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Fair Christmas Fayre is back for 2014!

This year we are planning another eco packed fayre with a fab array of Christmas treats to buy for your friends and family. Watch out though as you may leave us with lots of things for yourself too!

If you have great ethical gifts to sell at the fayre we would love to hear from you.  Our email is: Fairchristmasfayre@gmail.com and we can give you more information.  We will soon be asking potential stall holders to complete our application form so watch this space……….

The top five Christmas Fairs for ethical traders

Are you an ethical trader, trying to figure out where to sell your products this Christmas? We’ve put together some of the best spots to purvey your wares in the UK?

Fair Christmas Fayre, London
It is not often that Oxford Circus gets crammed with ethical products,
but each year for the last six years, on one magical day, it has. And
this year is no exception! Fair Christmas Fayre is back at number 275
Oxford Street on Saturday 30th November, selling fair trade gifts, Eco
homewares and recycled toys.
Some of our ethical traders have been trading there since it’s
inception but we are always looking for exciting new businesses who
would like the opportunity to sell their products on the busiest
shopping street in the world.
Please email us on fairchristmasfayre@gmail.com


Glasgow Vintage Fair
The Tall Ship in Glasgow will be packed to the sails with vintage and
retro delights on 23rd and 24th of November. If your company
specialises in the antique and funky, upcycled and tweaked than this
could be the fair for you!

Animal Aid’s Vegan Christmas Market
If you have an emphasis on animal friendly, vegan or vegetarian
products than this Fayre has your name all over it! In London on 9th
December, you will be amongst 90 other stall holders selling some
wonderful products.

Edinburgh Ethical Christmas Fair
Edinburgh ethical Christmas Fair is also in its sixth year and
showcases tons and tons of exciting ethical products. If you want to
spend a week in the heart of this beautiful city, at a beautiful time
of year this fair is for you!

St Nicholas Market, Bristol
Everyday throughout the festive season Bristol plays host to an open
air market. If you specialise in hand crafted products you will fit in
perfectly amongst the local makers, bakers and creators. The Bristol
crowds are big champions of independent traders and ethical business
and a warm reception awaits you- although you mustn’t be fazed by a
little blustery snow here and there!

Have you found a perfect ethical fair? Let us know in the comments!

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Fair Christmas Fayre at the Horniman – first day highlights!

Our first day of the Horniman Weekend Christmas Fayre is complete- and what a magical day!  I feel so releived that there is another day tomorrow so Not A Single One of You need miss out!Both conservatory and the pavilion are utterly jampacked with the most delightful array of gifts. There is absolutely something for every single person in your life! From luxury homewares, to quirky, affordable handicrafts, from clothing to jewelry to toys.  It was bustling throughout, as people enjoyed the festive treats, the kids activities and two market areas.

I have been running Christmas Fayres for five years but was seriously gobsmacked by the diversity and gorgeousness of these markets! Here is a little glimpse of some of my favourites…

crco tees hardcore soft paw baby blanket alpaca wool bird just tradeshirts arthur henry wooden bird toppeace doves tfd prints slp

Organic kids clothing from Hardcore Softpaw, pure alpaca items from Alpaca Sol, fairtrade birdy necklace from Just Trade, posh organic mens shirts from Arthur and Henry, wooden duck toy from Top Wooden Toys, palestinian peace bird from Trading for Development and local prints from South London Prints.

Phew, all these plus MANY, MANY more things are available all day tomorrow from 10:30 – 5:30pm. Have a read on the Horniman site for more info.

Hope to see you there!

Christmas Ethical Market in London… just imagine it!

STOP! Don’t buy a thing! Don’t waste all that energy locating unique gifts for all your different family members and friends. Don’t fret about popping to this fair trade spot, or that handmade market. And definitely don’t bruise your conscience by spending your cash on gifts from tax evaders!!

You see, there is a place, a lovely spot just in London where you can get every single gift on your list in one fowl swoop, without needing to worry a dash about the impact on the earth. We have found London’s most ethical traders and we have bought them together to make your life simple and to ease the stress of Christmas consumerism on the planet.

