It’s all well and good to have a web presence. But in the age of mobile apps, Twitter and Facebook, human connection is more valuable than ever. If you don’t have a need for a storefront, selling your products at markets can be a great way to engage with customers, increase your brand’s awareness and make new friends. It being the holiday season, there’s ample opportunity at many of the arts and crafts markets popping up around London. We’ve picked our favourites and highlighted them below:
Crafty Fox Market
We’re big fans of Crafty Fox Market – since 2010 they’ve been running some of the coolest craft markets in the city. They’re back for the holidays and are setting up shop in Dalston, Brixton and Peckham over the next few weekends. Apart from selling goods that range from bespoke cushions to jewellery made from old bike parts, Crafty Fox Markets boast creative workshops, DJ’s and a bar. Not your Gran’s art fair, that’s for sure. Admission is free.
More info: Crafty Fox Market
East London Design Show
The East London Design show was set up in 1994 by a glassmaker and photographer. Now in its 20th year, the show has garnered a reputation as a place to pick up unique products before they ‘make it big’. There’s something for everyone here: soft furnishings, children’s clothing, even light fixtures. Admission is just £5 for adults but if you join their mailing list you can get a coupon for 2 for 1 entry.
More info: East London Design Show
Hackney Flea-mas and DIY Christmas Market
Operating out of Abney Hall in Stoke Newington, the Hackney Flea-mas market is running through out the rest of November, with special Christmas editions at the start of December. Go here if you like the eclectic: from old records, to French homewares to mid-century Danish décor – the Flea-mas has probably got someone who sells it. Carol singers and mulled wine and baked goods all add to the holiday atmosphere.
More info: Hackney Flea-mas and DIY Christmas Market
Renegade Craft Fair
This American import launches in London for the first time this November. The Renegade Craft Fair was born out of a frustration due to a lack of well-run events for DIY-ers. The fairs, which operate in over 14 cities, attract over 250,000 visitors on an annual basis, all of whom come to see the latest in independent art and design makers. Apart from selling one of a kind objects from over 100 handpicked artists, the London event features tutorials from the likes of Prickle’s Press (a stellar-sounding DIY letterpress workshop) and the folks at Mollie Makes Magazine. Admission is free.
More info: Renegade Craft Fair
Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair
Avoid the Kings Road rush and head into the Chelsea Old Town Hall instead. For the 2nd year, the Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair offers the Sloane set an alternative to glam high street shops. From independent perfumers to organic skincare products to artisan foodies peddling their wares – you’re sure to find something for even the most discerning person on your gifting list. Admission is just £3, with children and seniors going free.
More info: Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair
South Bank Centre Christmas Market
The South Bank Centre runs a Christmas market every year. Indie jewellery designers, stationary artists, textile makers and food producers have all had success setting up shop along the riverbank. Bonus: There’s a real food market on weekends to keep you fuelled for extra selling.
More info: South Bank Centre Christmas Market