Save Money on Your Sundries

Calling all makers, retailers, or anyone who uses packaging – this one’s for you. Whats a sundry? The definition is hilarious – “various items not important enough to be mentioned individually.”  Think bags, boxes, stir sticks, napkins, whatever. It breaks my heart to see you spending so much money on your sundries. When I find…

A Better Display – Better Sales

We all work late nights and crazy hours leading up to markets. Sometimes the thought of extra time spent on a display or set up is the bottom of the priority list. I’ve been there. But those times I’ve taken a day to think, shop, and execute a few extra details has always paid off.…

5 Tips on Surviving Your First Market Season

  2016 was my first ever market season as a vendor, and honestly it was a bumpy road with a lot more disappointments than I was anticipating. However, it was good experience, as well as great (although I loathe the word it’s true in this case) exposure. I handed out all of my business cards over the 4…

Gift Guide: Made in Calgary Gifts 2016

  Shopping local is such a great way to support your community and find unique gifts for friends and family!  Here are some of my favorites from Calgary, my city! Geo Triple Peak Alpine Necklace ($28, Lace Brick Design).  This necklace was designed to symbolize the geometric landscapes of the Canadian Rockies.  Although it makes…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Market Hopping: What Not To Say to Makers

{Featured image by Diane + Mike} The Do’s and Dont’s of Market Hopping: What Not to Say to Makers Ahhh, spring and summer market season is upon us! One of the best aspects of holding down a booth at the various markets is all the lovely people you get to meet and greet. It’s always nice to…

Surviving Your First Pipe and Drape Show

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into your first pipe and drape show! Or maybe you’ve taken the plunge and applied to participate! Either way – congratulations! What do I mean when I say “pipe and drape” show?  I’m talking about BIG craft fairs. The one’s with the black curtains between every booth. Image from www.ultimaterentalservices.com These shows…