Thirty years of craft fairs in Feild­ing

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The coun­try’s largest in­door craft mar­ket takes place just down the road.

In its 30th year, or­gan­iser Heather Philip says Feild­ing’s an­nual two-day Craft & Vin­tage Mar­ket brings to­gether un­der the one roof many of the coun­try’s best craft artists .

‘‘It’s a des­ti­na­tion event, with stall hold­ers from the top of the North Is­land to the bot­tom of the South. It at­tracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors, many by bus from all over the North Is­land.’’

The mar­ket has ex­panded from 20 stalls when it opened in Feild­ing’s Civic Cen­tre three decades ago, to­more than 200.

‘‘Un­til we moved into our big­ger venue, there was a two to four year wait­ing list to get in. Man­feild has opened it up for more craft artists, and that will even­tu­ally see this mar­ket take 300 stalls.’’

Heather says it now boasts ‘‘the cream of NZ crafts’’.

‘‘Cus­tomers say it’s amaz­ing. It has ‘wow’ fac­tor, and vis­i­tors can eas­ily spend five hours shop­ping here.’’

Among the stalls is a large black­smith truck com­plete with forge, a colour­ful Gypsy vardo or car­a­van, hand­made soaps, a vin­tage chair up­hol­sterer, Anita’s Vin­tage Eider­downs, Retro Ra­dio from Dan­nevirke that re­fur­bishes old style wooden cab­i­net ra­dios with Blue­tooth, and an on-site cafe.

This year, the mar­ket is also the sub­ject of a doc­u­men­tary film, with footage be­ing shot over the two days.

The Craft & vin­tage Mar­ket is open this Fri­day and Satur­day from 9am – 4pm. En­try is $5, with un­der­12s free.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

Craft & Vin­tage Mar­ket stall­holder Ing-Marie Shall­crass from Nel­son’s Global Soaps shows off the com­pany’s beer soap.

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