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We aren’t a traditional market, or a local craft fair or art exhibition... we are different. We are small business supporting small businesses! We want to change the way people shop & explore all the indie makers that exist right on our doorstep. We have over 40 makers, artists, designers and small businesses take part in each event. So much small business success is determined by the people you surround yourself with. I’m so fortunate to have such amazing craftspeople as part of Folk & Bespoke, who bring heaps of positivity to my events! I’m constantly inspired by your passion, drive and creativity and it’s so lovely getting to know each and every one of you. Here’s how our events have unfolded so far!

Share your  snaps

I love seeing your pictures from our events and photos of your lovely purchases. Whether you’ve got a picture of some art up in your home or a photo of some of our gorgeous jewellery, don’t forget to share them and remember to tag us and the maker/brand so we can share your post and continue to spread the small business love.

You can’t buy love, but you can buy handmade

When you buy a handmade gift, you’re showing someone you love them with something that’s totally unique and made with all the care in the world. So if you’re looking for an extra special present (or a gorgeous treat for yourself!), look no further than our traders’ handmade creations.

Get that special touch by shopping small

The differences between small businesses and big chains is that small brands genuinely care about each and every one of their products. From the ingredients and materials to the packaging, small business owners put so much love into everything they do, so if you want to find unique items made with care, consideration and real skill, why not pledge to shop small?!

Register your interest for our markets

Whether you’ve been at markets for ever, or you have just started out, here are three simple tips for making your stall a real success.
1. ENGAGE — Really engage with members of the public. Know your pitch inside out so you can really sell your products, and remember to keep smiling and chatting with potential customers.
2. PREPARE — Market days can be tiring, so bring plenty of snacks and a friend to help you out. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards to include with purchases (or give to potential customers) and remember to bring a card reader, as most people won’t have cash.
3 — Be willing to learn! From the layout of your stall to perfecting your pitch, you might not get everything right the first time. Experiences help you to learn so you can come back better than ever for the next market. Offer advice and help each other out.

One thing that ALWAYS gets mentioned and commented on at or after our event is that everyone is so friendly, Traders talk to other traders and are welcoming! Markets (especially on your own!) can be so daunting but our events have this high spirit and beautiful energy every time! Truly bringing the good vibes to Southend and the surrounding areas!

Have a lovely day!
Love, Katy x

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