There will be luxury fairtrade men’s shirts, organic vegan beauty products, handcrafted homewares and homemade candles in vintage teacups. There will be prints from local photographers, hand knitted garments and a whole stall of perfect, eco wooden kids toys! There will be organic cupcakes and baking, fairtrade refreshments and uplifting festive music. All under one roof. What a delight!

We hope to see you there!

Saturday 1st December 2012 11-6pm

The Regent Hall
275 Oxford Street
Opposite BHS

and

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 2012
10:30- 5:30pm
Horniman Museum
100 London Road

Five steps to a Handmade Christmas

I bumped into a friend on the street the other day who was in a rush to post something. She explained in a glum voice “I just had to buy a car and a pressie for my niece as that side of my family don’t like my homemade efforts!” They had openly told her that she can keep her beautiful handicrafts to herself; they thought she was a cheapskate for never buying new items.

I was completely gobsmacked!

In my humble opinion nothing says LOVE better than a handcrafted item. The thought and time poured into a little card, a tiny knitted teddy, or a carved kids toy blows the effort of shopping and picking something off a shelf out of the water!

If you are hoping for a homemade Christmas here are 5 steps to get you on your way:

  • Start Now! With just a month to the start of December now is the time to sit down with a pen and paper and sketch out who you would like to make for. Put some music on, get your creative juices flowing and brainstorm the stuff these people love. You don’t have to make any decisions now, but you must get your thoughts brewing!
  • Be inspired! There is a fine line between being inspired by something and nicking an idea completely but it isn’t a line that bothers me much. What a complement, if people mimic your crafts! If you are planning on selling them, that is a different matter, and if you are going to blog about it ALWAYS link back to the original idea. Go to your favourite shops and art galleries and jot down the things that inspire you.
  • Organise your ideas. I can not recommend Pinterest enough as a way of organising your inspiration. You can have a board for each person and “pin” photos of gifts to each board. If you are new to Pinterest, check out this How To. Search under CRAFT and DIY and you will soon be inundated with beautiful ideas.
  • Don’t just stop at gifts. Consider handmaking your Christmas decorations, your cards, your Christmas crackers. You MUST join this brilliant Facebook page – it will show your just how seriously you can take a handmade Christmas!
  • Support handmade business. If you love the thought of filling your home with handmade items and giving all handmade but don’t feel you have the time or a creative bone in your body do consider supporting the wonderful handcrafted industry here in the UK. These incredible, unique items are often overlooked for the ease of the High Street but getting along to a local Christmas Fair can allow you to buy your entire shopping list from handmade stalls.

If you are in London stop by our ethical Christmas Fayres with THOUSANDS of handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. We have one on Oxford Street on 1st December and one at the Horniman Museum on 8th and 9th December.

Fair Christmas Fayre online!

Join our Oxford Street Fayre as a Facebook event right here!

Join our Horniman Museum Fayre as a Facebook event by clicking here!

You can find us on Twitter :) 

Come and say hello, we are well friendly!

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These hand knitted sheep are part of a fairtrade nativity that was for sale last year- how gorgeous!

 

Fair Christmas Fayre on Oxford Street

The Regent Hall
275 Oxford Street
Opposite BHS

Saturday 1st December 2012 11-6pm

The first Fair Christmas Fayre was held on Oxford Street five years ago, as a way of bringing ethical Christmas gifts to the crowds of shoppers and of crouse we are back with a bigger an better Fayre!

Each year increasing numbers of Fairtrade, handmade, eco and vintage traders have participated, and each year thousands of shoppers flock through the doors.

Organiser Lucy AitkenRead says “We want to make ethical shopping as simple as possible. By having a huge selection of gifts to chose from, in accessible and family friendly spots, we hope more people will opt for a Santa’s sack that is easy on the planet and the conscience!”

And we love that this Fayre supports the amazing work of the Salvation Army’s International Development work!

Find us here:


PS- For 2012, Fair Christmas Fayre have added another venue and another weekend – the Fayre will be held in the stunning location of the Horniman Museum in South London as part of a whole festive family festival including carol singing and a Santa’s grotto.

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