It's beginning to look a lot like...Market Season!

Yikes, blink and you’ll miss it! Summer, that is.

Autumn has officially hit here in North America, a little sooner than I was hoping for. While I have enjoyed a cooler apartment, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the long, sunny days.

The change in weather also means market season is kicking off in full swing! Crazy to think that this is all leading up to Christmas (14 weeks to go!). The hardest thing about this market season is choosing what markets to be at.

Vancouver market game has really stepped it up in the last few years, with some awesome markets popping up. It’s hard to find a balance of getting out there, meeting people, selling and keeping your sanity. More than anything, I love meeting and connecting with people, as well as getting feedback on my product. So many markets fall on the same weekends.

I could hire someone to help me run a second stall, but making genuine connections is what really counts for me. And, I can’t be at two places at once.

So, for me, less is more. Choosing fewer markets, and being able to spend time chatting is what I like. My number one salesperson (aka my hubby), likes it too. He LOVES a good chat.

That being said, I’m mixing it up a little bit this year and trying a few new markets! I’m kicking it off this Saturday, September 22 at The SeaWheeze Sunset Festival!

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Sneak Peek

Print design - exclusive to the Sunset Festival

The Sunset Festival is run by lululemon and is part of the weekend of celebration for the SeaWheeze half marathon. Not only will the have a huge outdoor yoga class and some awesome bands, you can find a selection of local artisans selling their wares.

You don't have to be a runner to attend; the festival is open to the public. Buy tickets online now!

Hot off the heels of the Sunset Festival, is Fall For Local on September 29-30. This one is near and dear to my heart, as it was my first ever market. Kelly (owner) and Suraiya do an incredible job of curating and running the market. I also volunteer at the monthly Fall for Local talks (for more, check out their website; link above).

Some designs you’ll see popping up at upcoming markets (and online). I’ll have a range of new and existing tea towel designs and adding to the mix, are enamel pins, foil prints and tote bags! I’m excited to bring the new designs to life.

Following up from Fall for Local, I’ll be at my first ever East Side Flea market, on October 20-21. I’m really looking forward to this one, and hoping to make a regular appearance.

I’ll be announcing upcoming Holiday specific markets soon.

In the mean time, come see me at one of the markets listed above, shop my online store, or find me on Etsy! I’m also starting to take custom orders for Christmas (more about that soon). Shoot me an email for more details, or, just to say hi: hello@emmahands.com

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