Homesteaders Craft Fair Dec 7-8 2018

Cranberry Seniors Centre hall, Cranberry St at Manson Ave.

Public opening hours:
Fri Dec 7, 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Sat Dec 8, 10 am – 4 pm

Jump to Information for Vendors (now full, but taking wait list applications)

This craft fair is a little different from the many other wonderful local fairs. We’re trying to encourage the use of eco-friendly, local, sustainable, and/or re-used 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
  • Crocheted garments and accessories using only natural fibres and fair trade materials
  • Shoe bags made from leftover fabrics
  • Beadwork
  • Hides and pelts from local goats, rabbits and sheep, and items made from them
  • Hand made greeting cards
  • Jams from local fruits
  • Quilts and wallhangings
  • Local dried fruits
  • Designer cookies
  • Wooden and felt toys
  • Hand wrapped pendants from local rock
  • Hanging creations from upcycled treasures
  • Gluten-free chocolate and cookies
  • Needlepoint decorator pillows
  • Hand dipped beeswax taper candles, decorated with various designs and colours, and tea light and votive candles from eco soy wax.
  • Local honey
  • Handmade creams, salves, lip balms, headache remedies, soothing gels and creams. Essential oils and handmade soap.
  • Home made granola and granola bars
  • Christmas homemade baking (cookies, candy)
  • Monster dolls made mostly from recycled/reused materials
  • Fabric fish & hearts made mostly from recycled/reused materials
  • Knitted toques, fingerless gloves, coffee cup sleeves, kids socks
  • Raw Crackers – 4 varieties of organic, raw, dehydrated yummy crackers, bagged.
  • Mosaic art
  • Natural soap and body products and art cards
  • Crystal jewelry
  • Knitted , crocheted and hand sewn crafts
  • Hand-dyed yarns from unraveled wool & wool-mix sweaters
  • Upcycled leather accessories: notebook covers, dresser trays, glasses cases and more
  • Gifts especially made for men
  • Warm and cosy boot and shoe insoles from re-purposed felted fabrics
  • Reversible knitted hats
  • “Un-disposables”: re-usable sandwich bags, produce bags and tote bags from upcycled fabrics

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

Vendor Information

The fair is now full, but I am still taking applications for the wait list.

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.


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

Items you are selling must be produced by you and/or your family. 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,  our local Environmental Health Officer.


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!

There will be space for 24+ vendors, depending on table sizes. Given that I already have people interested in vending before publicising the event at all, we will probably fill up very quickly.

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″ $25
6′ x 30″ $45
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: $40

Many tables will be against a wall, but there will also be 8 tables in the centre 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. 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.

Set Up and Times

Set up times:  Friday 2 pm to 4:30 pm.

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 4:30 on Friday and reopen to the public at 5 pm
Doors open for vendors on Saturday at 9:15 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 Friday 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 $256ft x 30in $45space only (bringing my own display) $40

    Check box if you require electric power

    I require power

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

    Please describe what you plan to sell:

    Check box if you will be selling food
    I will be selling food