Craft Fair: Makers Boutique Brighton
Reviewer: Lisa Gyalog from Lubilou
Date: Saturday 2nd November
Venue: Unitarian Church, Brighton
Cost of stall: £40
Entrance fee: Free
Crowd: A diverse, friendly, all-ages crowd
Footfall: There was a steady flow most of the day
Sales: I made my first sale 15 minutes after opening and overall had a good day
Would you do it again? I am already booked in for December!
Makers Boutique markets are organised by Hannah and Katy, two super-friendly helpful Cornish ladies. The monthly Brighton market takes place at the Unitarian Church – a beautiful Grade II listed building in the centre of Brighton. Access to the church is via a few steps or a short ramp. The location is fantastic, with parking and public transport nearby.
Hannah and Katy promote the event and share information using email, social media, frequent blogging, posting updates and tweeting. They email set-up information a couple of days before the event, which includes drop-off times for a loading slot right outside the church, parking info and a promotional flier, as well as asking asking if sellers have any
specific requests. During set-up they are always on hand, helping to accommodate any last-minute requests and answer questions.
A close-up of my Lubilou stall
At this Makers Boutique (Saturday 2nd November) there were about 28 talented makers, many of whom are Folksy sellers. The range of arts and crafts was superb, and I was itching to get out and visit each stall, chat to the other makers and take photos for this review. However, each time I tried I’d glance back to my stall to see a customer browsing. Luckily for me, Makers Boutique had arranged for Adam from Honeycomb Imaging to photograph the event and he let me use his images for this post (he was also offering sellers the chance to have their products photographed in his pop-up photo studio for free).
In between busy periods on my stall I did manage to have a chat to David from JDBee with his fun colourful screen prints, a quick look at Karen Rao‘s wonderful hand-felted, animal-inspired hats (send her a pic of your dog and she’ll make you a similar looking hat), fresh printed homewares and stationery by Katy Clemmans, and gorgeous original jewellery by Dinah & Co.
JDBee‘s print stall at the Makers Boutique
There was a diverse mix of customers, as you’d expect in a city like Brighton: young, old, men, women, families, friends, locals and tourists. Visitors were happy to stop and chat, and were keen to find out more about my products and the making process. Lots of people took my card, and quite a few asked if the market would be on again before Christmas saying they’d be back. There was a relaxed, friendly vibe, and although I think the weather may have affected the volume of visitors there was an almost constant stream throughout the day. Sales were spread over the course of the day, and one couple who had made a purchase in the morning returned later on to buy from me again.
Sellers can get free tea and coffee during the market from the small café in the back room run by Hannah and Katy, which is open to the public and serves tasty pastries, cakes and buns. The Brighton Brownie company also has a stall, and sells the best brownies I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting.
I would definitely recommend Makers Boutique to other sellers – everyone made me feel very welcome and I enjoyed spending my Saturday in such good company. I would also recommend Makers Boutique to visitors and shoppers. It’s a great place to buy high-quality handmade goods.
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