Homesteaders Craft Fair Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2019

Cranberry Seniors Centre hall, Cranberry St at Manson Ave.

Public opening hours:
Sat Nov 30, 11 am – 4:30 pm
Sun Dec 1, 11 am – 4 pm

Jump to Information for Vendors

This craft fair is a little different from the many other wonderful local fairs. We’re trying to encourage the use of local, re-used/recycled and sustainable materials by folks working from their own homes, and also to provide an outlet for new vendors and young vendors who may not be able to get into or afford the big fairs.

Please come and join us and support the local economy while meeting all your gift-giving needs!

You’ll find items like these:

  • Hand crafted jewelry and tactile art products using many natural materials and some local and/or reused/up-cycled components
  • Handmade soaps, lotions and bath products made from both local and fair trade ingredients
  • Coiled fabric bowls, hand knitting, and monster dolls
  • Hand made greeting cards
  • Jams from local fruits
  • Handcrafted scrubbies
  • Beeswax wraps
  • Designer cookies
  • Wooden and felt toys
  • Hanging creations from upcycled treasures
  • Gluten-free chocolate and cookies
  • Hand dipped beeswax taper candles, decorated with various designs and colours, and tea light and votive candles from eco soy wax.
  • Local honey
  • Upcycled decorative frames and journals
  • Artisan cold and hot process soap
  • Essential Oil Products- Salves and Lip Balms
  • Cloth diapers and covers made from damaged and used sweaters and sheets
  • Christmas homemade baking (cookies, candy)
  • Mosaic art
  • Natural soap and body products and art cards
  • Knitted, crocheted and hand sewn crafts
  • Upcycled leather accessories: notebook covers, coin pouches, bags, keyholders and more
  • Gifts especially made for men
  • Reversible knitted hats
  • Knitted lace scarves and wraps
  • Aprons made from men’s shirts
  • Hand sewn plushies
  • Doll clothing and accessories
  • Tropical plants grown from seed
  • Gift seed packs
  • Driftwood statues
  • Hot sauce
  • Bath teas
  • Locally written books

Our concession stand will feature a variety of healthy vegan and non vegan menu items including soups, juices, baked goods, coffee, tea etc. to keep you going while you shop.

Vendor Information

The purpose of this event is to provide an outlet for people producing local crafts and garden/farm products from their own property, with a Winter Holiday theme.

Emphasis

The emphasis is on local production, local materials or ingredients, recycled or reused materials, eco-friendly materials, and new and young vendors.

Items you are selling must be produced by you and/or your household. Resellers, MLM sellers, “direct sales” or similar are not appropriate for this event.

Food Products

We will have a concession stand offering ready-to-eat lunch and snack food. Your food products should be intended to be taken home to eat, not to compete with the concession.

There are health regulations that we have to abide by, around what can and cannot be produced in your own kitchen and sold. If you want to sell food, you should read “Guidelines for the Sale of Food at Temporary Food Markets
… paying special attention to the appendices which list examples of Low Risk and High Risk foods. You can make low risk foods at home and sell them without having to get special permission. However, as the market manager I have to keep a list of who is selling food (including low risk foods), and the foods they are selling.

If you want to sell High Risk foods you must get a letter of approval from our local Health Office. The application form is here.

If you have questions about whether what you want to sell is low or high risk, you should contact Michael Nguyen or Jack Davidson, our local Environmental Health Officers.

Applications

Please fill out the application form below and return it to me by pressing Send at the bottom. The fee is not due until I let you know you are IN!

All applications will be reviewed against the factors listed above under “emphasis”, and on the application with checkboxes. The more of these boxes you can check off, the higher you will score. This year I am putting even more weight on the “local or recycled materials” factors in order to differentiate this fair from all the rest. If you have no “local or recycled materials” in your products you will probably be on the wait list initially.

I will limit the number of very similar vendors so that we don’t end up with too much direct competition – this will be done in order of receipt of application.

Tables and Fees

You have a choice of table size. I offer full size tables (6ft x 30″ plastic folding tables) and half-tables, where you will share a full size table with someone else.

3′ x 30″ $30
6′ x 30″ $50
Two chairs are supplied with each table. There will be plenty of spare chairs for you to have more if needed.

You may alternatively book a space for a 6ft table (expect it to be about 7ft wide by 5 ft deep), but bring your own display to fit into that space: $45

Many tables will be against a wall, but there will also be tables in the center of the space, and some against a counter. Items may be attached to the walls ONLY using green painters tape: no other tape or pushpins or tacks to be used. Existing pictures and decorations on the walls must not be moved or disturbed.

Electricity is available at some table locations for $5 extra. Please request it on the application form if you need it. You will need to bring your own extension cord.

Table location will be assigned according to requests received. No changes will be permitted.

Fees are due by Oct 31.

If you need to cancel your participation in the fair, you must let me know as soon as possible. I will refund fees up to Nov 15: after that they are non-refundable.

Set Up and Times

Set up times:  Saturday 9 am to 10:30 am.

No dollies will be available, so please come prepared to move your own stuff. Please move your vehicle away from the door as soon as you have finished unloading, and park away from the building so as to leave room for customers to park.

  • Doors will close at 10:30 on Saturday and reopen to the public at 11 am
  • Doors open for vendors on Sunday at 10:15 am

Please aim for Zero Waste! and use our compost and recycling bins as needed: take your own garbage away with you.

The Hall will be locked overnight on Saturday night so your items should be safe. However, the Seniors Association, the Urban Homesteading School and/or Kevin Wilson will not be held responsible for any loss or damage.

Application Form

Please send in this form asap for best chance at a table.




What size table do you want? (choose one)

3ft x 30in $306ft x 30in $50space only (bringing my own display) $45

Check box if you require electric power

I require power ($5)

Which of these apply to you? (check as many as apply)

Please describe what you plan to sell:

Will you be selling food?
NoYes, low risk, no permit neededYes, high risk, permit needed

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