Rent a Shelf – Handmade

At the beginning of November 2017 a new shop is coming to town!

‘Rye’s Handmade’ will be in Market Road, Rye.

It’s only little but we can do a lot with it. We can turn it in to an Aladdin’s cave of handmade treasures!

Having lots of experience of craft fairs selling my handmade items, I know how much work they can be and quite often, how disheartening! With a shelf in a shop we want to offer you a chance to sell your handmade items without all the downsides.

  • Although your shelf isn’t as big as a craft fair table, you’ll get 6 days a week of selling opportunity.

  • Stock management will be easier.

  • You’ll only need to set up once, pack away once and hopefully just top up in between!

  • You won’t need to spend out on dozens of carrier bags and packaging.

  • You won’t need a float.

  • And we take card payments too!

  • You won’t have to worry about the disheartening comments. We’ll pass on the compliments though!

  • Having your items in front of customers for longer relays the commitment you have about your work. Possible customers won’t have to try and catch you at another craft fair.

  • We will promote the shop through various means (we hope you will too)

  • The shop sits on a busy thoroughfare in Rye.

We want:

  • A varied range of quality, handmade items.

  • Items that are reasonably priced. Very cheap items often don’t sell well!

  • Sellers that are committed to making their small business and the shop work.

  • Help in the shop – a morning, an afternoon or a day. (At the moment this is not a rule but if we need more help, we may need to change this!)

If you would like more information / apply to join us, please email me at with a brief description of what you do along with 3 to 5 photos of the items you make.

We may then ask that a few items are brought along for us to have a look at and we will get back to you as soon as possible with a decision about renting a shelf.

**** To sell with us from November we need makers to get in quick! The deadline for November shelf rentals is October 28th. ****

**** Priority for December bookings will be given to those booked in for November. ****

More details to follow shortly.

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