Upcoming Markets

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I am always trying to work on new things so I have fresh items at each market. I have been wanting to do some driftwood pieces and think it is perfect to debut them at the White Rock Farmers’ Market this Sunday, July 5th since they are so beachy.

I have just updated my market page. If you want to see which markets Babayaya’s Handmade Creations will be at in the next while you can check out my market page on my website.

I am happy to say I have been accepted into the Town & Country Vintage Fall Market on Saturday, September 19th. This one will be in Langley at the Murrayville Hall. I had so much fun participating in the Town & Country Vintage Market held at the Apple Barn last weekend that I am anticipating the Fall Market will be just as great.

I am also going to be a vendor at the Fall MarketPlace Montage Artisan Market at the Ocean Park Community Hall in South Surrey on Saturday, October 3rd. This one is close to my heart as I lived almost right across the street when I was a kid. I love that neighbourhood. I am sure it will feel a bit like coming home.

And, I have been accepted into the Crafty Affaire Holiday Market. Yay! I enjoyed being part of their spring market and look forward to being part of the holiday market, too. The Crafty Affaire Holiday Market will be on Saturday, November 28th at the Elgin Hall in South Surrey. I love that this one is also close to home. I really love to be able to feel a part of the community I live in.

And, of course, as previously mentioned I will be at the White Rock Farmers Market July 5th (this Sunday!) and August 9th and I will be at the Deja Vu Vintage Market on July 11th. I will update my market page on my website as new markets are added.

I am always trying to work on new pieces so I have fresh items at each market. Of course, anybody can come see me in East Beach, White Rock, where I work out of my home. If you need anything in between market days or even just want to check out my lovelies on your way to the beach just call ahead to make sure we will be here.

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It’s Market Season. I Am Getting Ready As My First Outdoor Market Approaches.

Market Season is in Full Swing! Yesterday I attended The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market in Maple Ridge. It was the first one I have been to and I have to say I really enjoyed poking through all the stalls although I was hindered just a little by the impatience of the girly. Really she did a terrific job, it’s just a lot to ask of a 4 year old. We took lots of snack breaks though so it wasn’t so hard on her.

Now that I am a vendor myself when I attend markets as a shopper I have a whole new outlook. I look at all the booths and realize just how much work must have gone into getting them set up. I was really impressed with the booths I saw yesterday and as I work on my first outdoor booth I feel like I have a high standard to meet. So far I have only attended indoor markets as a vendor where a table and chairs were already provided for me. Next week starts my series of 5 outdoor markets I will be attending throughout the summer. (Check out my new 2015 Markets page on my website for the details!) These require me to bring my own everything from the tent to the tables, or whatever I want to display my signs on. I found a rickety old ladder that I think will be a great rustic display piece.

I have been hunting for 10 x 10 Market Tents on Craigslist for months. Just when I thought I would have to give in and buy new (they are expensive especially when you are just starting up!) one popped up and coincidentally it was in Maple Ridge right where I was going yesterday. I ended up getting it and felt like I won a jackpot. It was still an outlay of money but I probably saved about $100. Yay!

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My “new to me” market tent. I like that it’s red and will add some colour.

This week you can find me in my backyard with my tent set up as I move displays around and figure out what works best. It should be fun although it gets a little stressful as the market day approaches and I hope I am prepared for every possible thing. Also, we have an old quilt in our family that I thought would make a fabulous table covering for my last market but nobody seemed to know where it went. But my Mom just found it tucked in the back of her closet! It’s a bit tattered but I think it will add great colour to my display. I am excited to see how that looks.

I have said before that I really enjoy the White Rock Farmers Market. It will be my first outdoor market I am at as a vendor next Sunday, June 7th. The first one of the season was last weekend and, of course, I went as I did today. I just love seeing all the fresh food and other wares. Last year was the first year I came across peonies and instantly fell in love. They have been at both markets this year so far and I just want to know why I have never really known about these flowers before?! Of course, I have heard the word “peony” but I guess I never really knew what they looked like.

