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Seller Spotlight with Natalie of LONG Creations
June 15, 2015
LONG Creations creates one of a kind word art and has a ton of designs to choose from. What we love about Natalie's creations is that they are completely customizable; you can choose the colors and words you want to appear in your piece of art and print it right off at home.....no shipping fees! From going on maternity leave and starting her business to now getting ready to focus on LONG Creations full time, Natalie has a lot of wisdom to share. Read about her journey and the keys to her success.Tell us about your company:Sew LONG Creations (LONG creations) is based out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. I started out 2 1/2 years ago selling hand made sewing items for babies and toddlers under the name Sew LONG creations but through the 2 1/2 y..
Next to a Competitor at a Craft Show? 10 Ways to Make the Best of it
June 10, 2015
Chances are, you’re not going to be the only one selling handmade goods under your category at a craft show. You’ll likely be competing with other jewelry designers, knitters and soap makers at any larger event. I don’t love the word “competition” because each vendor is so unique and I don’t think businesses should spend their energy worrying about the next guy….there’s enough room for everyone! But let’s be honest; we’re all working hard to make sales and a shopper who just bought a pair of earrings is less likely to buy another pair a few minutes later.  Generally organizers will keep that in mind when deciding on the layout of the show and do their best not to put similar vendors next to each othe..
HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN OUTDOOR MARKET - ORGANIZERS SHARE THEIR BEST TIPS
June 4, 2015
It's outdoor market time! As you can tell by our Edmonton & Area and Red Deer & Area Market maps, there are a lot of outdoor markets to choose from. As a vendor, these are a great opportunity to get out and sell your goods! What could be better than standing outside on a warm summer day, chatting with customers and making money?! The atmosphere and rules are a little different than your regular craft shows but don't worry, we've got you covered. We asked 4 outdoor market organizers from around Alberta, what advice they would give to first time outdoor market vendors and man did they deliver. Lots of amazing knowledge and tidbits so have a read! If you're looking for more outdoor markets to participate in, check out our VENDOR..
Seller Spotlight with Cyndee of Lovin Each Stitch
May 26, 2015
We feel extremely lucky to call Cyndee of Lovin Each Stitch an Urbee and have truly enjoyed following along as her business has blossomed. The love she puts into her company and her products is obvious and no doubt a huge contributor to her success. Self taught in sewing and in business, Cyndee has a lot of wisdom to share. Check out our interview with her!Tell us about your company:Based out of Morinville, Alberta, Lovin Each Stitch has grown to include more than 8 original and unique designs for sewn bags. Edgy crochet items are also in store - certainly not your grandma's crochet!The sewing line up includes:Phoenix Convertible Messenger Bag which fits wheelchairs and strollers in addition to being a great computer/work bagThe Eve Origina..
CRAFT SHOW CHECKLIST
May 20, 2015
Craft shows are a lot of work to prepare for and chances are you'll be up late with finishing details the night before and up early the morning of. Here's a list to help you get organized when you're overworked and tired ;) DOWNLOAD & PRINT OFF YOUR CRAFT FAIR CHECKLIST HERE FOR THE TABLE containers to safely transport product in product - priced and tagged table cloth signage promotional items business cards flyers free giveaways display props (risers, baskets, etc) mirror (if products need to be seen on) lighting (if extra is needed) chairs (if not provided) table (if not provided) FOR MAKING SALES money for change ($5's, $10's $20's & change) cashbox receipt book inventory list calculator shopping..
2015 Red Deer & Area Farmers' Market Guide
May 15, 2015
With our Edmonton & Calgary maps hitting the streets last year and being insanely popular, we thought; why not create a Red Deer & Area Farmers' Market Guide? And so we did! We've once again teamed up with Red Deer's Child Magazine for your cut-out-and-save version in their free magazine (where to find a copy: http://www.edmontonschild.com/red-deers-child-magazine/where-to-find-your-copy) or you can download the map below and print it off! Be sure to check out our EVENTS page and our 2015 Edmonton & Area Farmer's Market Guide for more events in your area! If you love this map and find it useful, please share the link on Facebook: https://www.madeurban.com/blog/2015_red_deer_area_farmers_market_guide/2171 Click on image to..
TIPS FOR SELLING AT VINTAGE MARKETS
May 13, 2015
Vintage markets are so fun to wander around and discover not only antiques but also handmade goods with a rustic feel, upcycled and re-purposed goods. Great finds for your home and great for the environment! There are some seriously amazing vintage markets out there and we got to chat with 4 in B.C and Alberta who never fail to draw in a good crowd and put on a great market. Whether you've set up shop at vintage markets in the past or are looking to get into them, there's some really great info from these 4 organizers:     VINTAGE MARKET BIOS: DEJA VU VINTAGE MARKET Come join us for the 3rd annual Deja Vu Vintage Market at the beautiful Wellbrook Winery! Over 45 vintage vendors, wine tasting, a vintage phot..
10 Tips for Buying a Vendor Tent for Outdoor Markets
May 6, 2015
Nothing beats standing outside in the sunshine, talking about your passion and selling your handmade goods at an outdoor market. But you don’t want to suffer at the hand of weather extremes so if you’re a vendor looking to participate in outdoor markets, you’ll need an outdoor vendor tent.   They’ll shelter you from the sweltering sun on the hot days and keep you and your handmade products dry when it’s drizzling. Here are 10 things to keep in mind when picking out a vendor tent for your next outdoor market.     1) How much to invest in an outdoor vendor tent The first thing you want to think about is how many outdoor markets, craft shows, festivals, etc. you’ll be signing up for to sell your ha..
2015 Edmonton & Area Farmers' Market Guide
April 30, 2015
Our annual Edmonton & Area Farmer's Market map is back and ready for all you wonderful peeps! We’ve teamed up once again with Edmonton’s Child Magazine for your cut-out-and-save version in their free magazine (where to find a copy: http://www.edmontonschild.com/magazine/where-to-find-your-copy) or you can download the map below and print it off! Be sure to check out our EVENTS PAGE as well as there are even MORE events and markets listed there!Please note: to keep our map accurate, we included information from those markets who created a free listing on our Events page. For the markets who do not have their complete info listed, please contact them directly for more details. Click on image to enlarge & print ..
How to Get Featured on Made Urban
April 29, 2015
As you probably already know, Made Urban is a free online market for advertising and selling your handmade goods and creative services. We truly appreciate each and every one of our members, are so proud to have you on our site and rely on you and your work to make Made Urban great. You’re a part of the team and we’re all working together to let as many people as possible know about Made Urban so we can grow our community. Because we rely on your involvement to grow, there are perks for those who participate and different ways you can gain more exposure for your business and products/services. We get this question quite often so we thought we’d put together a little guide for our Urbees on all the areas you can be fe..

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