With Christmas tunes increasing their volume as we head into the holiday season, most local crafters in Victoria are looking for other solutions to sell their their handmade crafts.
As local fairs and other market events are on pause due to the pandemic, makers have been forced to use even more of their creativity to come up with unique ways to showcase their wares.
To help with this task, Used.ca – known locally as UsedVictoria.com – launched a new handmade market section on their website to encourage people to go homemade this holiday season.
“We heard from our craft fair partners that this would be a tough holiday season for local crafters, bakers and jewelry designers – many of whom rely on the holiday season for the majority of their annual sales,” says Nicki Reich, Publisher and Director of Marketing at Used.ca.
“We wanted to provide a place for them to showcase their talent and products where locals are already online and ready to buy.” “We have already seen some beautiful items posted from pet treats to macrame wall hangings to pottery, and we want locals to purchase these unique handmade treasures right here in our community.”
As of publication, there were over 300 items already posted, including handmade candles, pet treat Christmas stockings, bird houses, stuffed animals, and abstract paintings.
“Esquimalt Farmers Market is eternally grateful for the number of businesses thinking outside the box to support local and handmade – like Used.ca creating a handmade page,” says Katrina Dwulit, Manager of the Esquimalt Farmers Market.
“With everything in the world being so uncertain, it’s comforting to know that we live in a supportive community that truly cares about the real humans making real items!”
So, if you are a local crafter that wants to promote your items or you are looking to buy locally-made holiday decor or gifts, check out the new handmade market on UsedVictoria.com.