At today’s market I came across a vendor I hadn’t seen before, Pastiche Art. I only mention it because I was WOW’d. I love old window frames. I even have one up on my wall as art. I painted it a green/blue colour and I think it looks fabulous in it’s rustic glory. Well, I came up to the Pastiche Art stall and it was instant love. Brent Unrau, the face behind Pastiche Art takes old rustic frames and matches them with paintings. He had fabulous ocean scene paintings (another love of mine) behind the old rustic windows and the result is amazing. When I talked to Brent all I could keep saying was “they are all gorgeous”. You have to check out his fabulous work. And know the photos on the internet don’t do the work justice either. Go look now (link above)! He also told me he will be at the White Rock Farmer’s Market on June 28th …he goes about once a month & he will be at the Deja Vu Vintage Market in Delta on July 11th if you want to see he stuff in person. I would recommend it. Babayaya’s will be at the Deju Vu Vintage Market, too. I am definitely looking forward to his seeing his art again.

Now wish me luck in getting my outdoor booth display together and come see me next Sunday at the White Rock Farmers Market!

It’s Almost Farmer’s Market Season!

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Who doesn’t love a good farmer’s market? All the wonderful food fresh from the farms not to mention the flowers and other artisan goods you can find, too. I love going to a farmer’s market because you just don’t know what you might find. I have often been inspired by the actual farmer’s selling their wares. They are often so passionate about what they have to offer because they have a direct hand in the production. Often they can give you great recommendations what to do with their product, too. It makes me excited to get home and cook dinner.

Of course, I always love the idea of supporting our local farmer’s, too. If we didn’t then they wouldn’t be able to afford to continue growing and what would we do if the local food producer’s went out of business? But that’s a whole other post.

This year Babayaya’s Handmade Creations is going to be a vendor at the White Rock Farmer’s Market. Today, in town, I saw the banner has been hung announcing the market. I am really excited. I attended the market last year a few times and thought it was great. I am looking forward to getting to be a part of it this year. Babayaya’s will be there June 7th, July 5th, & August 9th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The White Rock Farmer’s Market has revamped their website, too. Among other things it has added a Vendor Profile page which I think is a great idea. As a customer I always like to be able to look on a site and see who is part of the market. And this way, too, after the market you can also track down a vendor that you may have particularly liked.

While Babayaya’s is only there for 3 markets the White Rock Farmer’s Market runs from May 24th through to October 11th and the market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (note: these are updated hours from last year). I hope to see you there!

White Rock Farmer’s Market

In my quest to figure out the key to markets and also to get more involved in my community I decided to attend the Annual General Meeting of the White Rock Farmer’s Market last night. I love farmer’s markets, the idea of local farmer’s being able to sell directly to the people and the people being able to meet the farmer’s who grow their food. It is such a nicer way to shop than the anonymous grocery store but that is a whole other topic. I also love the idea of shopping local and seeing the talent from the artisan vendors in our community.

What I want to say is that I was impressed by how many vendors showed up for the meeting. I was also impressed by how much the market manager, Helen Fathers and also the board included the vendors in future market plans. And really, they not only included but openly asked for feedback. Near the end of the meeting Helen even asked how the vendors felt the market rated and the vendors seemed to indicate that it was one of their favourite markets to attend.

I found myself wanting to get involved and even briefly considered the idea of volunteering for the board for the upcoming year. In the end I am glad I held my tongue because I am not ready. I would like to be more knowledgeable about the market and also have my market experience as a vendor more established. Perhaps next year?

I am glad I went. I met some great people and I got to know the faces behind the market. I am the type of person who really does like to know the whole picture. I also came away thinking this is a market I would like to be involved with. I will finish off my application and send it off today. They are going to jury the artisan vendors this year so fingers crossed that I will be accepted.