Its weird I have be running Joolzery for less than a year, but people are always asking where do I find my arts and craft fair locations.
When I first started Joolzery, I had no contacts within the arts and/or crafting community within Liverpool, but then at that time I was not looking to do arts and craft fairs and/or markets at that time. Joolzery was going to be a strictly on line venture.
But as with most of my best laid plans of my life, destiny had other ideas.
My first break actually came from not a crafter, but from someone I knew through my volunteering activities, as I was discussing about me setting up Joolzery, and she told me about the St George's Hall Summer Arts Market, which you can read about my exploits here.
It was from here that I started talking to other stallholders and also customers about other arts and craft fairs in the area, and they also put me onto the web site Stall Finder www.stallfinder.co.uk, which is now always my first point of call when looking for fairs to exhibit at.
However not all markets and fairs within any area is advertised on Stallfinder, as I found out recently when I was made aware of an event, by the organiser, via twitter.
I found out about another arts and craft fair, that I now regularly participate in, from a girl that I mentor, who lives in a different part of Merseyside!
Luckily for me the timing was right and they had space for jewellery, but again they never advertise their fairs on-line, but via their personal network.
But by fair the most important thing is to create a network of people who live in different areas to you, who can make you aware of not only the different fairs and markets in your local area but also a bit further afield, but also most importantly, which ones are worth your while and which ones you should avoid like the plague!
How do you find out about the arts & craft fairs/markets in your area?