correct me if I'm wrong but I havent seen any funky craft fairs going on in the UK they seem to be full of lacemaking, glass blown animals and cross stitch - I would really like to organise an alternative fair in the UK - I've seen pic's of the American ones, and it looks like we're missing out on a lot of fun, I live between Northampton and Milton Keynes and have just e-mailed the guys at the MK shopping centre to see how much it costs to hire the main hall (outside John Lewis if anyone knows what I'm talking about) If anyones interested and would like to help set this up or has ideas or would like a stall or anything really, get in touch Kiss

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Halle
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2005 08:20:08 AM »

i'm doing Events Management at Uni so could definetly help out a little bit, am in Sheffield mind :-/
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scallyb
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2005 02:10:11 AM »

THAT WOULD BE GREAT - I'M GOING TO CALL OUR LOCAL BUSINESS LINK TODAY TO ASK ABOUT FUNDING - I'LL KEEP YOU POSTED Smiley
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Halle
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2005 07:24:14 AM »

definetly... i'm definetly up for helping as much as i can, i can put it towards my uni work too u see. :-) yay.
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kousagi
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2005 02:03:46 PM »

I'd be interested in helping with this. I don't know where I'll be though when I get back to the UK  but I'll keep an eye on the thread. Smiley
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scallyb
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2005 04:39:20 PM »

Ok... so I've started my research! I've been thinking along the lines of an event that could happen around various parts of the country at different times throughout next year but I really need to get an idea of..

Money - what you would pay to have a stall, so I can work out how much the venue hire can go up to.
What we would want to have there - obviously handmade stalls and supplies, but i was thinking music would be good and create a great atmosphere
Venues - I've got some ideas for near to me, but if anyone knows any good ones in their area, spill.
.... and anything else!
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2005 05:30:43 AM »

Hi, this sounds great! i can't really help with organising i'm afraid, i have a 10 month old baby monster who takes up all of my time, but i would definately think about having a stall.
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2005 07:10:05 AM »

Definately interested!
I organise a small scale 'alternative' craft fair at here shop and gallery in Bristol- but would love to take part in a bigger kind of fair, I think there's probably a lot of people who would be into it.
One of the main things would be keeping costs down I think- at our fairs we sell spaces for just 5, but I have taken part in something that cost 200 for a space- I shared that with someone else, but even so only just broke even over two days. A lot of indie crafters don't have huge amounts of money so it would be really important to keep the price of a space down to a reasonable amount- most of the places I do fairs at seem to charge 10-20, but again they are all fairly small spaces, with maybe 30 people selling at the most.
I don't really have much time to give to organising anything, but i'd be happy to answer any questions you can think up.
I also think publicity is a really important thing to consider- and on that note, let me tell you that there's three fairs coming up soon that still have spaces in!
November 26th
December 3rd
January 21st
all at 'here shop and gallery' in Bristol- i'm looking for more people to take part- so let me know if you are interested!

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2005 09:48:25 AM »

I'd be interested- in fact I'm trying to organise one in Glasgow for next year.
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scallyb
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2005 10:58:40 AM »

hello anyones who's been reading this post.. I also put it on the England site where its had a bigger response so you can see it there as well Smiley
P.S theres now a space for all us uk carft bods to discuss these ideas on http://groups.myspace.com/craftermath see u all there!
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