Crafters’ Bazaar in Chesterfield is a new market to sell surplus arts and crafts equipment and materials

ByJames I. Robertson

Jun 29, 2022
Attract customers by selling excess materials.

Crafters’ Bazaar was created by the green community group Transition Chesterfield with the aim of encouraging greater reuse of existing arts and crafts materials and reducing the amount of stuff going to landfill.

Knitters, crocheters, seamstresses, paper craftsmen, jewellers, artists, spinners and a wood turner are among those supporting the first bazaar at Chesterfield Market on July 10.

Items for sale include fabric, yarn, knitting and sewing patterns, buttons, beads, jewelry finds, arts and crafts books and magazines, knitting needles, cottons, ribbons, paper craft tools, stamps, spinning wheel and woodturning tools.

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Take a keen eye on crafting items.

Market trader Steph Mannion of Steph’s Sustainable Stuff is one of those helping organize the event. Steph said, “Many artists and crafters have a large stash of crafting materials that they don’t have time to use. It could be in their guest bedroom, an attic, or even a garage. Sometimes they need to have a little clearance to make room for new crafting items.

“Crafters’ Bazaar is the solution for crafters who don’t know what to do with their unwanted scraps, craft tools, magazines and books. This way they can also earn money by having a clearance.

Derbyshire County Council is supporting Crafters’ Bazaar which will be open for business in the main market on Sunday July 10 from 10am-3pm.

Steph added, “Anyone interested in crafting or learning to craft will find a wealth of materials and advice from this diverse group of artists and craftspeople.”

Will crochet items pique your interest at Crafters’ Bazaar?

Stands cost £10. To reserve a booth for yourself or to share with a few friends, your artisan group or for charity fundraising, email: [email protected]

Transition Chesterfield is a voluntary community group that was started in Chesterfield in 2008 to raise awareness of climate change and help make the town more resilient, sustainable, low carbon and locally self-sufficient. Their mission has engaged hundreds of people to engage in hands-on projects and activities.

Steph Mannion says Crafters’ Bazaar is a great opportunity for artists and craftspeople to sell unwanted tools and materials.


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