July 8, 2012
Craft fairs and bazaars are really tempting especially in peak seasons. We know how important it is to join such events to sell our very own handmade plushies. We started as a consignor in Twee Shop for Global Pinoy Bazaar held in Rockwell last December. There, we also met Nikki of Junk Studio whom we usually see in numerous bazaars. Recently, we both joined Latagan Flea Market c/o redslim08 wherein she invited us to join 10a Alabama craft fair as well.
We were thrilled because we knew it was really a warm place for crafty people in MNL. They hold craft fairs quarterly (we think) and made a community for crafters and customers. Just like our fave, Got Craft? in Vancouver and London.
Fast forward to the main event, we chose the second day to set up our booth. We’re pretty busy with other bulk orders so we could only choose one day. Huhu. But we’ll certainly get 2-day slot next time.
Bazaar means big production, therefore, a big challenge to a us (two-man team). We have to gear up as early as two months for it. Meaning as early as now if we would like to join the next fair in September. Our fruit of labor: cat and pug plush pillows, candy panda and owl sleeping masks, and 2-in-1 keychain/necklace matchbox babies. Quite few but enough to be nearly sold out. Imagine us going home with big smiles on our faces. Wee! ^_____^
Beautiful people who bought our handmade goodies:
When we were asked “Why buy handmade?“:
Take a peek at the shops!
There were more other pretty shops yet we were not able to shoot. Anyhow, our first craft fair experience at 10a Alabama was superb. We love the ambiance of the place, it’s serene and vintage-ish. We like the fellow crafters and the crowd for they truly appreciate handmade not only by purchasing but also to get inspired, to learn something about crafts, to know the stories untold behind each piece of art, and most of all, to join a community who values art and handmade.
For those who had been there in the past 10a Alabama art fairs, see you again. To those who would like to drop by next time, we heard the next will be around September. We’ll update you here or check out 10a Alabama on Facebook for more updates. They also hold other events aside from crafts fairs.
How to get there:
Special thanks to:
Nikki of Junk Studio for inviting us to join.
Arlene Barbaza, one of the organizers of the event.
Sinag de Leon, for being so friendly and accommodating to us and for the “exchange crafts.” She makes paper cut-out designed frames while her daughter makes accessories out of bicycle art. Also, little we knew, she’s a super-athlete!
Ms. Marielle Nadal of Craft MNL.