A Vintage & Craft Fair
was held on Sunday the 28th July at the Elsecar Heritage Centre
near Barnsley. It featured an abundance of stalls ranging from vintage clothing and jewellery to handmade homewares and accessories! I participated in this event selling my miniature stationery, illustrated shrink plastic jewellery and designed Washi Tape on a 3x3 foot stall. I was so engrossed in everyone else's stall that I forgot to photograph my own, but you can just make it out on the top image in the far left (the small stall with the white tree stand)!
While selling at the event, I got the chance to meet some interesting folks and have a gander at their products. Ruby Tuesday
, run by Becky Stevenson (and with great help from her boyfriend), sells vintage inspired jewellery and homewares, as well as hunting unique items to add to her stock. My favourite jewellery from her stall was a bicycle necklace with a heart at the centre of the spokes! There was also vintage doll house teacups transformed into rings and necklaces. How cute!
Becky was also the lovely lady who organised the event, which was under the name of PaperDolls Events
Since I had a 3x3 foot stall, I shared with the lovely Red Paper House
! Run by Amy Hall, her stall featured delicate and beautiful jewellery made from recycled paper and her photography. At first glance I mistook her jewellery to be ceramic, but it was in fact made from paper! Her products reflects her inspiration from nature and geometric pattern. I was also super surprised that this was her first craft fair ~ her stall was professionally laid out and very eye-catching, as if she has been participating in craft fairs for a long while!
I had a lovely chat with Michelle Gemmel from Me-Me Lou
, as well as having a good look at her playful and colourful designed greeting cards. You also couldn't miss the large white tree that displayed a range of her cards ~ such a wonderful idea! Her cards can bring a smile to anyone's face for any occasion. My favourite designs is the Shelly's Ice Cream Van and the popular card featuring birds in a colourful tree (pictured top-right). You can purchase her cards from Me-Me Lou's website
I came across many beautiful and interesting stalls during my break (as I needed to stretch my legs!), but unfortunately I didn't capture all of them through my camera... So I would like to make some honourable mentions to some amazing stalls:
Galabeer and the Dog
~ A very curious title that sells curious items! Run by the lovely Ruth Wilson, this stall features a range of eclectic homewares and collectables. I was quite taken by a beautiful vintage skirt and a pair of salt and pepper penguins!
- Hidden Quirks ~ A lively stall filled with all things handmade, vintage and kitsch! Hayley Quarmby sells a range of jewellery to suit everyone's taste... I can just see my mum wearing that beautiful Dragonfly necklace!
It was so nice to meet all these people and I hope to see them again at future craft fairs around Yorkshire! I also learnt ways to improve my stall, as the last craft fair I did was back in 2010 and this was my first solo stall (yup, it was pretty nerve-wracking!). I plan to formulate a craft fair check-list in the future and share it on my blog soon...
...and I don't want to forget all the lovely customers who visited my stall and shared their uplifting comments... including making some purchases ~ a HUGE thank you for your support!
Being my first visit to Elsecar Heritage Centre
I was desperate to have a look around, especially since there is a railway station featuring working steam trains! Unfortunately I missed getting to see them run, but I could hear their whistles and see their poofs of steam float by the entrance near my stall. The centre also contains a variety of businesses ranging from art galleries to music studios. There is a gigantic children's play area, called Playmania
(pictured above, top image), which I had to resist the temptation of running inside and jumping into the ball pit... There is also a very large art and craft shop called The Craft Box
(pictured bottom-left), which was sadly shut by the time I visited but it looked to contain a heaven-load of crafty goodness!
This place was larger than I expected with the vast range of businesses, including a cupcake and traditional sweet shop... I'll definitely make a returning visit to satisfy my sweet tooth and participate in some future craft fairs! ...See you then!
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