Half Moon Market Origins and Vision

Between 2002 and 2012, I was selling Shiver Soap in church basements, community 1st Half Mooncentres  and small festivals as a hobby artisan.  I created the Half Moon based on what I wanted from craft show:  a high level of organization from  leaders, strong advertising effort despite small budgets and most importantly,  I wanted innovation, affordability and a sense of community. The craft shows that appealed to me most and where I felt “I fit in” were just too expensive.   The first Half Moon Market was hosted at Luxalune in South Osborne.

I have a day job that I really like (on most days) so I don’t rely on this show to pay my bills.  This is a genuine labor of love.

underdogs

 

In February 2016 Luxalune shut its doors to go into full time beer production as Farmery Beer. I secured a venue at The Black Rabbit but after it closed suddenly, I was a little screwed.  I had 25 artisans paid and committed and no venue. Then I found the Kings Head and the Half Moon found its home base.

As a customer, imagine browsing one of a kind local artisans with a glass of draft. Twenty-foot ceilings fill with sunlight and outside you hear the hum of Winnipeg’s historical exchange district.  As an artisan, imagine being part of a vibrant sale. In between customers you can order  a glass of Shiraz from the bar or help yourself to complimentary refreshements.

The Half Moon Market aims to showcase a diverse, ever changing group of artisans. There are a handful of Half Moon Markets each year and each event will offer an variety of new and returning artisans. My original intention and continued endeavor is to create a show that customers and vendors are equally excited to be a part of.   To ensure physical accessibility, I have begun offering one show a year in a larger venue that is wheelchair and stroller friendly.

The Half Moon will never charge customers an admission price. It seems silly, to me, to pay to shop.

crafty capitalist

 

2 thoughts on “Half Moon Market Origins and Vision

  1. I also agree , People want to shop and purchase handmade and unique, we want to encourage them to come shop .But in Winnipeg, people think if I pay for admission we are getting a better craft show?

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