At last i find myself with time to update my blog pages, sorry!
2014 has been hectic so far, sadly for the wrong reasons, with numerous hospital visits and every kind of scan imaginable. It seems i'm just a medical mystery, so i'm being allowed back into the wild and we can continue with our planned events for 2014.
We've already started the season well, mainly with events in the Masonic Hall, Seaham. A new venue for us, this hall is capable of holding around 16 sellers, and has tea and coffee available, a cafe area to sit and enjoy a cupcake and a cuppa, and of course there are toilets etc.
This year we've themed the events, two distinct themes in fact:
BeachCraft is designed to attract makers of anything with a nautical connection, even just a tenuous one. We also have opened up to one or two resellers of items that kids love, as being at the beach is something the kids love to do. We have driftwood makers, sea glass hunters and jewellers, and our August date is a mini sea glass festival. The July event coincides with the Carnival weekend, so we're holding an additional event on the Sunday too - see the diary below.
Etsy Sellers Discovery Fairs are the other option. These are open to sellers who either have an Etsy store, or who are looking to open one this year. We offer advice, support and a bonus of 40 free listings to get your shop started, so don't open your new shop until you've popped in for a chat. We also offer information to anyone who is new to Etsy and just curious as to what you can buy. We have a new vintage seller, as well as crafters and makers, and even our cake maker has a store.
These events happen every fortnight, the BeachCraft one on the first Saturday of the month, and the Etsy Sellers fairs on the third Saturday. Here's a lost of the remaining dates for 2014.