Denman Island Craft Faire sets record in sales

Sales were up a whopping 25 per cent this year at the Denman Island Craft Faire, setting an all-time record for this 32-year-old event

Sales were up a whopping 25 per cent this year at the Denman Island Craft Faire, setting an all-time record for this 32-year-old event, reports co-ordinator Autumn White.

“We’re thrilled. This speaks to the great reputation this event has developed over its 30 years of existence.

“The Faire is recognized far and wide for the quality of the wares and also for the  magical and welcoming atmosphere. We had shoppers from all over the mid- and North Island region, and I got the feeling that the whole of Denman Island showed up,” said White.

Gross revenues added up to approximately $93,000. This number includes revenue to a number of Denman community groups, which sold goods, food and/or raffle tickets to support conservation, affordable housing, the arts and other local initiatives.

“The Faire’s business model has really proven itself,” says White. “It’s a great venue for the crafters, and it also stimulates the local economy generally, providing jobs and boosting income for many Denman businesses.”

“We had lots of happy people coming through. The fair is a marvellous thing for local businesses,” says Daryl McLaughlin, owner of the Denman Island General Store, which hosted a couple of wine-tasting events during the weekend.

Also, the Faire plays a special role for the Island’s young people. Each year, children and teens are invited to sell their goods at the kids’ table, and to play music in the outdoor buskers’ area. They make some money, and also learn marketing skills, gain confidence and feel recognized as artists.

Now in its 32nd year, the Faire is a well-entrenched tradition. But there is always room for innovation, says White.

This year’s new feature, the food fair, which showcased a diverse selection of vendors and flavours, was a resounding hit and will be repeated in 2014.

To receive advance information about next year’s Faire, e-mail denmancraftfair@gmail.com.

— Denman Island Craft Faire

Just Posted

Police continue to investigate machete attack

Police have canvassed nearly 200 businesses for video surveillance of the recent… Continue reading

Cricket players get interrupted by racist remark in Courtenay

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Courtenay woman desperately searches for missing dog

Anyone who owns a dog will understand the anguish of a Courtenay… Continue reading

Valley chef Ronald St. Pierre to be inducted into BC Restaurant Hall of Fame

A Comox Valley chef will soon join other culinary legions in the… Continue reading

YANA Ride in Comox raises thousands for families with medical needs

In its seventh year, the event attracted the maximum 600 riders on Sunday

VIDEO: Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the “clear history” feature more than a year ago

Vancouver Island rainbow crosswalk covered in mysterious black substance

Black substance spilled intentionally near Qualicum Beach school and difficult to remove

RCMP originally planned to arrest Meng Wanzhou on plane, defence lawyers say

The allegations have not been proven in court. Meng was arrested Dec. 1 at Vancouver airport at the behest of the U.S.

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Ethics commissioner ready to testify on Trudeau, SNC-Lavalin: NDP critic

A new poll suggests the report hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall

Inflation hits Bank of Canada 2% target for second straight month

Prices showed strength in other areas, including an 18.9 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

Vancouver Island RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly Qualicum Beach woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Most Read