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Monday, October 24, 2011

Made By Hand Show, November 5, 2011 at the International Centre



Jacqueline Hunter has been in the craft business since 2007. She is the creative talent behind “Made by Jacqueline” handmade cards and paper crafts. After participating in dozens of shows Jacqueline decided that it was high time to put her years of experience to good use. In May of 2011 “Made by Hand” was launched and by the end of the month a venue was secured and Vendor calls had gone out. Earlier this month the show sold out all its booth spaces.

For Jacqueline it is just as important to her that the artisans participating in the show have as good an experience as the customers do. Jacqueline’s biggest beefs were how poorly many of the shows were advertised and how often once a crafter paid their booth fee, they never heard from the organizers again.

To make sure her vendors didn’t have these same complaints, “Made by Hand Show” is featured in several local newspapers and 10,000 flyers will go out to local residents. She’s even making a TV appearance. Look for her on Monday October 24th on Rogers cable 10 (Mississauga) daytime show. Through Face book and Twitter, the "Made by Hand Show" crew are keeping participating artisans in the loop as to what is happening and when. Now that’s she has her vendors taken care of, it’s time to move onto the customers, ‘cause nobody’s happy if the customer isn’t!

The location: The International Centre is a favourite of shoppers. There is lots of free parking, it’s convenient to get to, and big enough so you can have a great variety of quality vendors without being overwhelmed.
The Date: November 5th, is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping, not too early, not too late!
The Artisans: All the vendors at the show will be there showcasing their own, handmade items, all handcrafted in Canada. Jacqueline went to great care to select a variety of unique artisans from a selection of categories.

Even more reasons to come:
  • The first one hundred customers will receive swag bags.
  • There are door prizes, and 50/50 draws ranging from hotel packages to theatre tickets and fine art & more.
  • There is a bunch of stuff to keep the kiddies busy too. There will be face painting and henna artists on site and crafts for the kids to do!

For Jacqueline it wasn’t enough to just have happy artisans and customers, she wanted to give back too - all the door proceeds will go to Crafting for a Cure a not for profit, registered charity. Crafting for a Cure is a local charity that looks for opportunities to insure children are having a positive experience when a hospital visit is necessary.

It sounds like the "Made By Hand Show" is going to be a great show! Here at 100 mile finds we are thrilled to be one of show sponsors and Details By Donna, & Christine Marie Ford are just a few of the 100 mile finds vendors that are participating in the show.

6 comments:

  1. Recycled and Re-sewnOctober 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Great article Jacqueline! Thanks for all your hard work! Looking forward to the show!

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  2. How nice Jacqueline! Its a well written post! Great job and hope to see you on Nov 5, 2011!

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  3. Great interview Jacqueline! And thanks for keeping us vendors so well informed!!

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  4. As a vendor at this show, I have to say that the communication every step of the way leading up to the event has been unmatched by any other event I have been a vendor at. Jacqueline has really done an outstanding job and I am super excited for the show!!

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  5. This is my first time as a vendor at a craft show, and Jacqueline has been so helpful. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the wonderful goods on display, too!

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  6. Great article about Jacqueline - looking forward to meeting her at the show! She has done a tremendous job keeping us vendors in the loop, promoting, and making us happy! The shoppers have a lot to look forward to!

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