Retro Beads ~ Polymer Clay Workshop

Who would have thought we'd be talking about workshops at The Handmade Show? Yes that's right, we have been doing just that. So now, not only can you buy gorgeous creations from our stall holders, relax at the cafe and enjoy the entertainment, we're also going to give you the opportunity to try something creative yourself.

The Handmade Show is hosting its very first creative workshop on Saturday 12th April. It will be run by the lovely Dani from The Whimsical Bead.

Course Outline: 
Students will learn the basics of working with polymer clay and about the tools and accessories that can be used with this medium. They will also learn the basics of ‘caning’ and use an ‘extruder’ to create a dotty ‘retro’ cane and then learn to make pieces from this cane. Students will have the option of what they choose to create – beads, pendants, scrapbook embellishments etc. If they do not wish to create this particular project, they are more than welcome to come and learn about working with polymer clay and then have some ‘free play time’ to experiment with the clay and make their own creation/s.

Time Frame: 
This is a short workshop which will run from 10.30am until 3.00pm (4.5 hours) There will be a 1 hour break in the middle of this time frame where students can go and have lunch and browse the market. During the students break Dani will bake their creations.

Cost and Bookings:
The cost of this workshop is $40 (plus materials).
Bookings will be taken via Dani either online or via phone or email.
For more detailed information please go to Dani's website where you can find out more about this workshop; plus make your booking.

We'll need a minimum of 6 students in order for the workshop to go ahead.
So come on board and get creative at The Handmade Show!


Creative Workshops Call Out.

Do you run Creative Workshops and are based in Melbourne?

We are looking for people who can organise & run creative workshops at our monthly Handmade Shows. These workshops would take place during market hours between 10.30am - 3.30pm  (or may start a little earlier if needed).

The workshops can be for adults or children; crafts can range from card making, scrapbooking, sewing, felt crafts, canvas painting, quilling, stamping, tassel making ... or other similar crafts or 'how to' class. Some types of workshops may not suit for our venue so if unsure please contact us. We're open to suggestions.

This is a new thing we'd like to start up so to begin with it will be on trial. We see it as a good opportunity to offer our market visitors a chance to try out something creative; plus it would be a great opportunity to promote your workshops. We would provide the space, for a small fee, and help you promote the workshop and direct potential bookings to you; You would bring all the necessary materials to run the workshop.

If this is an opportunity that interest you, please contact us via the contact form (in side bar).
Please include a small description and some detail about your workshop. We'll be in touch to discuss further details. Thank you  :)


It's On Again! Goodie Bag Promotion!

We’re starting off our first market for 2014 with a bang so we’re adding the Goodie Bag giveaway to all the celebrations. This is a marketing opportunity for you to promote your business. The Goodie Bag will be handed out as a free gift to market visitors.

This is a fabulous opportunity and an inexpensive way to get your business seen by mums & ladies before Mother's Day … and Easter.

The invitation is open to stall holders, micro businesses, wahms, wahps & hobby businesses who love to create beautiful things.

How does it work?

  • You supply us with your promotional material.
  • We place your material into specially marked Goodie Bags.
  • We distribute them to markets visitors.
  • They take their goodie bag home & go through it all, use up discounts, special offers, samples...use the info to reach you, place orders, check out your web site or visit you at your next market. What doesn't get used immediately gets used later or is passed on to family & friends who can make use of it.
  • It works because the bags are targeted directly to your target market - the market goer.

How much will it cost?

  • $15 for 100 bags contributions.

What promotional materials can I submit?

  • Business cards, business postcards, special offers, discounts, vouchers, product samples - just to name a few ideas.
  • For more ideas read HERE.

Interested? Here is what to do next...

  1. Send us an email - thsapplications@gmail.com
  2. In the Subject line write – April Goodie Bag Submission.
  3. Briefly tell us about what you wish to include in the bags.
  4. You will need to ensure you have 100 items to send us by the deadline date (see below)
  5. We will send you an invoice with payment details and further instructions on where to send or deliver your promotional materials.
Please Note: Cost cannot be split. We prefer you to supply the entire 100 bags; but if you are unable to do so then we may consider you to supply less than 100 items - however, cost remains the same and cannot be split.

Deadline for notice to contribute – Friday 28th March.
Deadline for promotional material delivery - Tuesday 8th April.


Call Out for Musicians

Thank you to those of you who answered our call-out last year for musicians. Each of you who performed at our markets were awesome and so wonderfully received by everyone.

We would like to do the same again this year and have local performers come in the afternoon to play for 2.5 hours (with a break) and entertain the customers… and stall holders. You would also have the opportunity to sell your cds & promote yourself. We promote you too!
The venue is at St. Anthony's Parish Hall, 164 Neerim Rd Glen Huntly (see map in side bar); time slot allotted for this is 11-3 (flexible); our operating hours are from 10:30-3:30.

We're looking for music that helps to create a gorgeous atmosphere at our market, to entertain and fill the venue with a mix of beautiful, happy, fun, relaxing and boppy music. Retro Classic, Classic Hits, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Motown & Pop are some of our favourites and crowd pleasers. 

If this sounds like something you're interested in please contact us via email (contact form in side bar) to express your interest, and include a description of your kind of music, plus link/s to your web site. We'll reply with more infomation and discuss further. (You can take a peek at our market dates on our Dates page).

Looking forward to hearing from you  :)


Categories Available

It's lovely to see the enthusiasm of stall holders as they send in their applications for our markets. We're looking forward to catching up with our regulars and meeting the new stall holders to our markets.

If you are interested in participating in The Handmade Show please check the Applications to Exhibit page. There you will find the updated information on markets from April through to August.

We currently (as of writing this post) have openings in the following categories ...
  • Accessories.
  • Art & Photography.
  • Candles - April, June & Aug.
  • Children's clothing/accessories - July & Aug.
  • Food - April, June, July, Aug.
  • Gifts 
  • Homewares
  • Knits
  • Outdoor items
  • Toys - educational, wooden (not soft toys)
  • Other - if you have suggestion for other handmade categories please feel free to apply.

CLOSED CATEGORIES  are as follows -
  • Bath, Body, Skincare - April to Aug.
  • Candles - May, July.
  • Cards - April to Aug.
  • Children's clothing & accessories - April, May, June.
  • Jewellery - April to Aug.
  • Stationery - April to Aug.


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