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Spring is here again, the air is getting warmer after a long cold winter, and the robins have come back to us.  Makers’ Market opens again after a winter’s rest, all refreshed with new products and welcoming new vendors and new customers.  We look forward to greeting old friends and catching up on the news.  Come have a coffee and maybe breakfast at The Hub, chat with the Makers’ Market vendors, and then have a wander around the Farmers’ Market across the street.  We look forward to seeing you once again on Friday mornings, starting March 25, 2011.

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Just a reminder of our Christmas at Makers’ Market evening.  This event takes place today, Thursday, November 18, 2010, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Besides our regular vendors, we will have many new people on board, and the Guild Hall at 72 Charlotte St., Port Colborne, will be very full!

Of course, besides this special evening, Makers’ Market is open in the Guild Hall every Friday morning.  We’ve had a new vendor selling her knitted items the last several weeks.  She offers knitted and crocheted sweaters, slippers and ponchos, etc.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  This winter we are closing at Christmas and reopening on March 25, 2011 for the new season.  We will return with fresh ideas and new creations, and look forward to seeing you in the spring.

New vendors are welcome!  As 2010 draws to a close, this is a good time to start planning for the new year.  Perhaps you have a serious hobby you wish to take a bit farther?  Maybe you already sell at some craft shows, but would like a regular venue for sales?  One which keeps you out of the hot sun, cold, wind and rain?  Why not give Makers’ Market a try?  Tables are available by the week or by the year.

We would especially like to hear from artisans working in different media such as painting, sculpting, weaving, wood carving, glass working, high quality paper crafts, book binding, etc., so as to provide our customers with as large a variety of creative choices as possible.

We’d love to hear from you!  Whether you are a customer or a potential vendor, please come visit us at today’s Christmas sale, and every Friday morning until Christmas, and again next spring for the new 2011 season beginning March 25.

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Come celebrate Christmas in July with us at Makers’ Market all this month!  Get an early start on all your gift gathering.  Shopping at a leisurely pace in warm summer weather is so much more pleasant, don’t you think?  While you’re buying your fresh produce at the Farmers’ Market just pop across the street into the Guild Hall to see us and discover our group of craftspeople and artisans.  We’re here every Friday morning throughout the year.

By the way, there’s a rumour that Mrs. Santa Claus may make an appearance on July 2.  Come join us!

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Did you ever just get that urge in spring to rearrange all the furniture?  As long as you’re spring-cleaning anyway, why not change everything around to give it a new look?

That’s exactly what we’re doing this week at Makers’ Market!

Come in to see us and discover where everyone is.  With the fresh arrangement some new products will be appearing on several tables through the next few weeks.  We’re looking forward to a new season!

If you haven’t checked out Into Pendant’s new children’s stoneware clay jewellery, it’s a must-see.  Pastel colours and special designs create a very appealing new line for the youngsters.  So come on over for a coffee, a bite to eat, some visiting, and some shopping.  See you on Friday!

Children's jewellery from Into Pendants

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We at Makers’ Market wish everyone a very Happy Easter Day!

Because this Friday, April 2, 2010, is Good Friday, there will be no Makers’ Market nor outdoor Farmers’ Market on that day.  The good news is that these two markets will be instead held on Thursday, April 1, 2010.

Not only is Makers’ Market on Thursday this week, but we are changing back to our summer hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We hope to see you then!

An Easter golf bag from Yesteryear

Several of our booths are looking decidedly spring-like lately.  Last Friday Yesteryear had a very Easter-ish golf bag arrangement, complete with bunny.  Joyce tells me that all the embellishments can easily be removed and this pink bag is very usable.  It even includes some clubs!

Smock-It has something very different – smocked Easter egg decorations in various colours.  Of course they also have lovely Easter dresses for that special little girl.

Uniquely different - a smocked Easter egg!

A special decoration

Our quilting lady is currently displaying some delightful spring designs to dress up your home.

A quilted table runner for spring

Be sure to have a look at the sock bunnies on Fleurette’s table.  They’re adorable!

Easter Sock-Bunnies!

There’s lots more to see, and now with our extended summer hours, more time to see it all!

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Welcome to Makers’ Market at the Guild Hall in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada!

We’re a group of craftspeople, artists, bakers and artisans, people who imagine, design, make and do.  We change daydreams into reality.  We work with our hands, our minds and our hearts.  We handle flours and flowers, beads and threads, oils and cloth, yarns and glass, stones and butter, stuffing and clay, socks and silver.  Creative juices are freely flowing and boredom is unknown!

Every Friday morning the Guild Hall at 72 Charlotte Street is filled with laughter, chatter and friendliness.  We hope you’ll come over to visit us!  Take some time to enjoy a coffee and maybe a breakfast in The Hub, the Guild Hall’s restaurant.

Our creations will keep you warm and make you look cool.  They’ll feed and satisfy your insides.  They’ll clean and beautify your outsides.  You’ll find bling for home and body.  We cater to playfulness and elegance, from the ridiculous to the sublime.  We provide for people and pets.

Whether you react with lively conversation or with silent contemplation, we hope you enjoy Friday mornings at Makers’ Market as much as we do!

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