The fourth Kimberley Makers Market returns to Kimberley this November, featuring more than 30 local vendors.
On Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, head down to Centre 64 to get ahead with your holiday shopping.
The Kimberley Makers Market started with just 10 vendors in 2017 by Becky-Jo Fluker of Mountain Misfits by Evil Kaneedle and Lucy Hamilton of Portraits by Lucy.
“Through our own businesses we’d each met some very talented artists, but had never met them at markets or seen their work in any shops,” said Fluker on why they started the market. “It was only by meeting them in passing we knew of their work. We started the market to showcase the amazing artisans in the valley. The market focuses on handmade goods that aren’t only unique and beautiful but useful in your life…and maybe the odd thing just to spoil yourself.”
She adds that the market is curated, and the duo hand-picks artisans from the area, or with a link to the area (if they grew up in Kimberley or in the valley).
“It’s been amazing to discover all of the amazing talent that the valley has to offer,” said Fluker. “No need to shop anywhere else for a special and unique gift.”
The vendors range from fibre artists and doll makers to wood workers, bath and body products, handmade clothing and more, Fluker said.
“The way we find our vendors has been through people we know or have met in the course of our own businesses. We’ve also had some contact us via email, Instagram or Facebook looking for a spot. People send us pictures of their work or a link to their page. We fill up very very fast as it’s a smaller market, but we always have great people and amazing works of art and we try to mix it up and have some new vendors every time.”
She adds that they are no longer accepting applications from vendors; the market is full.
“We love our community and as a way to include the city in the market, we have partnered with local businesses for door prizes. There are also draw prizes to be won,” said Fluker.
More information can be found by searching Kimberley Makers Market on Facebook or Instagram.