It seems like just last week that we were getting everything ready to launch our 2019 dates and here we are launching 2020 ! This year has been amazing with our first year as a team of 5, our first year in our new venue Nutfield Lodge and meeting so many wonderful new crafters and customers. We've felt so grateful for all the support from customers and local businesses this year and cant wait to do it all again in 2020 ...
In case you are new here we will tell you a little bit about us ... Liz and Sarah started The Crafter's Market in 2016. It ran in various locations around Reigate, Dorking and Ashtead for two years bringing together lots of wonderful local handmade businesses. Then at the end of 2018 they bought Faye, Megan and Danielle on board to help expand the market. Since then we have moved to a new venue and added workshops and other features to the markets. We all run the market around jobs, families and busy lives but love making the markets really special events to celebrate the wonderful crafts that local businesses create! We are so proud of the success of the market and always work hard to advertise and spread the word to encourage customers to visit ...
So lets tell you about next year ... we've planned 4 markets for 2020 however we are only going to release the first 2 dates for booking initially. Throughout this year we have had countless requests for stalls and have had to turn down so many people as we were fully booked right from the start of the year. That's why we are hoping that by doing a part release now and then again in the summer, so we will be able to be more inclusive!
Here are the dates ...
You can now book for the March and June markets so here are the details!
We're back at the lovely Nutfield Lodge in which we get the whole of the downstairs, we currently have the majority of our stalls in the main room. We love this space as it is bright and spacious, and looks amazing with our blue bunting ! The second room gets more bunting and also houses our workshops ... this was a new addition this year to our market and has been really popular. We have sometimes had a few stalls alongside them so that would be something we will consider again. There is also the bar which is where customers can go and grab a drink or a bite to eat. There is the patio area too, which in the summer is a really beautiful space and perfect if you have a gazebo. Unfortunately due to the space inside we may not be able to move you inside if the weather is awful on the day/in the run up but we would refund if you cancel last minute due to weather. Similarly there is some space at the front of the venue for stalls. For both the outside spaces you would need to provide your own gazebo if you'd like to use one.
Something we are really proud of is the fact that we are an exclusively handmade market, all our stallholders must make what they sell and be a proud crafter ! We have jewellers, seamstresses, candle makers, embroidery artists, chefs ... woodwork, claywork, patchwork, calligraphy, art and more ... and that's what we love to encourage. We have had so many customers comment on how lovely and refreshing it is to visit a fair that is all handmade businesses and products! So when you apply tell us all about your craft, why you and others love it and send us links so we can see what you make!
Stalls are £28 for a 6ft table space with there being spaces for around 28 businesses! This has gone up slightly since last year due to the venue hire increasing.
We aim to get as much of a variation of crafts and businesses as possible and last year was so hard to choose ... we narrowed down the 100 applications to 70 crafters who fitted together to create a beautiful market that we hoped our customers would love! Therefore we are really sorry if your application isn't successful - it's always really hard to decide and turn down people but unfortunately we have limited spaces available.
We have a VERY limited number of tables to hire which are an additional £5 to hire. We would be super grateful if you could supply your own table so please let us know what your preference would be and we will try our best to accommodate.
To exhibit at our market we do ask that you have public liability insurance for your business, we do understand that this is an extra cost and although we hope it won't ever need to be used it is a very important safety net in case of an accident. Many of our crafters have insurance through Artist Network - https://www.a-n.co.uk/join/ - as it's a reasonable price, good coverage and recommended by other crafters.
So here's how to apply ! Just complete our application form, being as detailed as possible and giving us social media links to see your work ... it's all done online so just follow the link and answer each question !
The applications for the first 2 dates will be open until 20th December at which point we will start the ridiculously hard task of allocating spaces to all the wonderful crafters ! Once we've sorted out all the stall plans, most probably in the new year, we will email everyone to let you know whether you have got a table or not and which of the dates you will be exhibiting at. Then we will send out invoices via Paypal - these can be paid whether you have a paypal account or not and is a really simple way to make payment. Payment must be made within 14 days and once payment is received your space will be confirmed.
It's that simple !!
We'd love to hear from you all and discover so many more wonderful handmade businesses as well as the amazing crafters we have already had at our market ... it's you who make The Crafter's Market a success! And we cant wait to work with you for 2020!