When you tootle off to your choice of handmade event, you’re usually (quite rightly) expecting a range of well branded and presented stalls, chic bunting and a (delightfully hipsterish) eating area. This is where you find quirky screen-printed housewares, artisan breads, contemporary ceramics and silver smiths. It’s the Instagram worthy highlight of your weekend.
If the small handmade events vanish, the large events will gradually feel the impact. As the larger stallholders take the next step and become suppliers of stock rather than direct sellers, there will be fewer stallholders ready to step up with the experience and quality you expect. So take an hour out of your weekend, support the small local event as well as the large attractive market, and benefit your handmade experience now and in the future.