Thirty years of craft fairs in Feilding
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.
Craft & Vintage Market stallholder Ing-Marie Shallcrass from Nelson’s Global Soaps shows off the company’s beer soap.