"Buy Unique, Buy Handmade" 

 TWICKENHAM CRAFT FAIRS




We offer an affordable place for crafters to promote, display and sell their items, whilst still maintaining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all.  If you love handmade, you'll love our fairs... - **** WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED AND WILL HAVE NO EVENTS IN 2020 *** 


How did it all start?

After having difficulty finding affordable craft fairs in my local area at the beginning of 2014, I decided to start organising one myself.

I love handmade items and wanted to give myself and other local crafters somewhere to sell, promote and display their items for an affordable price... as crafters/artists rarely receive the recognition they deserve for all the hours of hard work they put in.  

 

About our craft fairs - 

 

There will NOT be any craft fair events at St Marys Church hall for the whole of 2020.

(As sole organiser/owner) I'm planning on taking a year off from organising events to concentrate on my jewellery business, home life and to properly research other local hall hire possibilities for 2021. When/if I find somewhere suitable, that is affordable (to keep stall fees low) with parking close by and decent footfall I'll re-open booking for a limited amount of new people to join our mailing list for future events.

Thanks to those who have supported me and the fairs since they started in 2014 - quite unexpectantly I've made some really great friends over the years and have met loads of fantastic, very talented people.

 

Why is it important to buy handmade? 

 

Handmade items are a unique gift idea.

Why buy all your gifts in the same shops, when you can have something that makes more of an impact and can be tailor-made or even personalised.

Many of us do not consider the numerous hours crafter's spend sourcing unique materials, creating new designs, networking, displaying their work, making their items and generally trying to promote themselves online and in person, just to be seen.  As it is so time consuming, unfortunately, many crafters and small businesses end up having to give up the only thing they love doing, as they just can't be seen by enough people to cover their ongoing costs.

Put simply, if consumers only ever spend their money on mass produced items that are cheap to make/distribute, then handmade items and crafters themselves will eventually disappear. Supporting local businesses and crafers by continuing to buy handmade is the only way we will keep these specialist trades alive.

 

You can also find us here:

  Twitter:

 http://www.twitter.com/TWICK_CRAFTS

  Facebook:

 http://www.facebook.com/TwickenhamCraftFairs

Google+ 

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  Pinterest

 http://www.pinterest.com/clairegjewel 

Instagram

http://www.instagram.com/twick_craft_fairs 

 

What can I expect to see at the fair?

 

We aim to offer as much variety as possible - Previous fairs have included items such as:

Hand crafted jewellery, Charity stalls offering handmade craft items, Baby/toddler clothing, Vintage inspired items, Toiletries, Christmas decorations, Greetings cards, Shabby-chic gifts, Quilts, Ceramics, Photographic cards, Pet treats, Easter gifts, Tote bags, Children's clothing, Halloween inspired items, Keyrings, Wooden plaques, Easter gifts, Cross-stitch, Home baked dog treats, Mosaics, Crochet, Christmas gifts, Silk slippers, Decorative items, Illustrators, Hand decorated framed pictures, Baby accessories, Glassware, Clay items, Cushions, A caricature artist, Knitting, Vintage inspired jewellery, Home fragrance, Fridge magnets, Paintings, Felt bags, Candles, Home d├ęcor, Up-cycling, Personalised gifts, Needlecraft, Catnip toys, Silk purses, Felt animals, Children's books, Scrabble-letter made frames, Vintage prints, Handbags, Candles in tea cups and many other handmade gift ideas....  

 

GDPR and your privacy - Applicable to stallholders on the TCF mailing list. 


What will change?

Nothing my end - Everyone on the mailing list for either Twickenham Craft Fairs and/or the Pamper evenings have only been added after their request to do so (whether via e-mail or speaking to them in person).  I will continue to send "booking open" and "booking closed" e-mails for each event, will continue to email participating stallholders to any important updates about the event they are attending (such as road closures, advertising progress, unexpected rugby matches, etc) I will also continue to reply to direct questions/queries, with only the occasional e-mails relating to other local events that need stallholders being sent to a few regulars who have already asked me to do so.  I run these events on my own, so all correspondence is manually inputted and updated by myself alone, I don't use expensive mailer systems or source to other companies to handle these e-mails and for this reason I don't have a specific "unsubscribe" link to follow where you have to fill in a questionnaire as to why you want to unsubscribe - It's much simpler than that -  IF you no longer wish to be on the mailing list, simply send me a direct email and ask to be removed from either the TCF list and/or the Pamper evening list, no reason is needed and this will be done asap. This is also written underneath all mailers so that you'll always know how to do this.  

Your information:

I just want to re-assure you all that I do NOT and will NOT share your personal contact information with others.

IF a customer asks for information of one of the sellers from an event (this has happened twice in 5 years) I checked with the customer that I could forward their e-mail, then forwarded it to the stallholder they wanted to contact.  Even if stallholders want to contact each other I will e-mail them first to check they're happy to have their e-mail address/information forwarded.  

What information is kept by TCF and Claire G Jewellery?

Images you have sent to me of your work and images that I take at any event you participate in are kept on my laptop/email account and when necessary shared on social media prior to or just after an event you are a stallholder in. 

Your e-mail address, business details, social media links, postal address (if provided) and phone number (if provided) are kept in an excel document on my laptop and on the original e-mail you sent me to use for future reference/correspondence.  Sometimes this spreadsheet is printed off for my personal use prior to mailers being sent out and to make sure I have an up to date paper copy of the list, I do not store information in "the cloud".

Your e-mail address is also stored on a word document (used for the actual mailing list itself) and can also be accessed via my email history/contact list with certain/relevant emails being stored in my e-mail inbox/folders.

I take the data protection act seriously, always have done, so nothing will be changing my end,  I also always send any mailers with e-mail address under the "BCC" tab to keep individuals' e-mail addresses private.

What will be shared?

As previously advised during sign up, promotional pictures of your work that you've sent me, pictures I have taken of your work/stall at events (we always take pictures at TCF of all stalls), business name, first name (if you don't yet have a business name) business links and some social media links are published on Facebook, Twitter, TCF's website and sometimes Instagram for promotional use if/when you get a place at the fair/pamper evening and if someone shares the post via these links. Occasionally stall pictures will also be used in adverts on event sites and promotional collages to showcase the work of crafters/service providers.  This is so all our little businesses can be seen and so people know what to look forward to/expect at the event, but e-mail addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers will NEVER be shared.  I also do NOT share information with any third parties or marketing type businesses (as appears to have happened with Facebook recently), because you've trusted me with your information and I have no intention of betraying that trust. 

What do I need to do:

If you're happy to remain on the mailing list after reviewing this new information, you don't need to do anything at all. 

If you have any questions, queries, or concerns, please contact me via e-mail. 

Likewise if you want to be removed (for any reason) just let me know.

 
 

      *** We are currently closed (for all of 2020 *** 

Once a suitable local venue has been found, we will re-open our fairs (Hopefully at some point in 2021.) 

Please note: Due to a high level of Spam emails, scams, and inappropriate emails recently received, please be advised that emails of this type will be ignored, immediately blocked and may be reported to your email service provider.    


We do NOT accept the following at our fairs: Traders who buy items to sell (i.e. bought from outside the UK and clearly not handmade), Reps such as Forever living/Tropic skincare/Neal's Yard etc, Alcohol, Fireworks, Bric-a Brac, Food/drink stalls (for immediate consumption) including cakes/sweets - as we already have a refreshments stand, Weapons, Religious items or leafleting, Pyramid schemes, Illegal/dangerous items or any stalls with less than 70% handmade

 
 

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Many thanks for visiting x