Monday, July 7, 2008

Boston Handmade Marketplace

Hello! Hope all is well with you :)

I don't belong to the Boston Handmade group of Etsy sellers but I was asked to participate in their Marketplace which was held in Union Square in Somerville, MA from 3-7pm June 28th. I was not sharing a space with anyone so I borrowed a tent from the most generous Liz of Lush Beads and recruited my helpful husband, D to be my right hand man.

We had cased the area a few weeks ago so we would have an idea how long it took to get there from Lowell. Also, I checked it out on Google Maps Street View, have you seen that? It's kinda creepy but so helpful! Like a virtual walk around the neighborhood, with random photos of whoever happened to be walking or driving by when the Google team took their pics.

We got to the show location right on time and D hauled my stuff from the car while I watched our stack. I could tell the show was very well organized and I was excited because I knew a lot of the other vendors already and I knew Jessica had promoted the hell out of it!

There were 25 of us and we set our tents up in a little plaza right on Somerville Ave.

I was next to Twigs and Heather:

who were super nice and who have a great looking display and gorgeous jewelry. There was a bike rack on my other side :) It was definitely all about the creative tent placement. We put up the back wall so the street wouldn't feel so close and that helped a lot.

I brought 4 card tables and ended up using them all. I wasn't sure how I wanted to do my display and it took me a little while to get my footing, but I think I am pleased with the final outcome.

We could tell early on that the show would have good attendance and it was consistent the whole time. I made nice steady sales! My mom’s cards especially were a huge hit! And my new tiny nest hairpins were popular too. It was a great crowd that appreciated handmade. Though vendors don't share numbers as a rule, I got the feeling other people did well also and that always makes me happy.

Here's the show from my perspective:

I did take a minute to run around and look at all the gorgeous booths. Here's Allison of Fraske Designs who generously gave me a photo of the place where I first set eyes on my husband. I had bought a card from her for our anniversary last year. She blew me away with her memory and generosity!

Angela of Paper Menagerie was there too, it was nice I got to do a show with her one more time before she moves far, far away, boo hoo! Bon voyage and have a great adventure, Angela!

I met the woman behind Designs By Lulubelle and she was kind enough to mention she reads this blog occasionally! That totally made my day :)

Also I finally got to meet Cozy Cottage Creations whose work I have admired for a long time now. We were actually supposed to have been paired at my second SEOM last year but it did not work out. So glad I finally got to see her cozy creations in person!

There were musicians singing nice folk/rock and a restaurant that didn't mind us using their bathroom :) Over on the right you can see the tent of talented jeweler NancyRosetta who was being helped by her equally talented illustrator sister Weller Wishes.

The day was a whirlwind and soon it was time to pack up and get out. I found myself the last woman standing as the event dissolved around me. D went and got the car and cleverly pulled up to the curb for easy loading with less schlepping. We hustled, got it all in the hatchback and were on our way home exhausted, satisfied.

See here for more pictures from Jessica's Flickr set.


  1. Great report on that show. It describes perfectly the friendly atmosphere, the attractive wares of the other vendors, and the fun.

    I am delighted that our cards were popular.

    I love you, Mom

  2. What a great review of a great show! I only wish I got to do more with you, Liz!

    Best of luck for the rest of the season :)

  3. I really like your display. I think that glass box is a great idea!! If I ever get that far I'll probably attempt to have a box made which is similar.

  4. Your set up and displays look wonderful. Congrats on having a great show!

  5. the show was so much fun and it was so great to see you there, liz! your display was fantastic and i'm so glad you did well!

  6. Hi,
    I still have to come get a little nest hairpin. I totally forgot last Open Studios to come back (with money).

    Glad to hear the show was a good one!