Happy New Year!
We hope you had a restful and happy break and that you’re (almost) ready for what 2016 has to bring. The Handmade Canberra team is gearing up for its biggest ever year with lots of exciting initiatives and opportunities for Handmade artisans.
If you’re new to Handmade in 2016, welcome to our family! The Handmade Market is a quarterly event, held at the Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) on Flemington Road. With easy road access and free parking, it’s a great place to hold an event of this size, but even the EPIC staff were blown away by the crowds we hosted at our Christmas market in December, when an estimated 27,000 people came to shop, eat and soak up the atmosphere provided by our wonderful vendors.
220 stalls display the best of Australian made gifts, homewares, children’s goodies, fashion and gourmet produce, all supplemented by food vans and coffee bars making it the perfect place to spend a day shopping and eating.
Perhaps you’re a designer who is interested in having a stall at Handmade? Ask our designers what they think of Handmade and the response will be overwhelmingly positive. They know there’s no other event in Canberra which brings them 27,000 targeted buyers of all age groups. They will also tell you that the event is well-organised, with easy access, loads of information and an enthusiastic, proactive and sympathetic team. Many of them will comment on our continuous promotion of Australian design, including our own designers, the Canberra region and small business. Our social media following grows every month (currently over 30K)and we are constantly finding new ways to promote the market and its designers – newsletters, television advertising and a beautiful online magazine.
One of the main comments we get from designers is how friendly the market is. Long term friendships have been forged between stallholders over the years and as our floor plan is constantly evolving, you’ll get the opportunity to make friends with new neighbours each time you attend. And the Saturday post-market party for designers is always fun and a great place to bounce ideas off other small business owners.
Applications close on Thursday this week (7th January) for the March Market to be held on 12th & 13th March, so follow this link to our applications page and tell us about your product. We can’t wait to meet you!