Etsy Made Local 2017

So. How’s the Christmas prep going? Please don’t tell me you have everything wrapped already!?

This year I’m really making the effort to buy well-thought-out gifts from local sellers and small online businesses. I talked about this recently on Instagram, as I hate the thought of pumping my hard-earned pennies into the pockets of faceless, tax-dodging megacorps (not to mention filling the house with more stuff we don’t really need or want!).

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I wrote about about Not On The High Street founder Holly Tucker’s #campaignshopsmall, and I totally get where she’s coming from.

So if, like me, you’re looking to buy a bit more mindfully this year, focusing on supporting small businesses and choosing gifts which really mean something and bring a genuine smile and long-lasting pleasure to your recipients, then please consider heading to your nearest Etsy Made Local event this year.

 

2079_EML_UK_17_Digital_FB Post 3There are Etsy Made Local events happening in 40 locations across the UK this December (1st to the 3rd). The great thing about them is they’re organised by Etsy sellers themselves (I’m a Leader of Etsy’s Team York!), so they’re truly grassroots. Us Team members volunteer our time and energy into making our Team’s Christmas Markets an event to remember, offering stalls filled with fantastic handmade and vintage goods, craft supplies and gifts to suit the most discerning of shoppers. It’s just like browsing Etsy, only in actual real life!

You can find a list of locations across the UK for this December’s Etsy Made Local fairs here.

Team York’s event is at St Sampson’s Church, a gorgeous old church in York’s city centre. York is so beautiful at Christmas, so if you can make it through, you’d be so welcome! On both days, we’ll have goody bags to give away to the first 50 adults through the door, so make sure you’re there well before 10am if you want to snap one up!

Melissa Holmes of HolmesMadePapercuts at the Etsy Made Local Christmas Market in York, December 2016

My stall at the 2016 Etsy Made Local Christmas Market in York

I’ll be attending on the Sunday with a range of lovely gifts, cards and original papercuts – there’ll be something to suit all budgets. Across the weekend you’ll be able to shop from a huge range of sellers; this year Team York members are offering everything from Liberty-print bowties and hand-dyed yarns to unique baby clothes, amazing hand-crafted jewellery and hand-thrown ceramic mugs shaped like skulls! Seriously – something for everyone. Plus you get to meet with the Etsy sellers themselves, and view and handle their beautiful products for yourself.

For your convenience, you can pay for your purchases by card or cash, and we even have a fabulous photo booth this year so you can get a few fun snaps with your shopping companions! And if that’s not enough, you can also enjoy delicious cakes and refreshing drinks at the venue’s cafe. What’s not to love?!

Oh and you get to meet the Leaders and Captain of Team York. And you’ll probably agree, the less said about that rowdy bunch, the better…!

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If you can make it to our Christmas Market here in York (and if yes, please click “going” here, and share with your friends!), or to whatever Etsy Made Local event is happening nearest you, please do go along and support your local indie businesses… We’d all be super chuffed to see you. And if you can’t make one, keep your eyes peeled for free shipping offers from your favourite Etsy shops (almost as good as being there…).

Happy shopping!

Love,

Melissa x

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York Makers Spring Fair and papercutting workshop

york makers posterIn early May I took part in a fantastic event with York Makers, a collective of craftspeople, artists and designer-makers based in York. I had a stall upstairs in the lovely Clements Hall, selling my originals, prints, cards, notebooks and mugs, plus I hosted my very first Beginner’s Papercutting Workshop at the event.

The day was a huge success, with more than 400 people through the doors (it’s not really central, so that’s a great number!). There were lots of beautiful stalls downstairs in the main rooms (which I was unfortunately too busy to look at!).

Manning my stall – a rare quiet moment!

Manning my stall – a rare quiet moment!

My stall was really popular – people always love the chance to look at my detailed work up close – with a very busy “till” (i.e. tupperware box containing my float!) plus lots of enquiries about commissions too.

The pre-booked workshop was a hit. The attendees (who came from as far away as Doncaster, Lancashire and Derby!) really enjoyed themselves and went home with completed papercuts (some used my Holmes-made-designed templates while others drew their own) as well as Beginner’s Papercutting Sets. Oh, and full tummies from the delicious homemade cake on offer!!

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I’m currently in talks with a couple of local venues about hosting papercutting workshops with them in future, so please keep your eye on my online shop and Facebook page for more information. I’m also planning a number of other craft fairs and events for the rest of 2015. If you’d like to be notified of a future workshop or event, please sign up to my mailing list by clicking here.

I just love this photo of Steph as she pulled her finished papercut away from the paper!

I just love this photo of Steph as she pulled her finished papercut away from the paper!

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