There’s no question that the Cariboo is brimming with talent when it comes to handcrafted, homemade crafts, gifts, goodies and knick knacks.
During the Christmas season, it seems there is a craft fair or market nearly every weekend and on every corner to meet your unique, one-of-a-kind shopping needs.
But what about the rest of the year?
A brand new business in downtown 100 Mile House launched this week to bring the best of the region’s crafters and artisans to a permanent, easy to find location year round, and founder Maureen Pinkney couldn’t be more excited.
“I’ve always been a fan of the ‘Fall Fairs’ and ‘Community hall fairs’ you can always find those unique gifts from local crafters,” Pinkney explains, reminiscing about the variety of fairs and markets she visited during the fall months on the hunt for a specific item.
“This got me to thinking that I wished I could see these things year round, and that they should have a permanent venue.”
It didn’t take long for Pinkney to find that perfect venue – at #205 – 4 Birch Ave., across from the Royal Bank – where this week she officially launched the Crafter’s Market, featuring 15 kiosks of Cariboo-made goods, ranging from jewelry, sewing, quilting and soaps to woodwork, spices, cards and clothing.
Vendors can book their spots in advance, and can participate as often or infrequently as they wish, Pinkney notes.
“A vendor can be anyone from the smallest of businesses to the largest of crafters, as long as they make it themselves,” she says.
To start, the Crafter’s Market will run on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. To 5 p.m., however days and hours may be adjusted to meet customer demand.
“I anticipate that certainly around holidays like Christmas, the hours will be extended quite significantly,” Pinkney says.
Crafters and artisans who are interested in selling their homemade goods at the Crafter’s Market can find out more information on the market’s Facebook page, or pop into the store during open hours.
Pinkney has high hopes for both the vendors and customers of the Crafter’s Market, noting how lucky the Cariboo region is to be so rife with talent.
“I truly hope that both the vendors and the consumers take full advantage of this new venue by supporting it,” she says. “There is a very special feeling of giving when you have found that perfect handmade item for someone special.”
Writer: Melissa Smalley
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